Begin by hopping a local bus to Budhanilkantha, getting a slice of everyday Kathmandu life as you make your way up into the hills. You’ll get a rare peek at a Hindu temple usually only visited by locals. Light a butter lamp in honor of Vishnu, the Hindu god of preservation. Your guide will fill you in on the history of the venerated figure, shown here fast asleep.
From there, you’ll embark on a moderate hike through terraced farmlands as you head to Shivapuri, one of Nepal’s national parks. Climb up a gentle slope for panoramic views of the valley, which on clear days stretch to the Himalayan range. You'll visit the Buddhist monastery of Nagi, tucked deep into the woods, and haggle for handicrafts at a local market before heading back to the city.