Katmandu not Dogwomandon't!
Trip Start Jun 07, 2008
191Trip End Jun 28, 2009
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We learned that in Nepal, Namaste means "I celebrate that which is divine in you!". In Nepal, they speak Nepali, but a lot of it is like Hindi. As well, 80% of people here are Hindu, 13% are Buddhist, 3% are Muslim, and then the rest are some other religion, but in Nepal, everyone gets along.
We are very glad to be here - it was a short flight from Delhi, but feels like we have come a very long way. As we were landing, I could see the Himalayas, which are huge and have white snow on the tops. It was beautiful. We could also see smaller mountains, with no snow, but they are also huge. They call them hills in Nepal. On the way in, I saw the Nepal flag, which is actually two triangles.
We drove into Nepal and decided to go for a walk before dinner
When we got to the temple, we saw women selling things for people to give as offerings, like flowers, sandlewood, sweets, puffed rice, coconuts, and other things. There was a special place outside where they feed the cows and dogs - both animals are holy in Nepal. Dogs are holy because it was the guardian of Yama, one of the gods. Inside the temple, we saw lots of monkeys, which are bigger and furrier than the ones in India. The temple had a blue Shiva in front of mountains at the front and inside there was a huge statue of Nandi and one of Hanuman.
The streets are very safe here, and we walked back to the hotel after dark and had a traditional Nepali dinner. We sat on the floor on cushions, and they brought us different foods. I liked some of it, but I am going to miss butter naan. They have pouries, which are fluffy breads but not as good as butter naan. Tonight we are going to play the Nepal national game, which is called Tiger and Goats - it looks really fun.