Culture, cuisine and shopping in Kathmandu. Capital of Nepal, Kathmandu, has a rich cultural heritage, set in a valley surrounded by the Himalayan Mountains. A great vantage point to watch the sunrise over the Himalayas. Home to ancient architecture and many palaces, temples and monasteries. The many mazelike alleys can be explored starting in the heart of the old city at Durbar Square. Here you can shop for local handicrafts and clothing or indulge in traditional Nepali fare from the plethora of restaurants. Experiencing the local delights, cultures and traditions with a local family is one memorable experience you will embrace and take home with you as a lasting memory.