|Patans Durbar Square|
While walking we noticed that many roads were closed due to protests that were happening, we weren't sure what the protests were about but it was interesting to see. We also had to cross a bridge over the most polluted river I have ever come across. The smell was awful and there were poor cows down inside it trying to scavange some food. Once we got to the city walls of Patan we had to pay a fee to enter the city. We then got a tag that we had to wear while inside.
Patan is a beautiful city and famous for it's rich cultural heritage. The Durbar square of Patan is probably the most beautiful square I've ever seen. it is full of old temples and surrounded by old buildings, no cars are allowed either which makes it even better. After walking around for a while we found our guest house, unloaded our bags and decided to explore Patan. Patan is a popular day trip destination for many travellers but few stay the night here. We are so glad that we stayed the night and got to see the Patan without the tourists. We were supposed to meet Bolle in a couple of hours so we found a rooftop and enjoyed a nice lunch while looking over the beautiful rooftops of Patan.
|The beautiful rooftops of Patan.|
|Bolles son posing for the camera. (he was very shy before|
this shot was taken)
|Bolle and his two sons showing us the local sights.|
|Spinning the prayer wheels.|
|Believe it or not this is actually a temple!|
|Some ducks in the street.|
|Bolle and his wonderful family.|
|Me playing with the two boys on Bolle and his wifes bed.|
To get back to our guesthouse we had to walk past the square again. It looked even more magnificient at night with all of the beautiful temples lit up and the travellers gone home.
|Patans Durbar Square at night.|
|It looks beautiful no matter what time of the day it is.|
The next morning I woke before 6am. I didn't want to sit around waiting for Jason at the guesthouse so I got up to go for coffee somewhere. I walked towards the square and realised that nowhere opened until 9 so I sat at the square and watched as Nepali life went on around me. It was interesting to see just how busy the square was with locals coming and going even though it was so early.
|The square during the daytime.|
|One of the many beautiful buildings in the square.|
We found a little shop and bought a soccer ball (which was randomly a Dublin Gaelic football!), an alphabet puzzle and a magic board for drawing on. When we arrived at Bolles house he wasn't there but his wife was with her friend and her friends child. It was a little awkward as they couldn't speak English and we couldn't speak Nepali but we gave the youngest son the alphabet puzzle and watched as him and the sweet little girl played with it. They were so happy. Then when it was time to leave they tried to give the toy back to us. We had to try to explain that it was for him to keep, when he realised this he had the biggest smile on his face.
|Playing with their ABC puzzle.|
This next moment I'll never forget for as long as I live. We pulled the ball out and gave it to him and I don't think I'll ever be able to explain the joy in his face, I have never seen it before on any other childs face. It was pure shock, happiness, amazement all in one. It really hit us that this family had so little but seemed so happy and when the children get a gift they appreciate it more than any child in the western world would.
After that incredible moment it was time to say goodbye to Patan and go back to Kathmandu one last time and collect our Indian visas
How to get there:
We walked from Kathmandu and it's a very straight forward route, it takes about one hour. We then took a taxi back into Kathmandu from Patan.
Where to stay:
Since it's so close to Kathmandu many people do day trips to Patan so there isn't a huge selection of accommodation available in the area.
We found the Durbar Square Guesthouse and really enjoyed our stay there
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