Kathmandu Journals

Kathmandu’s Medieval Wonders

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A travel journal to Kathmandu by SeenThat

Boudhanat Photo, Kathmandu, Nepal More Photos
Quote: Kathmandu’s festivals put life to any written descriptions of medieval cities. Narrow streets without sidewalks, humans, cows, and rickshaws competing for them; colorful idols of any shape and color; sadhus playing with cobras; and sharp incense odors covering up more natural ones transform a visit here into an unforgettable one.

Attractions

Kathmandu’s Medieval Wonders

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Overview

Boudhanat Photo, Kathmandu, Nepal
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Durbar Square – the Royal Quarters host the Indra Jatra Festival and are a feast in any other day of the year as well. Its medieval ambience was kept even after the reconstruction that followed the 1933 earthquake. Some of its most interesting sights are open to the public only during that event.Boudhanat – one of the largest stupas in the world offers one of the best known sights and a look into the life of the Tibetan refugees life in Nepal. Patan – a city across the Bagmati River from Kathmandu, just 5km away from its center, offers a much richer Durbar Square than its bigger sister. Bhaktapur – the third largest town in the valley has the best Durbar Square of the three, with the ...Read More

Durbar Square

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Attraction | "Board a taxi in Kathmandu and say…"

Indra Jatra Photo, Kathmandu, Nepal
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Certain peculiarities of cultures may make them difficult for the traveler. Strange languages written in unknown alphabets are one of them. Other relate to different conventions. In Thailand and Laos, a province, a district and a city may feature the same name. Locals would refer to them just using the words: "province," "district" and "city." That makes a lot of sense of you are a denizen, but unluckily, regardless the place in the country the traveler is, the locals would claim he i...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 27, 2009

Durbar Square

Kathmandu, Nepal

Boudhanath

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Attraction | "So I’m in Kathmandu"

Boudhanat Photo, Kathmandu, Nepal
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Even if not exactly remembering where did you go to sleep last night, that's not a problem while in Asia. Take a look out of the window and locate the nearest stuppa. Its shape and ornaments would tell at least in which country you are.Thai stuppas – called "cheddi" – narrow gracefully toward a conceptual Nirvana, while a Cambodian "prang" is more cilindrical in shape, wider, and often features complex ornaments. Square stupas are rare in ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 27, 2009

Indra Jatra

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Attraction | "Indra Jatra Festival"

Indra Jatra Photo, Kathmandu, Nepal
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Nepal offer many festivals during the year in a kaleidoscope created by its different ethnic groups that have each kept its traditions. The most colorful one is Indra Jatra, which occurs in late September. The central event takes place in Kathmandu’s Durbar Square, which is completely packed; to get a good place, you should arrive a couple of hours earlier. It is a celebration of various events that coincide in date. The event giving its name to the festival is the release of Indra from its captivity. Indra was the ancient Aryan god of rain who was allegedly captured in the valley by its inhabitants while searching for flowers. His mother, Dagini, rescued him with promises of heaven to the c...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 11, 2005

Indra Jatra
Basantapur Durbar Square
Kathmandu, Nepal

Trek Preparations

Thamel district

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Attraction | "Base Camp"

Thamel district Photo, Kathmandu, Nepal
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The True Base CampMany visit Nepal for the sake of trekking or climbing. Few countries offer a better infrastructure; none offers higher mountains. Among the various areas available for such activities, the Sagarmatha Park is the most prestigious due to the simple fact it houses the highest mountain on earth. Few of the park visitors plan reaching its summit; most of them just want to reach Kalla Pattar or the adjacent Everest Base Camp. Mount Everest is so high that its base camp is higher than most mountains.Under such uncommon reality, the name Base...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 1, 2009

Thamel district

Kathmandu, Nepal

Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP)

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Attraction | "If You Reached Keep, Don’t Read Me Anymore!"

Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP) Photo, Kathmandu, Nepal
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Probably, KEEP chose the mot misleading name possible. The acronym of Kathmandu Environmental Education Project refers not to a school but to the best place in the city for getting information and advice regarding trekking in Nepal and related issues.Moreover, to make things worse, they chose an addressless location in Thamel. The spell-checker just marked with red this word "addressless," but taking into account the establishment’s grounds I had no choice but coining up this new word.I could say it is next to Kilroy’s of Kathmandu. Despite this restaurant being a main landmark in Thamel, few newcomers would find it. A better way of explaining its location would be descr...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 24, 2009

Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP)
Kesharmahal, Thamel
Kathmandu, Nepal

On the Art of Bag Packing

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Story/Tip

Gorak Shep Photo, Mount Everest, Nepal
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What could be simpler? A bag with a trillion items surrounding it; just throw everything in and go trekking. Mountains, skies, freedom. A few days later it becomes clear most of the items were not necessary, and that the extra towel left behind was essential. Moreover, your back is in pain because the items were distributed in the wrong way. Bag packing is an unusual form of art, but it is one nonetheless.I do recommend splitting the equipment in two backpacks. The big one should be carried on the back and would contain items not needed on a short notice. The second should be small and contain items that may be needed in a hurry. The best is if the small one can be attached to the bigger o...Read More

Altitude Navigation

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Everest Summit Photo, Mount Everest, Nepal
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On Altitude NavigationNavigating on mountainous terrain is very different from doing so on flat ground. In the last, a compass is very important because usually few landmarks are visible. Knowing the path, directions and distances becomes then crucial. On the mountains, the situation is different. Navigation in the Everest region is not very difficult. The trekker can always climb to the nearest ridge and get views of vast territories that would usually contain many landmarks. The higher the trekker is, the higher peaks he’ll see; most of these have very well known features. This makes finding the correct path a breeze.Direction and distances are less important and less...Read More

Nearby Kathmandu

Tribhuvan International Airport

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Attraction | "Kathmandu: Tribhuvan International Airport"

Boudhanat Photo, Kathmandu, Nepal
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Reaching NepalA relatively secondary destination in Asia, Nepal is not very well connected with the world. I find it convenient reaching it from Bangkok Index for two reasons: the tickets are competitively priced and the frequency of the flights is high, allowing flexibility in the planning of the trip.There aren’t many choices while traveling to Nepal; Tribhuvan Airport in Kathmandu is the only international airport in the ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 29, 2009