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Weekly Travel Theme: Light

Posted in Life in Singapore, new york, Travel Asia, Travel Europe with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 2, 2013 by Yarn Over New York

Another version of Where’s My Backpack‘s Weekly Travel ThemesLIGHT.  I could not resist such an awesome theme.

Boston, USA

NYC, USA

Paris, France

NYC, USA

Macau

Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei

Macau

Hangzhou, China

Singapore

Larnaka, Cyprus

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Singapore

Kathmandu, Nepal

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Bhaktapur and Kathmandu

Posted in Asian Winter Odyssey 2010-11, Travel Asia with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 15, 2012 by Yarn Over New York

Another chapter in my Asian Winter Odyssey

Bhaktapur- 21 November 2011

After a brief stay in the hills of Nagarkot, Kevin and Matt (my traveling companions) and I boarded the bus for Bhaktapur.  It is a nice little city with lots of little busy streets for walking.  It also has a “cultural protected area” with temples and historical buildings.  Tourists must buy a day pass to enter the area, which is called Durbar Square.

The tourist pass is good for 24 hours, so we were able to visit that evening and the next morning as well for one price.  We spent most of our short stay in that area making the most of the winding streets before heading to our main destination, Kathmandu.

Kathmandu- 22 thru 24 November 2011

We arrived in central Kathmandu at the outdoor market area and were mobbed by men offering us tuk-tuk rides and wanting to show us their hotels.  We managed to find a place slightly off the beaten path down a cute little alley and checked in. We were assured that there was good wi-fi (except for the rolling blackouts) but we needed to buy our own toilet paper down the street.  Ultimately, it was fine.

Similar to Bhaktapur, Kathmandu has a Durbar Square that tourists must pay to enter.  We went to this area to see the temples, markets and the famous Kumari Ghar.

The Kumari is a very young girl that has been proven to be the reincarnation of the goddess Durga.  She lives in this house (ghar) which was built by the King of Nepal in 1757.  The Kumari rarely leaves the house and is carried everywhere, so that her feet never touch the ground.  Inside the courtyard, she occasionally appears in the window.  We were fortunate enough to see her, even though tourists are not allowed to photograph her.

She appears in the center window while her guards protect and carry her.

The courtyard is full of very beautiful and intricately carved figures.

After seeing the Kumari, we visited the rest of the sprawling area.

I have so many many more photos of Durbar Square– if I uploaded them all, I’d eat up all my bandwidth.

Ok, one more 🙂

The next day we visited the Monkey Temple- Swayambhunath.  It is a Tibetan style complex with temples, a giant stupa and a monastery on top of a hill that overlooks the city.  If you have read my blog before, you know that I love monkeys.  I love real monkeys and I love crocheted monkeys.  I love all types of monkeys.

Okay, okay.  The architecture and surrounding area were interesting as well.

The Stupa with Buddha’s Eyes

Prayer Wheels

Buddha is NOT Santa

Another highlight of Kathmandu was wandering the streets around the market area.  There were so many colors and so much activity.  The market streets have a great mix of handmade goods, commercially made tourist crap, hiking gear and street food.

Our brief trip through Nepal was amazing.  See more photos of Nagarkot, Bhaktapur and Kathmandu here.