Where is Kathmandu?
Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal. Kathmandu city lies in the Kathmandu valley which is host to approximately 2.5 million official residents. The unofficial amount is 3.5 million people. Nepal borders Tibet in the north, Sikkim (India) to the east and India to the west and south. There is a great diversity in culture, religion, language, art and architecture in Kathmandu. In fact, in history Nepal (which used to be just the Kathmandu valley up until 1768) was known in the Himalayan region and South Asia to be very skilled in crafts, such as wood, wool and architecture. The ethnic group native to the Kathmandu valley, the Newars, are especially know for this art and skill.
The Tibetan Influence
After the Chinese invasion of Tibet in the early 1950'ies many Tibetans fled to Nepal, as well as to India and Bhutan. In Kathmandu, many Tibetans settled at the two sacred Buddhist Stupas, namely the Boudhanath Stupa and the Swayambhunath Stupa.
The Local Artisans of Nepal