Kathmandu - Nepal

Have been enjoying staying in the Thamel district of Kathmandu the past few days, which acts as home to the majority of tourists.  Here I have had the choice of not just Nepalese food, but also Indian, Chinese, Tibetan, etc, so its been great.  There is all kinds of shops lining the little streets ranging from the trekking gear to arts and crafts, so its been good to wander round and take it in.
Yesterday I took a walk through the older part of town to see Durbar Sqaure, which is around the old palace and has many traditional buildings.  Today I took the short walk west of town up to the Swayambhunath Stupa (more commonly known as 'monkey temple') to not only admire the temple but the view back over Kathmandu; luckily it was a nice clear day and the mountains were visible in the distance.