I already mentioned in my last post about the Holi Festival of Colours that I have fallen completely in love with Kathmandu, Nepal’s wonderful capital. When I drove from Kathmandu airport to our hotel I didn’t think I would like Kathmandu as much actually. It was so dusty that I had to wear a facemask. Poverty and homelessness was omnipresent. Most of the roads were undrivable and there were loads of crumbling or bombed out buildings. Most of this is a sad reminder of the civil war that only ended in 2006.
However once I reached the city center in Thamel district and ventured out to explore the city a bit more I changed my mind very quickly. This city has some amazing ancient architecture all across the city. The whole place has a hugely relaxed and bohemian feel about it – you could smell why it was relaxed too ;-). This is probably a remnant of the many hippies that came here in the 70ies. There is even a road affectionately named Freak Street in memory of all those hippies.
It is an incredibly colourful city as well with flower offerings, beautiful women in saris and Buddhist monks in their ruby red robes all over the city. The audience in this city was also different compared to other travel hubs in Asia. The crowd was a bit older, more alternative and there were loads of trekkers ready to tackle the Everest Base Camp Trek that we (mostly) did.
Walking through the streets was fascinating. There were surprises around every corner, from cheeky monkeys, to burning ghats, holy men and even holy goats.
The people were some of the friendliest I have ever met and the most photogenic as well. 🙂
I have fallen head over heels in love with you Kathmandu and will sure be back one day!
Have you been? What is your favourite city? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below!