Stunning Himalayan vistas, big city bustle, centuries-old temples and an array of vibrant colours, intoxicating aromas and friendly smiles all come together in the eclectic metropolis that is Kathmandu. It is an emerging cosmopolitan city, yet it remains steeped in cultural, artistic and religious tradition and it offers visitors an assortment of unique sights and experiences. Independent travelers and trekking groups alike will find no shortage of things to do, see and enjoy while in the Nepalese capital. In 2015 a powerful earthquake devastated much of the city, killing over 8,000 people and destroying nearly 600,000 homes. Such a tragedy would naturally leave a scar on any society, but the city and its people have endured, and life is slowly returning to normal. Monuments are reopening, homes are being rebuilt and daily life is slowly becoming what it once was.