Just 5 kilometres north of Kathmandu Boudhanath, a UNESCO world heritage site, is Nepal’s largest hub of Tibetan Buddhism. At the heart stands the great stupa, Buddha’s deep blue eyes holding a watchful gaze from all four sides. Captivated by the ever-present om chanting radiating from nearby monasteries, one cannot help but get swept up in the graceful clockwise movement of people shuffling around the base. With colourful prayer flags delicately swaying in the breeze, Boudha is a serene stop over perfect for a little soul searching.
Kathmandu Durbar Square similarly captives one’s imagination for its timeless heritage and aesthetics. Referred to as Hanuman Dhoka by locals, Kathmandu Dubar Square was once an ancient seat of Nepalese royalty. Some of the historic buildings and intricately adorned temples date back to the era of King Ratna Malla in the early 1500s. After you have wandered Durbar Square, step into the labyrinth of allies and explore old Kathmandu at it’s best; tiny tea stores, ancient silversmiths and local handicraft stores.