Nepal, officially the Federal Democratic
Republic of Nepal, is a landlocked sovereign
state in South Asia. Kathmandu is the capital,
once thought to be the fabled and inaccessible
Shangri-La, it is now a lively hub for travellers
and the starting point for most Mount Everest
treks. There are no trains to Kathmandu,
just planes, buses or cars with a driver.
Maps are sometimes unhelpful as many of the
streets don’t have street names or
signs. The town is crowded with both buildings
and people. The best way to get around is
by foot or one of the many Rickshaws.
The ancient, Durbar Square is the heart of
Kathmandu. It is crowded with palaces &
temples, including the current incarnation
of the Kasthamandap or "Wooden house"
that gives the city its name. The square
has been in active use since the construction
of a palace around 1000 AD.
Our first visit to Kathmandu was in 2003
when we stayed for several days to explore
Kathmandu and the Kathmandu Valley so we
decided to visit Chitwan again instead of
staying long in Kathmandu.