Woke at 2am and 3am by bells, chanting, singing and general rowdiness. Apparently this is the preamble to a big festival coming up soon and they like to walk the route to check it is clear. Why this has to be done in the middle of the night I do not know.
Woke at 8am, dressed, abluted then headed out to the Cafe Pagoda for breakfast (French Toast and tea). I then walked from Durbar Square to Namaste Supermarket. This was about a mile through some very interesting back streets....I shall let the pictures tell the story:
|Wayside temple (one of thousands). Spot the rats!|
|One for Mum - reflection of Patan in the (low) water tank.|
|Green grocer stall. There were lots along the alley.|
|Butcher. This is the reason I've gone veggie for a month!!|
|This is the alley I walked down.|
Once back at Swotha Square I went to the Swotha Kiosk and ordered a pot of tea. It was relaxed in coming but was utterly delicious. I sat there for about 45 minutes just watching life go by. This was my view:
|Apparently this is one of the shrines the noisy ones visited last night.|
After lunch of crackers and peanut butter I took photos of the apartment before heading out to meet up with Sailish and Anastasia for a guided tour of Patan (apartment photos later). We headed out towards the Kumbeshwar Temple after which the school is named.
|Newari Carving - it is exquisite.|
|Ganesh. It's festival time for Ganesh apparently, hence the red.|
|Snakes round the water tank. They are considered auspicious for water provision.|
We eventually came to a covered walkway with shops selling the most fantastic Buddhas made of gold (and costing $40000). We walked through then paid 100rs to go into the temple complex. It is called the Mahabuddha and is a temple made of terracotta tiles, each carved with the image of the Buddha. There are over 1000 of them. Pictures below:
|5 big Buddhas and lots of little ones!|
|More buddhas, big and small.|
We carried on round the streets into a monastery and more temples and saw a rather strange advert on the way:
|Monkey 1 in the Monastery.|
|What a claim!|
|Strange, unwashed lady with temple.|
On returning to the apartment (photos soon, I promise!) showered and sort of changed then sat and read. at 6pm I headed out to the Swotha Cafe for dinner. Cafe is probably the wrong description as it was an upmarket place and very relaxing. I had the Nepali Thali of rice, veg curry, paneer curry, chutney, pickle and spinach. This was followed with thick local curd.
I went to bed happy and hoped not to be woken up again....