A varied day of jewellery shopping and cremations

Trip Start Jan 19, 2013
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Trip End Nov 27, 2013


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Flag of Nepal  , Central Region,
Wednesday, March 27, 2013

So after my mountain flight in the morning I went to a cafe in Thamel to grab some breakfast cos I was flippin starving. Cornflakes and toast, rock 'n' roll eh?! I did go back later for some carrot cake though, yum!

My mate Bishnu met me later to see how the flight went and I helped him out with some work emails. He runs his own rafting company and is constantly either on the phone or answering emails - he seriously needs a PA!

Anyway, after going back to my hotel and getting ready I went to a jeweller outside Thamel who had been recommended by the lady I did a 3 day hike with, Liz. She had a lovely silver necklace with her name written in Nepalese so I had to get myself one! The jeweller, Dambar, was really nice and showed me round his workshop so I could see the jewellery being made which was really cool. It was very difficult to choose some pieces, and I don't even wear silver that often but I obviously managed!

At dusk I went to a nearby Hindu temple called Pashupati where cremations take place out in the open on a daily basis. Only Hindus can enter the temple but others like me can view from the other side. They have a line up of plinths I guess you would say, one for each body and they load it up with wood to start the process... I know it sounds seriously grim but it was actually really interesting to watch. When you see how simple the process is and how quickly it's all over it makes you realise how insignificant other things are.

I didn't see any close ups if you know what I mean but there were four cremations going on whilst I was there. When the ashes are left they brush some into the river which joins onto the Ganges and the rest are kept in a container like we would do at home.

I stayed there a little while, took some pics but none to upload yet as they're on my camera as my phone was out of power. The power cuts here are frequent and annoying especially when you need to charge your stuff!

In the evening I went to a cool place called Or2k for dinner which was delicious. All in all, it was a pretty awesome day.
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H.R on

I think I must fly to Nepal ASAP, seems like you are having a great time there! Another yummy Carrot cake, I'm so jealous :-)

Geoff on

Nice glasses timmy mallet

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