Going to pot(tery)

The Transportation officer at work said “Do not go into the center of Kathmandu on Saturday!” There was a large protest by the opposition parties, mainly the “Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist,” so we journeyed around it… literally.

Our Journey today
Our destination was Thimi. It is the ancient center of pottery in Nepal. The town was famous for its daily use items, made from the local clay. Pottery now competes with cheap plastics from China. What was the impact on the town? The driver dropped us off, however Thimi is not a tourist destination, so we were not sure where to go, the road we were on was one small temple after another. We followed the temples down the road, but we grew skeptical about the destination. Then we found a small square with pottery. A old gentleman waved to us to follow. We did, and the magic began. It opened our eyes to an interesting location.

Checkout our exhibit below:

After Thimi, we continued on our journey around Kathmandu to Boudhanath for lunch and some shopping. However…. we got stuck in the traffic in the middle of streams of buses and motorcycles on their way to the protest.

Finally we reach a corner and the protesters were let off. Their buses did a u-turn and left the road clear for us to travel.

We ate lunch at the Roadhouse Cafe. Then we spun the prayer wheels and sent off our hopes for our kids.

The trip around the other side of Kathmandu was uneventful, and we were home!

A visit to an interesting nearby temple

Saturdays are often our shopping days. We had our three regular shopping stops, then back to home. We were in a rut.

The weather is warming up and it is inspirational, we are now mixing it up. Exploring valley sites and trying out new places to eat… then go shopping.

Today it was a drive just 15 minutes away to the small town of Chobhar.

The driver initially took us to the gorge that drains the Kathmandu valley. Unfortunately more than water is draining from the valley and the smell was overwhelming.

grey water rapids

Our destination was back toward town, up a very narrow road, and fortunately on top of a hill. It was an incredible find.

For years, the Adinath Lokeshwar Temple in Chobhar has been where newlyweds tacked on kitchen pots to the walls of the temple and the courtyard.

Since it was a Saturday, the temple was busy: prayers, vendors, kids, and neighbors visiting, and doing a wonderful job ignoring us. Our photos below use Google’s OpenGallery technology. If you click on the photos, you can zoom in on various parts of the shots.