Thursday, January 17, 2013

Kathmandu

I had very low expectations of Kathmandu. Most of the online reviews i came across weren't very keen on the pollution, the chaos, the touts. But you know what, I loved the place. Not hyperventilating with excitement at the thought of the dust and smog, but I loved the madness and the chaos, the overcrowded colourful buildings, haphazardly arranged. It's incredible to just wander around, lots of alleys to poke around in, and narrow congested roads that seem endless. All good fun, and the touts didn't bother me because i look local, or so i was told..


I stayed at Sanu's House, a homestay/guesthouse in Patan. Amazing place to stay, mainly because the lovely lady who runs the place goes out of her way to help you out. There were loads of little things she did that made my trip so much more enjoyable. Maps, suggestions, directions, endless pots of masala chai. Each time i was going to take public buses, he would come with me to the main road and help me get the correct bus since the signs were in Nepalese.

The rooms themselves were simple, clean and freezing cold in the winter. Mine had its own little balcony. There's a nice little library and wifi all day.



dusty road in Patan


Swayambhu




Durbar Sq, Kathmandu



Shahid Gate


random building

leaving Kathmandu


After a couple of days in Kathmandu, I left for Pokhara by bus. Didn't buy a bus ticket the day before and was glad I didn't because when I got to Kantipath (where the buses leave from) that morning, there were so many tourist buses and not many passengers. I could get a ticket right there for 500rs which was slightly cheaper than it would have been to prebook..

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