A side-trip to Bhaktapur and Nepali New Year
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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.
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).