Kathmandu is a city stuck in a time warp, it is a city with a mind of its own and an impenetrable one at that. With its medieval temples, ethnic groups, convoluted lanes, noisy bazaars and an overwhelming number of hotels, this place is several things at once. Travellers just can't get enough of the intoxicating cocktail that is Kathmandu and the locals are well aware of this fact. It is timeless and often akin to an exotic fairytale and a visit is therefore imperative.
Kathmandu is capital city and yet again full of surprises for an avid traveler . PashupatiNath temple was the main attraction of the city. Being a capital very Crowded place. One looking for peace has nothing to do there. It has some good clubs which play hard rock music.(As heard by locals).
Other attractions of Kathmandu are:-
2) ISKCON temple
We spent rest days from 5th Sept. to 7th Sept. in Kathmandu. We stayed in Hotel Menang. It was near to Tamale. Tamale is good for shopping. On 5th Sept. we visited volunteer house where volunteers from Italy came to serve orphan children. We spent time with them. On 6th Sept. we visited Pashupatinath temple, Kumari temple, Hanumaan temple, museums. The last day of Nepal trip we visited Monkey temple, Patan, Local kathmandu bazaars etc. At 8 PM we moved to airport to take our flight.
Places to visit:
· Pashupatinath temple
· Boudha temple
Keeping a local map handy is suggested so that you can efficiently plan your day as Kathmandu offers many places to see and visit.
Dinner at Bamboo shoot. I wouldn’t recommend this restaurant because Sangria here was shit and also because there are much better options available in close vicinity.
Lunch at a hotel suggested by localites to try Newari food (specialty of Nepal: Buffalo meat). Here we were also offered a local drink. I had a sip of it. It tasted much stronger than even whisky.
We started for Kathmandu around 9 a.m. Today’s plan was to reach Last resort via Kathmandu, a distance of about 230 km.
Note: This could have been changed in our plan to spend 1st 3 days in Kathmandu and the go last resort come to Dhulikhel and go to Ilam instead of going last resort first, coming back to Kathmandu and then again going until Dulikhel to go Ilam.
The ride to Kathmandu was lush green. There were fields with rice growing and step farming being done. The roads were smooth with no glitches though needless to say that it was completely mountainous terrain.
We reached Kathmandu around 6:30 p.m. Without entering the city, we took a right turn for Dhulikhel. After a ride of around 70 Km we reached Dhulikhel at around 9:30 p.m. and Last resort told us that it takes 3 more hours from Dhulikhel. So without wasting any more time, we continued riding. Initially the roads were good. Few Kilometers away from The Last Resort , an army check post asked us to open our luggage and show them all our stuff.
After this post, the road was rough and it was pretty dark. Finally we reached the Last resort. As the name suggests, it is really a last resort.
Bouddhanath Stupa, one of the holiest Buddhist stupas and one of the largest in world is also located in Kathmandu, close to Pashupatinath temple. A two storey separate section for prayers overlooks the Stupa. Many shops selling beautiful Tibetan handicrafts and jewellery adorn the sidewalls.
As I noted earlier Escape from Kathmandu is a book by Kim Stanley Robinson, which I saw constantly while in the city, and never read. It's also something you'll want to do frequently while living and working in Kathmandu. The city has more than its share of air and noise pollution, yet retains its magic.