Goodbye Nirvana

Bhaktapur Travel Blog

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The more it's dark, the more it's peace.

We were going to bed but the beautiful sky was stunning. How long that I haven't seen wonderful scene? 5 months, yes. Since Lipe Island. A distinct line at the half of the moon has made it so wonderful even it was just a half. Fantastic moment has happened again. Not less than a thousand glitter stars above us. Seemed like it's too close but we can't even touch. Again that we had a magical moment and memory together.

We woke up around 10pm but haven't met Baba, he left to Kathmandu since an early morning. I met Bolet. He asked my email and phone number. He will come here in the next 6 months, i wish i stayed in Thailand at that time. He wanted me to write something in his notebook.

I'll be back to sit there again for sure!!
  "I Love Nirvana" that what i wrote, he smiled broadly. I asked him to give my letter to Baba with some money for Baba's children.  Bolet said "Promise that you'll come back?" Yes, i promise.


Friend and I took bus to Kathmandu. Only 15 Rupees per person. Very cheap. We sat on the roof, met Dipa's brother. Before i left Nagarkot, I went to Dipa house. Gave her a letter with email address and phone number. If she grows up and can use internet, i hope she would contact me when she wants to come to Thailand or need some help. I wanted to give her something which it's not money but i didn't have anything at that time so I gave her money but hope she will spend it with the useful stuff.

Raz
Raz is Dipa's brother. He gave me his email address and hope me or my friend will come back to Nagargot again. If i want to trek, he said please let him know. "No need to hire guide to take you to everest, we, nagarkot people, are your friend and also are the best guide for you", last thing he said before we said goodbye. 

Thanks brother.

We stopped at Baktapur, live museum. If we compares with Thailand, Kathmandu might be bangkok and Baktapur might be Ayuttaya. (but before Ayuttaya was destroyed by war)

Baktapur is a middle age city designed in the 19th century. It has not yet lost its old traditions. Love an architecture which has maintained very well : Durbar square, palace of 55 windows, Golden gate (One of the most beautiful gate in the world).

Durbar Square
  

In this city, people make pottery, build and decorate houses and temples.  Around the Durbar Square are the antique and curio shop which have wood and stone carvings. Thangkas are a good attraction. Around there has Nyatapola (a square structure with four arches and a pyramidal roof). Nyatapola is the Nepal's tallest five roofed temple. It's a great symbolic of this city. The pottery market is very near to Nyatapola temple. You can easy find work of fine art and culture in this city. There also has the other temple which are the Dattatraya shrine, the Akash Bhairab Temple and Pujarimath which have an excellent wood work and the famous peacock window.  To walk pass this town foreigners have to pay for 10$.

Hotel New Raj which made me miss Nirvana a lot cos there was cheaper and better!!
My friend leaded, a staff came to him. He said No paisa. So the staff turned to me but he thought i was Nepaleses so he turned back :D Lucky me!!

It's hot in Baktapur, weather has changed again. Very cold in Nagarkot but here is very hot with a lot of dirt in town as Kathmandu!!! Selling is the main career for Napaleses. Every old houses  are the shops. Selling food, stuff, Ducha. That's why they called this place "Living Museum".

Finally we were back to Kathmandu, uncomfortable city which i don't like. My friend went to played Djimbe in the market, i went to find a guesthouse and will meet up at Basantapur, centerpoint of Nepaleses. I found one not far from New Road : Hotel New Raj. Not a bad room with 350 Rupees, I bargained to 250 Rupees and got this price.

Bagtapur
 Met young boy who thought that i came alone so he tried to show me around Kathmandu or had dinner or something else. Lucky that his friend told him to stop bothering me. 

Kept my backpack and went out to shop some stuff for my friends. First time that i walked alone in Kathmandu, it's not scaring at all. Even people came to talk to me all the time but if i don't want to talk, they stop. It's not dangerous for women to travel here alone but too much friendship they gave which maybe you can't take it all. They smiled every two steps, Namaste every another two.   

I met my friend again and we went to sit among Nepaleses teenagers at Centerpoint in the middle of Basantapur. No other women but me. They might thought why this Nepalese woman doesn't stay at home, so i said Namaste, the confusing eyes have turned to be smiling.

Again, my friend's in the middle.
After fifth Ducha, we walked around Kathmandu again. My friends stopped playing djimbe at some places. Nepaleses like his drum. If someone walked around and saw crowded people around, that's my friend in the middle. Once police came and told him not to play here because he had made traffic jam on new road hahaha.  

We met Rio by coincident, she asked my email address and phone number. She said she'll come to Bangkok next week and would love to have dinner with me. Another friendship has happened. Said bye to Rio, the belgium people came. They had an music instrument and asked my friend want to join? My friend loved that, why not?!

Five people showed the musical and gymnastics in public, many Nepaleses came to watch. It was fun but my friend had been with just one song and we moved to Kathmandu Durba Square.

Djimbe guy, they love him! :D
It was about 9 o'clock but many Nepaleses still walking, sitting, chatting, meeting around. Teenagers, adults, sellers, kids and also homeless kids but haven't seen tourists here, they might be in Thamel .. awww Thamel. We bought some Vegetable Momos and Duchas then those homeless kids came to sit around us and talked. They didn't go to school but they can speak english very good. They said they learned it from Thamel, at least Thamel is giving a good thing for Nepaleses. I don't like Thamel.  It's a shopping center, tourists center and nepaleses center. It's good for people who want to buy suveniors. There has many thing for you to choose without boring ; Necklaces, bracelets, rings, silver rings, wrap head fabric, saris, slips, carpets, T-shirts with Wisdom eyes design, knives, Napal tea, Kamasutra practice book :D.
Market
Many restaurants, many guesthouses, many ex-change money places. Also many tourists and Nepaleses sellers who try to sell everything to everyone. I met nice people from countryside so this is not nice for me at all. And I went to Nepal to visit Nepalses not tourists so Thamel is not my place.


 

isis127 says:
Hi, love your Nepal blog! Am going there soon, so this is very helpful and fun to read!
Posted on: Jan 15, 2008
newtampo says:
Hahaha, Thamel lover - you are :) Actually it's a good place but just not for me :)
Posted on: Jun 13, 2007
siamesekiwi says:
I was very tired at Bakhapur City! Guess you know why hehe...opposite to you, I can't survive there without staying outside Thamel LOL I'm such a tourist!
Posted on: Jun 12, 2007
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The more its dark, the more its …
The more it's dark, the more it's…
Ill be back to sit there again fo…
I'll be back to sit there again f…
Raz
Raz
Durbar Square
Durbar Square
Hotel New Raj which made me miss N…
Hotel New Raj which made me miss …
Bagtapur
Bagtapur
Again, my friends in the middle.
Again, my friend's in the middle.
Djimbe guy, they love him! :D
Djimbe guy, they love him! :D
Market
Market
He loves camera :D
He loves camera :D
Another beautiful girl in Bagtapur.
Another beautiful girl in Bagtapur.
Thanga
Thanga
They like Djimbe guy!!
They like Djimbe guy!!
Market around the bus stop in Bagt…
Market around the bus stop in Bag…
Hes cool!
He's cool!
Girl gang! (Their school uniform)
Girl gang! (Their school uniform)
Durbar square
Durbar square
Hee hee, look alike?
Hee hee, look alike?
Around bus stop.
Around bus stop.
At noon
At noon
Bagtapur
Bagtapur
Way back to Bagtapur
Way back to Bagtapur
Friend and Raz
Friend and Raz
:)
:)
Another bus
Another bus
In Bagtapur city
In Bagtapur city
Wow, strong ads. Coca cola at the …
Wow, strong ads. Coca cola at the…
Bagtapur where tourists have to pa…
Bagtapur where tourists have to p…
Shiva and Parvati, up there
Shiva and Parvati, up there
Bhaktapur
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