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Nepali woman at the step of the Swayambhunath Stupa

As soon as I sat on seat 7A by the window I dozed out 3 hours journey, I didn’t sleep the whole night in Sharjah Airport. My row was emptied only another 2 Nepalese at the other end. Soaring in a foggy air I still could see the long white range of The Himalayas. Arriving in Kathmandu airspace, the plane was spiraling 3-4 times descending to the right latitude to land. Kathmandu seems like huge polluted city with cars, motorcycles, lorry, and pedestrian, all driving and walking on its narrow partly un-tarmac road.

The hotel that I decided to stay Kathmandu Guesthouse turned out to be a different hotel partly due to taxi trick I believed. The so called ‘tourist officer’ at the airport taxi counter boarded with me in the same taxi to chosen hotel while on the way he persuaded to join any associated trekking or tour.

Polutted air, the facemack become compulsory accessory.
They will get commission from that. I haven’t had any reservation but told the taxi booth at the airport exit to bring me to the said hotel, the next day I realized it wasn’t the hotel I intended. But In the end I pretty much liked the hotel the taxi dropped me, Hotel Encounter, slightly off on the main street and on discounted price, I was satisfied for $10 double bed/night.

The next noon, stepped out on the hotel gate, How do I start?

The constant honking, the chaotic narrow polluted roads, the dust, the Spit, messy, noisy, all crammed into the city of Kathmandu. It’s a bit appalling I didn’t know how to deal with. The dusts that surface from continuous vehicles signifying that facemask become compulsory accessories. That was by far the most heavily dusty oxygen that had entered into my lung.
Face of Nepal.The new Charles Angels?


The Thamel area, which is the most vibrant part of Kathmandu is full of colour. A walk on the pedestrian isn’t complete without zig-zagging the passerby and motorcyles towards you with the only course of action, the HONKING and BEEPING. I fell sickened in avoiding stepping on the spits. The spit is everywhere.

I strolled down and crossing Bishnumati River to Swayambhunath Stupa. The highest Stupa that offer breathtaking view towards Kathmandu. There are various small Stupas along main junctions and stone carving in the streets. Climbing hundreds of steps up to the Temple, there were scaffolding all around the stupa . Monkeys everywhere. I spent an hour and headed down and along the road another assault of senses to be faced.
Nepalese woman with her kids in the bucket
But the people are nice and warm. They never give a huge fuss when their face is captured.

It was dark and silent by the time I reached the hotel. Only the sound of vehicles from the road and honking. Been told the electricity was cut off. Apparently there are 4 hours of electricity power down every day, 2 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the dusk. This explained as to why my computer was shut down automatically and the lights-off the night before. Having dinner of chicken curry with plain Paratha by the candle light I was.

By 11pm the city pretty much silent, only the sound of dogs barking and background noise of vehicles. I think 1 and a half days in Kathmandu is the right amount of time to spend. The hotel manager kept persuading me to join any of his trekking tour around Kathmandu but I want to do that in Pokhara.
kathmandu from Swayambhunath Stupa

I think i'm still battling with jetlag. I couldn't sleep till 4.30am resulting to feel really sleepy in the morning that I woke up at 10.30am. Intended to head to the bus station early morning at 6am heading to Pokhara, but f*ck it. At noon I checked out and I was annoyed with the hotel manager, he wouldn't stop persuading to take any trekking tour. Even I said I didn't want to do it in Kathmandu, he came up with other thing. I said I want to go to Pokhara by local public bus which runs every half an hour, he said it's not safe ( record for accident) and stops on the way. Fair enough! I want to go the next day by hassle-free tourist bus. Well you can stay here another night, he said. And he came up with idea of taking a flight to Pokhara only $91 for 25 minit journey. Relentless.

Finally I moved to different hotel right in the center of Thamel area that is very close to the bus station.

Face of Nepal.
I don't want to have a long walk in the morning so Marco Polo Hotel is just perfect, only $ 5 per night. After checked in I went to atm to withdraw money but later my card was swallowed! Winter in Nepal is the worst as the power supply cut-off up to 16 hours (recorded in the pass) when there's less water or not at all in the damn to generate the hidroelectric.  And it happened while I was withdrawing money. I don't want to stay another day in Kathmandu just to wait for the bank officer to open the machine. The SPITS everywhere sicken me. There was notice at the atm for the number to call for emergency but fuck it. Finding a phone booth and coins. I have to get my card back asap, I went to the nearest bank and talked to the officer and, thanks God he was very helpful, after 30 minutes he came to the atm and opened the machine.
juice anyone?
He asked my passport for approval, I was happy that every time when the local realize I'm from Malaysia, they always say they like my beautiful country, not with any ulterior motif. I like Nepalese. It's just the SPITS that disgusts me. It's filthiest habit that I cannot tolerate.

Soon after everything sorted and I bought the Pokhara bus tickets, I strolled down the remaining hours in Kathmandu to Durbar Square.



herman_munster says:
Yeah Kathmandu isn't the best in my opinion. highly polluted and only as the first entry point for travelers going to everest. But there are few Temples really worth visiting one at the top of a hill a short walk from city centre. You can read my blog.
Posted on: Mar 03, 2012
amirar says:
Hi....

i could use some advice here... im planning to go to nepal next weekend and i don't really know where to go there... from what i read and hear is that Kathmandu is not that fun and not the place to chillax.... any suggestions?
Posted on: Feb 29, 2012
herman_munster says:
Thanks for the smiles guys. I keep this blog updated :)
Posted on: Sep 13, 2009
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Stupas at most street's junction
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Swayambhunath Stupa
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Narrow and bustling street
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Chaotic, messy, noisy Kathmandu
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Bycycle taxi boy waiting his cust…
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Nepalese women
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Noisy and messy road
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Nepalese boy
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Kathmandu
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Cotton sugar
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The Himalayas by the plane. Long …
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second to land
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Kathmandu street
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Buddhist devotees
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Climbing up to the Stupa
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Climbing up to the Stupa
The family of monkey at the stupa
The family of monkey at the stupa
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kathmandu from Swayambhunath Stupa
kathmandu from Swayambhunath Stupa
kathmandu from Swayambhunath Stupa
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Nepalase girl
Swayambhunath Stupa
Swayambhunath Stupa
Swayambhunath Stupa
Swayambhunath Stupa
Swayambhunath Stupa
Swayambhunath Stupa
Swayambhunath Stupa
Swayambhunath Stupa
Swayambhunath Stupa
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Swayambhunath Stupa
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kathmandu from Swayambhunath Stupa
kathmandu from Swayambhunath Stupa
Felix at Swayambhunath Stupa
Felix at Swayambhunath Stupa
kathmandu from Swayambhunath Stupa
kathmandu from Swayambhunath Stupa
Buddhist devotee
Buddhist devotee
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