Travels in Nepal

Matt Welsh

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Kathmandu Durbar Square

We arrived in Kathmandu on the early evening of December 14th. To our surprise, the bank at the airport was closed -- but "no problem", as it turns out -- one of the several dozen or so friendly cab drivers and hotel touts at the airport took us to change money near our hotel in Thamel. We stayed at the Hotel Red Planet in Kathmandu, a great friendly place which I highly recommend.

The next day we ventured out to the "real" Kathmandu (as opposed to Thamel, the tourist area) -- down to Durbar square. I managed to snap a few photos during the few moments of peace we got while being harassed by nearly every local to buy postcards, jewellery, for taxis or rickshaws -- even trekking guides. We must have had that "fresh off the plane" look since after our first few days in Kathmandu nobody bothered us anymore.

On the right is the Kumari Chowk, home of Kathmandu's "living goddess" (a young girl who is literally regarded as a deity).

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