Most visitors to Nepal want to conquer Mount Everest or other adventurous hikes in the Himalayas. However, Nepal is not just about the legendary mountain, its capital Kathmandu also has a lot to offer.
Kathmandu is a blend of ancient and modern worlds, where people still perform their rituals at Hindu temples. No wonder people are selling souvenirs – from T-shirts to other handicrafts – around the temples.
Tourism remains the backbone of Nepal’s economy. A few tourist sites in Kathmandu charge quite a high entrance fee of around 1,000 Nepalese rupees or Rp 130,000 (US$9.30). Some private rituals are often promoted as a tourist attraction including the cremation at Pashupatinath Temple, although there is a limit to the number of visitors at certain temples.
Kathmandu is quite cool during the day, with temperature ranging from 15 to 20 degrees Celsius. However, the temperature can drop to 10 degrees at night.
For photographers, professional or amateur, the sunlight in Kathmandu is perfect for capturing the moment. [yan]