Thursday, March 12, 2009

4 March – Old Town, Kathmandu, Nepal

Kathmandu also has a Durbar Square, beautiful and similar in style to that in Patan.
From the square we walked north through the old town, enjoying the street scenes and the crowds.
Nina even found the Dentist Street, and at its center is a wooden lump where people come to pray to the toothache god! If you have really bad toothache, you should nail a coin to the wood. There are many coins there…
The Kathesimbhu Stupa, nestled into a small square in the old town, is beautiful with all the prayer flags flapping in the breeze.
Buddhist monks from the neighboring monastery are walking around the stupa, clockwise, turning the prayer wheels containing the infinitely repeated mantra: Om Mani Padme Hum (hail to the jewel in the lotus).

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