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From my plane I thought they were clouds off in the distance. Then it hit me—these were snow-covered peaks, jutting hundreds of feet above the highest clouds. Even before we descended into the valley of Kathmandu, the Himalaya had cast its spell.


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 Buddhist monk spinning prayer wheels
 near Kathmandu


TRAVEL TIPS: Kathmandu
  • Flying in from the east (Bangkok, Singapore, Hong Kong), select seats on the right for a view of the Himalaya.
  • A local tour operator can arrange flights over Everest (video—requires RealPlayer).
  • The new Patan Museum, housed in a renovated palace, is worth a trip for its elegantly displayed Hindu and Buddhist sculptures.
  • Pilgrim’s Books in the Thamel district has a great selection of books about Asia and Nepal.

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