Bhaktapur Travel Blog› entry 2 of 11 › view all entries
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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