Day two in Kathmandu
Trip Start Feb 28, 2017
15Trip End Mar 17, 2017
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We came back and got breakfast and changed for another day out. We drove to the UNESCO World heritage Durbar Square with more than 50 palaces, pagodas and temples. Here is where we really saw the effects of the earthquake. Some of the temples were reduced to rubble, some lost a couple of stories and many were braced to prevent collapse
We then went to the temple of Machhendranth which is one that was completely destroyed by the earthquake but they will rebuild it. Then we went to the great stupa of Swayambhunath with the Buddha eyes again and many prayer flags. This is also known as the monkey temple because there are monkeys running all over the place. This temple is on top of a hill with hundreds of steps up. We cheated and drove part way up. It's a beautiful area with lots of activity. There is a small Hindu temple which we were not allowed in. Next to the temple, a group of people were sitting on the ground and one lady was shaking. She apparently goes into a trance and gets godly messages to impart to others. Lots of small candles being lit too.
We also went to the royal palace complex, also damaged in the quake
We had a leisurely lunch in a coffee shop nearby and then back to the hotel to rest.
It has been sad to see the destruction from the earthquake but I am also seeing a lot of work done. They are widening the streets in many places. Traffic is as bad if not worse than Seattle. They are building retaining walls at the river and new buildings are coming up all over. Kathmandu is a growing area and they seem to be preparing for it.
For dinner, we all went out for pizza at a place called Fire and Ice. The pizza was really good and so was the Everest beer.