What to do in Kathmandu
Kathmandu is steeped in religious beliefs. The original inhabitants are Buddhists, but there is also a large Hindu population. The temples and stupas of Kathmandu pay tribute to both religions and many are World Heritage-listed.
Swayambhunath Temple is believed to have been built before the 5th Century. It is located on a hill-top overlooking the city and incorporates elements of both Buddhist and Hindu beliefs. Boudhanath Stupa is another must-see attraction. Severely damaged by the 2015 earthquake, this stupa is surrounded by Buddhist monasteries. Shree Pashupatinath Temple - Gwola Mahadyo is the most ancient of Kathmandu's religious buildings. This Hindu temple is built on both sides of the Bagmati River, where many people come to die and be cremated in the river. For a more tranquil setting, visit the Garden of Dreams. The garden was built in 1920 and is decorated in Edwardian style.
If you love shopping and love handcrafted and local items, you will love Kathmandu. There are wonderful shops and cottage industries with a range of silk, pashminas, and leather for sale. You will also enjoy a visit to Asan, the local flea market, where you can buy everything from food to textiles.
There are also yoga and meditation courses and retreats, as well as cookery classes where you can learn to cook traditional Nepalese cuisine.