A good thing about organized trips is that you get to explore almost all the touristy spots in your destination without thinking much about how to get there, when to go, or what to do. All you have to do for the most part is follow. What I don’t like about it, however, is almost everything I’ve just mentioned as well. Add the fact that the time is very limited and thus, you can’t explore at your own pace.
Though sometimes, we need to compromise to get to where we want to be. I wanted to visit Nepal and this was the opportunity presented to me at that time. A lot of excuses (2 weeks before leaving Dubai for good, packing sh*t and all, send off parties, blah blah).
After walking around Patan Durbar Square, we were gathered by our awesome guide and asked us to follow him. Still not feeling well, I followed to what I thought was a walk to our van en route to our next and final destination for the weekend.
As we walked, I then remembered that our guide mentioned something like “it’s a really beautiful temple” earlier. Can’t be sure if I heard him right.
We were taken to what seemed like a boring facade.
It was the exact opposite. I was really astonished! This temple was very grande! Everything about it has so much detail… even the pigeons thought so! You can literally take a photo in each face of the wall and find it interesting. Buddha is pretty much everywhere.
So many sculptures of Buddha and almost everything is gold plated.
Clearly, it’s in good condition and is very well maintained. So much work in it.
You’d have to pass by two doors before finding yourself in the middle/square where the golden temple is situated. Imagine a box within another box within another box. Something like that.
There’s the building entrance. And there’s…
Entering door #1, and then
Entering door #2.
Alas! We’re in.
From what I know, this is a Buddhist calendar. I might be wrong though. I tried to google, but to no avail (yet!).
If you’ve seen in my other posts about Nepal, you’d notice the colorful flags in the road and at the Shivapuri trek. I’ve earlier mentioned that those are prayer flags which are used for protection and positive energy.
These below are what they call the prayer wheel. A good read about the prayer wheel could be found in this site.
It is said that spinning the wheel is just as good as reciting the prayer. I read that at wikipedia (and sorry if I am a fan).
The wheel is inscribed with Om Mani Padme Hum which meant “Hail to the Jewel of the Lotus.” Honestly, I first learned of this phrase from Brandon Boyd’s tattoo (which again is another story).
The temple in the center.
Here’s a grandpa praying:
Somewhere inside, I found Mariana (my very awesome seatmate-turned-friend) and thought that it might take a while for us to see each other again.
Among all the photos I took, this is probably my favorite. It might not be the best looking one, but I thought the one in the middle looked like a guitar neck (and I love my guitar). I like it that way.
There’s a meditation room upstairs that I wasn’t able to go to due to the limited time (and maybe because my mind wasn’t at its best at that time. thus I wasn’t thinking what to do), and unfortunately, we had to leave soon.
I noticed that the doors are actually in the side of the square/hall and are through and through (directly aligned). I mean, if we would talk about the Chinese Feng Shui, this would mean bad luck. But then again, it’s a different belief.
And oh, I am not high in this photo. I was just laughing at myself and embracing a Filipino favorite (which I do only when I’m with friends): the touristy self photo (fast forward to present, they call it #selfie!).
I must admit, for the most part, I (or we?) were a bit touristy in this trip. ID’s, big groups, wanting to eat local food, see local dish, explore local destinations…. I later on realized, we all want to “travel” and try and experience all these things, like as if we are locals. But if you look at it, the fact that we “try” is touristy enough. 🙂 Submitting to that is a part of being a traveler. Blending in and that feeling of belonging is another level in social/cultural immersion, in my opinion. And the best way to belong is to actually live there, adapt, and subconsciously submit to the norm. Just saying! 😀
The entrance to the Golden Temple is Rs 50, which is almost equal to Php 25, and roughly a bit more than US$0.50.
**I will post the summary of my Nepal weekender and share with you our itinerary once I am done with the next post (last stop, Bhaktapur, Nepal).