The entire structure has been designed in the shape of a Mandala, meant to represent a microcosm of the universe.
When you’re inside, make sure you walk clockwise – or sunwise as it was originally referred to – around the Stupa. Spin the prayer wheels as such too, as it is somewhat offensive to do the opposite.
Thamel is the central tourist district in Kathmandu. Here you’ll literally find everything you need for your Nepalese adventure.
If the shopping doesn’t interest you, check out the impressive variety of restaurants.
My personal favourite is the vegetarian friendly Places. After a long trek, the chocolate soufflé will blow your mind!
Also, don’t be shy – try some Nepali dishes at one of the many traditional restaurants.
Coffee lovers can find incredible coffee and cakes at Himalayan Java.
Inside Thamel, you can find ample amounts of live music, food, clothing, and trekking supplies, all within walking distance.
Pashupatinath is one of the most important places in Kathmandu for Hindu people, where many of the city’s Hindus are cremated.
Of course, it’s important to practice the utmost sensitivity when witnessing the cremations.