I’ve been to Kathmandu on three occasions: 1997, 1998 and 2003. It’s on my very-short list of mesmerizing cities I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing. Kathmandu simply dazzles the senses.
The images in this slideshow are from my 1998 and 2003 visits. I saw very little change in those five years. Anyway, here’s what UNESCO has to say 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.