September 19, 2012 - Tour in Kathmandu

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Boudhanath Stupa

September 19, 2012 - Tour in kathmandu

Today is day tour in Kathmandu, after breakfast which included tea, coffe, fried vegetables & sausage, toast, omelette and very sweet orange juice, we spent the whole day sightseeing with our own guide Masarai who took us first to Swayambodnath Temple named the Monkey Temple by the hippies that frequented Kathmandu back in the 1960-1970’s! The temple with it’s stupa is situated high up on a cliff with at stunning view over the Kathmandu Valley! Next stop was Pashupatinah Hindu Temple located in the city right by the Bagmati river and this is a very serene place where people are taken after dying for cremation on the river bank. This is a quite unusual site for us westerners as it is rare that we ever see a cremation of a body in real life and here it is very natural and done in a ritual of great respect and humble grieving. Last stop of the day was Bodnath Stupa a buddist shrine which is the biggest in Nepal and probably the biggest of it’s kind in the world! Around the stupa is a very big community of Tibetans living there in exil selling traditional Tibetan clothing, Thangka paintings, jewellery and all sorts of beautiful arts & handicrafts! After Bodnath we returned to our hotel for a afternoon power nap before dinner at 7pm.

Tommy & Nanna at Swayambhunath

Tommy & Nanna at Swayambhunath

 

inside the Swayambhunath Monastery

inside the Swayambhunath Monastery

 

Back from Swayambhunath

 

Pashupatinath Temple

Pashupatinath Temple

 

at Pashupatinath

Tommy & Nanna at Pashupatinath

 

Tommy and Nanna at Boudhanath

Tommy and Nanna at Boudhanath