Sightseeing around Kathmandu 

Today we did a sightseeing tour around Kathmandu, visiting four UNESCO heritage sites. There are 3 other people in my group, but two arrived this evening, so it was myself and a guy from Australia. He’s a photographer so I’ll definitely be getting all his photos from our trek!

We had a local guide with us and a driver. The traffic is crazy here – not like Bangkok or Vietnam where it’s so dense, but here they don’t have seperate lanes as most of the roads are dirt. Everyone just drives all over the street!

The sites we saw were gorgeous and very rich in history. 80% of Nepal is Hindu, so most of the sites focused around that religion. We saw a few temples that were gorgeous and intricate in their own way – different from SE Asia, these are ornate with hand carved stones and wood everywhere.

Hinduism is essentially a lifestyle for them – everything they do revolves around the religion, from the way they dress, what they eat, how they celebrate/mourn, etc.

We actually saw a body being cremated, which is obligatory in Hinduism. There is an entire process for the ceremony and then sacrifices family members make for up to a year following the death.

We saw the “prayer flags” everywhere too. I didn’t realize that the flags represent the five elements – Blue (symbolizing sky/space), White (symbolizing air/wind), Red (symbolizing fire), Green (symbolizing water), Yellow (symbolizing earth).

One of the sites we visited was heavily destroyed by the earthquake in 2015. They are rebuilding everything but as they are UNESCO heritage sites, they have to be exactly as they were – people are carving stones, placing individual bricks, etc. to resemble the same style.

When we got back to our hotel, we discovered a great rooftop deck for views of the city.

We’re catching an early flight to Lukla tomorrow to start the trek!

Be on the lookout for a new post around May 2nd!


2 thoughts on “Sightseeing around Kathmandu 

  1. Great pictures. Especially those from the rooftop deck at the hotel.
    I had forgotten about the earthquake that hit in 2015. That was devastating. It looks like the city has recovered fairly well.
    Interesting about the prayer flags and what the different colors signified, I didn’t know that.
    You’ve been to several Buddhist countries in Southeast Asia and now, a Hindu country. An interesting cultural and sociological distinction, I’m sure.
    That plane flight to Lukla tomorrow should be quite an experience! The views of the Himalayas should be incredible.
    Have a great trek! Good luck acclimizing. Can’t wait to hear how it went and to see your pictures.
    Love you!


  2. Thanks for posting all your great photos. I had no idea Kathmandu was such a large city. Nice that you could get a view from the rooftop deck. The temples do look different than those in Thailand, but they sure are pretty with all their intricate detail. I didn’t realize either that the colors of the pray flags mean something. Thanks for enlightening us. Hope your trek is absolutely amazing. I can’t wait to read your next blog! Love you!


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