Where We Be
|Sunny Guest House (far left of photo) is just across the street from the three-tiered Bhairab temple
|Talk about a room with a view!
|We had a bird's-eye view of the plaza and temples at Taumadhi Tole from our rooftop restaurant
|The teensy-tiny statue of Bhairab sits in the small gold "shrine" centered between the two lion statues
|Nepal's double triangular flag is the only national flag that's not rectangular
|We spent hours people-watching on Taumadhi Tole, and NOT ONCE did we see a Nepali man and woman holding hands or touching in any way,
not even if they were married for decades! But as you can see, it's perfectly acceptable for two men or two women to hold hands or show affection.
|Here is fearsome Bhairab, all of 15 cm high, cradling a small Cheese-Puff-sized offering in his arms.
His face has been rubbed completely smooth by so many devotees paying so much attention to him.
|Robin peers out the window of our room at Sunny Guest House
|Enjoying some downtime on the rooftop restaurant (with wi-fi no less!)
|Nyatapola Temple is the tallest in all of Nepal -- five stories high, plus the five-story plinth it stands on
|Bhaktapur’s Durbar Square (five minutes from Taumadhi Tole) has a wide-open feel compared to Kathmandu’s
or Patan’s because many of its temples collapsed during the big 1934 earthquake and were never rebuilt
|At the southeast corner of Durbar Square is the pretty Siddhi Lakshmi Temple with statues of female attendants, horses, rhinos, lions, and camels flanking the stairs
Bhaktapur is the third and perhaps best-preserved
of the three great medieval temple towns of the
Kathmandu Valley. There are temples galore here,
and cobblestone streets that are supposedly
pedestrian-only, although the motorcyclists and
tractor drivers seem not to have gotten the memo.
We stayed in a lovely room at Sunny Guest House
on Taumadhi Tole, one of the three main squares
in Bhaktapur. The picture-postcard view outside
our window was of the plaza and a beautiful three-
story temple (shown left) complete with bells hang-
ing from the pagoda eaves that jangled whenever
the wind blew. This temple is dedicated to Bhairab,
most bloodthirsty and fearsome of the gods, but
amusingly enough his statue at the front of the
temple is only 15 cm high! We watched as a young
girl, with her mother’s help, placed an offering the
size of a small Cheese Ball in baby Bhairab's arms
that was nevertheless as big as his head. The girl
rang the bell loudly to let Bhairab know it was
there (not that he could have missed it).
One downside of a great location across from an
important temple is that you hear the bell getting
rung every time an offering is made. This became
quite the nuisance, since the locals, many of them
farmers, started ringing the bell as early as 4 am.
|It's okay, it's friendly!
|Even within the city limits of Bhaktapur we saw tarps spread out all over the place covered with golden grain
|This is the Peacock Window, the most famous window in all of Nepal, replicated thousands of times in small
woodworking shops around town. It's located down an alley near Bhaktapur's third major square, Tachapol Tole.
|This man is working on a thangka painting, an incredibly detailed, painstaking Buddhist painting on cloth
|Robin's very happy with our new surroundings!
|This power schedule is posted on the wall of our hotel -- electricity must be
shared so there are about 12 hours of scheduled power outages each day
|Our "Room With a View" only cost us 1100 rupees per night, or about $16 US
|Casually stacked against the north wall of the Bhairab temple are the enormous wooden wheels and runners
from the chariot used to haul the image of Bhairab around town during the Bisket Jatra Festival in mid-April
|We saw lots of people threshing grain by hand by pounding it repeatedly against a hard rock surface
|Pairs of statues bracket the staircase at Nyatapola Temple on Taumadhi Tole