If crazy Kathmandu all sounds a bit too much, then the nearby Shivapuri Hills affords a heavenly, more peaceful respite. A haven for wildlife too!
Rural Panauti with its ornate temples dates back to the 14th Century. Nearby Namobuddha is one of the most sacred buddhist pilgrimage sites in Nepal.
Very close to Pokhara, but decidedly more tranquil, Begnas Lake as well as hill top Rupakot have spectacular mountain views.
A "spiritual retreat", the Neydo Tashi Choeling Monastery enjoys a serene location in the rural Kathmandu Valley by Hattiban Forest.
Renowned for its dazzling array of bird life and one of the few places in Nepal where wild elephants can still be found.