Art + Travel Adventure to Nepal – Kathmandu

Art + Travel Adventure to Kathmandu

Boudhnath Stupa, Nepal - Pilgrims circulate clockwise, spinning prayer wheels
Boudhnath Stupa, Nepal – Pilgrims circulate clockwise, spinning prayer wheels

Discovering Kathmandu

Discovering the allure of the Kathmandu valley with its ancient  history is all-embracing.  It is small and compact covering an area of 220 square miles.   There are seven World Heritage Sites declared by UNESCO which is a number unrivalled anywhere else in the world.

 

Boudhath Stupa and the surroundings of Kathmandu
Boudhath Stupa and the surroundings of Kathmandu

We travel to Swayambunath, a 2000 year old Stupa situated on a hill and surrounded by  temples and shrines, we come upon The Monkey God –  the guide tries to impart the great religious significance of such monuments and their role in the predominantly Hindu and Buddhist belief system.

The Monkey God
The Monkey God
At the old palace, Kathmandu
At the old palace, Kathmandu
Swayambunath, Nepal
Swayambunath, Nepal
Kal Bahirav
Kal Bahirav
In praise of the Gods
In praise of the Gods

 

Swayambunath, Nepal - It’s all seeing eyes gaze in all four directions of the valley, protecting all from harm and the nose that looks like a question mark is actually the Nepali number one – a symbol of unity.
Swayambunath, Nepal – It’s all seeing eyes gaze in all four directions of the valley, protecting all from harm and the nose that looks like a question mark is actually the Nepali number one – a symbol of unity.
Taleju Temple
Taleju Temple
Taleju Temple - feeding the pigeons
Taleju Temple – feeding the pigeons

We see Durbar Square, a World Heritage Site,  the Old Palace, Hanuman Dhoka, Kal Bhairav and Kasthamandap, a temple built from the wood on one tree.

We hear stories of the hippie paradise Kathmandu became in the early 1960’s when the Beatles came to find Nirvana leaving with  a trail of musicians in their wake.

Selling their wares at Durbar Square, Nepal
Selling their wares at Durbar Square, Nepal

It is clear at this stage that the warm Nepalese friendliness and hospitality more than makes up for the country’s poor infrastructure and shortcomings particularly in relation to hygiene.

Kathmandu is exciting!

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Next posting I will show you around Bhaktapur

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Author: Donna McGee

Capturing and sharing the timeless beauty of the Irish landscape in paint !

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