Touring the Kathmandu Valley

Nepal is known by the phrase “Never Ending Peace and Love”. We found Nepal to be a very secular country despite being a formal Hindu state.  Today, we spent most of our time in the 3 cities including Kathmandu.  The Kathmandu valley is approximately 1 mile above sea level, so you can feel the elevation when climbing up stairs when you are from Seattle.  Interesting piece of trivia: Nepal receives more tourists than all of India and they love the foreign tourists as part of their economy.

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Early morning fog like much if this northern region…

On the way to the (believed) oldest Buddhist stupa in the world, we saw a compound of the famous Gurkha commando unit that comes from Nepal.  They are one of the most decorated soldiers in the world in the British Army.

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Next, we went to Chabahil.  We encountered dozens of Rhesus monkeys were very friendly and loved us when we had fruit to offer.

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They enjoyed watching us throw coins into the memorial fountain to earn good luck 🙂

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Next, we climbed up the steps to the Buddhist stupa.  It is quite a climb depending on which route you take.

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The top is filled with numerous memorials, shrines and also a Tibetan monastery.

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Not to mention a lot of dogs and monkeys.

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It is important that you walk around the stupa clockwise, and only in out numbers of circles.  Never an even number of revolutions or bad luck will be the result!

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Later in the day, we walked extensively around the city visiting other public squares and temples.

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There are A LOT of them in the three cities in the Kathmandu valley.  As a joke, we also walked by the “freak street” that made Kathmandu famous back in the 1960s…

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We tried to see the living goddess in Nepal (Kumari), but she was not available.

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We only got to say hello to her dog when we went into her house.

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Hello!

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