Kathmandu

Pashupatinath

Our first stop — Pashupatinath Temple, abode to Lord Shiva, is a UNESCO’s Heritage Site and the most prominent Hindu spot here. The central shrine is modeled as a pagoda, with carved wooden rafters, much copper and gold, and guarded by the Nepalese army. The complex is on the banks of Baghmati River, and like Varanasi, this is also a place of death. Cremations occur regularly alongside the temple.

Boudhanath Stupa

This was our second stop combined with a lazy lunch. The Chinese aggression of Tibet in the 1950s led to an influx of fleeing Tibetans and an upsurge of Buddhism in Nepal. There are now two large stupas in the capital (the other being Swayambhunath Stupa — Monkey Temple), and a score of smaller gompas. This shrine is white with a tiered golden top and the all-knowing eyes of the Buddha painted on all four sides. Shops selling Buddhist pendants and prayer-wheels surround the complex, as do several rooftop cafes, with magnificent views of the stupa. We had our ‘Buff’ Thukpa & Beer fix here while watching monks with handheld prayer wheels and tourists circumambulate the structure.

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