Nepal – Patan Durbar Square

Ireen, Sebastian, Jerome and Sandyha surrounded by the amazing variety of architecture devoted to different gods and religions. (From the Left)

Ireen, Sebastian, Jerome and Sandyha surrounded by the amazing variety of architecture devoted to different gods and religions. (From the Left)

Kirtipur Guest House provides us with breakfast and dinner each day. Belku who owns the house with her husband Babu cooks for us. You will find that most Nepalese families will eat curry and rice for breakfast and dinner. The food is great, but weeks on end eating pretty much the same thing gets old. We are lucky because Belku offers a range of breakfasts. We tend to alternate between cinnamon porridge topped with banana, and French toast. In the evening we are given anything from pasta through to traditional Nepali Thali – several small dishes on a platter consisting of baht (rice), daal (lentils), tarkari (veg) and perhaps a meat or fish dish. The food is awesome and Belku grows most of the veg in her garden.

Chasing... I mean feeding pigeons

Chasing… I mean feeding pigeons

After a good feed we venture out into Kathmandu for the day. Sandhya takes us to Patan Durbar Square – one of the oldest places in the Kathmandu Valley, founded in the 3rd century BC.

Kal Bhairab the Hindu God of destruction a nasty manifestation of Vishnu holding the 5 heads and the body of various victims.

Kal Bhairab the Hindu God of destruction a nasty manifestation of Vishnu holding the 5 heads and the body of various victims.

It’s made up of temples, shrines, statues and market stalls. The squares are connected by narrow lanes with tiny open-front shops – a tourist hotspot. It’s here that we start buying some local winter gear.

So Cute! you see Lots of babies and young children that have been doodied up by their parents.

So Cute! you see Lots of babies and young children that have been doodied up by their parents.

I buy a pair of fleece lined, thick patterned leggings and a woolly top for 900 Rupees, that’s not even 9 Aus Dollars!

A tree holding up a crumbling temple, or is the temple holding up the tree?

A tree holding up a crumbling temple, or is the temple holding up the tree?

I was wearing a knee high red long sleeved dress with thick tights and boots and literally every single person who walked by STARED hard. I soon realised that not a single person wore a dress that didn’t touch their ankles.

Hindu Gurus. I swear he was high.

Hindu Gurus. I swear he was high.

The two inches of knee and upper calf were causing a right old stir so at lunch I hastily changed into my local Nepali gear. Being half cast I suddenly looked like a proper local – that’s until I opened my painfully English mouth.

mum can we take him home...please?

mum can we take him home…please?

The girls spent the day buying clothes and wedding gear, whilst Jerome and his brother slunk down the alleys and found a Kukuri shop where they spent many dollars buying pointy knives with huge grins on their faces.

Street vendor in Thamel talking us through the merits of each of his many kukuris.

Street vendor in Thamel talking us through the merits of each of his many kukuris.

We meet meet up again after 5pm and sit in one of the squares watching life go by.

need a hand there mate?

need a hand there mate?

Kids here find anything to play with, don't need brain numbing computer games.

Kids here find anything to play with, don’t need brain numbing computer games.

Categories: Nepal | Tags: , | 1 Comment

Post navigation

One thought on “Nepal – Patan Durbar Square

  1. Keep up the posts it sounds so good! Mxx

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Blog at WordPress.com.

%d bloggers like this: