After some considerable searching we managed to locate the correct bus and headed out to Bhaktapur . The buses in Nepal are not marked - instead a young boy rides along with the driver and hangs out the front door yelling the bus' destination to potential passengers.
|Wheat drying in the sun|
|Husking the wheat by hand|
The town is famous for its pottery and the Pottery Square is crowded with piles of raw clay, pottery wheels, giant wood burning kilns, finished pots drying in the sun and, of course, the mandatory pottery souvenir shops. I ended up buying a large Tibetan-style lion figurine for 600 rupees ($8).
|Pottery drying in the sun|
For lunch we got brave and tried our first street food - spicy vegetable pakoras, steamy buff (water buffalo) momos and fruit from the market.
We spent hours wandering the streets absorbing in the buzzing town life, fascinating architecture and massive temples.
|Typical Newari architecture|
Once we were thoroughly exhausted we caught the bus back to Kathmandu. It had been our intention to catch a bus first thing the next morning to the trail head of the Annapurna Circuit trek but Dave had begun to have second thoughts about our itinerary. He was worried that the Annapurna Circuit would be to busy and commercialized for his liking. He had found a brochure for a trekking agency advertising trips to the Kanchenjunga region on the Eastern border of Nepal which had peaked his interest so we spent the night scouring the guidebooks and Internet looking at what other trekking options were available.
Nothing like changing plans on the fly to make a vacation interesting!