Monkey'n around in Kathmandu! Monday cont'd, 10/18/15

After lunch, we drove to (let me check the spelling!) Swayambhunath, the oldest Buddhist "stupa" (a place of meditation).  Established more than 2,500 years ago, it's also known as the Monkey Temple and is among the oldest religious sites in Nepal.  Some scenes along the way ....

A girls get-together.

Mary and Joanne (the rest of us didn't get the memo - black/white striped shirt day!)

What can I say?  It just looks nightmarish!

We climbed a lot of steep stairs to reach the Monkey Temple, meeting quite a few of the critters along the way. Our guide told us to give them wide berth as some of them were mean ... plus lots of moms protecting their babies.  Swayambhunath is also known as Sengu and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

I don't know.

Jimmy stands before the domed stupa; it's just amazing to see in person.  On the cubical structure above the dome, Buddha's eyes and eyebrows -- looking in all four directions -- are painted on.

Perched high on a hilltop, the Monkey Temple commands a superb view of the entire Kathmandu Valley.

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We checked into the Soaltee Crowne Plaza Hotel in Kathmandu, where we cleaned up, and then were driven a short distance to join the local Road Scholar representative, Basant Mishra, at his home for dinner.  On hand were two bright, insightful ladies who gave short presentations on the role of women in Nepal.  We met in the great room of his home, where appetizers and drinks were served by barefoot men, followed by dinner and coffee. Wonderful (and busy!) day.

Comfy, cozy room.

Lots of house crows (Corvus splendens) Out and About!  They're also known as the Indian, grey-necked, Ceylon or Colombo crow.  Big guys!

The pool was closed for reconstruction following the earthquake.  Ah well, too bad.


Tomorrow (Tuesday the 20th) is one of those unbelievable days ....


  1. Oh my word, it just gets better and better!

  2. I would imagine that you were very grateful that you were on a tour and not wandering around this place on your own. I know I would be!

  3. I knew that there were going to me monkeys in this post, but I now suspect that they were also working on the outdoor wiring:)

  4. If these monkeys are anything like the Gibraltar apes, you were smart to stay clear. Not only are these critters thieves, they are impertinent! Love the domed stupa ... and those eyes ... here's lookin' at you kid! ;-))


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