Kathmandu, Nepal

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  • Nepalese are not cheap neither are we cheaters

    by snehatamrakar513 Written Apr 25, 2014

    Favorite thing: I just read a review that nepali people are cheap and that they are cheaters. I am nepali and I have gone on many treks such as ghandruk, jomsom, khumbu etc. Those regions as well as my hometown Kathmandu are filled with different kinds of people just like any other place in the world. Maybe that person had a bad experience with a certain person but it's wrong to generalize all of nepali population as cheaps and cheaters. Before posting such reviews it would behoove you to keep in mind you are talking about a nation of people.

    Fondest memory: Anyway, do visit Nepal :) if you like adventures and are an adrenaline junkie you will love it here. It's also good for people who like culture and history :)

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  • nepali peoples are cheater

    by simmy541 Written Oct 25, 2010

    Favorite thing: Nepali peoples are very bad and cheap,they have no characters,very very bad,and cheater.yes Nepali peoples are cheater.

    Fondest memory: Nepali peoples are very bad and cheap,they have no characters,very very bad,and cheater.yes Nepali peoples are cheater.

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    ATM's in Kathmandu

    by traceyspacey Written Oct 29, 2008

    Favorite thing: I was in Kathmandu last year and there were plenty of ATM's that accept UK debit cards. We didn't use travelers cheques whilst we were there (mainly as we were traveling for quite some time and had them only for emergency funds). Indian Rupees can be spent in Nepal, although it is illegal to take Indian Rupees in and out of India. Not that anybody checked.

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    Make sure to pack a few candles as Nepal has six h

    by mbrennan01 Updated Apr 24, 2008

    Favorite thing: Take a bus from Pokhora to Kathmandu on a Saturday and you'll see most of Nepal doing their washing in the himalayan rivers.

    The Swayambunath Stupa in Kathmandu is an absolute must, but watch out for the cheeky monkeys - they'll have your lunch!

    Sadu in Kathmandu Pokhora Stupa, Kathmandu local tailors, Kathmandu Swayambunath Stupa
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    Get lost!

    by TracyG Written Aug 22, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Kathmandu is one of those cities where a map just goes straight out of the window. The easist and best way is just to wander, especially in Thamel. There are so many side streets and shops, that you will probably take a wrong turn even with a map so it is best to just go with the flow.

    Fondest memory: The cultural mix of people in Nepal is great, with Hindus and Buddhist happily living together, mingled in with some expats and a load of tourists, it is great.

    Thamel street

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    by tenshi25 Written Feb 6, 2005

    Favorite thing: lot of beggars.. street kids or whatever u call them , i made a mistake by giving some nepalese rupes to a little funny lookind kid..MAN few seconds later, i was surrounded by 10s of them LOL

    Fondest memory: People are cool and the weed too lol

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    The Kathmandu Valley!

    by stable_mountain Updated Sep 8, 2004

    Favorite thing: The Kathmandu valley is a capital of the tiny Himalayan country Nepal, which has borders with India in the South and China (Tibet) in the North. Kathmandu Valley is situated at an altitude of 1336m above the sea level and covers an area of 218 sq miles. The rich tapestry of the cultural heritage of Nepal is synthesized in the Kathmandu Valley, the home of the ancient Newari culture; the skillfully built temples and palaces, delicately carved stones and wooden columns are really a unique. Pashupati – Nath, Shayambhu Nath, Boudha- Nath, historical palace of Hanuman-Dhoka and Patan Durbar Square are the remarkable monuments of Kathmandu; UNESCO has listed these places into World Heritage Site. It's an opportunity to view one of the fine architectures of the Hindu Kingdom of Nepal in Kathmandu. Kathmandu offers top class touristy facilities to the budget and very cheap staying accommodation around the cities.

    Swyambhu nathn, stupa

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  • wander! Especially in...

    by tiganeasca Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: wander! Especially in Katmandu: the sights, the smells, the sounds are all likely to be different from anything you have ever experienced. Katmandu is definitely not a small city--taken together with its surrounding valley, it is home to 750,000 people. And, it is important to remember that it was essentially closed to the West until about 1950. So it now has the dubious distinction of being a modern city without many modern conveniences, primary among which might be its absent sewer system. Garbage is thrown in the streets and mingles with the smells of burning incense and burning oil and smoky cooking fires--pollution laws are virtually non-existent. You will find cows in the streets together with seemingly thousands of abandoned dogs. Holy men wander, dependent upon the charity of believers. Every third building seems to be a temple or a shrine. And everywhere there are people. I have been to Cairo, a very large 'Third World' city. And though the cities share many things, they are distinct and impossible to confuse. Katmandu is at once the filthiest, smelliest, oddest, and most magical city I have ever visited--and I cannot wait to return!

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    visit kathmandu, capital of...

    by wujoo Written Aug 25, 2002

    Favorite thing: visit kathmandu, capital of nepal -
    experience the culture of nepalese, stroll through the little streets of maze in thamel district, check out how local people do business in the oldstyle but interesting shops. the place is also alive with many archaic yet gorgeous temples, all with different personality. choose the right time so that you can witness their religious ritual such as funeral, animal scriface, all of these will definitely impress you for rest of your life.

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    KATHMANDUFamous for being a...

    by SirRichard Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: KATHMANDU
    Famous for being a hippies centre in the 60s, Kathmandu is now a mix of backpackers, trekkers, old hippies... and people from Nepal too! Kathmandu's core is Durbar Square, protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with the Vishnumati River to the west and Ratna Park to the east (There is an entrance fee of Rs. 250 for foreign visitors. Your ticket to the Square entitles you to visit all the museums). The Bagmati River forms the southern boundary, while Thamel, the budget travellers' hangout, sprawls to the north. This is the best place to do your shopping; and don't forget to bargain!!

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    by sa-mi Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Fondest memory: 30th May 2001

    Namaste for the last time from Nepal. A beautiful month is over and we have to move on to our next destination. The last couple of days we spent sightseeing in the Kathmandu valley. On day trips from Kathmandu we visited the 2nd and 3rd largest cities of the valley, in random order Pathan and Bakthapur. Both ancient cities offer a magnificent number of temples and culture sites. But, we have to admit it, after seing nearly 500 temples during the last 30 days we felt enlightend, had enough, we were overtempled so to speak. Both cities offer great walking tours for a day, the only drawback is, that Bakthapur charges $ 10.- to enter their lovely city. Trish, Steve, Sandra and I felt that this is a total ripp off... all city official and merchants in town had to suffer under our verbal attackes. Most of them are certain now, that if they ever visit Germany, Switzerland, UK or Australia they have to pay a steep price for every city they will enter (especially Trish will monitor this). After Trish and Steve left to continue their trip onto a Gay Cruise, the country felt into a 3-day strike. Not because of their departure, but rather because a particular politician increased the income tax. That was the first time that we saw Kathmandu without smog and our constant caughing got better with every day. It was a real pleasure we finally found a beautiful hotel (oh, I think we forgot to mention that we really thought we had a speacial deal at the hotel The Earth, a large room with bright windows and 3 beds, for only $ 4.50/night, only to find out that this room was a flying cockroach stronghold and they attacked us relentlessly during the night to defend their home court... you can call me 'Tapferes Schneiderlein', I killed 7 with one wipe and was on alert all night to defend my sleeping honey - end of the story was another hotel change) and 3 days of no noise and smoke in the city. Kathmandu is normally a total chaos of noise, traffic, polution, smells, hussle, people, buses, taxis and Tuk Tuk's and it almost felt like a ghost town with the striking effect. Most of the people adhere to the strike, we witnessed only 1 riot against a store next to us, while the youngsters destroyed the store they left us alone. So we drank beer, walked around, met people (like Dietmar who gave us good Thailand tips or Mimicat5 who is waiting with Michaels Sunglasses in Tokyo...) and wrapped it up. After 3 days of hanging around we were ready to move on. Worth to mention was the Cafe New Orleans, which was our favourite place to hang out, but also gave me and our german friend Dietmar the stomach flu... so you have to weight the pro's and con's when you go there.

    Thanks to all the people that made Nepal an adventure and a great time for us, we close out with Arnold's favourite saying: I'll (we'll) be back!!!

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    by sa-mi Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Fondest memory: 4TH MAY

    The main place in Kathmandu is called Durbar Square. There we found munerous temples from the 5th century upwards. But it is also kind of a market place where the locals sell their handmade arts or just hang around. Its too cumbersome to describe every temple, but after a few hours strolling around and reading the explanations for each temple our heads were spinning in holyness!!!
    One fact is to be mentioned: at the south side of the square lives the LIVING GODDESS 'KUMARI' in her temple. She lives in the temple since she is 4 years old and will be exchanged once her puberty starts and become a regular mortal again. She has been selected from a speacial Nepali Tribe. Selection criterias are, that she has never been bleeding in her live, not even because of a cut, and that she still lives in her parents house when selected.
    On our way home we chose the old main street which is actually just a very narrow dirt street along supposingly very old houses with very small entries. This street remains to be the market street for food. You may buy lots of vegetables and herbs such as curry and sometimes you see a butcher selling his meat which is presented in anot very nice and hygienic way (a flies paradise!!!). Since we are planning to go to Pokhara on sunday, we are moving hotels again, now you can visit us at the TIBETIAN GUEST HOUSE... Today (5th may) we visited another holy place, called PASHUYATINATH. Holy scheisse we are so holy.... It is the most important Hindu temple in Nepal. Even the King is a frequent visitor. The temple is on the bank of the GAGMATI RIVER, which eventually meets the GANGES (India). Supposedly this is the main reason that the Hindus bun their dead people here. We witnessed 3 'Cremations' while we were taking a tour. You are allowed to watch as they build a bondfire and burn the body. WEIRED! After everything is burned they push the ashes into the river. This symboliss the four elements in the wheel of life. Not a bad way to go, but the river doesn't look too healty!!! Tomorrow we are off to POKHARA (look on the map) to go trekking the Anapurna Mountains. So whish us luck, we decided to investigate the public transportation system... like a 6 to 8 hours busride up there... We'll keep you posted (don't know if pokhara has that many internet cafes like Kathmandu).

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    Kathmandu has a lot to look at...

    by Beefy_SAFC Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Kathmandu has a lot to look at - top of my list was Pashupatinath Hindu Temple complex near the Airport. Swayambhunath is also high up my list, because of all of the Monkeys wandering around it. There's also Durbar Square with the holy men and the pigeons, Patan, Baudhanath Stupa and we cannot forget Bhaktapur, worth a day in itself. A side trip to Changu Narayan is also worth the effort. See my website at http://www.tibet.freeserve.co.uk for more inforamtion.

    Fondest memory: Again, the funnies (and you need a sense of humour when you travel)...

    Monkeys eating flower petals (see picture). Man hangs bricks from p***s at Pashupatinath.

    Eating in a partially open air restaurant and notice an electrical socket with an adaptor with three plugs in. This is attached to another adaptor with a further two plugs. This is attached to another adaptor with a further two plugs. This is attached to another adaptor with a further two plugs. This is attached to another adaptor with a further two plugs. The next adaptor has a further chain of adaptors with plugs attached to the side. A few adaptors and a good few plugs later, the electric socket itself is reached. We reckon that most of the restaurant is powered through this single socket. There's a thunderstorm overhead and we are glad the canopy above us doesn't have a leak. (For an alternative approach, see my 'Egypt' entry.)

    To emphasize the point, as we are leaving the restaurant in the heavy rain, the electrics of a building opposite short out in the weather. The poor bloke pedalling the rickshaw we are in just looks skyward.

    We decide to buy a bottle of 'Nepalese' whisky, distilled in Scotland. Hmm.

    Also find shop in Bhaktapur selling Middlesbrough F.C. merchandise (see 'Photos') - They're one of our local rivals and this is the last place I expected to see footy stuff on sale.

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  • if visiting kathmandu be sure...

    by bhairav Written Aug 24, 2002

    Favorite thing: if visiting kathmandu be sure to rent a bike and spend some days just riding around, experiencing the sites and sounds

    Fondest memory: while trekking to everest, the primroses on the paths, the rhodos which changed colour as the elevation changed, the mica paths which varied from pink to golden colour, watching the clouds come up to you, the magnolia trees which we could smell before we could see them. the people. the kids who jumped from rock to rock like mountain goats as they walked miles to school

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  • NEPAL is a place which has...

    by bharath_r Written Aug 24, 2002

    Favorite thing: NEPAL is a place which has natural beauty. it has many mountains, natural springs and dazzling sunlight.it also has
    many water falls .when one is in nepal they must enjoy its scenicbeauty.Visiting kathmandu ,the capital is a must. not a big country. can do a little shopping.

    Fondest memory: dazzing sunshine,mt.Everest and water falls

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