Napal has always been the royal Buddhist kingdom which flirted most with change. This was especially true when western adventurers like mountain climbers came in droves almost a century ago. But even earlier when Tibet and Bhutan were sealed from the outer world, Nepal was open. That hasn't saved it, though, from the travails of its neighbors. Political strife and then a devastating earthquake really increased the growing pains such an ancient society was feeling emerging into the modern age.
Enough time has passed now that the mysteries and charms of this ancient kingdom have reasserted themselves: It's time again to visit this open air museum where there are more colorful temples and pagodas than houses, and more celebrated idols and deities than citizens!