Exploring Kathmandu’s Mind-blowing Heritage (1).

Lieve Round The World

Ashok arrives punctually, the perfect host and entrusted with making my stay in Nepal both comfortable and enjoyable.  Indeed, he has already put together a most ambitious itinerary promising to give me an all-embracing flavour of some of the best of the country:  culture in Kathmandu, trekking in Pokhara and Annapurna, a jungle experience in Chitwan in Southern Nepal, and if luck is with me, some adventure on the rapids of the fast flowing rivers.  And this morning, he has a driver in tow who will take me to three of Kathmandu’s most famous landmarks.

Our first stop is the Swayambhunath Stupa, or the Monkey Temple as it is known by tourists, an impressive Buddhist temple perched on a hill crest overlooking the Kathmandu Valley bearing witness to Nepal’s ancient history.  Centre stage is a large white dome-shaped stupa  topped with a glittering gilded tower, which is painted with Buddha’s…

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