The Himalayan Express

Today I woke up feeling a little better. The schedule included the must-do flight to the Himalaya peaks and then a visit to Bhaktapur and Patan. We boarder the Yeti Airlines BA Jetstream-41 for a one hour flight to the Everest and back, with a guaranteed window seating. It is an amazing experience, a flight at 20’000 feet and the need to look up to to  view the Everest. When we landed, I had an exhilarating feeling, a sense of witnessing something unique.

Himalayas
Himalayas
Himalayan Express
Our ride to the Himalayas
Mount Everest
Mount Everest at the back, viewed from the window of the special Himalayan flight
Mount Everest from the plane window
Mount Everest from the plane window

Bhaktapur

We left the airport and drove to Bhaktapur, half an hour away. Bhaktapur used to be the capital of Nepal – until the 15th century – and is listed by UNESCO as a world heritage site. Together with Kathmandu and Patan are the three major cities of the valley, once separated, now forming a big metropolitan area. Here the people are fewer and you can really enjoy the architecture, temples, local markets for pottery, handcrafts and food. The people seem more relaxed and you get better photo opportunities when you walk down the narrow streets.

Belles and whistles
Belles and whistles
Rooster and pottery
Rooster and pottery
Pottery market in Bhaktapur
Pottery market in Bhaktapur
Men resting in Bhaltapur
Men resting in Bhaltapur
Old women in Bhaktapur
Old women in Bhaktapur
Narrow street in Bhaktapur
Narrow street in Bhaktapur
Bhaktapur
Bhaktapur
Backyard neighborhood in Bhaktapur
Backyard neighborhood in Bhaktapur
Western Union
Western Union
Fruit Shop in Bhaktapur
Fruit Shop in Bhaktapur
Fruits for sale
Fruits for sale
Bhaktapur Durbar Square
Bhaktapur Durbar Square
Bhaktapur Durbar Square
Bhaktapur Durbar Square
Nepalese man
Nepalese man
Guarding Lion
Guarding Lion
Window in Bhaktapur
Window in Bhaktapur
Bell in Bhaktapur Durbar Square
Bell in Bhaktapur Durbar Square
Young girl posing
Young girl posing
Homeless
Homeless
Pottery Market in Bhaktapur
Pottery Market in Bhaktapur
Barber shop
Barber shop
Pottery Man
Pottery Man
Lunch break
Lunch break
Bhatkapur Durbar Square
Bhatkapur Durbar Square
Merchant in Bhaktapur
Merchant in Bhaktapur
Fruit Salesman
Fruit Salesman
Little beggars
Little beggars

I was lucky to cross a local elementary school during break and the kids really enjoyed posing for me.

Boys in school
Boys in school
Boys in school
Boys in school - black and white

Patan

It is located just 13km away from Bhaktapur, at the south-central part of the valley. Well known for its festivals and hand crafts. We drove to the Durbar square, wondered the streets, visited temples and had dinner on a beautiful patio.

Patan Durbar Square
Patan Durbar Square
Patan Royal Palace courtyard
Patan Royal Palace courtyard
Wooden beams
Wooden beams
Patan Royal Palace
Door at the Royal Palace, Patan
Patan Durbar Square
Patan Durbar Square
Sleeping in Patan durbar square
Sleeping in Patan durbar square
Women sitting in Patan durbar square
Women sitting in Patan durbar square
Woman in Patan
Woman in Patan

Before we went back, we had to pay tribute to Kumari the living goddess of Patan. A Kumari, a young girl selected from the Newari community, is believed to be the incarnation of the goddess Taleju, until she menstruates. The girl is selected among many others based on her physical appearance, character and a series of test and receives a generous dowry after she is decommissioned. For some reason, it is considered bad luck to marry a former Kumari.

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The living Goddess of Patan

By the end of the wonderful two day visit in Nepal, I was cured and feeling well, ready to fly the next day to Kolkata and from there to the Andamans.

Next: Havelock Island, the Andamans

Bhaktapur

Patan