After eating an amazing breakfast at our super flash hotel, we set out on a tour of Kathmandu. We braved the chaotic city streets and made our way to Swayambhunath, known to tourists as the monkey temple. Some found the monkeys to be cute, some thought they were terrifying, but everyone had a great time and enjoyed an amazing skyline view of Kathmandu and the giant stupa surrounded by prayer flags and prayer wheels.
We then visited Pashupatinath , where we saw two traditional Hindu cremations in progress. Our guide Argan explained that the ashes from the cremations go into the Bagmati River which later joins the Ganges, a very holy river for the Hindu people. We were entertained by some Holy Hindu Sadhus with painted faces and bodies dressed in robes; one was dressed just like a monkey!
Finally we made it to our last stop at Boudhanath temple, the largest stupa in Nepal. We had lunch overlooking the square which was full of religious visitors, street vendors, and heaps of tourists. We managed to make it out without losing anyone, which is quite a feat with such a large group! On the way home our bus driver showed us his mad driving skills, managing to sneak by several vehicles in what seemed to be a one lane, unpaved alleyway. We made it back to the hotel unharmed and looking forward to beginning the trek the following morning! Lukla or bust!