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Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu » Thamel October 5th 2018

Arrived safe and sound. After some initial trouble passing customs, finding the right truck and getting trough the busy Kathmandu traffic, we arrived at our destination: shangri-la boutique hotel and had a hearthy welcome from the manager, Bino. Had food (an Indian curry for me) at a place I think was called 'French kitchen', with Holly from England, who we met in the bus. The next day we arranged a driver and guide and went to see Patan and the royal palace. We would never have found all the small places that were interesting. Nothing is marked. No street names entryways, signs, etc. So on the way there, we dove into a small alley / square, took off our shoes and went up the stairs into a house. At the top, there was a small 2 ... read more
Nice cloud formations over nepal
Our luggage, safe and sound

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu July 17th 2018

“When you reach the top, one side is a paradise in green whereas the other is a concrete prison in a bowl.” Chitlang is a small village that lies to the south of Chandragiri hill in the district of Makwanpur. Especially famous for Organic Village resort and goat farms, Chitlang is an emerging destination for hiking and overnight stays. However, people love to spend their night at Markhu village. Located in the southwestern side of Indrasarowar lake, Markhu offers a beautiful scenic picture of the lake and nearby hills. Away from the babel and rush of Kathmandu valley, this adventure can be a truly amazing experience to embrace in a short time. Although there are some other possible routes and itineraries, I am suggesting what I found best to do here to wrap the most of ... read more

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu » Thamel May 31st 2018

We got a hot and sticky bus back from the mountains back into civilisation which took almost the entire day. First problem was a huge section of the road had disappeared into the valley so there were 3 diggers creating a new route to drive along. That took about 2.5 hours, then we had to stop at garage for some reason or another and then we had a tyre blow out as we were snaking a hill. By late afternoon we were back in the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu. We showed Jaap Shantipur Hostel and he decided to check in too. We all headed up to the roof terrace and sipped Masala Teas watching the sunset over the bustling city. After a long day cooped up on the bus we wanted to stretch our legs ... read more

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu » Thamel May 2nd 2018

After a solid 17ish hour journey we arrived in Kathmandu. Wow we’ve missed Asia! As soon as we landed we felt the humidity and heat again, there was a plethora of taxi drivers wanting to be your best friend AND our bank card was playing up again -just like old times! We met “Binayle” and helped us out with a cheap fair for the 3 of us into Thamel (one of the districts in Kathmandu). He was kind enough to walk us to an ATM and our hostel, Shantipur. The streets were dusty, narrow at times, cows all over the show and loads of smiling faces. The streets were decorated with flags pinned up like bunting and the goods in the shops looked awesome! Also the prices were a welcome treat too. When we got to ... read more

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu April 27th 2018

This morning we set off at 9am to Changu Narayan, we’d been advised the previous evening it would take a while to get there due to the traffic at the time we were leaving. As I imagined, it was absolute bedlam on the roads, I really don’t have a clue how people continue to live! I also learnt today that the law here states the driver of a motorbike/ moped (of which there are thousands) has to wear a helmet, whereas a pillion doesn’t - absolutely mental and it’s not unusual to see whole families on a moped. I was feeling a bit rough this morning as I started taking altitude sickness medication in readiness for arriving in Tibet on Wednesday, so I took a little nap on the way :-) We followed the main road ... read more
Restorarion at Bhaktapur
Cobra in the royal baths
Chanda Narayan

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu April 23rd 2018

I had a pretty lazy morning catching up on some sleep, tucked into some momos for lunch - they are amazing steamed dumplings packed full of spices and flavour - a couple of strong coffees to set me up for my afternoon tour. I was picked up at 3pm and the first stop was The Great Boudha Stupa, this was a few km’s away from the hotel but didn’t take too long in the minibus. We stopped on a main road and we’re told “we’re here”, initially, I was a little confused as all I could see were commercial buildings, what seems to be typical potholes the size of a house in the road and loads of rubble and dust and no sign of any world heritage site! Our guide took us down an alley way ... read more
Rare photo of me
Prayer wheel on the roof of the monastery

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu » Thamel April 22nd 2018

After what seemed like forever, I finally boarded my flight from Delhi to Kathmandu. This is a flight I have been dreading since I added Nepal to my itinerary, but, as far as flights go it was nowhere near as bad as I thought it would be. Yes, it was really quite bumpy on the descent into Kathmandu, but, I survived! I even dealt with having a window seat and took some pictures as well... for those who know me, you know how much of a big deal this is. On arrival into Kathmandu, I was expecting the long queues to obtain a visa as I’d read up on it before I left, I just didn’t know quite how long. I’m pretty sure the queuing in the airport was longer than the flight from Delhi! So, ... read more
Lion on the entrance to a temple
Giant prayer wheel
Stupa at dusk

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu » Durbar Square April 20th 2018

These photos were taken over the few days I spent in Kathmandu. The main highlight in terms of location was Durbar Square (which was mostly destroyed by the 2015 quake). The Monkey Temple was also a decent diversion with views of the city. Otherwise it was just mostly just random back-alleys and narrow streets with little temples. The highlight here would be the Holi festival which was a giant colour mess. I tried to wear a rain jacket for protection but still got colours all over.... read more

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu March 25th 2018

Another pretty broken nights sleep, but we’re all starting to feel better adjusted to the time difference. Woke to the news that the Aussies had tampered with the ball in South Africa. This formed the basis of most of our conversation for the day, alternating between horror that they could be that dumb and disgust at the brazen disregard for good sportsmanship. I may have omitted to mention being half Aussie. Had breakfast then got a taxi (again a very small Suzuki despite the guys assurance that he had a “big” car) to the temples and cremation area at Pashupatinath. While it should macabre this is a fascinating insight into the rituals and beliefs of Nepalese Hindus. This is the Nepal’s most important Hindu temple on the banks of the Bagmati River. Along the river bank ... read more
Rows or garlands and beads in stalls outside temple
Sadhu at temple
Another sadhu

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu March 24th 2018

After a pretty broken sleep by all woke early for our first day in Nepal. Tired but excited to finally be here and getting organised to embark on the trekking. After an early breakfast at the hotel and coffee next door at Black Olives (a place we frequented last time that serves great coffee) we went for a bit of a wander close to the hotel to get some cash and fill in time until we met Himal, our guide for the trekking. Met Himal and one of the porters at the hotel. Sorted out with Himal the permits required and cost of them. All very confusing as he got a slightly lower total than I calculated but seemed to have extra costs in it but hopefully he’ll make it work. Went and got SIM cards ... read more
Tumeric and ginger
Durbur Square
Rebuilding Durbur Square

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