Two miles outside the city stands the great stupa Swayambunath, a beautiful sacred place of the Buddhists, which no one should miss. Bodhnath, an even bigger stupa stands a little further outside Kathmandu. Not far from here is Pashupatinath, one of the holiest places in the country, where many Nepalese and Indians bathe in the river Bagmati. It is also the best place to be cremated and there are always plenty of sadhu's, half-naked mendicants with wild hair and drugged eyes.
The sister city of Kathmandu, Patan, is fused to the capital. If at all possible, the old part of town has an even greater density of temples and monasteries than the capital. Patan is much quieter than Kathmandu and a respite from the bustle of the city.
The third king’s city is Bhaktapur. Smaller than its big brothers, Bhaktapur still has a genuine medieval flavour. Discover the cobbled alleys where inhabitants are engaged in herding cattle, turning pots or temple rituals.