After a day of temple trekking it was time for a nice meal and our first Nepali drinking session. We ate at a cosy restaurant called Helena’s in central Thamel (as found in the Lonely Planet) and hit a few bars around the area for drinks. We saw some great live music at Tounges and Tales (not far from Helenas) and enjoyed some questionable cocktails down at Full Moon bar. Both bars are nice Thamel style hangouts where you can kick off your shoes, find a nice corner on the floor and chat to whoever you like without feeling like a weird drunkard. Unfotunately the cosy atmosphere got the better of us and it wasn’t until gone 3am that we decided we should get some sleep. Consequently, we woke up a little later than planned and feeling a little worse than we had hoped, and after a morning of self pity we decided to head to the Buddhist area of Kathmandu with the intention of eventually visiting the Boudhanath.
Located at the heart of the Buddhist district, the Boudhanath is one of the holiest buddhist temples in Kathmandu and houses the highest stupa in the city/the world. The golden stupas’ giant eyes watch down as pilgrims work their clockwise route around the base. The pace of life here is slower than the rest of Kathmandu’s bustling lanes and hectic streets and comes as a welcome break from Thamel. We spent the afternoon browsing the shops, drinking tea and taking some photographs.
The smell of smouldering yak butter in the air was making us hungry so we set off back to Thamel as the sun set on a day which could have held so much more.