Travel Snapshot: Nepal Tripping Day 1-4September 01, 2013
Nepal seems like an unusual destination for a holiday, but it was precisely that. It sounded exotic. Very eat-pray-love. So jokingly, I wrote this out of office message: "I am currently in Nepal finding myself and a yak cheese sandwich." Turns out it is partially true. In fact, the yak cheese sandwich was found on the very first night in Kathmandu.
Landing in Kathmandu airport brought back memories of time in Delhi, and my FYP a few moons ago in a state bordering Nepal at Uttarakhand. Perhaps the smell triggered it.
We drove into the city after driving a hard bargain with the taxi driver in a rickety white Maruti car. Later i found out that all Nepali cabs are the same - minute in size, painted white with no air conditioning, no automation and floors so bare you are just a metal board away from the chugging engine. The only difference is how hard a bargain do you drive for the fare since all trips are based on a mutually agreed price.
Day Two - Patan
This was breakfast at Mike's, an american diner, before we set out to Patan.
Day 3 - Bhaktapur
The city of agriculture. I actually preferred Bhaktapur to Patan because it had more of a 'chillax' vibe to it, plus it was cleaner, quieter and more organised compared to the mess in Kathmandu and to some degree, Patan.
The Buddhist stupa of Boudhanath dominates the skyline. The ancient Stupa is one of the largest in the world. The influx of large populations of refugees from Tibet has seen the construction of over 50 Tibetan Gompas (Monasteries) around Boudhanath. As of 1979, Boudhanath is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Along with Swayambhunath, it is one of the most popular tourist sites in the Kathmandu area.
We have to climb 365 steps* (debatable, the number's supposed to represent 1 year..) to see the stupa. WHY do temples have to make it so difficult for people to get to?