August 18, 2007: Kathmandu & Bungamati
Bharat organized a car for us to go to Bungamati this morning. He picked us up at 10:30 am. As it
was Saturday, the streets were not quite as crowded and it only took us about 40 minutes or so to get
to Bungamati. Bungamati is a classic Newari village dating from the 16th century. It is south of
Kathmandu.In the centre of Bungamati is the Rato Machhendranath Temple. Rato Machhendranath
is regarded as the patron of the valley and he spends 6 month in this temple. The other 6 months he
spends in Patan. A big festival with his name is held every April/May.
We slowly walked through Bungamati and then through rice fields to the nearby Karya Binayak
Temple. This temple is dedicated to Ganesh, the elephant-headed Hindu God. Through more rice
fields, we kept walking to Kokna, another Newari village. There also was a temple in Kokna. Bharat
remembered that it was at this temple when he came here as a child with his grandparents who
slaughtered a cow there as sacrifice. We made our way back to Bungamati, met our driver and then
went back to our hotel which we reached shortly after 1 pm.
Later that afternoon, Marc and I went again to Thamel shopping and then we met up with Bharat
and the three of us had another delightful dinner at Marco Polo.