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Happy birthday in Kathmandu, Nepal

Happy birthday in Kathmandu, Nepal

Kathmandu is not the prettiest of cities, but the people make it charming – and colourful!  Your first journey into the city is an experience – the traffic is completely chaotic yet quite captivating:

Kathmandu street scene
A typical street scene in Kathmandu – chaos!
View of Kathmandu
View of Kathmandu

We spent a week in Kathmandu, catching up with friends visiting Nepal, celebrating Stefan’s (8th 25th) birthday and having a lovely cooking class with the Nepal Cooking School:

Celebrating Stefan's birthday with friends visiting from London
Celebrating Stefan's birthday with friends visiting from London and the lovely Eanu of the Nepalese Cooking School
Celebrating Stefan's birthday with the Nepalese Cooking School
Celebrating Stefan's (8th 25th )birthday with the Nepalese Cooking School – Amrit with his really charming family

The Monkey Temple – “Swayambhunath”

The Monkey Temple was our favourite site in Kathmandu. It is located up a hill with lots of monkeys living there.  The monkeys are considered holy.  They are also very cute, cheeky and highly photogenic:

The Monkey Temple - "Swayambhunath"
The Monkey Temple – “Swayambhunath” with very photogenic holy monkey posing for us
Cute photogenic monkeys at the Monkey Temple
Cute photogenic and playful monkeys at the Monkey Temple

Being high up you also get some incredible views of the city:

View of Kathmandu from the Monkey Temple
View of Kathmandu from the Monkey Temple

You will also see many monks here:

Monk at the Monkey Temple
Monk at the Monkey Temple doing the rounds
Buddhist prayer wheels at the Monkey Temple
Buddhist prayer wheels at the Monkey Temple

Durbar Square in Kathmandu

Durbar Square is the generic name used to describe plazas and areas opposite the old royal palaces in Nepal, which includes temples, icons, water fountains and lots of pigeons:

 
Beautiful icon at Kathmandu's Durbar Square
Beautiful icon at Kathmandu's Durbar Square – we saw many people coming to worship in front of this
Stefan and our friend Talib posing at the Temples
Stefan and our friend Talib posing at the Temples at Durbar Square
"It's behind you!" Now where's that missing temple gone!
Spot the big temple – “I thought I saw it here somewhere!!” said Talib and Sebastien…!

It’s also great spot to sit and people watch:

Women chanting at a temple at Durbar Square
Old Hindu ladies chanting at a temple at Durbar Square
Hindu man praying at a Durbar Square temple
Hindu man praying at a Durbar Square temple by rocking his head to the wall
Boy posing from balcony at Durbar Square
Boy posing from balcony at Durbar Square
A great spot for people watching
A great spot for people watching! Sebastien and our friend Talib posing

Happy Nepalese Birthday Stefan!

What do you get a greedy boy for his birthday when so far from his home town?

Answer: a cooking class of course!

Celebrating Stefan's birthday with the excellent Nepalese Cooking School
Celebrating Stefan's birthday with the excellent Nepalese Cooking School

The Nepalese Cooking School is highly rated in Trip Advisor and for good reason. We had a great day learning to cook Daal Bhat, rice pudding, celebration bread and Nepalese dumplings, called, “Momos”.

But most importantly, Stefan had an unforgettable and very unique birthday celebration:

Stefan's birthday with the Nepalese Cooking School
Stefan's birthday with the Nepalese Cooking School
Stefan's birthday with the Nepalese Cooking School
Stefan's birthday with the Nepalese Cooking School in Kathmandu
Stefan decorated in Hindu style for his birthday
Stefan decorated in Hindu style for his birthday at the Nepalese Cooking School in Kathmandu

Watch more from our travel in Nepal in our awesome video:

 

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4 Comments

  1. Wow! Awesome post. 🙂

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    • Thank you

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  2. Happy Birthday! Beautiful pictures, I love the way you always make an effort to meet local people in the places you visit 🙂

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    • Thank you very much Amy 🙂

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