The mountain kingdom of Nepal has its capital in the remarkable city of Kathmandu. It is one of the strangest and most romantic cities of the world.

Kathmandu is in a valley 1,341 m (4,400 ft) above sea level where farmers cultivate summer rice and winter wheat as their ancestors have done for centuries. The city itself is a strange collection of dull brown houses and colourful temples. The central square is surrounded by magnificent pagoda-style temples and beautifully carved statues. Yet it is here that the market is held. Farmers try to sell their produce and woodmen sell firewood as fuel.