Before I start to bore you all, I’ll allow Lonely Planet to best describe what it’s like to walk the streets of Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital city:

In the winding alleyways and hidden courtyards scattered with temples and shrines, traders and holy men conduct their business among ancient beauty and modern-day squalor. The evocative power of these surroundings enables one to mentally turn back the clock to the medieval era.

We got here to Kathmandu on Monday evening. It’s now 8:30 a.m. on Friday morning. In the intervening days we haven’t done much. But that’s okay as we never planned on doing much once we got here. Well before our arrival here last Monday evening we had earmarked Kathmandu as the ideal place to simply wile away some days ‘recovering’ from the ‘trauma’ of the Friendship Highway trip (we’re not getting any younger). So that’s what we’ve done – we’ve whiled away days. More to come.

Pashupatinath, the site of the most important Hindi temples in Nepal (gold pagoda in the background), in Kathmandu, Nepal. March 6, 2008.

Pashupatinath, the site of the most important Hindi temples in Nepal (gold pagoda in the background),comes alive on this date (March 6th) every year for a festival celebrating the birthday of the revered Hindu God Shiva. in Kathmandu (map-pointer-icon), Nepal. March 6, 2008.

Pashupatinath lines the holy River Bagmati and is a popular cremation site for Hindis. Pictures here were allowed but one is expected to show the respect required at any funeral service. Pashupatinath, Kathmandu, Nepal. March 6, 2008.

Pashupatinath lines the holy River Bagmati and is a popular cremation site for Hindis. Pictures here were allowed but one is expected to show the respect required at any funeral service. Pashupatinath, Kathmandu, Nepal. March 6, 2008.

Crowds in the grounds of Pashupatinath celebrating the birthday of the revered Hindu God Shiva. Kathmandu, Nepal. March 6th 2008

Crowds in the grounds of Pashupatinath celebrating the birthday of the revered Hindu God Shiva. Kathmandu, Nepal. March 6th 2008

Crowds in the grounds of the Pashupatinath temple on the day of the festival celebrating the birthday of the Hindu god Shiva. Kathmandu, Nepal. March 6, 2008.

Crowds in the grounds of the Pashupatinath temple on the day of the festival celebrating the birthday of the Hindu god Shiva. Kathmandu, Nepal. March 6, 2008.

Crowds in the grounds of the Pashupatinath temple on the day of the festival celebrating the birthday of the Hindu god Shiva. Kathmandu, Nepal. March 6, 2008.

Crowds in the grounds of the Pashupatinath temple on the day of the festival celebrating the birthday of the Hindu god Shiva. Kathmandu, Nepal. March 6, 2008.

On the streets of Kathmandu, Nepal. March 7, 2008.

On the streets of Kathmandu, Nepal. March 7, 2008.

The nine-stage Hindu God Shiva's temple Maju Deval, dating from 1690, in Durbar Square, Kathmandu, Nepal. March 7th 2008

The nine-stage Hindu God Shiva’s temple Maju Deval, dating from 1690, in Durbar Square, Kathmandu, Nepal. March 7th 2008

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