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A stay at Dwarika's Hotel in Kathmandu feels like traveling back in time to another era. Much of the woodwork found throughout the hotel dates back centuries. When owner Ambica Shrestha and her husband saw people burning intricate wood carvings...
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Anamnagar, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
http://www.buddhanepaltrek.com/ Long time ago, Kathmandu Durbar Square is king’s palace before Shah dyanasty ruling in Nepal.Kathmandu Durbar Squareis listed in World Heritage Sites,UNESCO.Kathmandu Durbar Squareis known as Basantapur Durbar...
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We were lucky enough to be in Kathmandu, Nepal for a Full Moon festival. At sunset, the monks lit thousands and thousands of little butter candles around Bodnath Stupa. We sat at a roof-top restaurant while they did the lighting (where this image...
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Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
Tihar happens once a year, and if you happen to be visiting Kathmandu during this festival (roughly October), figure out how to make your way up to a rooftop and watch the city light up. Firecrackers and children's laughs ricochet off the...
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Ganga Path, Kathamndu 44600, Nepal
Durbar Square in Kathmandu makes for a fascinating visit. It's difficult to tell in a way where the ancient square begins and Kathmandu proper ends, so entwined is the old and new in this city. A tourist hotspot and a hangout for locals, Durbar...
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Boudha, Naya Basti - 4, Kathmandu 00977, Nepal
At this old Temple, we discovered the ever present eyes of Buddha carved into the ancient doors. The most interesting part of the photo is the water mark from monsoons and high rain. And we're sitting near the top of the steps. Amazing and...
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Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
Tourists call it the “Monkey Temple,” owing to the clans of rhesus macaque wandering through the grottos and recesses of this ancient shrine. The monkeys climb where they please, siblings squabble, parents scold and protect—a parallel simian...
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It is 6.30am and a lot of Tibetans are already at Bouddhanath, biggest Buddhist temple in Katmandu. I spend hours there and bask in their resilient energy. Every day they walk, pray, chant, meditate and prostrate themselves for a better world....
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Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India
Drinking tea and reading Peter Matthiessen's Snow Leopard on Varanasi-Aggra Train. 2005, during our round-the-world honeymoon. Classic. He writes: "I feel great gratitude for being here, for being, rather, for there is no need to tie oneself to...
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Sarnath, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221007, India
Traveling as a solo woman, my experiences with guides in each city in India were mixed. I was fortunate to have Ajit Yadav in Varanasi, where he educated me on the nuances of Hinduism and Buddhism in this very sacred part of India. In the Buddhist...
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Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
In a very silent temple with people praying, what better way to keep baby sis quiet than to lift her up to spin the prayer scrolls that fully line the walls of the temple.
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Gangalal Marg, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
I have an uneasy relationship with street food in South Asia. I've had my share of unfortunate encounters in India, and Sri Lanka, and I didn't want to add Nepal to my list. But after wandering Durbar Square for a few hours, I found myself...
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Kot Square, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
The ancient buildings of Durbar Square are interesting enough on their own, but what fascinates me is the way people interact with the old and ancient in Kathmandu. We came upon this stunning stone monument, and sat in to listen to a monk explain...
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Ganga Path, Kathamndu 44600, Nepal
A definite tourist requirement while in Kathmandu is a visit Durbar Square, the plaza in front of the old royal palace of the Kathmandu Kingdom. Grab a map, pay your entrance fee and explore all the lovely temples and palaces. The architecture is...