Finding Your Spiritual High in Kathmandu

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In the rush to see everest in a weekend or trek the Annapurna circuit during a 14-day vacation, many of Nepal's recent visitors have neglected the jewels that have often drawn those seeking a different kind of adventure to the tiny mountain kingdom in the first place. Long before the average traveler felt compelled to experience a trekking high—or the highs from Thamel's mind-altering brownies—Nepal's low-altitude verdant Kathmandu Valley was a rewarding travel destination for those seeking a spiritual lift. At the crossroads of the historic Himalayan trade routes connecting Tibet, China and India, the valley is chockablock with Buddhist and...