Fulfilling last tourist obligations

April 23rd, 2008

This morning my roommate (formerly tentmate) Evan and I decided to hit the last big tourist destination we haven’t seen yet.
We took a 30 minute taxi ride from hell (during Nepalese rush hour) to the medieval city of Bhaktapur, some 20km away from Kathmandu. Foreigners (other than Indians) are charged a hefty $10 fee to roam through the city and see more old temples than you can count. Lonely Planet says there’s no traffic in the main squares of Bhaktapur, but I think there’s just less traffic than in Kathmandu, just enough to get a false sense of safety before almost getting plowed by a motorcyclist.
Saw a couple more Shiva temples with nicely carved Kama Sutra art. Pornography in general is banned in Nepal, but that’s OK because you can learn everything from ancient temple carvings.
We did see a few white people wandering the streets, but most of the tourist crowds seemed to be nicely dressed Hindus (from India or elsewhere in Nepal) posing for millions of photos in front of every temple, the kids inevitably riding every lion or elephant statue.
The only remaining thing for us to do now is spend the rest of our rupees on dinner and souvenirs, to support the local economy as much as we can.

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