Updated: Mar 17, 2020
Each traveler has a different way on how to explore a place. In this article, I will share how I enjoyed Kathmandu with my friend.
K - athmandu Durbar Square.
Kathmandu Durbar square, also known as Hanuman Dhoka Durbar, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, used to be the residence of the Nepali royal family and administrators. It consists of huge Royal Palace with different temples, inside as well as outside the temple, dating from the 15th to the 18th century.
Several buildings in the square have collapsed due to a major earthquake on 25th April 2015. It was surrounded with spectacular architecture and showcases the skills of the Newar artists and craftsmen over several centuries. I wonder how nice it could have been before the earthquake.
The entrance fee costs 1,000 Nepalese Rupees.
A - arati.
Aarati is a Hindu religious ritual of worship, also refers to the songs sung in praise of the deity (Hindu god or goddess), when the light is being offered. The priests perform the Aarati by taking oil lamps and moving them in circular motion and dedicating their act to the Divine. Bhajan (songs with religious theme) are sung by devotees during the Aarati, creating blissful surrounding.
The Aarati starts at 6PM every evening. This is a ritual that allows everyone to be a part of it and creates an environment of union of God and the devotees.
This was our first time to experience a Hindu religious ritual in Pashupatinath Temple. The entrance fee costs 1,000 Nepalese Rupees.
T - temples.
There are so many temples to visit in Kathmandu. We chose to visit Boudhanath Stupa. The 36-meter-high stupa of Boudha is massive and dominates the skyline in the area. With countless monasteries around it, Boudha is the center of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal.
On each side are the all-seeing-eyes of the Buddha symbolizing awareness. The canopy has 13 stages. At ground level there is a brick wall that has 147 niches and 108 images of the meditational Buddha inset behind copper prayer wheels.
The entrance fee costs 400 Nepalese Rupees.
H - indu Temple.
The famous Hindu temple in Kathmandu is the Pashupatinath Temple.
M - omo.
Momo is a dumpling made of all-purpose flour and filled with either meat or vegetables. Inspired by Tibetan dumplings, the dish is a very popular Nepali street food. In Nepal, the most common type of momos are buff (buffalo) momos followed by chicken.
We wanted to try all varieties available, so we had always momos in every meal. Here we go!
Fried Momos from Helena's Rooftop.
Momo Soup from Queen Forest Resto Bar.
Steamed Momos from Nepal Pavilion Inn.
Spicy Momos from Nepal Pavilion Inn.
Grilled Momos with Dal Bhat.
Having tried all of the above, I like momo soup the best. The momo itself is delicious and the mixture of soup makes it even more tastier.
A - rts.
They call it the work of the Newari.
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