Nepal, now so at the edge of the Himalayas. After a difficult flight from Delhi to Kathmandu proved overpopulated metropolis, as before Mumbai or Delhi. However, not in this big dimensions. The first time I saw that every second person protect here with a mouth and nose protection against air pollution. At first I found the so exaggerated, but by now more a week here I can understand that. The dust of the roads mixed with the exhaust gases and deposits inevitably everywhere from. I was in an Internet cafe to cover my images to disk. The rear USB port on the century-old computer was so dirty that it crunched when I joined my Hard disc.
Often I was told in India, that the Nepalese much more friendly and open would be tuen the Indian population. I must here once explicitly deny, because I found no notable differences. For example, the staff in the small nice hotel outside the tourist area Thamel here in Kathmandu is as accommodating as well as all over India. I got to know a lot of nice people, be it in the numerous temples or in the mountainous region. Many locals hoping for a business with you as a tourist, but if you set out the priorities, they are not offended, but accept and carry the conversation further carefree. So no different to India. Important here also the own laughing :) it opens almost all doors.
On my first day I visited then also on foot three of the main attractions. The Pashupatinath temple complex is the most famous Hindu temple complex in the Kathmandu Valley. While the main temple may enter only Hindus, but the entire area with its gats similar in Varanasi is fascinating. A Nepalese "Drinking Man" tried to bring me entrance free to the temple area by piloted me through the rear access to the mountain, but this did not work, as we flew reached the top, I had to pay 1,500 rupees and he got a associated dissipation by the inspector.
Then the four kilometers back to the city center to the famous Kathmandu Durbar Square. Here you can be aware of the devastation of the earthquake one year ago, this time in Nepal countless cultural monuments and buildings were destroyed and thousands of people lost their homes or died. The temple complex in the center is destroyed one third, although you see the reconstruction efforts, but apparently lacking for money.
After that I visited the Swayambhunath, also called Monkey Temple, located in the west of the city on a hill. You have to climb only about 360 steps. From there you have the best view of Katmandu. At best, you can see the highest peaks of the Himalayas, but this was not granted to me because of poor visibility. Also there you will find the traces of destruction. The Nepalese government has for all temples and attractions Admission prices for tourists increased, partly by five times, to allow renovations.
In the second evening I was on tour with Daniel, a nice guy from Slovakia, whom I met on the plane, a drink in the numerous bars in Thamel, then the next day with Martina and their friends who lived an works just in Katmadu. Thanks for the nice evenings.
The following days I would now known sickness gathered but the toilet was my whereabouts No1. And after four weeks. I was proud to have done it "without". One day I was completely at the hotel, but was feeled so unnecessary because there was nothing to see. Therefore, the camera was also for the first time from completely two days off. Equipped with medicine from the local pharmacy store I ventured then on Wednesday again before the door.
Bhaktapur is a well preserved medieval town, which has the status of World Heritage Site. Much to see, interesting city life and again temples everywhere. Haha, these temples, tourists and moneymaking. However, this was very relaxing after several day stress in Katmandu because of traffic calming in Bhaktapur.
I decided the following day morning about four o'clock to take a taxi for the 40km distant Nagarkot (2200m high) to go to see the sunrise over the himalayas if iam lucky, according to Internet weather. After 2h drive on winding, catastrophic roads my happiness was then somewhere else, it was foggy and cloudy, so I enjoyed on the terrace of a resort the milky Sunrise, watched as the mist curled slowly and shelled the details of the landscape out. Absolute quiet, only the birds singing, crickets and the crowing of roosters in the valley. After I had thrown there a quick breakfast, i went on foot into the valley. The "short" route turned out to be distance of about 2km downhill on a narrow path. With every hundred meters gone descent was painfully aware that I have to return here again.
Partly cottages, built on a slope, people who in addition to chickens brush his teeth, poor people who have lost their stone houses by the earthquake and are now living in shacks. From a few cottages became a small village, everywhere I was greeted, the children ran after me, but no to "Money, sir?" ask, but out of curiosity. I ended up in the middle of a Buddhist ceremony, because in this village soon a temple to be built. Met a Nepalese, who works for a local health organization to eliminate the consequences of last year. These backgrounds would have a guide in the detail certainly can not tell me.
The sun was now at its zenith, and I realized that I must now begin the ascent, since shady areas were to be found just above where more trees. So the perceived ten kilometers uphill, 200 meters altitude difference. After four breaks I reached snorting again the hotel, and was recovering with a nap on a bench in the neighboring restaurant. In the evening then take a taxi back to Katmandu. In the rearview mirror I saw that I had in addition to my diarrhea now even trapped me a fat sunburn.
After now 8 days I have to say that it is sometime enough with temples and if you do not will go in Nepal in an ashram, hiking or mountain climbing, 4 days are enough really for the Katmandu region, because then there is much, not seen everything and eventually only about annoys you to have bought a mouthguard
On Saturday it goes back to India, the bus ticket is purchased and to expect a 15h Departs incl. 5h waiting time at the border between Nepal and India. Had been looking forward to a Sleeperbus, but not available on this route :(
More again soon ..