Bhaktapur

April 27th, 2014 at 9:00 am by David Farrar

 

 

Headed out early to on the final full day in . is a historic city that was capital of until the 1400s. It’s only 20 kms from Kathmandu and is a must visit. One thing that makes it very nice is that most parts of it are closed to traffic.

By comparison, going through Thamel in a taxi is incredibly scary. You’re driving down narrow streets dodging pedestrians and cyclists every few seconds.

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Just after the main entrance is this museum.

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Durbar Square – one of four major squares in Bhaktapur.

 

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One of many temples.

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Wonderful old sculptures.

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I love the elephants.

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Now that is how I’d like to travel about!

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A pottery maker near Pottery Square.

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Wares being made for later sale.

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This poor goat has lost his horns.

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Some great artwork, even if not quite right for my apartment.

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A typical street in Bhaktapur.

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The sun was too much for these dogs.

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The snake has gone fishing.

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On the way back to Kathmandu, we passed this motorcycle with a very young kid sitting happily at the front of the bike.

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Back in Kathmandu, a typical street in Thamel. What you don’t see in this photo is the cars swerving up and down them.

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For our final evening we went to the Babarmahal Revisited complex in Kathmandu. It’s a former palace that is now a small shopping centre with some very high quality restaurants. Made a change from Dal Bhat (which actually was pretty good).

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Then the next morning it was a quick trip to the bakery for a final breakfast. Thee coffee is what they call a Latte!

Then we flew out of Nepal on Friday. Once again Malaysia Airlines were incapable of having my bags travel with me, so the 36 hour stop over in Kuala Lumpar turned into a quick shopping expedition for emergency clothes for all of us. We were told 25 bags were not flown due to over-loading, but I’m sceptical as the planes should be able to carry a full load of passengers and gear.

We made the Pavilion shopping plaza with just 30 minutes to spare before it closed, so was a very hasty shop.

Saturday saw a bit more shopping, and just enjoying the hotel (Hotel Istana) swimming pool. Then out to the night markets tonight and two flights back to Wellington to arrive Monday.

Loved pretty much every moment of Nepal, and already planning my next trip there in a couple of years. So many mountains to see – or climb!

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8 Responses to “Bhaktapur”

  1. thor42 (971 comments) says:

    More great photos!
    Did your missing bags eventually turn up, DPF?

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  2. lolitasbrother (751 comments) says:

    good Farrar, you champion, everybody knows ,
    and I hope you picked up your Quixote medal,
    spanish gold
    I can say what I like till you come back, I like it this way

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  3. lolitasbrother (751 comments) says:

    I know this is off subject, but Murray McCully just sealed the 2014 election, and some people say there is more to come

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  4. hane (69 comments) says:

    > One thing that makes it very nice is that most parts of it are closed to traffic.

    Problem is that when anyone points this fact out in New Zealand they are accused by RWNJs like you of being anti-car.

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  5. bwooce (10 comments) says:

    >We were told 25 bags were not flown due to over-loading, but I’m sceptical as the planes should be able to carry a full load of passengers and gear.

    There’s no real need for this scepticism, it’s much cheaper for them to fly the bags with the people. Plane capacity is a function of multiple things (take off altitude for one that’s likely a factor here) and it’s a good sign they’re accurately measuring bags and making these decisions.

    I don’t believe planes are sized for max passengers x max bags even at ground level, and departing climbers are likely to diverge from the US/Euro mean-bags-per-pax standard.

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  6. B A W (100 comments) says:

    Planes have a maximum take of weight which will depend on the airport, wind, altitude and the weight of the plane.

    If it is too heavy then it is too heavy.

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  7. johnwellingtonwells (137 comments) says:

    Perhaps David should do a Clayton Cosgrove

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  8. V (750 comments) says:

    This was the lesson, regarding takeoff weight.

    http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/EBC0017.jpg

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