Slapping the monkey in a public place
The scale and architecture of the temple is itself quite impressive, upon looking up information for this post I learned that it is apparently ethereal and magical. Not being much of a new age gush over everything old hippy I can only go so far as to say it was impressive.
The numerous sets of 350 plus stairs were certainly a wee bit daunting and at one point I reached out rather quickly for the handrail only to find sitting upon it a baby monkey, had I not looked over there is little doubt I would have backhanded him into next week and subsequently been murdered in retribution by the several hundred much larger and scarier monkeys watching this exchange.
The only thing more ever present and underfoot than the monkeys themselves were the ‘tour guides’. In a fairly simply laid out place with adequate signage they are beyond redundant. They seem to know this is well as they start by asking for 2000 rupees and we’ll go as low as 500 although that is still 500 more than they are worth.
The temple itself is easily accessible from nearly anywhere in Kathmandu via cab, call KB as mentioned earlier as he is the best cab driver ever, he actually waited on the temple grounds for close to two hours while I wandered around.
High atop the temple is a cafe that simple goes up and up a total of four stories with various perches to eat and take in the view, the food is quite good and being Nepal is also incredibly inexpensive.
I mentioned earlier that it seems as though the dogs in the streets exist to keep away monkeys, I noticed several of the terraces had dogs and were devoid of monkeys, which is nice when one is trying to eat and not share with tiny thieving simians. The locals constantly make reference to the monkeys being ‘naughty’ a better word for it though is bastards, although adorable they are also intelligent and single mindedly obsessed with food, your food in particular, if you are bringing fruit be forewarned that you are bringing THEM fruit.
Well enough rambling about my failed monkey assaults, if anyone has any interesting tales of thieving or merely disruptive animals please let me know in the comments.