Kathmandu - ancient and modern
Trip Start Aug 01, 2010
92Trip End Apr 30, 2011
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Regardless it is a great place to be as a tourist, it has all the things you need particularly bookshops and supermarkets which sell all the comforts of home - digestive biscuits, baked beans and Colgate toothpaste!
There is plenty to do and see with all the shopping, cafes and Internet cafes you could wish for - I was particularly please to find good coffee which has been missing since Goa.
A trip up to visit the Temple Hill with a mixture of Buddhist and Hindu was well worth the effort of 365 steps - I didn't count them.
The visit to Durbar Square was enhance by all the preparation for the festival due this weekend. On Friday no-one goes shopping they stay at home and decorate a single room with flowers and lights to invite in the Godess. Each day of the festival is devoted to a different creature crows, dogs, cows and on Saturday sisters welcome their brothers and the brother brings them gifts... good idea!
In the Taumadhi Square stands the largest/tallest Tibetan Temple a 5 storeyed temple dedicated to laxmi - godess of wealth.
The complex includes palaces, hindu and buddhist monastries all in a small area.