30,000ft sunset
       
     
30,000ft Sunset
       
     
Prayer Wheel
       
     
Swayambhounath
       
     
Steps to Swayambhounath
       
     
Kathmandu City
       
     
Messy
       
     
Entrance to The Golden Temple
       
     
The Golden Temple
       
     
Gold
       
     
Hybrid
       
     
Boudhanath
       
     
Congregation
       
     
Monks
       
     
Patan
       
     
Small
       
     
Lake Side
       
     
Bronze Age
       
     
Serene
       
     
Ethnic Minority
       
     
The Guide
       
     
Young
       
     
Intricate
       
     
The Himalayas
       
     
30,000ft sunset
       
     
30,000ft sunset

In the beginning of 2013, a year ago, I decided to go to a place where people seek peace, where people would go and find themselves, where your mind will be free, to a land where the ancient gods resides. Nepal. 

30,000ft Sunset
       
     
30,000ft Sunset

Far away from home, 30.000 feet above the clouds. The sun sets on my window, it was beautiful.

Prayer Wheel
       
     
Prayer Wheel

This cylindrical object is called a prayer wheel. commonly used by tibetan buddhists. the sanskrit mantra "om mani padme hum" is written on it, interpreted as "Hail to Man's Overself!," where there is no death.

Swayambhounath
       
     
Swayambhounath

The Swayambhuonath stupa. I was struck in awe when I first saw this surreal object called stupa. It has eyes on its four-corners. As if it were alive. The wise eyes represents the all-seeing buddha. Between them there is a drawing of a nose like object, but it is a symbol of unity in nepali.

Steps to Swayambhounath
       
     
Steps to Swayambhounath
Kathmandu City
       
     
Kathmandu City

We can see a bird's eye view of Kathmandu from the Swayambhounath

Messy
       
     
Messy

Messy cables like these are everywhere in the city.

Entrance to The Golden Temple
       
     
Entrance to The Golden Temple

An old entrance to The Golden Temple.

The Golden Temple
       
     
The Golden Temple

The carvings on the temple walls and statues are amazingly detailed and intricate.

Gold
       
     
Gold

The carvings on the temple walls and statues are amazingly detailed and intricate.

Hybrid
       
     
Hybrid

The golden temple is a buddhist temple, one that makes it unique is that it is filled with hybrid deities.

Boudhanath
       
     
Boudhanath

The Boudhanath is the largest stupa in kathmandu. Many buddhists from neighbouring countries flock to this holy site to pray and worship Buddha.

Congregation
       
     
Congregation

A buddhist ceremony on the Boudhanath. the chants and mantras are hypnotizing. it's like nothing I've ever heard before.

Monks
       
     
Monks

Buddhists monks received their daily needs from pilgrims.

Patan
       
     
Patan

Patan, literally the city of fine arts in Nepali; is listed on UNESCO as a world heritage site. It is one of the most preserved old city in Kathmandu. Upon entering the site, you will feel as if you were sucked into the past.

Small
       
     
Small

The smallest arrival hall in the world, maybe.

Lake Side
       
     
Lake Side

Brunch near a garden restaurant near Phewa lake.

Bronze Age
       
     
Bronze Age

Nepali Thali dishes served in bronze eating ware. It comes in 2 variants. vegetarian and non-vegetarian. As expected, I'm going with the non-vegetarian version which includes chicken curry and wild boar meat. you got that right, wild boar.

Serene
       
     
Serene

A beautiful scenery of Phewa lake.

Ethnic Minority
       
     
Ethnic Minority

Beautiful hand made shawls and blankets made from cashmere are relatively cheap here.

The Guide
       
     
The Guide

Our guide in Sarangkot Valley, Mothi Mama. "I study english to get a better job, life is difficult here. Someday I will go abroad to make good money!" He said vigorously.

Young
       
     
Young

A beautiful young lady showcasing her mother's handmade cashmere shawl.

Intricate
       
     
Intricate

A month of weaving is needed to make this intricate pattern on the blanket.

The Himalayas
       
     
The Himalayas

Sun breaks along The Himalayas. Magnificent golden rays touched the snowy peaks. From left to right are peaks of South Annapurna, Dhaulaghiri, and Macchapuchre.