different culinary experiences

When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable.

–Clifton Fadiman

I fully agree to this thought. When you are on a distant land, you must know that you are not going to find all things as they are back home. That also applies to the most basic experience of your journey – food. In fact, when it comes to food, the different culinary experiences you encounter are almost a wild test drive with your taste buds.

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Just 28 km from the main Kathmandu city, Nagarkot forms the North Eastern fringe of the Kathmandu valley. Driving further ahead of the Bhaktapur road, the city life is left far behind, the landscape fills in most of the space in the horizon and scene changes completely. Nagarkot hills offer a spell-binding view of the Himalayas, immersing you into its serendipity.

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I spotted the majestic pyramidal pagodas of Bhaktapur in the Akshay Kumar Starrer ‘Baby’. I am sure you spotted them too. But this is not the only reason I made it a must-see place on my Kathmandu checklist. As a matter of fact, there is much more that Bhaktapur shares in art, history and culture to understand in a single visit. Here’s a walkthrough of what’s in here to witness in this magnificent temple town, full of artistic galore.

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As the first week of January stepped in, every year, I would break open my tin coin box (I hated the word piggy bank) and counted how much I have collected for buying the new set of kites. I had the old ones too. Some kites, I made myself, using the plastic from the package boxes. They used to be rugged, and would sometimes stand the occasional uninvited rainfall too, prevented from getting withered away like paper kites. And did they fly; they flew with enough strength to leave fine lines of cuts on my index finger. Today, when I stop to think about it, I realize how kites shaped the way I dealt with situations in life.

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The Swayambhunath Temple or the ‘Monkey Temple’ is believed to have self-manifested from a lotus flower which formed a part of the lake that spread across the erstwhile Kathmandu valley. Placed on top of a hill, the visit to Swayambhunath Temple blesses one with spectacular panoramic views of the Kathmandu Valley.

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