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Kathmandu; Well as I sit bleary eyed in the Kathmandu sun (lucky for me winter does not arrive until next month) sipping jasmine leaf tea, here’s a bit of an update.
Incase you’re wondering, the red eyes are thanks to a 4.30am start all for the sake of Mount Everest. Lazy me, opted for a jetstream flight over the many peaks – it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity so if you’re not trekking as clearly I would never be, then you’ve gotta make the effort. You’re in the air for an hour and even get to visit the captain in the cockpit for a better view! I hope my photo does it justice.
On your return from the airport, do while away a couple of hours in Bhaktapur, the best preserved of the three medieval cities in Kathmandu Valley (Kathmandu and Patan being the other two). It’s all narrow cobblestone streets, red brick houses, plenty of squares and courtyards filled with artisans, and temples of course – and practically traffic-free unlike its noisy neighbour.
There’s plenty to see and do in Kathmandu itself. Impressive Durbar square is worth a wander, as is shopping in touristy but atmospheric Thamel. If it’s lunchtime, I would recommend the rooftop of La Dolce Vita, a fabulous Italian trattoria. I ordered the melt-in-your-mouth spinach, goat cheese and walnut ravioli – clearly the city can tailor to international tastes.
With your energy restored, do take the stone stairway with hundreds of steps to the Buddhist temple of Swayambhunath, otherwise known as one of many monkey temples. You’ll then need to chill so head to the Garden of Dreams’ Kaiser Cafe (Austria financed the garden’s restoration) and order a divine silver lip tea.
More later once I’ve figured out where to dine tonight.