Nepal
Kathmandu

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  • Day29

    The food post, part 2

    October 13 in Nepal

    The further we got out of the cities the simpler (and not better...) the food got. Usually it was noodle soup in the morning, sometimes tsampa. Tsampa is barley flour, which is mixed with yak cheese and sugar and buttertea (it's way better than it sounds). In the evening it was normal sizhuan food, five or six dishes which are shared in the middle of the table and rice. One evening we went a hotpot restaurant, that was really really good. I think everybody ate too much. But we compensated with Schnaps From the big glasses on the counter. In these glasses the Schnaps is aromatised with spices, sometimes with snakes and reptiles.Read more

  • Day28

    The big one

    October 12 in Nepal

    You probably all know that there was a major earthquake in Nepal in 2015. And you can‘t stay in Kathmandu without being reminded of it daily. A lot of buildings have collapsed or need to be supported. And we saw an excellent exhibition in the palace on the reconstruction works going on.

  • Day28

    Travelling local

    October 12 in Nepal

    Being fed up with taxis, we tried a local bus to get through Kathmandu. Its only a fraction of the price of a taxis and no one wants to sell you anything. But it can be crowded. They seem to pack the amount of people of a Doppeldeckerbus in one van at times😉. And you have to ask around for the right bus. No schedule and no signs on a bus. But a boy shouting out the destination and hitting the site of the bus to signal the driver to stop or go on or watch traffic. So all in all a pretty organized thing.
    And our bus was not too crowded and at least as fast as a taxi.
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  • Day202

    Namasté Nepal!

    March 19 in Nepal

    Our arrival to Nepal was quite overwhelming, it felt like entering a new world after such a long time in quasi uninhabited Oman. Flying has probably become a too fast way to change countries for us. It took us three hours then to get our bikes ready - in front of the airport building and under the wide eyes of a throng of rubbernecks :)

    Cycling into the city was intense, chaotic left-hand traffic, so many people, so many colors, colorful women (again at last!) everywhere! There were so many impressions hailing down on us, the social and environmental issues directly jumping into our eyes (and noses). We immediately knew it: A new adventure would begin here, in Kathmandu, and we’re super excited about the next weeks, Namasté!Read more

  • Day211

    Kathmandu!

    March 28 in Nepal

    We stayed at Pushkar Shah’s house (for 10 days) which is full of cyclists throughout the year. He’s been on a mystical journey for peace around the world with his bicycle, promotes cycling and fights for bicycle lanes nowadays. There were many other crazy riders too and it was great to spend time together and share experiences.

    We went around a lot, guided and unguided, and there are temples, stupas and other holy places everywhere and in all sizes, in the trees, in the walls, in the pavement, at the surrounding hills. We watched the cremations taking place at some temples next to the rivers - with very mixed feelings.
    We visited one of the holiest pilgrims sites for Buddhists in the world - the Boudhanath stupa and the holy atmosphere there are mesmerizing.

    It’s easy to notice all the opulent dogs, pigeons and monkeys who love to stay around the temples because the people usually offer sacrifice in form of rice, biscuits and other sweets - and feeding them is positive for the karma :)

    And: Fit in cycling does not mean fit in yoga... We used our lazy time to do some yoga lessons in the mornings. We found an ashram round the corner where the locals go and enjoyed this authentic experience although it was painful during the yoga and painful the days after (every little muscle hurt!). But again and again a perfect start into the day before breakfast.

    There are also some good news for our further journey (and this is also the main reason why we stayed that long in this crazy city): After 4 visits to the Indian embassy we eventually got our visa, yeah!
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  • Day109

    Nepal - just... wow

    September 6, 2017 in Nepal

    Flight from KL to Nepal with a lot of people, that have apparently never used an aircraft before. We left late, because 80% of the other guests needed to take selfies with the plane! Kathmandu is crazy. Our host, Damodar, is very hospitable and takes good care of us. First walk was to Pashupatinath-tempel - we watched three burning bodies, a lot of holy people, monkeys, holy cows and street dogs. Also just walking in the streets is an interesting task - what a different world... btw: the time difference to Germany is 3:45 hoursRead more

  • Day21

    Paton City

    October 17, 2017 in Nepal

    Patan City known for arts especially bronze, silver and copper, and wooden carving architecture. Founded in 250AD. Temples destroyed in earthquake are being slowly rebuilt. Included a blessing from the Kumari (7 yo) and visit to Tibet healing bowls demonstration.

  • Day22

    Morning of bliss at Dwarika's Resort

    October 18, 2017 in Nepal

    Starting with sun rise, then yoga followed by breakfast on terrace with stunning views. Time in the Himalayan Salt House then the Crystal House. Meandered around the stunning grounds before resting by the infinity pool. Photos don't to justice to this amazing place.

  • Day21

    Travel to Dhulikhel

    October 17, 2017 in Nepal

    On route visit Changu Narayan surrounded by champagne trees. Changu Narayan Temple in Pagoda style is dedicated to Vishnu. Is the oldest in Kathmandu Valley dating back to 4th century. A UNESCO world heritage site.
    Walked around narrow lanes of Bhaktapur. Everywhere evidence of earthquake damage.

  • Day2

    Kathmandu

    October 4 in Nepal

    Arrived safe and sound .... But had to wait on the plane for 1/2 hour while some or other dignitary was ushered off the plane and into a Merc with the obligatory "Blue Light" brigade surrounding his vehicle...

    However, the trip from the airport to the hotel (7km) took nearly 2 hours 😨 Don't think I'll complain about peak hour traffic in Joburg or the potholes ever again 😀

    At least our electrical installations aren't as bad as these here ...... YET 😆Read more

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