Temples and palaces, the suffocating smog and the smell of incense, the living goddess, the roar of the horn, the human maelstrom and the extravaganza of colours — all this is the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu. Having emerged at the crossroads of trade routes in a wide mountain valley, the city in the Middle Ages became the seat of the royal Malla dynasty in Kathmandu valley. Until 1951, its White Gate was closed to foreigners, but now Kathmandu can no longer be called a lost kingdom, and even the those few sacred cows have to put up with crazy traffic on the roads.

The terrible earthquake in 2015 divided the history of Kathmandu for “before” and “after”. Today the city is slowly recovering, some attractions are no longer exist. Instead, there are fenced ruins and a photo of the place before its destruction. But there is still something to look at.