Steeped in Buddhist history, Nepal is a paradise for adventure seekers and those keen to experience a wholly different way of life. Kathmandu’s busy medieval streets will leave first-time visitors spellbound. The stunning palaces in Durbar Square and the soaring Swayambhunath temple are both must-sees. Mountain lovers are spoilt for choice, with world-class trekking options to Everest base camp, the Annapurnas and beyond, while mountain bikers, rafters and adrenaline junkies are all well catered for. Bodhnath, Asia’s largest stupa, is a magnet for pilgrims, an essential stop-off and chance to learn about this country’s deep religious devotion.