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Bhaktapur – roaming the streets of Kathmandu’s most famous Newari village

Today I decided to head down to one of the most famous Newari villages in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, a world heritage listed area famous for its architecture, died cloths and pottery.

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Pots that are left to dry in the baking heat of summer at a local square.

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Bhaktapur is wonderful for photography. No large vehicles are allowed to drive its narrow streets.

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Each of which invariably lands you at another spectacular square filled with shrines and pagodas.

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And incredible faces.

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That are as varied and colourful as the wares they ply in the streets.

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You can tell I am quite tired as I write this post. I will keep my words short and let the pictures tell the rest of today’s story.

Leaving Bhaktapur I headed for the famous monkey temple of Swayambhunath and we got stuck in the worst traffic jam I’ve ever seen in Kathmandu! After one hour of seething, searing heat I finally made it to Swayambu, which is crowned by a massive stupa overlooking the whole of Kathmandu.

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With all-seeing, all-knowing eyes.

As one of the more prominent Buddhist monuments here, many traditions of the faith are loyally adhered to in Swayambunath, including the burning of candles.

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While I wandered around trying to avoid the temple’s naughty and omnipresent monkeys, I met this lady who had a serene beauty that really mesmerised me.

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And who kindly allowed me to take some shots of her after I asked.

One of the biggest hits I’ve brought with me on this trip is a modern day Polaroid film camera called a Fuji Instax mini! This has been an absolute hit for travelling because you can instantly give someone a print of their photo. I actually took a couple of this lady and gave her one. I kept the first one as a trial shot!

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Who would have thought that a $100 camera would give me so much joy?!

Tomorrow I am finally heading way off the beaten tourist path to two of the most ancient centres of Newari culture in the world – Bungamati and Khokuna. I have to confess I am looking forward to it a lot as the ‘scene’ here is becoming a little tiresome.

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