Kathmandu is an incredibly diverse, historic city with amazing architecture, exquisite wood carvings and metal craft which showcase the skills of the Newar artisans of centuries ago.
The Durbar (palace) Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site lies in the heart of the city with the old palace accompanied by a number of pagoda style temples that boast of superb craftsmanship in wood and metal.
Retaining its ancient traditions, Kathmandu is blessed by the Living Goddess Kumari, a little girl who represents the powerful Hindu Goddess Taleju.
Today tourists prefer Thamel which has grown into a thriving tourist quarter, offering everything from luxury to cheap hotels, bars and eateries to travel agencies, money exchange centres, massage parlours, night clubs, live music, yoga and meditation classes and more. International cuisine of every kind from Korean to Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Indian to Mexican and more are available within a square kilometre.
Pashupatinath, Boudha and Swayambhu, three of the prominent religious pilgrimage sites are World Heritage Sites and a must see. These centuries-old places of worship, the countless smaller shrines and numerous festivals make Kathmandu a living museum, an opportunity to travel back in time while also enjoying all the trappings of the 21st Century.