Sunday 21 November
Leisurely rise and breakfast. Mary went her own way whilst the rest of us got a taxi (vintage Merc 220D) to
We rejoined our taxi for the short drive to Boudhanath Stupa. More entry fees, but we weren't hassled at either of these places. They were pouring 'whitewash' down from the top of the Stupa, made from water and various crushed herbs, creating a brownish stain on the Stupa.
Then back in the taxi again, and lunch courtesy of the Bluebird store by the Radisson. Then everyone did their own thing, mostly shopping. Sue and I went to Durbar Square (KTM) - a half hour walk, the last section of which was in densely crowded shopping streets, with narrow streets leading off the main thoroughfare. Lots of intricate carvings on the buildings, which are mainly fairly decrepit, even the new ones. A '60s like shopping centre with posh shops - jewellers, white goods, furniture, etc, was in the middle of all this.
Durbar Square had lots of temples, etc, and we kept a leaflet which was given to us with the entry fee. We were hassled by prospective guides, but resisted.
Nice walk back via Thamel, then a turn around, a final briefing from Sanjeev at 5pm, before heading back to Thamel for our last meal together for the six of us, at Yin Yang Thai Restaurant. Some rather bland dishes, but perhaps because of what we ordered (we shared the food) rather than the fault of the restaurant. Back for an early night as we rise early tomorrow.
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