The Kathmandu Valley , located in Nepal, lies at the crossroads of ancient civilizations of Asia, and has at least 130 important monuments, including several pilgrimage sites for Hindus and Buddhists. There are seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites within this valley.
Historically, the valley and adjoining areas made up a confederation known as Nepal Mandala. Until the 15th century, Bhaktapur was its capital when two other capitals, Kathmandu and Lalitpur, were established. After the annexation of the valley by the Gorkha Kingdom, and subsequent conversion of the valley as the capital of their empire, the designation of "Nepal" was extended to every land they conquered.
The Kathmandu Valley is the most developed and populated place in Nepal. The majority of offices and headquarters are located in the valley making it the economic hub of Nepal. It is popular with tourists for its unique, rich, culture and architecture; including the highest number of jatras in Nepal. The valley itself was referred to as "Nepal Proper" by British historians.
our complimentary half-day kathmandu city tour plan for the day was to visit two unesco sites i.e. Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath Stupa.
our guide this time (forgot his name) was too kind, friendly and TALKATIVE. gosh..we had to bear with him explaining every single thing about the place, the story of everything etc. well..he was actually did a GREAT job as a tour guide, but for us...he talked too much. the trick question is ' do you want me to tell you the story?', for every thing...at first it was fun..but when you got stuck at the same place for a while, and listening to every single thing about the place...i got dizzy. (drama queen)...haha.
anyway.. the P-temple, was located just next to the airport..and it was our first stopover, after the airport pick-up. the road seemed less busy compared days before, probably, it was the last day of Diwali...and our guide ; let us call him Mr. G, told us that everybody got to go for the 'Bhai Tika'. the shops were closing early and i'd not have the chance to make new glasses (as i asked him about it).
Mr.G asked whether the sivaji told us about the entrance fee to the temple. i gawed for a while, because it cost us 1000 rupee per person, and luckily we still got some rupee with us. and Mr.G starting to tell us the story about the temple. well..we spent almost 1 hr at the place...listening to his explanation on every single thing about the temple, and even witness the cremation ceremony there.
#sangat meremang tengok...tak taula kot tempat neh banyak entiti kot.
|bagmati river that flows to ganges in india - dead bodies was lay down on the woods - |
one is burning (right most)
|the main temple - but only can be entered by hindus|
|the man doing ceremony|
|small temples of shiva lingam|
|view from the top|
|the cremation ceremony|
i don't like to be long at the place. no offense...but it was smelly. and all stories that Mr G told us about the place, particularly shiva and parvati, made me feel dizzy. and then seeing Shadus - holy man lingering around etc. where some were fake (Mr.G told us), added the motivation to leave the place as soon as possible. honestly, the only thing i could take from Mr.G stories about the place is about the 'healthy-life' shiva, which then turned to 108 animals (?), mating and then back to parvati, and then chopped the head of his son, which then led to the beginning of ganesha. you can google more about it.
and then Mr.G showed us the replica of shiva-lingam, that built outside the main temple...he said the intention was so others who couldn't go in can see it and get a blessing from it. he said if you kiss the thing, it'd help to boost your libido.
#too much input. pengsan aku...
the epic moment was when mr G quoted - we drink the cow's urine..you want to?, and friend bursted in to denial with a big 'NO!'. LOL....
my verdict about the place - not my kind of place to visit. probably if we go by ourselves, i'd be better. take pictures...yada yada and leave...but then it is expensive..so you decide whether a short visit worth or not.
we left the place, and went to our next stopover..the Boudhanath Temple. the entrance fee was 150 rupee, and i felt much more at ease, at this place. it felt clean, and not smelly. we just let Mr.G to continue explaining to us about the place, and where at one point he made us confuse when surfacing the relationship between buddha and hinduism etc. , and we got confused seeing people, which i believed hindus...went around the praying wheels and push it etc.
#smiled as always...and let the man talked
|the giant wheel|
|mr G said the smoke is good for health|
|jingling the praying bells|
|the monk who fed the pigeons|
ah..the tour finally over. and Mr G dropped us back to our hotel before. the shree tibet family hotel.