K-K-K-Kathmandu

by John Wilson October. 29, 2019 157 views

A few impressions from a brief visit to Nepal's largest city, en route to our trek in the Annapurnas.

Stupas at Swayambhunath Temple, also known as Monkey Temple ...

Stupas at Swayambhunath Temple, also known as Monkey Temple ...

... for obvious reasons.

... for obvious reasons.

I think he's thinking,`I think I know what they think I'm thinking.'

I think he's thinking,`I think I know what they think I'm thinking.'

Kathmandu - a big, colourful, chaotic city.

Kathmandu - a big, colourful, chaotic city.

I was surprised at the number of eagles in all the Nepalese cities.

I was surprised at the number of eagles in all the Nepalese cities.

Durbar Square.

Durbar Square.

Kal Bhairav, Durbar Square

Kal Bhairav, Durbar Square

Prayer wheels are well patronised throughout Nepal.

Prayer wheels are well patronised throughout Nepal.

Freak Street used to be somewhere to go back in the day, apparently. Back when Bob Seger was singing about K-K-K-Kathmandu. These days it's another colourful tourist hangout with the obligatory t-shirts.

Freak Street used to be somewhere to go back in the day, apparently. Back when Bob Seger was singing about K-K-K-Kathmandu. These days it's another colourful tourist hangout with the obligatory t-shirts.

Obvious caption - `Not much progress on this construction lately.' `Well, if you pay peanuts ...'

Obvious caption - `Not much progress on this construction lately.' `Well, if you pay peanuts ...'

This is where the Kumari lives. The Kumari is a living child goddess. Around midday she appears for a few seconds at the window to the faithful below, without expression, then leaves. We were lucky enough to see her on our visit but photography is strictly prohibited. It's quite an experience.

This is where the Kumari lives. The Kumari is a living child goddess. Around midday she appears for a few seconds at the window to the faithful below, without expression, then leaves. We were lucky enough to see her on our visit but photography is strictly prohibited. It's quite an experience.

The Kumari is only a goddess until she reaches age 11 or 12, when she returns to her family and another child is chosen. By the way, you can see structural supports necessitated by the 2015 earthquake.

The Kumari is only a goddess until she reaches age 11 or 12, when she returns to her family and another child is chosen. By the way, you can see structural supports necessitated by the 2015 earthquake.

Reconstruction after the earthquake is not only at the large structural level. Countless intricate details such as these also require replacement. It will take a very long time but it was encouraging to see so much work underway..

Reconstruction after the earthquake is not only at the large structural level. Countless intricate details such as these also require replacement. It will take a very long time but it was encouraging to see so much work underway..

The famous eyes of the Bouddhanath Stupor.

The famous eyes of the Bouddhanath Stupor.

It is a huge structure on the outskirts of Kathmandu.

It is a huge structure on the outskirts of Kathmandu.

Bouddhanath complex.

Bouddhanath complex.

We stumbled on this small temple complex in the downtown area, hidden away behind a busy street..

We stumbled on this small temple complex in the downtown area, hidden away behind a busy street..

Our trek was the main reason for the trip so it was just a quick visit this time. It's a big city and there's much more to explore.

Our trek was the main reason for the trip so it was just a quick visit this time. It's a big city and there's much more to explore.

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