"Fantastic Feeling!" Kathmandu by funky_pigeon

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We left Pokhara very early in the morning, and managed to see the
snow-capped mountains (Annapurna Range) but unfortunately were sitting on a bumpy bus so the pictures we took didn't do them justice.

We arrived in Kathmandu in the early afternoon and caught a taxi from the bus station, straight down to Durbar Square. We found a place to stay off this square in a place
called Freak Street and is very suitable for us two.

We have many things to try and complete in Kathmandu, and the main one, was to work out where we would be going after Nepal and how we are going to get there. This has hopefully been resolved and you'll have to wait and see where we end up at the end of September!

Nepal - Kathmandu is fantastic and has a huge array of temples and
ornately designed buildings thrown in and around new buildings. Areas that are made up of courtyards and winding alleys through which there
are many spice,glass bead, painting, sari and gift shops and if you can't find anything in the shops them you'll have people coming up to you with armfuls of Tiger Balm, Handbags and many other goodies all at select prices!

We have been lucky when we arrived here, as we might be able to
see many of the festivals that Nepal celebrates in this month. (They
use the Tibet calendar and we believe it is the year 2062 currently and only have 10 months - so its actually a wild guess when their
festivals are in terms of our calendar).

The picture shown of all the women dressed in red saris is when the women of the house have to go to the temple and offer food for the forthcoming year for a happy
household and to protect their husbands, the red saris are usually the saris that they got married in,
and there must have been hundreds of women queuing to offer their food. The picture is good
as you get to glimpse some of the architecture of the temples
in Durbar Square.

There are many walks that you can do through the alley ways of
Kathmandu and some of these encapsulate the temples and the daily life that goes on in the streets, one of the walks that we did had
the two guys sharping scissors and knifes with just a wheel and chain
contraption and bare hands holding the knife in place! Ouch.

Other places take you past amazing buildings, all still being used to sell
spices or fruit and some of the window designs must have taken days to carve, but almost all the buildings have these kind of windows or at least one main one that has been carved.

More to come......

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:architecture, winding streets, everything for everyone
  • Cons:If you stay in Thamel you don't see Nepal
  • In a nutshell:Great place and great feelings
  • Last visit to Kathmandu: Aug 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Apr 29, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    Nepalese do not use Tibetan calendar. It is called Bikram Sambat, which means it started in the name of King Bikramaditya some 2071 years ago. And each year has 12 months not just 10. Just wanted to put it out there for other readers. Great write up Funky Pigeon!!


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