A visit to Bhaktapur would transport to another era! The fascinating architecture, the small winding lanes, shops selling exotic things -- are all sure to send you into joyful wonderment. You can visit Bhaktapur for just a day or choose to stay here for a weekend. There is much to see in and explore and also experience in Bhaktapur.
This is the large "tank" or man made lake in the centre of town, built by King Pratap Malla, for his grieving wife after their son died in the 17th century. It is fenced off now as it was a favourite spot for suicides. There is a Shiva temple in the middle but i hear it is open on a festival, only one day a year.
Wander around the streets and notice how many small shrines there are dedicated to the Hindu Dieties. Many are colourful and worth taking a photograph. The Hindu religion has over a million gods. Fun, isn't it!
I did my first rock climbing with a local company who specialized in just climbing and canyoning trips. It felt awesome to get out of Kathmandu for the day and into the forest. This company does day trips at the Nagarjun Forest and it is just 30 minutes away from the city. I only had one day to spare between trekking and my Chitwan jungle safari, so I tried this. My guides were great, very good English and gave me a lot of instruction. It was nice to hike through the forest and have the picnic lunch. Good day even if you are not a hardcore rock climber, you will still have fun. They have some easy routes and the guides will show you no end of amazing feats!
Go Rock Climbing in Nagarjun if you have a free day! It's fun and amazing!
Nepal is one of the only countries in South Asia to award licenses for casino operation. I hate gambling but to get a new experience, I went to Tara Casino which is located within premises of Hyatt Regency (Kathmandu). Tara Casino is open daily 24 hours.
Technically Nepalis are not permitted to gamble in casinos, I with my one Indian friend went inside. He started to play and I started to observe the atmosphere and the people. The casino was full of staffs. They were wearing uniforms according to their positions. To my surprise a large amount of gambling took place during 2-3, and a surprising amount of money change hands. I make some friends there too and as per their information, it happens 24 Hours all round year. WOW. Expensive food, drinks, wines, smoking every thing is free for the players and their friends. They have special chefs too, whom you can order anything you want and they'll cook for you. Staffs are ready to serve you, only you have to snap your fingers. But if you have no money to play more or you are behaving rudely, they'll take no time to throw you out. Photography is not allowed inside but I managed to take a picture using my cell phone.:D
The casino's 21,000 square foot gaming space features twenty gaming machines and eleven table and poker games. In addition of all this services, the casino offers babysitting services with doctors and nurses on duty 24 hours, a room exclusively for breast feeding mothers, and children's room with video games and soft toys. You must be 21, however, to play in the casinos.
What a great time I had in Kathmandu with the Holi Festival.
It is a public holiday and people are just enjoying themselves with water and coloured powders!
You will be a mess if you join them on the streets (which you should do). So, old clothes are important and protect your camera if you take it with you.
I was invited to join a family in the celebrations. We walked through the streets of Kathmandu and had great traditional Nepali food.
Joining the festivities of Holi was one of my highlights of my second visit to Kathmandu.
about 100 km from Kathmandu and 12km from the Tibet border ... it's the nicest place to go with a group of friends ... and just relax... sleep in nice and comfi big tents... use a nice herbal steam room...outside showers...ultimate bungy jump platform (160m)...white water rafting ...they have everything you want to just chill and enjoy ur time....
We booked transport through our guest house to go to Nagarkot and back plus spend two hours for NPR 2500. The drive through Kathmandu and the back of Bhaktapur was not particularly scenic. Once we started climbing up the mountain it got nicer and we at last got to see a bit of greenery. The road was very twisty though and not for the easily car sick. The reason to go to Nagarkot is to see the view over the Himalayas. We could see the tops of the mountains clearly, but the middle disappeared into haze. I guess it's just a matter of luck. Nagarkot had a long line of hotels, guest houses and restaurants.
Located between Thamel and the former royal palace, this garden was designed by Keshar Shumshere Rana in the 1920s. It is laid out like a European style garden and contains a restaurant, cafe, ponds, fountains, statues. It is a good place to chill out when you have had enough of the madness that is Kathmandu. Entry is 160 NPR and internet access is available here at 250NPR for 5 hours.
A small ugly lump of wood with metal hammered into it. If you get toothache during your stay in Kathmandu drive a nail into this wood to make it go away. Several more modern dentists are located nearby.
The Rani Pokhari pool and temple were built by King Pratap Malla to console his wife over the death of their son. There is a fence around the pool to keep people out as there were several suicides here. You can view the temple and pool through the fence or from the nearby footbridge.
This replica of the stupa of the Monkey Temple is just south of Thamel on route towards Durbar Square. It was built for those unable to manage the climb up to the real monkey temple. It is a beautiful peaceful place filled with pigeons and children, beautifully carved wooden buildings and painting schools.
Indra Chowk is a wonderful area where several streets meet. It houses the red coloured Akash Bhairav Temple with its golden griffen statues. This temple is home to a god who allegedly fell out of the sky. Indra Chowk is noted for blanket and pashmina stalls. Nearby is Potey Pasaal or Bead Bazaar with its dazzling arrays of multicoloured beads. Walk along Khel Tol which sells copper pots, shoes, clothes and lots, lots more. On your left a courtyard will lead into the Seto Machendranath Shrine - home to the guardian diety of the Kathmandu Valley. Its entrance is guarded by brass lion statues. Return to Khel Tol and continue walking to Asan Tol another area where several streets meet. This area is filled with fruit, vegetable and flower stalls. Choose a street: you can go north from here up to Thamel, east to the Rahni Pokhari pond and Tundikhel parade ground or south down to Bhimsen Tower (entrance 299 Nepalese rupee NPR) which is said to give good views over Kathmandu.
Asan Tole cuts diagonally from the lower end of Kantipath at Ranikundpond to Durbar Square/Basantapur. It is a facinating lane that was and remains the real centre of local shopping. Here you find everyday goods such as household items, clothes, bike parts, tailors, hats, beads, brasswares, seeds, spices, food stuff - you name it.
There are two interesting crossroad markets along Asan tole, the Asan Chowk and the Indra Chowk. the traffic is just inmpossible, but it is still worthwhile stopping up a bit and look around.
For most visitors it is a lane worth seeing and experiencing. There are some shops geard toward tourists, but not many. However, you can find yourself some real souvenirs here, things not intended as such: brass wares, bells, a topi hat, glass beads etc. I bought a wool carpet here in 1985 that has stayed on the floor ever since, and you cannot really see that it is worn. Since then, the carpet shops have proliferated in the Thamel area and the quality may be different...
Well, walk Asan, but be patient in the slow moving crowds.
We wanted to return directly to our hotel after the dinner in Rum Doodle. Some of us already gone, some were planning to go a bar. Since we aren’t into nightlife, sleeping was a better option for me and my friend. Our guide told us that some rickshaws were waiting for us at the exit, and a waiter added that we did not need to pay. This was my first encounter with a rickshaw and its driver. As a person who cannot manage to ride a bike, it was quite adventurous for me. The half covered part we sat was shaking and jumping, we were trying to find somewhere to hold and begging to our driver to ride slower, he was shaking his head as if he understood us, then he started to ride faster… Luckily Rum Doodle is not far from Yak and Yeti and the horrifying adventure ended. When we landed, I was feeling dizzy and it wasn’t the red wine’s fault.
A few days later, after Tibet trip, we wanted a rickshaw ride again. We returned to Yak and Yeti with rickshaw from Thamel after some shopping. It was like an extreme sport for me with all the shopping bags. A rickshaw ride wasn’t expensive, as far as I remember.
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