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  • Kathmandu is a densely packed, sprawling hilly city set on the western end of Kathmandu Valley. width:640;;height:480
  • It's dominated by boxy brick buildings and filled with pedestrians. width:629;;height:480
  • Striking Majul Deval Temple is one of the major temples in Kathmandu's Durbar Square, a large stone plaza filled with a collection of Newari temples, palaces and religious statues. width:640;;height:480
  • Stunning Boudhnath Tibetan Stupa towers over a round stone plaza in easteran Kathmandu. width:640;;height:430
  • The city is full of plazas, most accented by a cluster of temples. width:634;;height:480
  • Buddhist prayer wheels are found at all Tibetan temples. width:640;;height:480
  • Pashupatinath Temple lies along a small river in eastern Kathmandu. Cremations take place regularly there. In this photo you can see a funeral pyre starting to burn on the left side of the river in front of the  bridge. width:640;;height:480
  • Devotees at Pashupatinath stroll along the river. width:640;;height:415
  • Small Hindu shrines are set within walls around the Pashupatinath complex. width:360;;height:480
  • A local woman near the entrance to the temple. width:355;;height:480
  • Kathmandu city center is packed with narrow alleys filled with pedestrains and vehicles. This particular alley always features a criss-cross of flags. width:350;;height:480
  • Kathmandu's narrow roads are full of shops selling all sorts of interesting merchandise like this brass & copperware shop. width:440;;height:480
  • Hundreds of scarves and shawls are on sale at Indra Chowk, just NE of Durbar Square. width:583;;height:480
  • Rickshaws still transport people around the city. Groups of rickshaws gather at various plazas to await shoppers and pedestrians who might need a ride. width:608;;height:480
  • Many gorgeous medieveal Newari brick & carved-wood buildings now serve as souvenir shops along streets and near temples. width:640;;height:473
  • Famous hilltop Swayambhunath Temple complex graces a small hill in western Kathmandu. width:521;;height:480
  • The main stupa is access by steep stairs from the east side. width:360;;height:480
  • At Swayambhunath, even the dogs seem to be devout Buddhists! width:581;;height:480
  • As do the monkeys. width:334;;height:480
  • ...though some monkeys prefer the solitude & quiet of surrounding trees and bushes. width:360;;height:480
  • Part of the plaza at Swayambhunath. width:351;;height:480
  • Large colorful prayer wheels like this one are popular at Tibetan temples. width:360;;height:480
  • Large Hanuman Dhoka - the old Royal Palace - lines two sides of Kathmandu Durbar Square. width:640;;height:480
  • A royal guard stands duty near Hanuman Dhoka entryway. width:360;;height:480
  • Sadhus wander around Durbar Square and other popular temples, often hoping to earn some money by posing for photos, selling small trinkets or 'blessing' tourists. width:371;;height:480
  • This fierce Bairab figure looks out over Durbar Square. width:375;;height:480
  • This smaller, more modest temple, in a completely different style also rests within Durbar Square. width:608;;height:480
  • This gorgeous Newari brick building in Durbar Square is decorated with elaborately carved wood windows, in typical Newari style. width:640;;height:480
  • This small hidden plaza off one of Kathmandu's narrow stone roads is jam-packed with a collection of temples & statues. width:640;;height:480
  • The plaza is lined on all sides by tall buildings housing residents. width:640;;height:480
  • This striking brass lion figure guards the front of a small temple along one of Kathmandu's narrow roads. width:620;;height:480
  • Another beautiful Newari brick & wood building is now used to sell souvenirs to tourists at one of Kathmandu's temple plazas. width:620;;height:480
  • Thangka - Tibetan mandala and prayer wheel paintings - are sold all over the city. width:640;;height:468
  • Prayer beads on sale near a temple entrance. width:563;;height:480
  • The circular plaza around Boudhnath Tibetan Stupa is lined with attractive buildings filled with shops selling all sorts of Tibetan art & handicrafts. width:640;;height:441
  • Glowing silver, brass & copper all come together at these temple prayer wheels. width:640;;height:480
  • Another surprising temple plaza hidden behind a low enclosed entryway off one of Kathmandu's narrow streets reveals this stunning Tibetan temple and stupa. width:360;;height:480
  • Kathmandu Valley on the outskirts of the city is scattered with boxy brick and plaster buildings amist rice and vegetable fields. width:640;;height:480
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