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First time in Kathmandu

Nepal’s capital is a riot of sights, sounds and smells. This list will help you barrel through the traffic-jammed alleyways of the Old Town in a rickshaw, marvel at medieval temples and more.
World Heritage-listed Durbar Square
COMPILED BY CATRIONA GREW WITH CONTRIBUTIONS FROM BRADLEY MAYHEW. PHOTOGRAPHS: ANANDOART/SHUTTERSTOCK, THOMAS KELLY/ROBERT HARDING

SIGHTS

Asan Tole

(Between Durbar Square and Thamel)

From dawn to dusk the six-spoked j unction of Asan Tole is j ammed with vegetable and spice vendors selling everything from yak tails to dried fish. It's a fascinating place to linger. Cat Stevens allegedly wrote his hippie-era song Kathmandu in a smoky teahouse in Asan Tole

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