Around the World, Asia, Nepal

[The “Monkey Temple” – Kathmandu, Nepal]

September 22, 2013

It was too hard to fit things into single posts so I’ve broken them out by adventure. Our trek to the monkey temple was so fun, I had to also include a few photos from our second hotel, the Kantipur Temple House and a fantastic meal we had by total accident.

 

We actually started our day with a different temple. Yes, I’m going to make you wait for the Monkey Temple! Changu Narayan, argued to be the oldest temple in the Kathmandu Valley. We had a great time circling through and were followed by many of the local Shiba Inu like dogs that lives nearby. This temple is, at least according to wikipedia, the oldest known temple in Nepal’s history. High on a hill top and about 7 miles north of the city, it’s really worth the trek for the serenity you will experience.

Walking up to the Temple

Walking up to the Temple

Candles all burned out

Candles already burned out from the morning

Despite being exhausted our guide offered to take us to Swayambhunath, also known as, the “Monkey Temple”. This was such a beautiful experience, I can’t more highly recommend it. If you’re looking for more info –> Swayambhunath. At this point in time I had been harassing both Brian and the guide for days on end about going to this temple and I was in a truly unjust way, rewarded for my bad behavior.

Entering the Monkey Temple

Entering the Monkey Temple

Flags everywhere!

Flags everywhere!

Climbing the steps I caugh this pregnant monkey taking a siesta

Climbing the steps I caught this pregnant monkey taking a siesta

Top of the Stairs

Top of the Stairs

Hello Temple

Hello Temple

Prayer Scrolls

Prayer Scrolls

Monkey resting

Monkey resting

Selling some wares

Selling some wares

Mini Monk

Mini Monk

 

Inside the Buddhist Temple at the top

Inside the Buddhist Temple at the top

More candles

More candles

Brian + Zoc Doc

Brian + Zoc Doc

Temple Eye View

Temple Eye View

Bye Bye Monkeys

Bye Bye Monkeys

Finally, we went back home and checked into our new hotel. We wanted something a bit different the second night to mix it up – Kantipur Temple House was a much more traditional hotel. Despite the times where the electricity was off, we probably had the best time here. We ventured back out into the city for some spa time and a drink before coming back to the hotel and eating a ridiculous sandwich.  I often find when traveling that the ridiculous things end up being the best. Pro tip: Order an Everest Beer.

Dinner time!

Dinner time!

In the morning we got ready to head back, grabbed a quick breakfast and headed in for our final day in Delhi. Check out the view from the top of our hotel! I should also add the best things at this hotel in no particular order were: the breakfast, the rooftop view, the inner courtyard, the antique keys to unlock rooms and that massive sandwhich we had.

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