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My favourite spot in Patan was The Golden Temple (Kwa Bahal) – a stunningly ornate Buddhist monastery – where I left my shoes with the pile of other people’s leather and entered the inner courtyard, to be greeted by centuries-old tortoises and two beautiful stone elephants. After the growing rumble of my stomach, I dined al-fresco on the rooftop Café de Temple, where I tried a cup of Tibetan herbal Yarchagumpa tea over a huge plate of chicken fried rice. This wonderful Durbar Square is a chance to witness the unity and harmony amongst religions and should be an example to us all. The Lonely Planet guidebook to Nepal confirms that here, ‘Hinduism and Buddhism have mingled wonderfully into a complex, syncretic blend,” and I had the honour of learning all about the beliefs and festivals in the country.