Kathmandu area, Kathmandu
I have recently finished volunteering at a orphanage in Kathmandu and i would like to recommend the experience to anyone wanting to volunteer in Nepal. The small orphanage called CHEF(Child Helping Education Fund) with the objectives to provide housing, food, clothing, education and medical care in a loving home. The brother and sister who run the orphanage and the 7 children aged 5-11 are all lovely. If you are interested to help and to work as a volunteer you are most welcome to visit them for a day/week/month and to see Nepalese orphans at there home which is located in a suburb of Kathmandu called Sunakothi, Lalitpur. Your financial and moral help is highly appreciated. There website is www.chef.org.np. For a link to references of the woman and of the charity by past volunteers: http://www.couchsurfing.org/people/lilabk12/
Our very first white water rafting.....and it was amazing. One of the rapid almost usurp me....but thank God, Allah swt was there with us. Anyway, had the most memorable water rafting adventure in life....
And trust me.....the guides are superb. Strong, friendly and full of assurance! Rest assured, you will get the best of it....
Well, any strong willed person must not miss this while on their trip in Kathmandu...what else, Bungy Jumping...
Located 3 hours drive away from Kathmandu, Last Resort is just the place to go to when you need that additional adrenaline rush...
Hubby had his.......and very contented.
Crowded backstreets of the old town - Take a walk in the backstreets, and the amazing cultural and artistic heritage reveals itself in hidden temples overflowing with marigolds, courtyards full of drying chills and rice, and many hobbit sized workshops largely unchanged since the middle ages.
A stroll around Kathmandu’s backstreets will lead the casual wanderer to many intriguing sights, especially in the crowded maze of streets and courtyards in the area north to Durbar sq. There are temples, shrines and sculptures hidden away in the most unlikely of places. Something that would be a priced possession in many European museums is here used as a plaything or a washing line.
Freak street – focus of KTM overland scene during the hippie era, little remains to testify of the good old days,
Thamel – bursting with dozens of hotels restaurants, internet cafes, travel agencies and shops, tourist ghetto or backpacker district. Kathmandu maybe a travellers Mecca since the 60’s, but these days you are less likely to see a tie/dyed hippy in search of enlightenment than a well-heeled Gore-Tex-clad tourist in search for a good espresso.
The large fenced tank is said to have been built by king Pratap Malla in 1667 to console his queen over the death of their sun (who was trampled by an elephant).the pool was apparently used during the Malla era for trials by ordeal and latter became a favourite suicide spot. Perhaps because of the high suicide rate, the gate to the tank and its central Shiva Temple is unlocked only one day each year, during the festival of Tihar.
The footbridge over the nearby chowk has the best views over the whole complex.
Kathesimbhu stupa is the most popular Tibetan pilgrimage site in the old town. In fact a small copy of the great Swayambhunath complex – a two storey pagoda to the Goddess of Smallpox (Harti), right behind the main stupa. The entrance is flanked by metal lions atop red ochre concrete pillars. Various statues and a few smaller stupas (chaityas) stand around the temple.
Some fine mandhala shops ca be found around the square and on the nearby streets, including mandhala schools where you can watch teenagers while painting them.
Southwest of the Asan tole, this temple attracts both Hindus and Buddhists – Buddhists consider Seto (White) Mechhendranath to be a form of Avalokiteshvara, while to the Hindus he is the rain bringing incarnation of Shiva. The temple’s age is not known but it was restored during the 17th century. The arched entrance to the temple is marked by a small Buddha figure on a highstone pillar in front of two metal lions.
In the courtyard there are lots of small shrines, stupas and statues, including a mysteriously European-looking female figure surrounded by candles who faces the temple. It may well have been an import from Europe that has simply been accepted into the pantheon of gods. Facing the other way, just in front of the temple, are 2 graceful bronze figures of the Taras seated atop tall pillars. Buy some grain to feed the pigeons and boost your karma.
The Durbar square area is actually made of two sub-areas. The outer complex is renowned for numerous interesting temples as Kumari Ghar, Kasthmandap, Shiv-Parbati Temple, Jagannath Temple, Big Bell, etc., while the inner complex comprises the old palace area, Hanuman-dhoka and its courtyards as Nasal Chowk, Mul Chowk, Sundari Chowk, Lohan Chowk, Mohan Chowk, Basantapur Durbar and others. There are many temples in the inner complex also, most notable being the Taleju Temple dedicated to female royal deity.
The Hanuman-dhoka Durbar is included in the UNESCO list of Protected World Heritage Sites.
Patan is the second largest city in Nepal, after Kathmandu.
It is separated from Kathmandu by Bagmati river.
In ancient times, it was named Lalitpur, the city of the beauty.
Its map is a mandala: in the centre there is the Royal Palace, from which four road branch out in all the cardinal points.
Owing to the amounts of its big temples, Patan is undoubtedly the cradle of the arts and of the architecture of the Nepal.
Patan Durbar Square is one of the seven world heritage sites all over the Kathmandu valley.
The temple of Changu Narayan is said to be the most ancient temple in the Kathmandu Valley, its origin goes back to the 4th Century. Located on the top of a spur rising in the eastern part of the valley, it is 22 kilometers from Kathmandu and 4 kilometers north of Bhaktapur.
Changu Narayan is one of the seven world heritage sites all over the Kathmanu valley.
On the way to Swayambhunath, a.k.a. the Moneky Temple, you will pass by some amazing monasteries.
The architecrute and the structure of those places is simple beautifull, and here you can observe and discover 100% the real culture.
Indeed, in such places you won’t meet any tourist, you will meet only local people observing their rituals.
Moreover, in such places you will never find any tourist shop, what will be absolutely common in the most famous places, i.e. Monkey Temple, Pashupatinath and Bodhanth.
Here, as said, you will find only local people praying and monks.
This is a very particular experience, that goes by far then visit the common “touristic phenomenon” places.
it's next with Patan Dubar Square. a very nice museum, buddha statue, carved wood pieces, etc. it displays the traditional sacred art of Nepalin an illustrious architectural setting. Its home is an old residential court of Patan Dubar.
an peace and quiet garden plus,
at least, i thougth it better than most of the Chinese museum.
Kathmandu took its name from this building. The whole building is made of wood...as the legend says from a single sal tree! Ganesh images are found at each corner of the building, as well as shrines to other gods. I loved those bronze lions guard at the entrance!
Did you know that durbar in nepali means palace? Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur have their durbar squares in front of their old palaces.
Walking around Durbar Square in Kathmandu, you will find many interesting temples, the Kumari Bahal (House of the living Goddes) and the Kasthamandap (House of Wood).
It is the very centre of Kathmandu and you could spend hours strolling around it.
This is the biggest stupa in Nepal in terms of height and expansion. It was known built by a woman named Ththagata Kasyap (Holi Sung) with the help of her four sons in a year unknown.
The stupa stands over three-tiered platform raised over the crossed retctangles in order to bring out the Yantra from. It is very beautiful and grand in architecture.
Bouddhanath is one of the most sared places of the Buddhists. The Tibetan name of it is JYARUNG KHASTYOR.
The entrance fee is NRs.100.