An ancient city historically, now jostling for space with the concrete jungle that’s happening all over…it’s an all out war between the old and the new… Kathmandu can take you by surprise, virtually, and baffle your senses to a standstill. It is a heady combo of smolder-shrouded traffic chaos, clanging temple bells [almost the whole day and into the night], cooing doves, the steamy scents of temple food offerings, wafts of incense and the sound of the ubiquitous rhythm of Buddhist mantra "om mani padme hum" blaring from the shops in the tourist hubs of Thamel and Freak street. The howling of street salesmen and the pleading of beggars adds to the rumble tumble in this interesting concrete jungle. It is hectic, mind boggling, enthralling and draining. After you while away some time in Kathmandu, you will need to vamoose out of the wild city streets to find some much needed tranquility.