Saturday, January 10, 2009

Kathmandu Tips

Attractions:

Boddinath: important Tibetan temple where you can circumambulate with the pilgrims; if monk tries to take you around temple be aware that he will ask for a "donation" of 200 Rs minimum or U.S dollars; delicious coffee and cake at Flavor's. go to the rooftop for a spectacular view of the temple..

Monkey Temple: possible to walk from Thamel; good viewpoint over Kathmandu valley

Durbar Square (Kathmandu): need to get a visitor entry card with a picture so you can come back again without paying twice. nice temples, a palace with a museum of the royal family; in the palace (250 Rs) there is a watchtower where you can get a wonderful overview of the city. unlimited pass costs 200 Rs

Durbar Square (Patan): the actual square is similar to the one in kathmandu, it's about an hour walk from thamel and you will see a lot of kathmandu on the way. very relaxed.

Accommodation:

New Namaste Guest House: email: bidya@foreign.wlink.com.np; phone: 977-1-4233734 clean big comfortable rooms; double room with bathroom (425 Rs); only rooms, no lounge or restaurant here; off of Jyatha Chowk road down a small alley;

Food:
Fire and Ice restaurant: delicious pizzeria; next to the main Himalaya bank on Tridevi Marg (main road); have a pizza for heaven's sake; don't share, it's that good

Tashi Delek Restaurant: great little place to grab some Tibetan breakfast ( champa porridge) as well as a filling set breakfast (potatoes, tomatoes, eggs, toast, etc)

Janesi Restaurant: like eating in someone's home; get the nepali set meal

Weizen Bakery: after 8 pm half price pastries; get there at 7:50 and fill your tray. restaurant is good too (cheese sticks)

Organic Cafe: didn't try the food, but they have an "all you can eat" salad bar. nice place to relax

Himal Restaurant: good place, good prices, good food. try the thukpa (veg soup) and pakoras (fried veg fritters)

More in the Blog:
Kathmandu 1
Kathmandu 2

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