A side-trip to Bhaktapur and Nepali New Year

Bhaktapur Travel Blog

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Hindu Shrine along the palace wall.

Met Jess at 8:30, breakfast and then caught a taxi to Bhaktapur about one-hour outside Kathmandu.  Spent about three hours exploring the temples and other sites of this UNESCO World Heritage site.  The site encompasses another Durbar Square with many temples and palaces similar to Kathmandu.  But unlike Kathmandu, Bhaktapur restricts traffic to the central area, meaning it is a bit more sedate than Kathmandu - usually.  Not today though.  In addition to the tourists out to visit the site, today is the Nepali New Year and there are throngs of Nepalis outside celebrating and enjoying the festival like atmosphere.  Hopefully it will be a good year for them.

King Bhupatindra Malla statue
  One thing to note about Bhaktapur is that they do charge an admission fee to enter the central square of 750 Rupees (about $10 US).  I found it worth the expense though.

After exploring the area, and realizing I would need some good books to understand the significance of many of the structures we returned to Kathmandu with our taxi (he waited around to return with us - still not a bad price overall for the two of us sharing the cab though).  On the way back the traffic was crazy and I thought Jess was going to strangle our driver as we dodged and weaved throughout the traffic.  Several close calls but not once did we come into contact with another car, bike, or person on our journey back to the city.

Back at KGH, I couldn't be bothered to go back out into the chaos of Kathmandu and do further exploring.  It really does wear on you after a while and between my time wandering the streets yesterday and today's trip to Bhaktapur I was mentally exhausted from all the commotion.  So in the afternoon, I enjoyed the courtyard, read a book, napped, and just generally took it easy.  In the evening I went out to dinner with Jess for a final time (at La Dolce Vita) before we would go our separate ways (me to Everest Base Camp, Jess up to the Last Resort for some canyoning, mountain biking, and white-water rafting).

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Hindu Shrine along the palace wall.
Hindu Shrine along the palace wall.
King Bhupatindra Malla statue
King Bhupatindra Malla statue
King Bhupatindra Malla statue
King Bhupatindra Malla statue
Pool area in Palace in Bhaktapur
Pool area in Palace in Bhaktapur
Hindu Temple in Bhaktapur
Hindu Temple in Bhaktapur
statues on steps leading to temple
statues on steps leading to temple
View of the square from temple ste…
View of the square from temple st…
Lion statues standing in the court…
Lion statues standing in the cour…
Golden Gate - entrance to
Golden Gate - entrance to
Celebrating the Nepali New Year wi…
Celebrating the Nepali New Year w…
Intricately carved Pheasant Window
Intricately carved Pheasant Window
Zoom, zoom, on the parked motorcyc…
Zoom, zoom, on the parked motorcy…
Another temple in Bhaktapur
Another temple in Bhaktapur
Erotic Carvings on Dattatraya Temp…
Erotic Carvings on Dattatraya Tem…
Dattatraya Temple
Dattatraya Temple
Bhaktapur
photo by: Kathmandu1