Around Kathmandu

We did all the regular tourist stuff and explored Kathmandu and surrounds thoroughly.



One of the many gates to the city.
The city is chaotic but it doesn't take too long to get out into the suburbs. 



Getting around by bike was great. We got lost many times and the traffic was nerve-wracking but it was still a great way to see the city and the surrounding areas.
One o the most famous Buddhist sights in the world. The temple of Swayambhunath.

It's quite a journey to get to by bike and we seemed to circle the hill it sits on for hours before finally finding our way to the top via the back route.



Another famous sight - this time it's a Hindu temple.

Pashupatinath - that's quite a mouthful!


Some of the temples at the site are really very old.



Another stop was Patan, a city only a few kilometers from Kathmandu. It was apparently an independent kingdom in earlier times.
Bhaktpur is a well preserved town, now a world heritage site. None of the smog or frenetic activity of Kathmandu.


Bhaktapur's Royal Palace, complete with guard.



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