Kathmandu is a travelogue written by Vikram Seth. It is the description of the two famous temples of Kathmandu. One is the Pashupatinath and the other is the Baudhnath Shrine.
The author first visited Pashupatinath Temple where he finds the atmosphere of feverish confusion. Only Hindus are allowed to enter inside the temple. He finds people performing different rituals performing on the bank of the holy river Bagmati.He also knew about the belief related to the end of the Kaliyug.Next, he visited Baudhnath Shrine, there is the sense of stillness in contrast to the Pashupatinath temple. Tibetan immigrants selling different things on the side of the road. After this he roams on the streets of Kathmandu and finds it the busiest and more religious city. These streets are crowded with fruit sellers, hawkers of postcards, etc. The shops sell western cosmetics, film rolls chocolates. It is the noisiest city because of the honking sound of the cars, bells of bicycle and the low of the cows and filmy songs of the radios.He becomes tired and homesick and decided to return back to his home. He buys an airline ticket and returns back to his hotel. Near his hotel, he hears the melodious sound of the flute seller which enchanted him. His care freestyle of selling flutes pleases him. It reminds him of the commonality of all mankind as the music of the flutes unites all mankind in one single thread of universality. He was fascinated to the truth of the flutes. He returns back to his home after a long time.