Kathmandu Highlights

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In late September, we journeyed from our home in South India, to visit more countries nearby. We started in Nepal. This post gives a quick overview of the start of the trip. We were in Kathmandu From 20 September to  25 September, 2012.

There will be little commentary in this post, I will save this for later, when I do more detailed postings of this trip.

Thamel District

This is a big tourist area. We got a room at a bed and breakfast inn here.

The area is filled with narrow streets lined with shops for tourists.

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We stayed at Pariwar B & B. Here is the proprietor, Ram Chandra Giri. He is very helpful in arranging elements of the trip, and excursions into Kathmandu to see the city. 

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View from rooftop café at hotel.

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Countryside near Kathmandu

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Water Buffalo

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Villagers working in corn fields.

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Cornfields going up the mountain.

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Namobuddah Shrine, high up in the hills.

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With a local friend we went to a presentation at Dhulikhel Lodge Resort, a very nice place.

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Also meeting here this evening is a woman’s group, getting ready for the One Billion Rising campaign.

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Our friend was presenting to a group of Air Conditioning contractors on how to successfully evaluate, bid, install and maintain building air conditioning systems.

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Below, Dr. Francis is presenting.

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Pashupatinath

This is a major Siva temple and burning ground. Non Hindus can visit, but cannot enter the main temples. 

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Cremation grounds. This is a special place for it. The river empties into the Ganges, sacred to Hindus.

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Many sadhus are here, with colorful markings on their face and body.

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The main temple.

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Performing a ceremony for one year after the mahasamadhi (death) of a loved one.

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Boudhanath

One of the most sacred sites for Tibetan Buddhism. It is a must see in Kathmandu.

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The stupa is surrounded by a ring of shops, temples and restaurants.

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Tibetan prayer flags.

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Swayambhu

Also known as “The Monkey Temple.” A large stupa, highly revered in Nepal, and one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in the country. It offers great views over the city, and many monkeys.

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Looking out from the temple.

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We found a quiet place to meditate, in a peaceful shrine behind closed doors. Very nice.

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The main shrine.

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Shops near the main shrine.

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Bhaktapur Durbar Square

We thought this was about the best place to tour. It is old, well preserved, with much to see, and not crowded.

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The Peacock Window, exquisite carved wood.

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Thanka Painting School.

These now-familiar paintings are said to have originated in Nepal, then moved to Tibet.

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Look at the detail!

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This piece was worked on by a master for 47 months!

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Changu Narayan

Green fields on the way.

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This is the oldest temple in the Kathmandu area. The first epigraphic written Nepalese history found in the temple premises during the reign of the Licchavi King Mandeva dating back to 464 A.D. shows that Changu had already been established as a sacred site in the 3rd century A.D

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View from the temple.

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Kailashnath Siva

You can see something at the top of the hill.

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Said to be the tallest Siva in the world at 146 feet.

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Carol is standing at Siva’s feet, so you can see just how big He is.

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Garden of Dreams

Featuring Kaiser Restaurant. Most pleasant.

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A quiet place in the midst of the city. Most welcome!

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Durbar Square, Kathmandu

This is a main tourist site in the city. The square is a place where the King lived, with many temples in the square.

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This is the Kumari’s palace. She is the living goddess of Nepal.

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Today is a special day. Soon we will get a chance to actually see her in the center window, above.

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I downloaded this photos. Pictures are not allowed to be taken when she give darshan, like today.

The Kumari Kathmandu

She is said to be an incarnation of Kali, seen in the door topping, below. When she has her first menstrual period, she is retired and a new Kumari will be found.

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A pooja in the big temple.

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Offerings for Ganesh, outside the nearby Ganesh temple.

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Temples, pagodas, with red decorations for a major festival in a few days.

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Black Siva. Pray to Him to right the wrongs of another.

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What a place. We have been here five days and just scratched the surface of what there is to see.

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8 Responses to “Kathmandu Highlights”

  1. ghariharan Says:

    I hope you guys did visit Pokhra, and also take the helicopter flight to Mukthinath? Nepal is, indeed, magical. You could also have done some trekking.

    • Richard Clarke Says:

      We have just left Pokhra, but did not take the helecopter flight It sounds like it would have been good@

  2. cspacenz Says:

    Great photos Richard, I always love the ones of the sadhus. Do they expect to be “paid” for the photos ??

  3. Kaushalya B Narendra Jayasundera Says:

    You have given a complete picture of nepal. Thank you so much i enjoy yr posts

  4. drsundaram Says:

    dear mr richard you have taken me to nepal and to its bountiful locations free of cost. very nice service. i felt like being with you there. thanks

  5. S. Arunachalananda (@Arunachalananda) Says:

    The Black Shiva, is this Kala Bhairava the main deyti of the Aghoris, Shiva of annihilation riding on a dog ? There are different Bhairava Shiva so I`m not really sure. Maybe Akash Bhairav?

  6. pumdv Says:

    PasupathiNath means the lord of all living beings. Kailash Nath is the abode of SIva Parvathi and history is Siva after marrying parvathi in south travels to Kailash and sends the sage Agastya to balance the world in its axis.
    Swyambu actually represents the eight directions of what we see in Tiruvannamalai as eight lingams. Nepal is good blend of BUddism and SIva.

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