If you happened in Kathmandu and you have nothing in your plan for that day, I will suggest a visit to Boudhanath Stupa. The largest stupa in Nepal, ranked no. 3 interesting places to visit in Kathmandu written in Lonely Planet Travel Guide Book.
Located about 7km of east of the downtown Kathmandu, if you from Thamel, Kathmandu’s tourist spot, it cost you about Rs350 (in 2012) per way with a small, cramped sized taxi. It took about 15-20 minutes to reach here. Entrance fees applied at the gate with the cost of Rs150 per person.
Boudhanath is both an eye of calm within capital’s dusty pandemonium and a sancutary of Tibetan Buddhist culture amid a nation dominated by Nepal Hindus. Throughout its narrow streets, you can see posters of smiling Dalai Lama, Tibetan folk-medicine stores, traditional artisans’ workshops, and restaurants. It has been announced as World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1979. Buddhists walk around the sacred monuments clockwise, the same direction a prayer wheel spins. The monasteries near the stupa have become a global centre of Tibetan Buddhism.
If you planned to make a visit, I suggest to go here arround 3-5pm. If you come earlier, the you will have all the time for visit all the shops inside, of have a cup of coffee or two at one of the roof top cafe surrounding the big stupa. I’m suggesting to visit at that time so that we are can target for the sunset and the blue hour. Well I don’t really mean that sunset but to have Boudhanath with nice golden layer at the edge of the horizon. During blue hour, when they started to lid the prayer candles and put it around the stupa is something not to be missed too. I didn’t manage to wait until all prayer candles fully completed arranged around the stupa, but for now, that will be in my “must-have” list on my next visit.
While this post being publish, we are probably in our lines to enter customs & immigration security check to Kathmandu, Nepal. Our flight are scheduled to depart at 0855hrs.
17 July 2012
“Salam, semalam bincang dengan Waja, kami plan nak pi Kathmandu, Nepal, 10 November 2012 – 22 November 2012. MAS baru buka direct flight ke sana. Tak plan awal pun, tapi bila dapat tau MAS ada direct flight ke Kathmandu rasa berminat pulak. Tiket dar KLIA RM1685 return, tahun depan February ke Kathmandu dalam RM3000++. Kalau berminat bagitau…” – Wazari Wazir
“Greetings, i had a discussion with Waja last night, we planned to go Kathmandu, Nepal on 10 November 2012 – 22 November 2012. MAS (Malaysia Airlines) just announced their direct flight to Kathmandu. I’m getting so excited to hear that news and decided to go even though it was not in our plan. The flight fare now is RM1685 (return), normal fare should arround RM3000++ arround February 2013. Let me know if you’re in…” – Wazari Wazir
It was the sms i received early that morning as i’m getting ready to go off work. We keep on replying sms while i’m sitting on a public mini bus to City Centre. Its was a though decision for me to decide and yet need to think it quickly before the promotion ends (ends on 16th July according to the advertisement).
Wazari & Waja had made their reservation last night and they have about 24 hour to really confirmed their decision. At 7pm that day, Wazari called me and tell me that they have bought the ticket together with another friend Fu Ad, which i guest the guy that always travel with Wazari. Wazari informed me that they took the flight seating too.
So that night, i’m the only one not yet buying the ticket. Beside of worrying much about the ticket, i kept on thinking about my wife and daughter cause i never leave them such a long period of time. Furthermore, it is our 4th wedding anniversary on the 21st November 2012. It was not easy and i need to make sure to tell her in the right time, but it must be that night.
18 July 2012
I need to buy the ticket today. But the can i get the money from? I made phone call and discuss if i could loan and deduct my salary RM400 per month for 4 month start from July salary. It was approved and quickly i paid the ticket online and now i’m too have the ticket.
“Good news, Welcome abroad. Insya-Allah” – Wazari Wazir
20 July 2012
I have shared this news to a good friend, Azman Jumat before proceed buying the airline ticket and wondering if he wants to join us too. But i guest he need to give priority to other commitment. But i keep on asking if he interested, and hope he will join us soon.
Today, i bought another ticket from KK- KUL – KK, i live in Kota Kinabalu, i need to go Kuala Lumpur in order to be able to connect flight to Kathmandu. I’ve been surveying and comparing flights fare between Air Asia and MAS. I decided to go with MAS as the Air Asia fare are too close with MAS. Plus baggage and tax, the rate difference is just about RM50 per way. With MAS, i get baggage for free (25kg) and food in board.I don’t need to expense more on time and money by waiting for bus connecting LCCT (Air Asia Terminal) to KLIA (MAS & other International Airlines terminal). Cost for this return flight is RM474.
Today (10 Nov 2012)
I can’t imagine i’m here at KLIA waiting fir another 3 handsome guy, Wazari, Waja & Fu Ad. I arrived 1 day in advance and stayed overnight here at KLIA. Thanks to Zahari for accompanying me. Thanks to my best friend, Azman Jumat for his bag pack and tonnes of tips and advise on travelling.
To my daughter, i will miss you badly, i will miss everything about you.
To my wife…. hnmmm…Its none of your business. I can tell her personally later 🙂
I forgot to mention that there were another 2 guys joining us Hilmi & Wan Johan. There are the coolest guys i ever met.