Trip Photo Album

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After a rocky start with a cab driver who diverted us to his brothers apartment and demanded double our agreed price up front (we made him bring us back to our hotel where the front desk clerk scolded him and we got another cab) we made our way to Patan.
Patan was a separate city in medieval times; it is now a suburb of Kathmandu known as Laliputar, which might mean City of Beauty or City of Artists or something else altogether. It has the most magnificent of the 3 Durbar (palace) Squares in Kathmandu Valley and a very nice museum of Buddhist and Hindu Art, as well as 4 very ancient Stupas (attributed to Ashoka), thriving metalwork and wood carving trade, the only zoo in Nepal, and a large Tibetan Refugee Camp where the Tibetan Rug factory is.

This time we hired a guide. And he was very helpful in showing us inside the palace, explaining the temples (he had his own spin on the erotic art), and showing us the best places for pictures. He was quite passionate about the beauty and history and quite sad about what was crumbling (much damage still unrepaired from the 1934 earthquake).

We ate in the museum cafe which is inside the palace and uses part of the palace gardens to grow their own organic salads. Very nice.

We then toured the museum before heading to Swayambuthnath.

Temples – Real and Pseudo

Up early, like 3 am, but that is better than yesterday. We braved the streets and took a Lonely Planet guided walk from near our hotel to Karhmandu’s Durbar Square – one of the several World Heritage sites in Kathmandu Valley. More about those in later episodes.
Anyway, so MANY temples, stupas and shrines in Kathmandu – like around every corner. Here are just a couple of photos. Many more to upload from the camera when I get home. Every time we stopped to read a map or a description we had offers from would be “guides” and the closer to Dubar Square the more offers. We also were offered the same medallion with Om Mane Padme Om on it many times.

And here are two more pictures of our very picturesque hotel, built in the style of a temple. The big exterior is from the vantage of the entrance courtyard. The window shot is actually the windows of our room – the other side of that alcove in yesterday’s post. And there is a photo of some of the carving (but not the X rated carving- have to go back up to the roof garden to get that shot.)