After meeting with Mosaic Adventures (our tour company) today, I learned that my blog post with day by day photos was one day off. Oops!
**Add one day if you are following that post day by day*** today, oct 15 is the first day of our tour!!!
We actually started the tour today and went to 4 sites with our guide, Keshar, who we really enjoyed. We learned so much about Nepal culture, history, politics, and Hindu and Buddism. It really helped me get a lot out of all the places we went.
We visited Swayambhu Stupa, Pantan Square, Pashupatinath, and Boudha.
At Swayambhu Stupa, we got a good introduction to the Hindu and Buddhist religions- how they’re different. It made a lot more of what we saw on Sunday
make sense. We saw a demonstration at an art school and learned some basics of the Buddhist religion by looking at art. Really helpful!
We drove a bit to get to Pantan Square which has a royal palace and temples important to the Hindus, with tributes to Hindu gods such as Shiva and Vishnu. Most temples were made of really detailed wood carvings that had lasted since the 1500’s! Wow!
Craig, Pat, Chris and I all thought visiting Pashupatinath was a little eerie, but worth the experience. Pashupatinath is a Hindu holy site where funerals are held, then the body is cremated and the ashes are put into the river. A funeral was happening when we were there, so neat to see!
Our last stop was at Boudha. This is the most classic shot of Nepal. It is one of the largest stupas on the world and the most important Tibetan Buddhist monuments outside Tibet. Buddhists walk around it in the morning and evenings while praying. The colored flags have different prayers on them and the wind blowing through them is said to be “saying” the prayer.
I brought my big camera with me today, so you’ll have to google the places we visited today for some perspective, here’s a photo of Craig and Chris at dinner at the restaurant we went to with free wifi!