Of the three former kingdoms within the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal, Bhaktapur is my favorite. This historic town looks and feels like time stopped about a century ago. Because its a UNESCO site, touts and street peddlers were few and modern development nonexistent. It just made for an authentic experience in living history.

Here’s what UNESCO says about Kathmandu Valley:

The cultural heritage of the Kathmandu Valley is illustrated by seven groups of monuments and buildings which display the full range of historic and artistic achievements for which the Kathmandu Valley is world famous. The seven include the Durbar Squares of Hanuman Dhoka (Kathmandu), Patan and Bhaktapur, the Buddhist stupas of Swayambhu and Bauddhanath and the Hindu temples of Pashupati and Changu Narayan.

unesco More on Kathmandu Valley please. tipsTip: Consider a foot tour of Kathmandu Valley by a reputable guide service. Hira, at Karnali Excursions, is such a person.
When: April 2003