Few Hours At Patan Durbar Square

Kathmandu Valley’s famous Patan durbar square, which was severely damaged by the deadly earthquake in 2015, is a must see place if you are in the city of Lalitpur.
Located at the center of the city, the square is home to a number of beautiful temples and idols that are guaranteed to turn you into cultural lovers.
Some of the important temples are Krishna Mandir, Bhimsen Temple and Vishwanath Temple. Thanks to its stunning architecture, this place is frequented by tourists and locals alike. No wonder, it is one of the UNESCO world Heritage Sites along with two other darbars – Kathmandu Durbar Square and Bhaktapur Durbar Square. The whole area is filled with colorful cafes, numerous art galleries and guest houses. I spent few hours there, gazing aimlessly at the abundant beauty of the place.

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Bishkek – An Unusual Destination

At the outset, you may feel that Bishkek is an insipid city with nothing much to offer. When I reached Bishkek, the capital and largest city of Kyrgyzstan, major renovation work was going on almost everywhere. I cursed myself for choosing this city over others. But as I explored more I found that Bishkek has a lot to offer its visitors.

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Ala-Too Square

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Tower with Chimes

Perched on the Tien Shan mountain range in the Chui Valley, Bishkek is home to some stunning monuments and statues. Perhaps this is the best part of this city. Wherever you go, you can spot a monument.

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Monument to Those Who Died For Freedom

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Aykol Manas (Magnanimous Manas). Ala-Too square.

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A monument to the Fighters of the Revolution (Chui-Soviet avenue)

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Kojomkul, Baatyr Kaba uluu (1888-1955). The monument was created at the Palace of Sports in 2004. Kojomkul was considered a legendary warrior of Kyrgyzstan.

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Monument of Victory – Victory Square

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One can also find many Soviet era buildings and apartment complexes. Also, this city has some huge beautiful parks.

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Though they have a great transport system, I suggest you  hire a taxi to explore this place as it is relatively cheaper. And don’t forget to visit Bishkek’s famous Osh Bazaar, where you can buy from dry fruits to salad.

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Few tips: Read the history of Bishkek before visiting this city. It will make your trip more interesting. Food and booze is quite cheap. People are quite friendly and if you know Russian then it will be cherry on the cake. One thing the city authorities really need to work on is – the street lights. If you are planning to take a stroll in the night just be wary of pickpockets.

Well, not every city can be a London or Paris. Bishkek, like any other beautiful city, has its own charm and rhythm. Perhaps it is Bishkek’s great party culture and low cost of living that it is attracting thousands of travelers every year.

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White House (presidential office building)

 

Say ‘Hi’ To Mighty Moscow

In my previous Moscow post, I told you how I explored and completely enjoyed this mighty city.  However, three days were not enough to know the city. During my trip, I captured hundreds of images of this beautiful city. So, I would like to take the opportunity to help you feel Moscow by viewing these images.  Hope these images inspire you to visit this historic city in future.

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