Kathmandu Journals

Pathways of Kathmandu

A June 2001 trip to Kathmandu by Jahcriado

Swaymbunath Photo, Kathmandu, Nepal More Photos
Quote: To walk the streets of Kathmandu is to see a people in flux. From the internet cafe's to the Hindu temples on every corner & traditonal wear, you see a people in a state of change.

Pathways of Kathmandu

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Overview

Swaymbunath Photo, Kathmandu, Nepal
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Walk down an alley where not many tourists go, find a small chia dive & watch the Nepali people. Talk to them & learn of their ways & pick up some language. Make a Nepali friend & have them take you to a hole in the wall resturant & have fun being the only "padeshi"(foreigner)there, 'wowwing' them with your Nepali language skills. Vist the temples & squares & learn where these people came from.Quick Tips: Children are cute, therefore making excellent scam artists. Everything from the usual sick mother/father/sibling to "help me buy school books". If you want to buy them something, this goes with all beggars, besure you tell them your going to open it or write in it so they won't be able to se...Read More
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The accommodations at the Highlander were very nice for the price I paid. I was there in off season so the price was cheaper. The beds aren''t western but if you like a good firm mattress you''ll love these, next time I go I''m bringing a Nepali mattress back. The bathrooms were pretty nice, I was just glad I didn''t have to share with the whole floor when my stomach started reacting to the foods. Many of the rooms have TV''s but I would recommend spending as much time out & about as you can. The staff is also very friendly & is more than willing to help you find a place to eat, tell you a reasonable price for the trinket your thinking of buying & even invite you on a trek to their village...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on August 12, 2001

Highlander Guest House
P.O. Box: 10987
Kathmandu, Nepal
00977-1-424066

Blue Fox & the MO-MO shack

Restaurant | "Blue Fox & the MO-MO shack"

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Local dining in Nepal can be quite an experience & a surprise to find such excellent food for so cheep, many times only $.50 US & almost never $3. I had a meal many times for a quarter. It all depends on your likes though. The more local the cuisine & resturant, usually the cheaper its going to be. The more westernizied it is, the more it will be. To give specific directions to anyplace in Kathmandu is almost impossible because they do not have street names & addresses per se. You can only give general directions & landmarks. The Blue Fox is located just off the Jawlakhel choke on the same side as the Walls ice cream/Bakery Cafe, with said cafe on your right side. I...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 11, 2001

Blue Fox & the MO-MO shack
Jawlakhel
Kathmandu, Nepal

A Taste of Home

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If you've got a bit home sickness & are tired of Nepali cuisine, Thamel is the place to go. It is probably the most westernized place you will find in Nepal. Two of my favorite western restaurants are right across the street from each other. The Fire & Ice Pizzeria has some of the best pizza you will find in Thamel. It's located at the "entrance" of Thamel where all the taxis hang out & where they usually will drop you off at. It's on the side of the street that has the temple buildings. You can get ham, chicken, tomato, cheese & different veggies but as you are in a Hindu country, no beef, but thats no big loss. I never had any but I believe they also serve spaghetti & some ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 11, 2001

A Taste of Home
Thamel
Kathmandu, Nepal

Pasta thats a must

Restaurant

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In Thamel there are 2 great pasta houses that are nearly caddy corner to each other, Casa della Pasta & the La Doche Vita. When you get to the Khukuri knife corner in Thamel go down the narrow street right in front of it. When you get to the end of the street La Doche will be on the 2nd floor of the corner on your right & the Casa is just opposite.

Both resturants serve excellent Italian dishes, both with great atmosphere. I visited the Casa more but my time was shorter than I liked. They have good lassagna, spaghetti & other dishes. Both are highly recommended.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 11, 2001

Pasta thats a must
Thamel
Kathmandu, Nepal

Beef

Restaurant | "If you really want beef..."

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While Nepal is a Hindu kingdom & therefore regard the cow highly, there are places to get steak. The 2 major ones are Kilroy's of Kathmandu & K-Too, which is an off-shoot of Kilroys. Both places have an excellent atmosphere about them for the westerner who needs a taste of home. The Menu has a good variety of steak & chicken dishes. K-too is located just down the street from Casa della Pasta & "Barnes & Noble" bookstore, before you reach the Roadhouse Cafe. It's an upstairs resturant with a very rugged look. One of the dishes I must recomend, when in season, is the apple mo-mo's... They are a must with ice cream. Kilroy's is a bit harder to get too but most know wh...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 12, 2001

Beef
Thamel
Kathmandu, Nepal

Pashupatinath Temple

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Attraction | "Pashupatinath-the final resting place of Hindus"

Pashupatinath Temple Photo, Kathmandu, Nepal
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Pashupatinath is one of the most sacred places in the Hindu religion. It is set up much like the Jewish temple of old, with different courtyards for those who are Hindi & those who are not. To the right of the complex is a white hospice building where the near death await their final hour so that they might have their feet placed in the holy Bahgmati river while they die, so that their spirit may escape on to paradise. After this the family wraps the body & prepares to place it on the funeral pyre they've built. The height of the pyre is representative of how wealthy the family was since the wood must be bought & transported to the temple. There is more to Pashupa...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 13, 2001

Pashupatinath Temple
Banks of the Bagmati River
Kathmandu, Nepal

Bodhnath

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Attraction | "The stupa at Boudanath"

Bodhnath Photo, Kathmandu, Nepal
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The stupa at Bouda is one of the largest in Nepal, if not the world. The devout come to walk around its circumfrence, spinning its prayer wheels. The truly devout circle it by prostrating themselves, getting up & prostrating themselves again. They do this in a clockwise fashion so that thier right hand is on the side of the temple. In many Asian cultures the left hand is both literaly & figuritvely "unclean", always use your right hand. There is much culture around the Stupa. There is a Bhuddist Monastary where you will often hear them chanting & you can even watch them. Just off to the side of the moastary is a prayer wheel about the size of a VW Bug. There are many stores there too...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 13, 2001

Bodhnath
Kathmandu Valley
Kathmandu, Nepal

High School B-ball Photo, Kathmandu, Nepal
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Did your friends ever forward you that story about how this person got their lawn frog stolen & every month or so they would recieve pictures of their frog indifferent locals: Once in France, then Germany, England & so on? Then one day the door bell rings & its their long lost aunt or someone holding their well traveled lawn frog. Well, I was at my mother's house before I left for Nepal & she had picked up a new box of Rice Crispies. So, of course, I just had to get the toy that always settles to the bottom of the box. When I finally fished it out it turned out to be a plush 3 in. figure of Donald Duck & then I remembered the story, so I decided to do a photo series of Donald...Read More

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Jahcriado

Jahcriado
Springfield, Missouri