I was only there for four days for my friend’s wedding but I thoroughly enjoyed my experience in Nepal where the culture and hearing the language more is a whole new world to me.
Kathmandu reminded me a lot of Montego Bay, Jamaica in terms of the streets, buildings and the airport. The earthquake did affect some of the city for it has more pot holes than Brownstown/St Ann’s. Bigger roads sometimes have a heap of rubbish piled together especially near the dry rivers under bridges or corners of the road.
Money doesn’t have famous people in history or royal figures on the notes. Animals are actually on Rupees (रु or “Rs”) however these are the only ones I have left. Instead a tiger is रु500 (upper left), rhinoceros is रु100 (bottom left), thar is रु50 (upper right) and the bucks grazing are रु10 (bottom right). is quite similar to Japanese yen in terms of prices of things e.g. रु240 for Momos (Nepalese dumplngs) which can be similar to buying gyoza for ¥210 at a restaurant.
Unfortunately, I do not have many pictures or the names of the delicious food I ate at the wedding with the range of food to show you.
Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square
There is a lot of history in this square especially after the 2015 earthquake. It is also known as Hanuman Dhoka square is one of the major attractions in Kathmandu Valley. Most of the cultural centers of Nepal are concentrated around the Kathmandu valley; among those cultural sites, the important one is the Hanuman-dhoka Durbar Square.
There are many shrines on the way to the square. There is also a nice lassi stand which sells for about 100 rupees. It’s really creamy and delicious. It does come with peanuts but you can ask them to remove it if you are allergic or do not want them. Inside the square is where the living child goddess, Trishna Shakya resides known as “Kumari”. Unfortunately, I didn’t take a picture of the building where she resides however it is near a Greek style temple.
The Durbar Square are is actually made up of two sub-areas. The outer complex is renowned for numerous interesting temples as Kumari Ghar , Kasthamandap , Shiv-Parbati Temple, Jagannath Temple, Big Bell etc ,while the inner complex comprises the old palace area ,Hanuman-dhoka and its courtyards as Nasal Choke ,Mul Choke ,Sundari Choke, Basantapur Durbar and other.
All the carvings and architecture in this area are exceptionally fine which make the architecture in this Hanuman-dhoka Durbar square among the most important sights for travelers to see. You can learn a lot about their government and past kings from this very place.
Swayambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple)
Monkey Temple really surprised me as I had no idea where my hotel driver was taking me and there was just a bunch of monkeys everywhere. At the very top, there are a range of smaller shrines that can be seen.
And just like many of the dogs and cows around Nepal, the monkeys are left to do whatever they want. Swayambhunath is one of the holiest Buddhist Chaityas in Nepal.
They were climbing everywhere especially on people’s car, motorbikes and temples. This is a good place to catch panoramic views of the city. The site itself has stood as a hallmark of faith and harmony for centuries.
This stupa is the oldest of its kind in Nepal and has numerous shrines and monasteries on its premises. A large number of Buddhists and Hindus alike visit Swayambhunath through out the day. Swayambhu is perhaps the best place to observe religious harmony in Nepal.
There is a big range of souvenir shops that sell a range of amulets, statues and more walking to the top of the temple and also on the right near the entrance.
Stay at Yatri!
Yatri Suites and Spa was a nice place to stay at. The room was really nice and spacious, a spa/massage parlour and there’s a currency exchange shop just 5 minutes down the road. The breakfast was a range of either Nepalese/Indian style or Western style which changed slightly everyday. Bhagyashree and Suniel were very helpful in helping me get around the city and finding guides to show me around.
And the wedding? I’ll show you a picture.