I am sitting in the Doha, Qatar airport at an ungodly 3am (or should I say unMuhammad hour?) in the morning, waiting for my 7:40am flight to Istanbul, Turkey. Yawn. I started this leg of my RTW journey, the day before on the 23rd of March, at 11:45pm, from Kathmandu. By the time I arrive in Istanbul, it will be the 24th of March. Double yawn . . . Continue reading
When I visited this park, I had no idea that it was only a small part of a large complex of Buddhist temples and shrines called Swayambhunath. Consequently, due to my ignorance – I was only able to see the “environmental park” and missed out on much, much more. Nevertheless, what I saw here was awesome and unforgettable. Tourists commonly call Swayambhunath, the “Monkey Temple,” probably due to the large monkey population here.
The day before yesterday, I went on an amazing one day trek at Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park. Specifically, I climbed Mt. Shivapuri, which overlooks the Kathmandu valley. The peak rises 2732 meters (8963 feet) and the trek length is a bit over 6 kilometers. It’s suggested that you allow 2 hours for the journey up to the top of the peak and perhaps, a bit shorter time for the return trip. At the end of the trail is a Buddhist Temple and Stupa. Continue reading