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OFF TO KATHMANDU

KATHMANDU, NEPAL (APR 2015)

Last time, I have posted about my trek to Poon Hill in Annapurna region three years ago. I realized I haven’t shared my pictures of Kathmandu yet.

Just like anyone who travels to Nepal, our trip started and ended in Kathmandu, which is the capital city and the home of the country’s only international airport. After spending one night in Pokhara, we took the bus to Kathmandu and arrived in the afternoon. We spent the evening walking around Kathmandu and then the next day, we did the Everest mountain flight in the morning and hired a driver to take us to Boudhanath and Bhaktapur.

Kathmandu

The nearest durbar square we can visit from our hotel on foot is the Hanuman Dhoka. It is a palace complex which is once the home of the kings.

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Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square

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Everest mountain flight

This is good option for those who want to get a glimpse of Mount Everest and some of the Himalayan mountains within Nepal’s vicinity. We were supposed to do this on the same day before we flew to Pokhara but due to bad weather (zero visibility), our flight was postponed. Thankfully, the weather cooperated on our second try.

We flew in a mini airplane with 2 seats on each row so everyone gets a window seat. The seating arrangement is first come, first serve but everyone will be given a chance to go inside the cockpit to get a better view of the mountains. So don’t worry if in case your view is obstructed by the wing or propeller.

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Not sure if you can see it but Everest is the mountain with the perfect triangle peak.

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That on the right is the wing 😛

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Boudhanath

Located within Kathmandu is this giant white stupa with eyes. This probably one of the largest stupa I’ve ever seen and there’s nothing quite like it. It’s like the eyes that watches over Kathmandu.

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The great Boudhanath

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Taking a break from walking and enjoying these buffalo momos

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Bhaktapur

Bhaktapur is one of the major cities in Kathmandu Valley. Their durbar square is one of the best preserved plus they serve the most delicious yogurt, which is why I enjoyed this day trip. The April 2015 earthquake might have destroyed some temples but there are still so much to see and I still recommend it to anyone. 🙂 And if you visit, please don’t miss the pottery square!

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coffee break

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On our way to find souvenirs
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This is the pottery square

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Love this
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This is one of my favorite shots.

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Picture taken by my friend

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Nepal is the place to buy cheap cashmere.

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The best yogurt can only be found in Bhaktapur. Not sure if you can find it in Kathmandu.
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Happy with my purchase

 

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