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, staying at the excellent De Hotel Veda, catching up with friends visiting Nepal, celebrating Stefan’s (8th 25th) birthday and having a lovely cooking class with the excellent 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. 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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  2. Wow! Awesome post. 🙂

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    • Thank you

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