The Secret Valleys of Kathmandu

Who said ‘keeping up with the Jones’ is a bad thing? In Nepal, the three-hundred-year-old rivalry between competing branches of the Malla Dynasty has given rise to three magnificent royal capitals: Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur. Concentrated in an area of 30 by 20 kilometres, there is a mind-boggling wealth of graceful palaces, monumental squares and lavishly decorated temples waiting to be discovered.  ERIC WIELE and FLORIS LEEUWENBERG capture the magic of these three medieval gems and their environs at the foot of the Himalayas.