Kathmandu, Bandipur & Patan

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February 11th 2008
Published: February 12th 2008
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the Himalayas!the Himalayas!the Himalayas!

Our first (and best) view of the majestic mountains
I intended to do a partial trek of the Annapurna Circuit, specifically, up to Manang and back down, but changed my mind when the views of the Himalayas disappeared completely soon after our arrival. We were awarded awesome views of the great snowy mountains as we approached Kathmandu on our flight, and we could still see some while we waited for our van in the airport parking lot, but by the time we arrived in town the cloud line had lowered and blocked them out. It was kind of like a strip tease; the dress -in the form of clouds- was raised high, giving us a great show, when we flew in, and was slowly pushed down after we set foot on Nepali soil.

With each consecutive day, the haziness got worse, and from Bandipur, where there are supposed to be "gobsmacking" views of the Himaly, there was nothing but dense fog (not that that did anything to spoil our time in Bandipur itself -its unspoilable).

We spent 8 days in the Kathmandu Valley in the capital itself, and also Bandipur -a medieval Newari village perched up on the hills of the western wall of the valley; Lonely Planet
another ariel shotanother ariel shotanother ariel shot

the "Middle Hills" brood in the foreground, the Himal beckon in the background
describes this place as a "national treasure" where the people are open-hearted and not out for your buck, and I have to agree 100% with that depiction; we also visited Patan, a smaller -also medieval- city near Kathmandu.

Here are some pix.

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cows and pigeonscows and pigeons
cows and pigeons

the entire country is a photo op
famous stupafamous stupa
famous stupa

in Kathmandu (KTH)
Tibetan "millet beer"Tibetan "millet beer"
Tibetan "millet beer"

Fill the metal mug with dry millet and just add hot water
hills of Bandipurhills of Bandipur
hills of Bandipur

loveliest place I've been in all my travels...
inside our roominside our room
inside our room

at the Old Inn, nicest B&B I've ever stayed in
Sidda CaveSidda Cave
Sidda Cave

this opens up into what is still a largely unexplored cavern , mammoth, and considered the largest in the Himalayas

everything is worth looking at in Patan

typical doorframe, windowframe work

wandered around here for hours

in Kathmandu
Himalayas on the way outHimalayas on the way out
Himalayas on the way out

above the cloudline as we fly out

13th February 2008

and that's why I'd go back to Nepal in a heartbeat. Glad you got to try some Chung millet beer too- Nepal is great in every way.
20th February 2008

I've got very little to say - those pics really knocked my socks off. Those hills are just perfect. The cows were cool too. Surely an amazing trip.

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