Thanks to the Mt. Everest tour, a group of us missed the day trip in Kathmandu (not that we were all that disappointed). The one part of the tour we wanted to see was the Swyambhunath Temple, also known as the Monkey Temple. I implore anyone to come here see, sense and smell the richness of this place - monkeys and all. The story behind its development, and that of Kathmandu, is amazing. Parts of the temple are under construction due to the 2015 earthquake; this does not destroy its magnificence. If you do visit please note this temple is in active use by worshipers - be respectful. Enjoy the pics!
Nepal was a magical trip, as a guide told us "Kathmandu is organized chaos." It was great chaos to experience because it was peaceful and embodied the chaotic existence that is permeates a spiritual journey: chaotic, destructive, beautiful, illuminating and peaceful. The above dog will always provide the sweet reminder of Nepal and this peaceful message: In all the chaos and rubble, there is calm and peace in taking stillness. In this stillness no one or nothing should even disturb your peace no matter where you are and what you're doing.