Matt and Cynthia's Odyssey travel blog

Kathmandu Durbar Square

Morning light on temple

Working women in Nepal

Giving offerings

Street market

Flower sellers

Morning activity

We have spent the majority of our time the past several days planning our visit to Turkey. Today we decided to get up early (5:45am) and walk down to Kathmandu Durbar Square which was mostly built in the 17th century. If you get there early, there is no admission fee (250 rupees each) because the guards don’t report to work until 8am. We didn't care so much about the fee but we did get there early to enjoy the natural environment with only locals present. We enjoyed watching the locals during their morning visit to the god statues carved out of stone. Most worshipers pray and give an offering of food or flowers. Special offerings, mostly food, are given by individuals who actually want to "feed" the god so they climb up and place the food (usually sweets) directly into the mouth of the statue. In the end, it looks like there are about 15 bananas and donuts shoved into the mouth (but who's counting??).

We had a really good time and decided to walk down some back streets on the way back to our hotel. It was a great idea. We stumbled upon some temples not frequented by tourists, small markets, and courtyards. Cynthia was ecstatic when she found someone to sell her a whole, very large papaya; she ate half of it as soon as we got back to the hotel. The guys at our hotel are really nice and let her store the second half in their refrigerator (for tomorrow morning, of course).

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