Wednesday, Swayambhunayh Temple and Kathmandu Durbar Square

Kathmandu, Nepal
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Spent most of the day exploring the rest of Kathmandu.  Walked about 15 minutes from the Yambu Hotel to the Swayambhunayh Temple. 

The temple is perched at the top of a hill with nice views of the city.  There are stairs up to it lined with statues of Buddha and other religious figures.  There are also hundreds of macaque monkeys that are up to their usual shenanigans, fighting, eating the offerings, and causing general mischief.

At the top there is a white stupa with the Buddhist eyes watching each of the four compass points and a lot of little temples and shrines where people put their offerings.

On the way back down I bought a medium sized singing bowl because the guy went down from 3000 NR to 500.  It's kind of heavy to carry around for two more months but I wanted one anyway.  I also bought some little key-chains, two with Buddha faces and one with garuda.

After the temple, I took a taxi to Kathmandu Durbar Square to have a longer and more relaxed look around.  I paid the hefty 1000 NR entry fee and wandered around for about an hour. 

I had lunch at a bakery place by the square and had a milk tea, little pastries, and a big puffy piece of bread (Chola Bhatura) that is dipped into a very tasty garbanzo bean sauce.  I ordered that because the people next to me had one and it looked interesting.

In the afternoon, I arranged a three day trip to Chitwan National Park with the hotel guy to see the rhinos.  They will pick me up at 06:30 in the morning.

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