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Kathmandu, Nepal
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    (circa 185- )
    Name means ‘wooden temple’
    Capital and largest city of Nepal
    Located in Kathmandu Valley and surrounded by the Himalayas
    Home to the Liccavi clan (400-750), Malla Dynasty (1200-1768) and Shah Dynasty (1768-2008)
    Currently an urban agglomerate surrounding Kathmandu Metropolitan City
    Population: 974 453 (as of 2012)
    It was sometimes mistaken for the mythical city Shangri-La.
    Its earliest history is known only through legends.
    In the past it was frequently at war with rival city states Patan and Bhaktapur.
    It was a mecca for hippies in the 1960s.
    It was the site of the Nepalese Royal Massacre during which Crown Prince Dipendra killed several family members, including the king, and himself.
    Historically it was part of an important route for traders and pilgrims.
    Buddhists and Hindus have coexisted in peace here for centuries.
    The Nepalese movie industry, or ‘Kollywood,’ is located here.
    It is a popular destination for honeymooners from India.
    Kathmandu Dunbar Square, located in front of the former royal palace, is a UNESCO world heritage site.

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