The capital city of Kathmandu is alive with an almost electric hustle and bustle. This modern ‘buzz’ beautifully contrasts with Kathmandu’s historical DNA, with an impressive seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites located here. Durbar Square and the ancient Royal Palace complex, abundant with a myriad of sacred temples, courtyards, and statues, has been the dwelling place of the Kumaris. These little girls are believed to be ‘Living Goddesses’ who are worshipped as manifestations of divine female energy. On the outskirts of Kathmandu, is the much-loved Buddhist temple of Swayambhunath, surrounded by smaller temples and shrines, and dating back to the 5th century. Alternatively known as the ‘Monkey Temple’, owing to its permanent wildlife residents, Swayambhunath is spirituality significant to both Buddhists and Hindus as a place of pilgrimage.
Separated from Kathmandu by the Bagmati River, Patan boasts the sky-piercing temple of Teleju, the Statue of Yogendra Malla, and Tibetan Handicraft Center – all of which are worth visiting. On the banks of the Bagmati, lies the Pashupatinath Temple, known to be one of the holiest Hindu shrines and an architectural wonder. Further afield, Bodnath is another must-see destination, serving as one of the most important sites in the world to Buddhists. This stupa was likely built in the 14th century and is the biggest stupa in Nepal. Situated in the Jalgaon district, the Bhadgaon is the main square containing a wealth of temples and architectural showpieces that are awe-inspiring and humbling.