January 27, 2013
As a teenager hearing the word Kathmandu conjured up wild images of a distant exotic land, at that time I had no idea that land is Nepal. Now, as an adult, I know Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal and I’m as familiar with it as I am with my own hometown.
Kathmandu is the largest city of Nepal, some 1.74 million people live there according to a 2011 census. The city is situated in the Kathmandu Valley at a height of 1,300m and sprawls over the valley floor which also contains two sister cities namely Patan/Lalitpur and Bhaktapur, once separated by countryside but now an amalgamated metropolis.
An ancient city with a history spanning 2,000 years Kathmandu is littered with stunning old architecture and temples of the city’s predominant faiths Hinduism and Buddhism.
There are no railways in Kathmandu, buses, micro vans, and “tempos” suffice as public transport. Tribhuvan International Airport is a major landmark in the city with it’s one runway closely surrounded on all sides by buildings. The time difference of Kathmandu is 5hr 45min ahead of GMT.