An amazing, exciting and tiring day 1. Arriving back at hotel the previous night, the first thing I have to do is review the pics, transfer the selected ones on iPad and do some edits. Having lot of street candids and stuff, it was worked up in black & white on the go with SnapSeed on iPad. Turned out into a beautiful black and white series on - People of Nepal.
Looking fwd to another rockin day. Today I do wish to have lunch on time to keep the battery charged. Another hopeful day for rain. The clouds are unpredictable though and they already fooled me a day before but still it feels like something good in store. The driver is there and time to roll. He says we will go Baudhanilkantha Temple, Boudhnath & Bhaktapur. Boudhnath is unfinished business from yesterday. Getting out of Thamel in a car is another pain, though the exit from the hotel to main street is not a long stretch so we are out soon.
DAY 2 / LOCATION 1 - BUDHANILKANTHA TEMPLE
The place seems like its on top of a hill but the driver said its just the base of Shivapuri Hill. No idea what to expect from the place. As we arrive, ours is the first car parked there. No crowd so no rush, it seemed like a laid back place and not much happening there. Sort of true as I walk in, an old lady begging on the main entrance and a money baba a few feet away. Some random people doing their stuff and just nothing happening. Whats the main attraction here ? The sleeping God, Lord Vishnu to be precise and google says its 1000 years old. The Lord chilling in a pond, which we can see from outside. Going inside and touching it ain't allowed for foreigners or non-hindus. Just a few click click and time to buzz off from the location. The start of this day feels too slow all of a sudden. While moving out, I was eying the baba for a shot, but he was waiting even before that. Money baba yea. Screw it, thou shall piss his bollocks off and pay and click the old begging woman instead. She never asked for it anyway, so I feel good about that.
DAY 2 / LOCATION 2 - BOUDHNATH
Finally. No strikes today. This is said to be the biggest buddhist pilgrimage place in the world. One more UNESCO World Heritage Site. Though I like the natural environment of Swayambhunath, this thing is massive, the largest Buddhist stupa in the world. This place is full of action, crowded with tourists, shops all around, monks, beggars, pigeons, just a lot of everything. Nice background music of buddhist chants can be heard and I fell in love with that tune of 'Om Mani Padme Hum'. Don't care what it means, its pleasing to the ears & relaxation for the mind. Heard there were lot of monasteries around but didn't figure out a way there. Just a little here and there around the stupa and some narrow lanes to capture the daily happenings. I travelled not to study history but just to take pictures and feel the rain I missed for 5 years working in a dry land. So with most of the places and stuff happening around those place I haven't bothered much of who, how, why & whats. A walk close to the stupa and the sun just burns you till the bone, no signs of rain yet again.
DAY 2 / LOCATION 3 - BHAKTAPUR
An ancient town and another addition to World Heritage Site list on the visit. A similar feel as that of Patan Durbar and Kathmandu Darbar, but the feel is better than the other two places. Looks more interesting and as we get deeper and deeper, its huge. We got lost and had a long walk to find a way back out. Adding some more interest was the dark clouds coming back and my hopes high for rain. Feels great being in-between everything and everyone I don't know. The red brick town looks amazing and the light turns beautiful as the worlds largest soft box wraps up the sun.
That sums up the site visits for the day and heading back to the hotel. Maybe get fresh and move out a bit later around the hotel in Thamel. When you go out in Thamel after 8pm, its a totally difference scene than whats happening around in daytime. Lot of bars in the area, loud indian music in most of them. Some irish pubs with loud live much. If you hotel is next to nay of those bars then good luck with a peaceful sleep. Its just heavy noise and if you are not the one to sit late in bars, avoid hotels that are close to the bars.
Thats it for now for this post. After this till late night is the same old story of me and the watchman. :p