Kathmandu & Swayambhunath
Kathmandu is known for its narrow streets, bustling markets and secret alleyways. Nothing is better than just heading off on a walking tour to fully experience it all. At the centre of all this is the Kathmandu Durbar Square. Durbar means palace, and it was here that Kathmandu was ruled. It is a collection of temples, palaces, shrines and courtyards which date from between the 12th and 18th centuries. The Kumari (Living Goddess) still resides here at the Kumari Bahal. The most impressive structure is the Teleju Temple, constructed by the Malla Kings of the 16th century. To the north-west of Kathmandu you find the Swayanbunath Stupa, which offers superb views over the valley and is one of the oldest Buddhist Stupas in Nepal. It is also worth stopping at some of Kathmandu’s superb restaurants, the pick of which is Kaiser Cafe located in the Garden of Dreams close to the former Royal Palace.