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June 2001 - Kathmandu

Tourist shops, wood carvings, temples, and toothache cures

Puppets in a Kathmandu shop Our clean, comfortable room at Sidharta Guest House The Royal Palace, site of the recent killings Photos of the royal family are bestsellers in shops and stalls
Kathmandu street Parrots for sale Drums for sale
Thamel Chowk, an intersection in Thamel, the main tourist area in Kathmandu.  Though touristy, Thamel is a comfortable place to hang out.  There are western bakeries and bars, as well as hole in the wall Nepalese places.  Looking at the signs in this photo will give you an idea of what Thamel is like Carved doorway Filled with oil and with a wick, these will become votive lights.
This ugly dog is of a shape which seems common in Kathmandu.  Lion outside a bahal Prayer wheels Carving
Door Rani Pokhari, a large fenced lake built by King Pratap Malla in 1667 to console his queen over the death of their son.  There's a little Shiva temple in the pond Shrine Bronze lion
Annapurna Temple in Asan Tole.  Six roads meet here, and it is busy with vendors and traffic.  Garlands for sale Grains etc for sale Shrine
Intricate wooden carving Ugrata Temple.  One is supposed to come here to help your eyes.  This is the ram that gored Monica.  I suppose if her eyes had been hurting, she would have at least temporarily forgotten about her eye pain. Ganesh shrine Nailing a coin here supposedly helps toothaches.  The neighborhood around this shrine is filled with dental offices.
Garuda statue outside the Ikha Narayan Temple.  Buddha eyes A 9th century carving of Shiva sitting with Parvati, her hand resting proprietorially on his knee, in the pose known as Uma Maheshwar.  Nice woodcarving is typical of many Kathmandu shops
Kathesimbhu Stupa.  This is a 17th century copy of the great Swayambhunath complex on a hill above Kathmandu   The building in the background seemed to have no horizontal lines in it.