Cycle Touring Nepal Tuesday 8th November. Kathmandu.

Definitely had a case of culture shock today! But in reverse, I’ve been so use to not seeing any westerners over the past month and being the only westerner in a town it came as a bit of a shock to suddenly be confronted by a load of western tourists, even though I know I’m one myself! I definitely preferred it when I was in more remote places!

Pancha Mukhi Hanuman Temple
The Pancha Mukhi Hanuman Temple

Went to Durbar Square this morning to have a look around the Unesco World Heritage Site which sadly was quite badly damaged in the earthquake of 2015, although there is still a lot standing and a lot that shouldn’t still be standing but it is!

Nasal Chowk Nine Storied Palace
Nasal Chowk Nine Storied Palace
Nasal Chowk Nine Storied Palace
Nasal Chowk Nine Storied Palace from behind the tops gone after the earthquake

I didn’t realise just how badly damaged it all was until I looked online and saw pictures of it before the earthquake, most of the buildings are supported by wooden posts propping them up, but you can still see the intricate wood carvings on the buildings and apparently they are going to rebuild it all again, let’s hope so!

Wooden carvings on the buildings
Wooden carvings on the buildings

It was all very stressful and I was constantly hassled by street traders either wanting to sell me something or be my guide! Don’t know whether it’s because I’ve not been to any real tourist areas recently but I found it really bad even worse than Istanbul or Marrakesh and those places are bad enough for being hassled!

The Deity Shiva
The Deity Shiva
Shiva Parvati Temple
Shiva Parvati Temple

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