A rocky landing into Kathmandu with the tail end of Typhoon Hudhud making it wet and windy. A nice cool surprise, after leaving the heat of Mumbai. Almost homely weather! Suppose we should be getting used to it...2 months and we'll be back in the middle of an English winter!
Exploring Kathmandu was essentially a right off with the weather conditions, so, we pretty much spent our first day in Nepal drinking Everest beer, chatting to other travellers and eating momos. I couldn't resist doning the waterproofs a couple of times to go and have a look in the shops and get some fresh air to clear the sinuses...full of cold! Boooooo!
There are 5 types of shops in Kathmandu...fake outdoor clothing, Nepalese knitted handicrafts, blankets and pashminas, metal 'antique' trinkets and Buddhist music CDs. Having said that we definitely didn't get bored of them. Perfect timing for Christmas shopping! :-)
Aside from browsing the shops, we took trips out to see prayer flag adorned temples, planned our biking expedition, and took a day trip out to Patan to see it's durbar square, which included a labarinyth of medevil temples, prayer houses and cafes guarded by an army of ticket sellers.
Our couple of days in Kathmandu quickly turned into 4, and I'm already pretty sure that our 3 weeks in Nepal will extend into using the full 1 month visa. After 4 days in the city we were definitely ready for a break from the dusty fumey side streets and the next stop is a 3 day bike ride expedition around the Kathmandu valley.
Love Jo x