Kirtipur, Pharphing and other day trips


Kirtipur (Nepali: कीर्तिपुर) – This is an ancient city that is about a 15 minute to 1 hour drive from my house depending on traffic. This little city was clean, charming and had a beautiful view of the mountains.  It was a tranquil place in comparison to Kathmandu city.  There were so many places you could just sit and watch the people and enjoy the scenery with no horns honking.  Even the dogs were not barking.

A little further south is Pharphing, a different Newari town where you can hike, visit temples and see some great monasteries.  You can stay at a small hostel or attend yoga retreats. My personal favorite thing though was to watch the people.  Again, in comparison to Kathmandu the people were more relaxed and seemed to smile more often.  The pace was much slower for sure.

Even though the Newari culture is still alive and well the culture and language are apparently fading away.  Despite most everything being written in Devanagari, many English words have invaded the language.  The Newari language is also being forgotten and there is a movement to try to bring it back.  I provided a few links that further explain the culture and the language.

“Travel is the discovery of truth; an affirmation of the promise that human kind is far more beautiful than it is flawed. With each trip comes a new optimism that where there is despair and hardship, there are ideas and people just waiting to be energized, to be empowered, to make a difference for good.”
― Dan ThompsonFollowing Whispers: Walking on the Rooftop of the World in Nepal’s Himalayas

The following are some of my favorite photos from hiking in areas nearby Kathmandu.  I found it interesting that for the most part the women are the ones hauling, pulling and planting. Despite some of the disadvantages of being in Nepal, the daily load-shedding, the unfinished roads and terrible traffic and the constant sound and stimuli that surrounds you every day in Kathmandu, driving even 15-20 minutes from Kathmandu Valley brings you to some peaceful and beautiful surroundings that truly calms the spirit and eases the mind.  I hope you enjoy.

Interesting follow-up on the areas:

  1. Newari people and culture
  2. A degree among deities 
  3. Celebrating Tihar
  4. Newari Culture
  5. Pharphing
  6. Pharphing Caves
  7. Nepal Travel Guide
  8. Frugal Travel
  9. Offbeat Nepal
  10. Nepal Travel blogs
  11. Travel Snapshots – Nepal
  12. Nepal Life
  13. Travel Agency in Nepal
  14. The roofs of Kathmandu
  15. Driving in Nepal
  16. American Nepali
  17. About Nepal
  18. Trekking in Nepal
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Yellow and the shades that surround it


Yellow.. my favorite color. Thanks Ailsa for a great theme!! I love yellow.  I really love it.  It makes me happy.

“The yellow glistens.
It glistens with various yellows,
Citrons, oranges and greens
Flowering over the skin.”
― Wallace Stevens

I present to you YELLOW.

The problem is I cannot just stop at yellow.  It is not my only favorite color.  Oranges and red-oranges are my next favorite color. Especially when they stand out against other more subtle colors.

Why do two colors, put one next to the other, sing? Can one really explain this? no. Just as one can never learn how to paint.       Pablo Picasso

Lastly there’s something about a black and white photo that just draws me in.  Maybe because it makes the picture timeless.

Other yellow ideas:

  1. Travel Theme: Yellow | Jinan Daily Photo
  2. Travel Theme: Yellow | I did it … for Johnny
  3. Travel Theme: Yellow | Northwest Frame of Mind
  4. Travel Theme: Yellow | The Retiring Sort
  5. Travelling in yellowish shades | Le Drake Noir
  6. Travel Theme: Yellow | AngelineM’s Blog
  7. Travel Theme: Yellow | Wind Against Current
  8. Travel theme: Yellow | So where’s the snow?
  9. Ailsa’s Travel Theme: Yellow | Stephen Kelly Creative
  10. Travel Theme: Yellow | mvschulze
  11. Travel Theme Yellow (Kidnapped Edition) | The Quotidian Hudson
  12. Travel Theme: Yellow, Take Two | Wind Against Current
  13. Ailsa’s Travel Theme: Yellow | Travel Monkey
  14. Not So Mellow Yellows | Cee’s Photography
  15. Travel Theme-Yellow | WoollyMuses
  16. It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see – Thoreau
  17. TRAVEL THEME: YELLOW | Francine In Retirement
  18. Travel Theme – Yellow | alien shores