Namaste Friends, Family & Loved Ones,
We got up early this morning to take a tour of the city. Before we left the hotel grounds, we took our official team photo (first photo below).
We then boarded our bus and headed to Swayambunath, also known as the Monkey Temple. We walked slowly up the 365 steep steps to the Stupa (- Buddhist monument), which dates from the 4th century. Early morning is the best time to be there — many locals visiting, making offerings and doing ritual circumambulations of the temple mount.
We next went to Pashupati, a Hindu site fascinating for several reasons. Hundreds of Hindu pilgrims were there to visit the most important Hindu temple in Nepal. Sadhus (ascetics who are holy men) roamed the grounds. The second photo below is our team, with some additional members, at Pashupati.
We spent some time observing Hindu cremation rituals at the site adjacent to the temple. A somber sight, but very interesting for us to see nonetheless.
Last stop on our tour was Boudhanath, the largest Buddhist stupa. Here we walked around the stupa and visited one of the many Buddhist monasteries in this Tibetan area.
We’re all super excited to fly to the Khumbu tomorrow morning. Fingers crossed for good weather!
Thanks for following,
Carole & Vern Tejas