Kathmandu is the capital and largest city of Nepal, with a population of over a million people. Until the 16th century the city was called Kantipur - a beautiful city. Many tourists come here that would go on trekking in the mountains.

In my opinion the city, dusty and dirty. But it is worth to stay for two or three days, by the fact that there is a place definitely worth visiting. Especially in Kathmandu have tourist district of Thamel, which is very suitable for living and in terms of prices and in terms of conditions, dirt is less than in the rest of the city. A 10-12 dollars, you can not remove a bad hotel room. And shopping in Thamel probably one of the best.

In this photo report we'll go on a trip to Kathmandu and visit the tourist area of Thamel, in the Durbar Square, in the Hindu temple complex of Pashupatinath and visit Bodnath Stupa and Swayambhunath temple complex.

Prices in Kathmandu

Prices for accommodation: Normal room in a cheap hotel or hostel from 5-8 $ with hot water, a good number of about $ 20, expensive hotels in the neighborhood of $ 100.

Food prices: breakfast for two in the budget café 700 Nepalese rupees, dinner for two 800-1,000 Nepalese rupees liter bottle of water is 15 rupees a bottle of beer Nepalese Rs 175, Rs 270 Nepali rum small bottle.

Prices of transport: taxi from Kathmandu Airport 200 rupees taxi in the city and surrounding area of 100-300 rupees.

Thamel

Thamel tourist district of Kathmandu. Very good place to stay in the city. There are all conditions for the life of the tourist. Acceptable room in the hotel can be rented for five to eight dollars. Here, excellent shopping, a large selection of souvenirs. No problems with alcohol. And if you want you can try and "consciousness-expanding substances." There's even a sex tourism.

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Souvenir shop in Thamel.

Katmandu Durbar Square 

The twenty-minute walk from Thamel is Durbar Square.
Durbar Square - the residence of the Nepalese kings for centuries. In translation it means the palace area. In each of the three great cities of Nepalese Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan, has its Palace Square.
Kathmandu Durbar Square several times rebuilt and got its final shape in the 17-18th century. This dates back to the period and most of the temples and buildings on the square.
The palace on Durbar Square lives living goddess Kumari. It appeared in the 18th century and has since been reincarnated. Kumari is a girl embodies the highest degree of purity and innocence. It is believed that such it remained until the first menstrual period, and after that it becomes a normal girl. After this special clergy announced search for a new Kumari. Occasionally Kumari shown to people, but it can not be photographed.

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Black Baykarab - rigid incarnation of Shiva. In his hands the murder weapon, and he was dancing on the dead bodies.

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Entrance to Hindu Temple.

Kathmandu Pashupatinath

Pashupatinath Hindu temple complex located on the eastern outskirts of Kathmandu. Pashupatinath is the main Hindu temple in Nepal and the most important temple of Lord Shiva in the world. To him constantly attracts pilgrims from all over Nepal, India and other places.
The main temple of the Hindus are not prohibited entry. The complex is a shelter for the elderly and disabled those who go absolutely nowhere. The shelter was organized Mother Teresa. Pashupatinath is a favorite place, wandering sadhus.
Sadhus of Hinduism called ascetics, saints and yogis. The temple complex is unlikely to have acquired such a reputation not only for pilgrims, but also for tourists, if not daily cremation on the banks of the sacred Bagmati river. Like the great Hindu city of Varanasi on the River is located a number of stanza and stone pedestals. which occur and cremation procedures.

Ticket prices Pashupatinath 1000 Nepalese rupees in 2013.

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The sacred river Bagmati and Pashupatinath temple complex. The highest steeple spire is the main temple. As you can see in the photo the sacred river is very similar to the trash.

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Gatha and pedestals on which the cremation takes place.

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Procedures before the cremation.

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People watching the procedure on the other side of the river.

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And these people are watching from the bridge over the river.

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Here carry wood for the cremation.

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Ritual before cremation is quite complex and is of great importance. On how much it is made correctly it depends a good rebirth in the next reincarnation.

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Light to others, burning himself.

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Cremation procedure is completed. Now we have to wait for the fire burning.

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After burning the remains thrown into a holy river and exhausted.

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A monkey is already rushing to bask in yet to the cooled on funeral pyres, stone pedestals.

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Entrance to the main temple. This entrance is allowed only to the Hindus. At the door stands guard.

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Sleeping Beauty.

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Shelter created Mother Teresa.

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The surroundings Pashupatinath inhabited by monkeys.

Photo wandering sadhu, although it is possible some of them here for the sake of tourists and earnings

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Pashupatinath.

Stupa Bodnath

Stupa Bodnath is the largest Stupa in Kathmandu and one of the largest in the world. It stands to the east of Kathmandu and is located in the Tibetan exiles, for them it is the most sacred place in their new homeland.
Deep religiosity here quite get along with commercialism. Close proximity to the stupa are a large number of shops and retail stores.
The construction of the stupa is not accidental - it is three-dimensional mandala symbolizing the harmony of space and terrestrial world. The square base of a sign of the earthly world, and a semi-circle symbol of the divine. On top of the four-sided eyes of Buddha looking in all corners of the world. above them the steeple of the 13 steps - it's 13 steps on the path to nirvana. Spire is the symbol of fire. It is dominated by an umbrella, symbolizing the air, which is located gazebo, symbolizing the sky. According to legend, during the lighting stupa he was blessed with a blessing than a hundred million incarnation of Buddha.

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The entrance to the stupa on tickets, the price is not high. But if you do not hunt to pay, then you can safely go to the neighboring streets.

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It is believed that the rotation of the drum is equal to the reading of prayers.

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Ritual drums

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Souvenirs

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Eyes still seated Buddha.

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Stupa Bodnath.

Swayambhunath - Buddhist temple Centre

Swayambhunath temple complex on the eastern outskirts of Kathmandu, is revered as the Buddhists and Hindus. The complex is located on a high hill and leads to it 365 steps, the number of days in a year. The main asset of the complex is the Swayambhunath Stupa, built about two thousand years ago. According to some data because of the earthquakes was rebuilt several times, and got its final shape in the 17th century.
Many consider it the main attraction of the city, its symbol and the symbol of Nepal.
According to Buddhist beliefs stupa built in the most favorable in terms of astral forces place the Kathmandu Valley. According to this prayer uttered here and Mantra have the force of 13 billion times more. The word "Swayambhunath" (Swayambhunath) means "created itself from nothing to a million million years ago, for all and for all."
The design embodies the worldview of Buddhism stupa on the essence of the world. The square base of the terrestrial world, semicircular sphere over it the divine essence. On top of the four-sided Buddha eyes look at all parts of the world. Although now they are not looking strictly at the sides, and with a deviation of 30 degrees. Tibetan lamas explained by the fact that since the construction of the stupa has shifted the North Pole and the compass. Thirteen rings over square end this is thirteen steps to nirvana. Above rises umbrella, symbolizing the air, which is located gazebo, symbolizing the sky.

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View from the observation deck Kathmandu Swayambhunath complex.

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Buddha Eyes - Big brother is watching you.

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Vajra gilded ritual weapon.

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About tourist souvenirs have not forgotten.

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Harith small shrine revered as the Buddhists and Hindus.

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The owner of the store.

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Prayer drums.

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The time Guardian

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