However today I bring you...Kathmandu!!! Now Kathmandu is not one of my favourite places - in fact if I never see the city again I won't lose any sleep over it. But it definitely was an experience and one I am grateful I had. Kathmandu is the biggest city in the country and one that all visitors to Nepal have to go through at some point whether they are on a trek or just sightseeing like I was.
To give you some background I was about to embark on a Discover Nepal tour however I arrived to discover I was the only one there!!! All of the participants (including me) were flying from the UK where they had a horrific snowstorm that closed down Heathrow. For some reason I decided to fly in a day early otherwise I probably would not be sitting here sharing this with you. Out of 20 tour members only 4 of us made it..and it was touch and go on the other three. I was told the tour would go ahead regardless with just me, the driver and the tour guide. How much fun would that be? (in retrospect maybe it would have been - the guide was kind of cute...) In the meantime there were tours of Kathmandu booked and I was the only one!! It turned out to be great fun. My tour guide was a woman named Anchie and we had a great time together. Click here for more information on this fantastic couple of days. Here are some of the shots I took that day. Enjoy!!!
|I told you it was chaotic!!!|
|These school girls then took photos of me with their cellphones!!!|
|This "eye makeup" is put on small children to ward off evil spirits.|
|Holy Cows in Durbar (means "Palace") Square.|
|Sadhu - holy man. I don't think this one was too holy.|
|A few seconds later these monkeys had a fight and this girl ran for it!|
|Momos...a Nepalese snack that I fell in love with. Dumplings with chicken or veggies in them with a spicy sauce.|
|In "Little Tibet" - I bought one of these and it proudly hangs in my front hallway.|
|View of "Little Tibet".|
|Rolling prayer wheels at the Bodhnath Stupa.|
|Bodhnath Stupa with Buddha's eyes|
|Stray dog by Bodhnath Stupa - I have a blow up of this on my wall.|
|Temple of Pashupatinath - holiest shrine in Nepal where dead are cremated.|