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.
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: 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.
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.
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.
Though a small airport, I will rate this airport a hassle free airport. Their customer handling is better, the airport staffs treat the passenger with respect, Luggage handling is efficient, customs clearance is fast. The airport has duty free shop, it can not be compared with Changi, Schipol but has good stock of Spirits and Cigarette, though a bit pricy but the staffs help you to chose the items of your choice.
They dont allow photography inside the airport ( I dont' know why? In the days of Google Earth? Foolish decision ) but as soon as we landed people took out their cameras, mobile phones and started taking photographs. So we too took out our cell phone and took some photographs at the turmac of Trivobhan International Airport. I really liked this airport, I feel it is better than many Indian airports in terms of courtesey shown to the people.
Immigration and Police checking? Well it is same everyehere!
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.
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.
At nearly every square meter there is something to see in Kathmandu, so you can easlily miss something. So I saw this beautifull decorated building not before the third time I passed.
This building is at Indra Chowk and it is called the Akash Bhairab Temple or Bhairab of the Sky Temple, which is actually upstairs. That's why I didn't notice the first times, because there are a lot of shop stalls at the ground floor. To enter the temple you have to climb the steps at the right side, but Hindus may not enter.
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.
I enjoyed to walk in the streets of Kathmandu. There is so much to see !
At many places in the old city are prayerwheels. In town I didn't see often devotees circumambulating clock-wise and spinning the wheels, carrying the sacred mantras ''om mani padme hum''.
At the base of this tiny stupa with prayerwheels some streetvendors have settled down.
Walking in the streets of Kathmandu you can see shrines with dieties. In Nepal there are many shrines with Ganesh, easily recognised by his elephant head.
Ganesh is the god of prosperity and wisdom. Ganesh parents are Shiva and Parvati. Ganesh obtained his elephant head by his father's temper, who topped his head, coming home after a long absence. He saw his wife in bed with a young man, not thinking of his own son had grown up. Forced by Parvati to give their son his head back, Shiva could only do this by giving the head of the first passing living being.
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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''.
Walking in the streets of Kathmandu you see a lot of streetstalls, tiny hole-in-the-wall shops or vendors just sitting on a square meter on the street. Most of the goods for sale are recognisable like vegetables, woollen shawls and blankets, but sometimes I was very intrigued, because I didn't recognise the stuff. So I don't know what this man was selling. He permitted me to take a picture, but he couldn't explain what he was selling.
First I thought maybe colouring for applying tika at the forehead, but I'm not sure.
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.