If you’re yearning for some peace and quiet in Katmandu then you could try the Garden of Dreams in the Thamel district, a neo classical ‘architectural landscape’ with pavilions, manicured planting areas and a sunken flower garden with a central pond. It’s a regular oasis in the city with high walls to keep out the noise and lovely ambient lighting at night. The attached café/restaurant is expensive so bring your own snacks and drinks!
Dog Day Afternoon in Durbar Square.
A local woman makes a quick prayer to Ganesh the elephant god by pasting on some red gunk that has, over time, obliterated Ganesh’s features. Another moment in the life of Kathmandu.
Best Festivals in the Khatmandu Valley
Dates are based on the moving Nepalese lunar calendar, so vary year by year.
February-March, Losar, Tibet New Year, 1 day and a couple of days before.
February-March, Maha Shivarat, 1 day, especially wacky at Pashupatinath temple.
February-March, Holi/Fagu, a week of mad water and coloured powder-throwing.
March-April, Chait Dasain, 3 days of animal sacrifices.
April-May, Nawa Barsa, 5 days of wild events in Bhaktapur.
April-May, Rato Machendranath Jatra, pulling a monster chariot around Patan over days, if not weeks.
July-August, Gunhi Punhi, funny costume days in Bhaktapur.
August-September, Indra Jatra, a week of mad processions and masked dancing in Khatmandu.
September-October, Dasain, Nepal’s biggest festival, two weeks long and not as visually exciting as some though very gory.
October-November, Tihar, a 5 day festival of light; the third day is the most entertaining with candles and fireworks everywhere.
For some precise dates and more information see: Exotic Festivals