Mugged by Power-Hungry Monkeys: Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu

Thursday, October 09, 2014 0 Comments

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Mugged by Power-Hungry Monkeys: Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu

Let’s throw away some of the solemnity and seriousness here, and focus on the funny and delinquent. LOL.

Well, just to salvage my pride, it wasn’t me who was trying to be delinquent… though I was the funny one here!

Well you see, when someone says it’s forbidden to bring food in the Monkey Forest Sanctuary, you have to pay attention.

Yes. We learned it the funny and horrific way.
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The Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal was so solemn and sacred, as it was a cremation and resting place for the Nepalese. Just near the Bagmati River, and north-east of the Kathmandu Valley. It’s also yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site lister. Cremation for the poor, tombstones for the rich. So many legends, so many rituals, so many deaths.

But none of it mattered to us, because we wanted to see the monkeys!
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After seeing the burning of bodies in the Pashupatinath Temple, we casually approached the Monkey Forest, as if entering a theme park, carrying food, cameras, and comical laugther! Fortunately for these monkeys, they could smell the food in our packs from a mile away.

We were wondering why there were so many following us, and eyeing us with salivating smiles…
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Soon enough, without much hesitation, one BIG brilliant monkey, climbed on top of our friend's leg, shoulders, then scratched the bag with its pointed nails.

Godzilla, yes?

That was the turning point of my friend’s life. She screamed but no sound came out. Maybe her scream was frightened too.
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We ran, like in a marathon, so fast, so focused – leaping from stairs, and tombs, and dodging people.  Did we survive? If by that I mean, having no monkey infections, yes. Monkey nightmares, yes have them too.
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But, did we enjoy and have a good time because of it? I’ll screech like a monkey in agreement! Let’s do it again! LOL

Pashupatinath Temple, our bucket list is to bring more food for your mischief-makers.



Bowdy is an amateur adventurer, a coffee sleepyhead, and a start-up rooter, with a penchant for classic-looking photos. At last count, he has visited some 51 countries, and is now living in Singapore. He's always in search of fascinating routines to exploit, within the limits of after-office hours and vacation leaves.

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