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Our last full day in Kathmandu and Nepal before flying out tomorrow. Three weeks has passed quickly, yet it is hard to recall the early days in China & Tibet.

Today we had a 9:00am start to visit the Swayambhunath Temple, which is the oldest known Hindu Stupa. It is also known as the monkey temple, although it is neither a temple, nor reveres monkeys. Instead, monkeys abound around the stupa, and there is even a pool at the back of the stupa in which the monkeys swim. Watching he monkeys jump into the pool and climb out has to be seen to be believed. The Stupa and its surrounding builings are also incredible.

After the Stupa, we visited Kathmandu's Durbar Square, which is as impressive as those of Patan & Bhaktapur, only more crowded. We were also lucky enough to see the "living goddess" make her appearance on the balcony of her temple. The living goddess is a young girl selected by her horoscope as a living embodiment of the hindu gods, but is revered by both Hindu's and Budhists. Later, had a rickshaw ride from the square to our lunchtime restaurant. Given the state of the roads, our drivers earnd their fares, and often had to get off the bikes and push us part of the way. Lunch was on a rooftop terrace, and was thankfully western style food.
The afternoon was free to wander around the square and related shopping district. Although today was overcast, it is still hot and humid, so a shower on return the the hotel was in order before adjourning to the bar for a few drinks. Dinner was at an old palace, with Nepalese food, which is a bit to spicy for me.

I have added a couple of photos to my previous post. Unfortunately, upload times are slow so I cannot add as many as I would have liked, Will add some more on my return to Sydney

Posted by HimalayanPeter 11:02

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