Published on January 8th, 2014 | by Geckos Tales Team
24 HOURS IN KATHMANDU
Kathmandu is more than a brand of camping and adventure sports gear; Kathmandu is also Nepal’s fully-loaded capital. Perennially slathered in smog, don’t let Kathmandu’s white noise and hectic pace put you off – there are plenty of other places in Nepal to gain inner peace. For now get amongst the action by demolishing plates of momos and joining the foot traffic en route to the temples.
8am Start your day right in the thick of it at Durbar Square, a place where pilgrims, hawkers, food, tourists and trekkers collide amid shops, stupas, temples and statues. Stop by what remains of Old Freak Street which was once ground zero for the 1960s hippie movement in Nepal. While there isn’t much freakery left, this is the place where climbers, celebrities and musos once gathered in pursuit of good times so is worth a wander.
10am Get amongst the prayer flags and pilgrims at the Bodnath Stupa – the world’s largest Buddhist stupa. As the epicentre of Tibetan Buddhism in this region this site is always awash with people and buzzing with energy. Spin some prayer wheels, walk through clouds of incense, and listen to the soothing sound of monks chanting on repeat for the ultimate ‘I’m in Kathmandu’ immersion experience.
3pm In a smoggy, chaotic, loud city like Kathmandu, the Garden of Dreams certainly lives up to its name. Retreat to this simple, green haven to lounge, meditate, reflect… whatever you call it, it’s a supreme way to spend a lazy afternoon.
7pm Spend your night eating, drinking and relaxing in hip Thamel. Get your fill of momos and noodles at Big Belly Restaurant, then head to the glittering patio of Electric Pagoda for Gorkha beers and smooth tunes.