After landing, the first line we have to stand in is the one to buy our visa. Everything takes a little time but finally we are done with everything and have our luggage too. Rasheem, our Odysseys Unlimited tour guide for this part, is awaiting us.
Archaeological explorations indicate that Kathamandu and the two other sister towns in the valley were the oldest towns and are traced to the period between 167 BC and 1 AD.
We check into our Hotel Crowne Plaza-Soaltee.
At the entrance Rasheem bought some special coins which ...
The monks were chanting. Something comforting about it.
Rules of conduct hang outside the door. Too bad that that is necessary.
I really liked this poster.
The next morning we enjoy a walking tour of Kathmandu City. There are three Durbar Squares (city square with palaces, temples, shrines, important buildings and monuments etc) in the Kathmandu Valley and of course they are all UNESCO sites.
We start with Patan Durbar Square.
The Golden Gate
Later we see a old drawing of this particular well in the museum.
I didn't take notes (shame on me) and am not sure which museum this was.
I think it was The Patan Museum
inside PatanDurbar Square which specializes in bronze statues and religious objects, which include nearly 900 items.
Anyway, this was very interesting.
Vajrasattva and Prajna
Vajrasattva, the "Sixth Buddha" is depicted in mystic union with his consort, traditionally they may be seen only by the initiated. Their lion throne is an ancient symbol of majesty. Both carry thunderbolts (vajra), the means to enlightenment, and bells, symbolizing impermanence because the sounds do not last. (copied from the little museum sign)
After lunch we walked around Kathmandu Durbar Square.
Spices. The smell of Asia.
is worshiped as a symbol of physical strength, perseverance and devotion.
The house of the Living Goddess, the Kumari Bahal looks like the monastery that was constructed in 1757 by Jaya Prakash Malla. Inside it lives the young girl who is selected to be the town's living goddess, until she reaches her first puberty and reverts to being a normal mortal.
Rasheem holding up a photo of the present Kumari (poor girl!).
A picture of a Pharmacy for Sarah.
How do you get to the front door?
Another well. Getting water is very important for everybody.
Dinner was always arranged by Rasheem on hotel premises, just a little walk. He thought we would be tired of Indian food so it was Italian one night and Chinese another.