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Mount Everest, Durbar Square and Swayambhunath Stupa (Weekly Photo Challenge, Foreign)

26 Oct

1. Up at 4.45 for a flight around the Himalayan peaks including Mount Everest, an experience that was truly awesome. We were very lucky to have the clearest of skies, the flight was a delight and the views of the mountains just so beautiful with the early morning sunlight on the peaks. The first photo was taken from the cockpit, the second from the side, rather grubby windows.

2. Kathmandu’s Durbar Square was humming. It is still festival time so there were families in abundance again, the shrines were all decorated with marigolds and there were people chanting, playing bells and singing. Because of the festival, there were few shops open but there were still stalls in the square selling all manner of trinkets and things too heavy to bring home! There are innumerable magnificent medieval temples, pagodas, shrines and pavilions – it’s quite remarkable.

3. We took the most exciting bicycle rickshaw ride to our next place, the huge Swayambhunath stupa. Our driver found the journey hard and from being third in line out of 15, we ended up being last as all the others overtook us and we lost sight of them for a street and a half!

The stupa is one of Nepal’s most sacred Buddhist shrines and beneath the all-seeing eyes and the streamers of prayer flags, there were many pilgrims spinning prayer wheels, murmuring mantras and strolling around the stupa in a clockwise direction.

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20 responses to “Mount Everest, Durbar Square and Swayambhunath Stupa (Weekly Photo Challenge, Foreign)

  1. david wheeler

    October 27, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    Swayambhunath doesn’t seem to have changed since I was there in 1984. Lovely photos.

     
  2. dhphotosite

    October 27, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    Wow what a super series of photos!!!

     
  3. valeriedavies

    October 27, 2012 at 2:24 am

    What am amazing trip… and to end up over Everest!!!

     
  4. WordsFallFromMyEyes

    October 27, 2012 at 1:21 am

    Wow, you are ON THE MOVE!! I didn’t know you were going travelling, but it’s so great you are. These photos are magnificent, and truly capture the greatness of those mountains, so snow cool. Beautiful.

    I am very grateful you are blogging your photos, and with such a quality camera. Excellent shots πŸ™‚

     
    • mybeautfulthings

      November 3, 2012 at 5:01 pm

      Thank you! This is just the most amazing adventure with something new, exciting and magical every day. I’m so glad you are enjoying the photos. πŸ™‚

       
  5. cindy knoke

    October 27, 2012 at 12:02 am

    Beautiful photos!

     
    • mybeautfulthings

      October 30, 2012 at 12:17 pm

      Thank you! It’s a beautiful trip! πŸ™‚

       
  6. Heidi @ lightlycrunchy

    October 26, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    Someday I would love to see these firsthand too.

     
    • mybeautfulthings

      November 3, 2012 at 5:00 pm

      I do hope you manage to. They are stunning and hold one in awe. πŸ™‚

       
  7. niasunset

    October 26, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Oh dear Sally, you are in my dreamland/my dream mountains… Thank you taking me too with you through these photographs. Blessing and Happiness, love, nia

     
    • mybeautfulthings

      November 3, 2012 at 4:59 pm

      So glad you are enjoying the adventure with us – those mountains are like something out of a dream, utterly magical! πŸ™‚

       
  8. Choc Chip Uru

    October 26, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    Nepal is such an awe inspiring dream destination my friend πŸ˜€

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

     
    • mybeautfulthings

      November 3, 2012 at 4:57 pm

      It really is, subtly different but as full of colour as India. Visit one day if you can! πŸ™‚

       
  9. Hudson Howl

    October 26, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    At awe here and soaking it in. Just wanted to say I have been following the images just not commenting -happy in silence.

     
    • mybeautfulthings

      November 3, 2012 at 4:48 pm

      So glad you are enjoying our trip with us! Happy is good! πŸ™‚

       
  10. forsythgalleries

    October 26, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    This looks like a wonderful trip! I hope I get the opportunity to visit there some day.

     
    • mybeautfulthings

      November 3, 2012 at 4:48 pm

      If you get the chance, do go. It is a wonderful experience and such a different culture that is fascinating to learn about. πŸ™‚

       

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