The plane landed late in the afternoon and I was excited to explore. After going through all the hustle and bustle, I finally arrived at the guesthouse and left my stuff so I can roam the streets of Kathmandu. I did a bit of research before coming to Nepal. This is my first time ever to visit the country so rely so much on the internet and google maps to help me with my itinerary. I decided to stay at Freak Street. It is less famous than Thamel but I chose to stay here because of its close proximity to Kathmandu Durbar Square.
It was already sun down when I reached the durbar. A lot of locals hangout by the square – old people watching the world go by, teenagers hanging out with their friends and people whizzing by on their motorbikes. The brick laden road around the durbar is pretty cool and it brings you back to its glorious time.
This place is also known as Basantapur Durbar Square or Hanumandhoka Durbar Square. Locals know this place as Hanumandhoka and is the ancient place where the Nepalese royalty lived. It is also called Basantapur because it’s the old name of the original centre in Kathmandu. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was built during the 14th century.
I pretty much walked on just one side of the square and got stuck trying to take a photo of the square. Cars and motorbikes zoom by so fast on the brick road and it was pretty interesting to observe that despite the craziness there are no accidents.
I noticed two lions guarding the entry way to beautiful building but cars might hit me if I try to take the picture, lol. So, I decided to take the shot of the lion and the temple beside it. As I turned around, I noticed a piece of wood with an interesting painting. Cool, eh?
I decided to go back to Freak Street and check out the place. I saw lots of different stores selling souvenirs, quaint little coffee shops and restaurants scattered around with cute lights and decorations.
I continued walking and I noticed a lad ringing a bell of some sort of little temple. I decided to stay by the little temple and I noticed that they would open the tap, touch the water and then ring the bell.
I decided to continue walking and settled for a quaint little sandwich shop. After spending a few minutes having my dinner and reading a bit of Nepal history, I decided to go back to the guesthouse and retire for the nice.
Til the next adventure. 🙂