We spent a total of six days in or near Kathamandu.
The Thamel district of Kathmandu, with lots of shops for tourists At Budhanilkantha, a seventh or eighth-century statue of Narayan (Vishnu) sleeps on the coils of the snake Ananta, floating on the cosmic waters. Budhanilkantha Budhanilkantha
Budhanilkantha Budhanilkantha. Siv always finds someone to talk to. Budhanilkantha Budhanilkantha, a whole swarm of lingas
A linga with several heads at Budhanilkantha Wedding party at Budhanilkantha Budhanilkantha Countryside near Budhanilkantha
Mahendra Park, Balaju Another sleeping Shiva, in Mahendra Park, because the king was forbidden to see the one at Budhanilkantha on pain of death Buddhist temple hill of Swayambhunath Buddhist temple hill of Swayambhunath
Peace fountain at Swayambhunath Monkey and baby at Swayambhunath Monkeys Prayer flags at Swayambhunath
Stupa at Swayambhunath View from hill at Swayambhunath Stupa at Swayambhunath Detail of shrine
Detail of shrine Detail of shrine Dragon statue at Swayambhunath Swayambhunath
Hariti Temple, Swayambhunath, dedicated to the goddess of smallpox and fertility Hariti Temple Four Buddhas and tourist junk Giant Buddha statue
Buddha in Gompa A view of the hilltop, crowded with temples, shrines and statues Basantapur Square Basantapur Tower, in square of same name
Carved wood on Basantapur Tower Kumari Bahal, home of the Kumari Devi, the living goddess Window carvings in Kumari Bahal Kathmandu's Durbar Square, with Maju Deval, Shikara-style Stupa (white), Narayan Temple (pagoda) and Shiva-Parvati Temple
Kasthamandap, Pavilion of Wood, c. 12th c. Maju Deval Ashu Binayak, or Maru Ganesh Shrine Kids in Ashu Binayak
Shiva Temple Garuda, in front of Trailokya Mohan Narayan Temple (Vishnu) Shiva-Parvati Temple Shiva-Parvati Temple
Shiva and Parvati, Mr and Mrs Shiva Lions in front of Shiva-Parvati Temple Bhagwati Temple Gold and silver balcony (or copper and ivory?)
Wood carvings on Baghwati Temple Baghwati Temple Many pagodas Sadhus, probably for tourists only
Many pagodas in Makhan Tole Octagonal Krishna Temple Jagannath Temple (to right) and others Erotic carvings on Jagannath Temple
Erotic carvings on Jagannath Temple Dancers and flute player on Jagannath Temple Hanuman's eyes are covered to prevent his seeing the "dirty" carvings Police station entrance
Taleju Temple is closed to the public; even Hindus may only visit during the Dasain Festival Jagannath Temple Makhan Tole, northern gate of Durbar Square Painting the Kala (Black) Bhairab (terrible form of Shiva)
Return to Basantapur Square and Tower Street food Musicians at tourist restaurant Restaurant entertainment -- yak and yeti