Favorite Experiences in Kathmandu
Kathmandu, what a crazy city you are! It’s chaotic, dusty, and a bit of sensory overload. Yet despite all the craziness, there’s a connection between everything that permeates life here. Love how the Nepalese spiritual life is so rich (especially compared to the US). You can really feel it, and it’s a beautiful thing to witness the many daily rituals that give life meaning. You can’t escape it, and that’s part of why I love it. It’s also an area that suffers from poverty and was devastated by an earthquake in 2015. Everywhere you look is something new, and likely something a bit shocking. I’ve never heard so many languages in one place. Such interesting people from all over the world passing through here.
As a bonus, I was able to visit during Tihar (a five day Hindu holy festival). Each of the five days celebrates something different, and there were many ceremonies/rituals going on. One day is dedicated to dogs! All dogs are worshiped, decorated, blessed, and celebrated on this day.
Below are a few of my favorite experiences from the 5 days I spent in Kathmandu:
Yes, those are burning bodies. A very spiritual place with much significance.
2) Meditating with these monks. This is part of Boudhanath Stupa, in an area of Kathmandu called Little Tibet. Such a powerful experience just to be there. Truly felt like another world to me.
3) Visiting this nunnery (Thrangu Tara Abbey). The trek to get there was something else. Roads in Nepal are the
bumpiest most adventurous I’ve ever seen! Sometimes you have to get out and walk. It took about 2 hours each way from Kathmandu (hiking/fence-jumping included).
4) Finding this garden sanctuary, amid the chaos. This is Garden of Dreams.
5) Visiting Kopan Monastery, high above the city. Another road that will forever be in my memory. Worth the trek, though!
6) Finding treasures to take home. Two of my favorite purchases were a traditional Nepalese healing bowl, and a Thangka painting! Also mala beads. There are so many opportunities to purchase truly unique and handmade items here. Everyone tries to sell you something (especially when you’re not looking).
Also…..pizza! My forever favorite food. A bit of Western comfort is needed sometimes. I may have gone back more than once 🙂
Next stop in Nepal….trekking in the Himalayas!