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Bagmati River

After done Ducha, we went to an opposite place of Pasupaninat, a Hindu Temple which we can't get in. The holy Bagmati river's flowing beside the temple. This temple is one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world. It's built in pagoda style with brass roof, before 400 A.D which dedicated to Lord Shiva. You can also see many many temples and Shiva Linga near this temple!!!

I watched a cremation from an opposite side. Bakmati is shallow and dirty.  Hindu body was brought for a cremation here. If the father dies, the son will shave off his hair and will be the one who takes care of the cremation. If the mother dies, the second son will do it. Before and after the cremation, the sons don't come out, don't meet or talk to anyone.

Wisdom eyes
I saw the body in a wood litter. A dress was taken off and threw it in the river then fired the body until died out. And leaved the ash in the river.

Ahhhh ......

The creamation was done. The weather is damn hot, it was the hard sunbath i ever had. Before the sun burns my entrails, time to move.

Another impression is Bouddhanath Stupa, the largest stupa and one of the most fascinating stupa design in the Valley. 36 meters high, a world heritage site. There are more than 45 Buddhist temples in the area.  Four directions have wisdom eyes which they believes that those eyes keep watching people as a reminding sign for people to do good thing and be a good person. Here has most of Tibet monks who pray around the pagoda with the magic bowl which you just hit lightly at the rim of the bowl by a wood and run it above the bowl rim in cycle you will hear resonant voice.

Monkey monkey
They prayed and said "Om muni mat mei hom" which Om means a glass ball. Mat mei means lotus and Hom means myself. "Om muni mat mei hom" means God gives long life. Favorable blessing for nepalese. As you always hear only Om. Another best place is Swyambhunath Stupa. Was bulit in Two thousands years ago. One of the oldest and holiest Buddshist stupa in Nepal.  Someone called "Monkey temple", they're lices of Pramanshusri.


There has a legend, an old nepalese told me that once upon a time Pramanshuri had found Kathmandu Valley. So he desired to build the town here. But that time it was like a lake among the valley so he broke into the valley to let the water flew out.

Two kids in the alley who don't take my snack :(
That cavity is Choba, another place in the present. Then Pramanshusri has pulled one hair which it turned to be Sawayombhunath pagoda and the lices on his head became the monkeys.

Good story.

We left there and came back in town to look for a place to stay tonight. A friend took me to Friendly Home, it is a home for an orphans in Kathmandu. Take care of 26 children. He was here 3 weeks ago but now he can't remember where is it. We looked for this place for more than 2 hours, i was exhausted. I can stay at the guesthouse but friend told me No! We have to be a part of Nepaleses. Sleep in this house, eat what they eat! (ahh!!) But he can't rememeber where it located. Asked Nepaleses, they knew only the place which belongs to NGO. But it's not where we looked for. Hmmm... I have walked through Kathmandu in every streets on the first day, how nice! The local people wondered what were we doing here? We stopped and talked to everyone in every places we have been.

Kathmandu
Played balls, played skateboard with kids, sat and talked to them. The kids did not trust us. I ate snacked which i brought from Thailand and gave it to them. They took it but threw it on the floor with a nice smile. I don't know why, maybe they don't like it or maybe their parents have taught them good to not taking thing from strangers!!

The houses in Kathmandu are like an apartment with more than four floors. With a confine space but the height makes it has more. The entrace to the house is not higher than 140 cms. People has to bow their head everytime they go into the house. Why? Maybe it's an old architecture. It's like a smerf houses in cartoon network.


Finally we have found the Friendly Home. Nice kids took us there. But after we rang bell many times and went inside to check if anyone was there but no answer.

Park roof top hotel, first night.
We waited for a half an hour and saw no one then my friend told me to find guesthouse. I wondered why he doesn't want to stay in town at first but finally i got the answer and i agreed. It's noisy, crazy and ahhh... Many people smiled, yes, but also asked many questions which made us crazy too. Where are you come from? What's your name? How long do you stay here? Do you like Nepal? ... Not one or ten but hundred that we had to answer.

We walked through New Road, Freak Street and Thamel to look for guesthouses. I don't like Thamel. Many people, many shops, many tourists. We finally got a place around Basantapur. I met one guy, Nepalese, who friendly talked to me with Sabaidee.  He thought it's a Hello in Thai. That's Loas not Thai. Mine is Sawaddee. He seemed like he likes Thailand a lot. He took us to Hotel Sagaz but here's full.

Nepal Yogert!!!
I don't understand how can be full. I saw many keys in the shelf which means there has a lot of empty rooms. It's full or he doesn't want us to stay, i don't know. We got another one, next door. Park Roof Top Hotel. 300 rupees. It's about 180 baht (4-5$) Cheaper than i thought, nice room with fan and warm water. Would be better if it's not near Basantapur which we heard noise from teenagers and dogs all night.

Friend asked me what to do tomorrow, i handed him a list of places that i jotted down. He looked at me still, i looked back ... ok ok.
Everytime i travel with him, plan always changed or you can say we have no plan. I threw the paper away. Follow our heart is better than follow the list which the guide gave us. This is what to do.

We woke up so early to have Napal yogert and bread.

Nice guy on the bus
Yogert is put in a nice plate, pottery, not in a plastic cup as we saw in the supermarket. Big one just only 30 rupees. It was the best breakfast for my friend. I had a little bit but i don't like it much. The taste was like an expired yogert. But i love breads. We sat in the back of the market to have meals. Since my ass touched the floor, napaleses came to us again. They don't speak anything but watched. Ok, if you want to watch, we will show how to eat yogert now! 

What a crazy city!! :D

Went back to the hotel, packed our stuff and went to Bagtapur by local bus! The first bus we took was in the fourth lane in the crazy street. We walked pass the fast speed car to the bus which took us to the bus station to Bagtapur. It's free. My friend told him that we had no paisa. (Paisa is money) The driver laughed.

Buff Momo!!!
He doesn't charge any rupees. And kindly took us to the bus to Bagtapur. My friend went up to the roof, i chose to sit inside. It's in town, better sit here.


From Kathmandu to Baktapur we had pass Manepal, small town. In the past this town was the trade center. Many temples around here we can only visit outside. (They are for Hindu only). Sometimes you will see stuff as belt, bags, shoes which made from leather put outside the temples. That because Hindu believes that most of leather is made from cow skin so people have to take off them before go inside the temples.

Go to Baktapur, it's not over than one hour from Kathmandu. I got a company who sat next to me, he's napalese. Since he knew that i came from bangkok, he's happy to show me the places in Nepal.

They look at us :)
But i can't remember those names (cos it's in Nepalese) also his name but have taken photo with him. He's a nice guy.
 
We were at Bagtapur around 2pm, very hungry. We got in this Momo shop. It was the first momo i have had. Meat Momo. At first i thought it was pork but found out later that's buff. Yakkk... But hunger has made it automaticly delicious.

As you know, hindu doesn't eat beef. Some napaleses said people who Kill people in Nepal are punished less than people who kill one cow!

:O :O :O

 

Note :

i have found this link http://www.sira.or.jp/english/recipe/recipe_07.html

There has another momo which is look more yummy than i have had :D


 

newtampo says:
Thank you :) I wanna go back there too!!
Posted on: Dec 01, 2010
rockdstars says:
wow, i'm soooo looking forward to going to nepal after reading this. it seems like you have quite an experience :)
Posted on: Nov 30, 2010
siamesekiwi says:
the momo looks like 'giew' do u think? great thing to try! and you have tried it! bad kids I would punish them if I were you! lol just kidding!
Posted on: Jun 12, 2007
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Bagmati River
Bagmati River
Wisdom eyes
Wisdom eyes
Monkey monkey
Monkey monkey
Two kids in the alley who dont ta…
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Kathmandu
Kathmandu
Park roof top hotel, first night.
Park roof top hotel, first night.
Nepal Yogert!!!
Nepal Yogert!!!
Nice guy on the bus
Nice guy on the bus
Buff Momo!!!
Buff Momo!!!
They look at us :)
They look at us :)
New friends in Kathmandu
New friends in Kathmandu
Napalese homes
Napalese homes
First play.
First play.
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Erotic poster in Kathmandu
Erotic poster in Kathmandu
Samosa, very salty!
Samosa, very salty!
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Durbar Square cafe
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Favorourite meal of my friend
Hes a great model!
He's a great model!
Napal Tea
Napal Tea
I bought postcard here
I bought postcard here
Around Basantapur
Around Basantapur
New Road
New Road
Me :D
Me :D
Bekery
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Nice advertising
Nice advertising
Kathmandu
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Kathmandu
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Mailbox
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Bodnath
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Taxi in Kathmandu
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Ganesh
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Statue
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Changu Narayan Garuda
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Changu Narayan Temple
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Shiva and Pavati
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Bodnath
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My friend Djimbe
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Bus to Baktapur
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Again he played
Again he played
Me and the gang, haha.
Me and the gang, haha.
Refill Water.
Refill Water.
Mini van to other towns
Mini van to other towns
Napal bakery.
Napal bakery.
She was on the fourth floor, watch…
She was on the fourth floor, watc…
Actually it was yum!
Actually it was yum!
Momo shop at Baktapur
Momo shop at Baktapur
See! They looked!!
See! They looked!!
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In the mirror, youll see my frien…
In the mirror, you'll see my frie…
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During the way to Baktapur
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They watched my friend played Dji…
Bhaktapur
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