At the foothills of the Himalayas lies a valley filled with ancient wonders and living traditions such as palace squares, towering temples, and utmost devotion.
At the foothills of the Himalayas lies a valley filled with ancient wonders and living traditions. Palace squares, towering temples and utmost devotion is observed around every weaving corner. How to describe this chaotic concoction of a city? In arms reach there can be wealthy Nepali adorned in gold, children in school uniforms, and lame beggars. Cows sleep on the jam-packed streets, monkeys jump to and fro, and dogs awake at night to take over the streets. Yet despite the hectic nature in this valley, a clearer picture of this nation emerges. The ancient walkways and architectural treasures bear testament to the devoted populace, shining light to Nepal's past, present and future. The people here are distinct and diverse, proud of their homeland. A first time arrival in Kathmandu Valley will leave you overwhelmed, yet longing for more.
As most travelers to this region, a proper orientation is necessary, particularly wandering the countless temples, shrines, stupas and palaces that have stood for centuries, some even a millennium. The valley’s palace squares show remarkable craftsmanship, artistry, and reverence that unites the nation and stands as a symbol of resiliency. But it’s through religion where these ancient treasures serve an even greater purpose. Hinduism and Buddhism dominates daily life here, permeating every nook and cranny. Incense fills the atmosphere with aroma and competes with the dusty air. Sacrificial food lies scattered on temple floors. Prayer wheels are spun clockwise continuously. Trees are treated with reference and cows are worshipped. The people that walk the palace squares and make offerings to the carven temples transform this city into a breathing symphony of ancient prayers. But do those prayers answer?
THE SILK ROAD JOURNAL
How We Got Here
By flight from Kuala Lumpur and by various busses from different points throughout Nepal.
Wandering the ancient streets and alleyways of Bhaktapur, from the large palace square to the small shops full of craftmanship.
The people we met that became dear friends. The Nepali are a hospitable people and proud of their country.
S N A P S H O T S O N T H E R O A D
W H E R E W I L L Y O U R J O U R N E Y T A K E Y O U N E X T ?
The ancient temples and palace squares left you speechless. However it was the people that you found most special, forming lasting relationships. On thos clear days, the mighty Himalayas loom over the horizon, reminding you that your journey must continue...