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The great search for Boudhanath

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We returned to Thamel a third time for a couple nights to rest up before flying to Bangkok. I'm not one to be picky about lodging but after the first place we found reeked of cigarettes and the second still showed evidence of a fire, we decided to splurge a little on a clean room with heat and almost no black mold. Such a score for Thamel! We enjoyed relaxing and indulging in Milkmandu, a local milk that is what dreams are made of. If you are evenr in Nepal, you might be able to find it at Himalayan Java. We spent our nights in search for the perfect pashmina blanket and enjoying buff momo for the last time.
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On our last day we decided to visit Boudhanath- a humongous pagoda in the center of the city. Google maps said it was about 7 kilometers, or a walk just over an hour. We screen shot turn by turn directions as well as the map and we were off! After about 30 minutes and taking blind turns as there are NO street signs we started asking for directions. When we told them of our destination, the reaction was "why you walk??? Too far!!" Feeling determined and enjoying the cool weather we pressed on. Many time "roads" turned to dirt paths but eventually as we kept checking we were going the right way and eventually people were less and less stunned that we would walk so far... A good sign in my book! We finally made it to a huge intersection and were directed to walk up the road. After another mile I caught a glimpse of the pagoda! We had left the hotel a mere 4.5 hours ago! After laughing from relief we explored the temple. It was massive but simple and covered in prayer flags afrom all angels. The whole pagoda is in a village square that also has a few monasteries surrounding it. As the sun was quickly setting we snapped some photos and grabbed a cab ride back to our hostel to pack for Thailand and rest our weary feet.
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On our flight home we flew even closer to the Himalayas. Unfortunately they weren't on our side of the plane but a kind man let me snag a photo from his seat. I managed to hold it together and not cry this time (just barely).
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Posted by AlohaInAsia 06:27 Archived in Nepal

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