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A visit to the huge Stupa at Bodnath was one of the highlights of my visit to Kathmandu. A huge stupa, surrounded by temples, shops and buildings with beautiful Newari architecture. This area is home to many Tibetan Refugees.
There are more than 45 Buddhist monasteries in the area.
It lies about 6 km to the east of downtown Kathmandu.
Do take time to visit this wonderful place.
I visited here again during my second visit, and enjoyed it as much as the first time.
The way to the temple
Changu is in the Bhaptapur District.
The main attraction is the Changu Narayan Temple. Some structures dates back to 464 AD.
It is situated about 18km from Kathmandu in the Kathmandu Valley. It is easy to combine a visit to Changu when visiting Bhaktapur.
It is significant and important for both Hindus and Buddhists.
Changu is another UNESCO world heritage sight in Nepal.
Directions: 18 km from Kathmandu, in the Bhaktapur District
Family celbrates Holi
What a great time I had in Kathmandu with the Holi Festival.
It is a public holiday and people are just enjoying themselves with water and coloured powders!
You will be a mess if you join them on the streets (which you should do). So, old clothes are important and protect your camera if you take it with you.
I was invited to join a family in the celebrations. We walked through the streets of Kathmandu and had great traditional Nepali food.
Joining the festivities of Holi was one of my highlights of my second visit to Kathmandu.
Potter's Square in Bakthapur
Bhaktapur is an UNESCO World Heritage sight in the Kathmandu Valley. It dates back to the 7th century.
About 13km east from Kathmandu, it makes an easy day trip.
Beautiful Newari architecture, Potter's Square, shopping, excellent photography opportunities are some of the attractions here.
It is easy to reach from Kathmandu. I actually went there twice now, and the second visit we went with a motorbike.
You do get an info booklet when buying your ticket, which helps with direction and the major sights.
Don't miss a visit to this magical place!
The entrance (March 2011) is NPR 1100
Directions: About 13km east of Kathmandu.
Massage parlours/spas are plentiful in Kathmandu, especially Thamel. Some of the spas or studios are not of a great standard, do look a bit seedy, so do look around.
I can recommend the Aloe Vera Spa in Thamel. It is clean and has well trained and professional staff.
Average price for an hour is about Rs 1000 (December 2008).
Directions: Thamel, close to Kathmandu Guesthouse
The Intersection Barber
I suppose this could also be a local customs tip.
When I travel to the Middle East, India, North Africa etc, I never shave. The Barber shops in these countries are great.
There are many in Kathmandu. It is a relaxing experience and I do think the barbers are very skillful. You usually get a head, neck and shoulder massage as part of the deal. It is also very cheap.
I also came across a 'barber shop' in the middle of a busy intersection - I never saw this before!
Courtyard -The House of the Kumari
The House of the Kumari is one of the most interesting buildings in Kathmandu's Durbar Square. The wood carvings you see here are amazingly beautiful.
It is also home to the living goddess, a young girl. I only saw her on postcards.
Do go into the courtyard to see the beautiful wood carvings (there is no entrance fee).
Directions: Durbar Square, Kathmandu
The Courtyard - House of the Kumari
The House of the Kumari is one of the most interesting buildings in Kathmandu's Durbar Square. There are very beautiful wood carved parts of this building.
It is home to the living goddess, a young girl whom is seen on postcards, and she did not make an appearance when we were visiting.
Enter the courtyard to admires the beautiful wood carvings.
Directions: Durbar Square, Kathmandu
Durbar Square - Patan
Patan, also known as Lalitpur, is the second largest city in the Kathmandu Valley. It is located just across the Baghmati River, only a few kilometres from Kathmandu.
It has an extremely beautiful Durbar Square full of temples, statues etc, which I thought to be more impressive than the one in Kathmandu.
As you make your way towards Durbar Square you will see many examples of Newari architecture.
The city has a more relaxed atmosphere, compared to the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu.
Also in Patan, is the Golden Temple, which is located no far from Durbar Square. This building dates back to the 1400’s.
It costs Rs200 (Dec 2008) to enter through the city walls.
Prayer wheels around the stupa
We accidentally came across this beautiful stupa with square built around it.
It is quite busy with lots of local visitors. There are some interesting shops around the square, and also very interesting architecture.
It is a short walk from Thamel and is definitely worth visiting.
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