If you are staying for some time, rent a scooter, take a chance on the traffic (don’t be scared – organised flow), and explore the 45-minute periphery of the valley – Hattiban forest and the Champa Devi trek, Shivapuri National Park, Pharping (with the famous handprint of Guru Rinpoche), Kopan Buddhist Monastery, or the botanical gardens in Godavari. The roads are rocky, but the air will feel fresh and you’ll enter the villages greeted by curious eyes, shy smiles and ‘namastes’. Another special place to visit is Namo Buddha and the Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery, where Buddha, in a previous life as prince Mahasatwo gave his life to a mother tiger and her cubs and learned true compassion.
Kathmandu is chaos – the way the traffic flows between wild tribes of street dogs, plants and jungle coiling through cracks in the run-down buildings, chaos playing with order, expressed in a city pulsating with life force. Cover the places above, and you haven’t even scratched the surface. The country has a lot to teach us – for both personal transformation and how to live according to the ways of dharma, of nature. As part of an ever widening community of conscious wanderers, learning to see ‘the world as lover, world as self’. To the new generation of global knowmads every new day here can feel like coming home. Each step becoming a subtle alignment and a quest for the integration into ancient language and source codes. An ever-unfolding balancing act with the wisdom and natural elements of each destination- this time in Kathmandu.