At the time I decided to abandon the trek I was feeling so bad ☹️ that I thought that, as soon as I got to Kathmandu, I would try to advance my return flight ✈️ to Europe. But now that I finally am in Kathmandu, feeling better, comfortably installed in a quiet and friendly guesthouse, with a temperature of 20 degrees Celsius by day, and sunshine 🌞, I think: NAY!!! I’M STAYING HERE!!! I still have vacation the whole of next week, so I decided to make the most of it and visit places in and around Kathmandu, and hang around a bit with my Nepalese friends, too (which more often than not involves delicious food 😋).
Yesterday I spent the whole day walking amidst the chaos in Kathmandu, and discovering many hidden gems 💎, mostly enigmatic courtyards with Hindu shrines or Buddhist stupas inside, and lesser known temples.
In the 📷: Seto Machhendranath temple, located between the impossibly busy squares of Asam Tole and Indra Chowk. In its current state, you could easily miss it: as the entrance collapsed with the 2015 earthquake, it’s being repaired, so all you see from the street is scaffolding...but go inside and you will find the intricate carvings still intact.
The image of Seto - white - Machhendranath (as oposed to Rato - red - Machhendranath whose main temple is in Patan) is venerated by Hindus and Buddhists alike 🙏: while the former consider it a rain-bringing incarnation of Shiva, the latter see it as a representation of Avalokiteshvara. In March / April every year, Seto Machhendranath celebrates its festival, during which its image leaves the temple and is paraded through Kathmandu in a chariot.