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Days 3 – 4: Touring the Temples, Kathmandu

Days 3 – 4: Touring the Temples, Kathmandu

Yesterday and today toured the two major temples within the city area of Kathmandu.

One is called Pashupati, near the airport. Here, they have a ceremonial burial, similar to the Hindu pyre and river rituals. Whilst I was there. I was lucky enough to experience a ceremony.

The other is Swotambhu, the opposite side of town. It’s called the Monkey Temple.

Hiring a motorbike in Kathmandu

In order to visit these temples at my own slow pace required the hiring of a motorcycle.

Lonely Planet guide advises about the safety of the Nepalese roads. There are many accidents etc.

I found them much like India; as long as you tootle along slowly, drive paranoid, watch the bumps, know where your going, you won’t go far wrong.

Unfortunately, I did see and accident on my first day on the bike.

Motorcycle Accident - Kathmandu
Motorcycle Accident – Kathmandu

This guy actually passed me, with what seemed to be his sister on the back.

He was going pretty fast compared to me at the time.

He impacted the SUV, and both ended up on the road.

Not a lot of blood. He was rolling around. The blood mostly seemed to be on his sisters leg where she skidded along the road.

These are kind of mild compared to the Brazilian ‘Road Pizza’ accidents you see on liveleak.

I have no doubt he’ll be up and riding his bike again in no time.

Still, it’s drama you can do without.

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