OM MANI PADME HUMN (hail to the flower in the lotus) is the most common Buddhist prayer or mantra, and everybody "tells" it.
Each prayer wheel contains dozens of such prayers, and each prayer flag hanging from the top of a stupa, has the prayer printed on it.
Hence, when the pilgrim spins the prayer wheels while circumbulating around the temple, thousands of prayers “are told” at the same time. The wind tells the same prayer when it blows the prayer flags. Magic, simple….but different
Not sure if this Bollywood movie making or local Nepali production.
The scene is real and the fist fight unreal. Lot of audience and tourists like me watching.
Hope to catch the movie if it has got English subtitles.
At the Katmandu's open plazas, you will see the market places in the mornings.
Selling all kinds of local vegetable, fruits and farm produces.
Remember to wash your fruits well before peeling and cooked the vegetables well if you are into buying your own food and preparing them for consumption.
Got my visa upon arrival at Katmandu airport. It was easy like a breeze. Just bring enough US Dollars.
From website: http://www.immi.gov.np/touristvisa.php
"Visa fee for visitors who enter Nepal for the first time in a visa year (Jan-Dec):
Single entry 60 days from the date of entry US$ 30 or equivalent convertible foreign currency."
Favorite thing: I am not sure if they are yogic gurus, religious holy men or hermits coming to town. You see them with their own unique wardrobe, face or body painting and amazing hairdo. Wonder what they are thinking or contemplating. Took a picture from a distance on one of these "interesting individuals".
Favorite thing: There many unique Nepali brassware, masks, musical flutes, Tibetan small drums, beads, etc that laid on the floor like a flea market. Interesting to just stroll around in late afternoon or evening and check out any souvenir or bargains to decorate back home.
Did see an elephant walking down a street and water buffaloes meat being cut into pieces while strolling. But I was pleasantly surprise to see a beautifully built public water supply built with intricate sculptured stone tiled walls.
Can see the locals here collecting water or doing their laundry. It was another Katmandu surprise for me.
Favorite thing: When strolling, you can see the beautiful detailed wood sculpture of the temples and buildings. Often are painted and depicts Hindu Gods and Goddesses as well as symbolic animals. Many of the Nepali homes are small, simple construction of fragile looking bricks. So it is a constract to these public wood displays and architecture.
In Nepal and specially Kathmandu Hinduism and Buddhism exist peacefully together. At every corner you find temples of Shiva or Buddha.
For a big Shiva Temple you should go to Pashupatinath, where there are also places for burning the dead. As a tourist you are not allowed to enter the temple itself.
For big Buddhist temples I recommend Boudanath.
Both places are not far from Kathmandu.
I should say that my favourite thing about Kathmandu is the numerous fantastic handicraf t and sovineer shops in Kathmandu all at affordable prices to buy stuff.
The Sherpas are nice people with a fantstic warm heart who welcome everyone with open arms.
An nice experience over all
Fondest memory: My fonest memories would be the wonderful Sherpa people that I met during my Trek to Everest Base Camp. Really nice people who were very warm friendly and open.
The superb mountains all around you that almost makes you feel how insiginificant you are in front of these huge peaks.
Un forgettable memories.
The Akash Bhairab Temple at the Indra Chowk is covered with brightly colourful ceramic tiles in purplish red, white and green and The building has yellow windows and at the balconies you can see four metal griffins. At the entrance of the temple are two metal lions.
Through the open windows you can see a silver image of Bhairav. They told us that this image will be brought out during important festivals.
Not only the Durbar Square is a forest of temples, but nearly in every street or at every streetcorner you can find a temple or shrine for worshipping. The daily and religious life is very mingled, like the Buddhism and Hinduism is in Nepal. So strolling around in the old city, you can look around everywhere to discover the treasuries.
At the picture ''one of the temples somewhere'' in ''one of the streets somewhere''.
I walked a lot in Kathmandu, especially in the streets between Durbar Square and Thamel.
I enjoyed the many shops and streetstalls selling all kind of goods like bangles, beads, jewellery, cloth, saris, woollen shawls, pashmina's, copper jars, books.
Half of the fun of strolling around was the streetlife with strollers, vendors, customers, rickshaws, charts and even cars forcing through the narrow streets.
Also the last afternoon, just before our plane would leave for Europe, strolling in the streets of Kathmandu was the last thing I did.
On my way between Thamel and Durbar Square, just a bit north of the Indra Chowk, I saw all the time this shop selling dentures.
It looked like they were selling used dental plates. I just wondered, if you can also order a new denture here.
I didn't enter the shop to ask.
Favorite thing: Walking in the streets of Kathmandu you will see a lot of streetvendors selling vegetables or fruits. I saw a surprisingly great choice in delicious fruits and different kinds of vegetables. The fruitstalls were looking very colourful and inviting. On my way back from the old city centre back to the guesthouse I bought most of the times some fruits like grapes, oranges or something else.