My favourite place: Kathmandu, Nepal

For the latest in our historical holidays series, Yasmin Khan visits a city whose historic heart is packed with ancient temples...

A group of Sadhu holy men at Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, one of the most sacred Hindu temples in Nepal. (Photo by Getty Images)

This article was first published in the June 2016 issue of BBC History Magazine 

Legend has it that the Kathmandu valley was once filled by a lake. In the centre of the lake grew a vast sacred lotus flower, encrusted with diamonds and rubies, with a fire burning at its centre. This was a manifestation of divinity, right at the heart of Nepal – and the seed of the country’s capital, Kathmandu. Today, the city has all the hallmarks of a rapidly developing Asian city, with new buildings constructed on layers of myth, legend and history.

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