An Ordinary Day in Bungamati Village

 

Bungamati Village is a small Newari community situated about 10 kilometers from downtown Kathmandu.  As I was staying near the Gwarko junction in Lalitpur, I headed to this village by taking a bus from Gwarko junction along Ring Road.  Buses passing by Gwarko come from the Lagankhel station in Patan.  Fare was Rs 15 while the trip took about 30 minutes.

Bungamati Village, Nepal

A scene from the Bungamati Bus Station

Arriving at the bus station, I walked along narrow streets to the Rato Machhendranath Temple.  The absence of other tourists made me feel like I was trespassing into their village, until I met a few locals who, with a smile,  showed me the way to their main square.

Bungamati Village, Nepal

Bungamati Village, Nepal

On my way to Rato Machhendranath Temple

Unfortunately, the Rato Machhendranath temple was outlined with scaffolding when I was there.  Nonetheless, Bungamati still depicts a unique character of being a traditional Newari village, spared by modern development, where the people are living a rural life in much the same way as how their ancestors have lived in the past centuries.

Bungamati Village, Nepal

At the main square

Bungamati Village, Nepal

Bungamati Village, Nepal

Traditional dwellings around the main square, with corn sheaves drying next to their windows

Bungamati Village, Nepal

Bungamati Village, Nepal

Those metal pails look so royal. I would have taken home one if only it fits my backpack =)

 

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Bungamati Village, Nepal

Bungamati Village, Nepal

Bungamati Village, Nepal

Much of their daily activities take place outside their dwellings

Bungamati Village, Nepal

Bungamati Village, Nepal

Still life in bright colors

Bungamati Village, Nepal

Bungamati village is also known for its tradition of wood carving.  True enough, I found a number of sculptors and woodcarvers while walking into this small village.

Bungamati Village, Nepal

Bungamati Village, Nepal

I thought I saw Manny Pacquiao carving the wood

Bungamati Village, Nepal

…and Sam Milby? hehe

Bungamati Village, Nepal

Bungamati Village, Nepal

Other souvenir items sold in one of the workshops

Bungamati Village, Nepal

A display of expertise in wood carving in one of the doors in the village

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After getting around Bungamati village, my initial plan was to head to the next village, Khokana, which is about 15 minutes walk, including passing by the rice fields.  It would have been fun and easy but on my way, I was cornered by a large black dog that barked at me with rage, and definitely does not sound friendly at all.  With no one around and left alone to tackle this angry animal, my instant reaction was to back off and forget about Khokana.  Admittedly a coward with dogs, I would rather choose not seeing Khokana than have a heart attack.  So, I headed back to the safety of the bus station.

Bungamati Village, Nepal

Back at the bus station

Bungamati Village, Nepal

Was about to hop on the bus and saw this scene.  There’s simply no running out of interesting subjects.

Bungamati Village, Nepal

Taking the front seat aboard the bus          

My short stroll inside the Bungamati village gave me a sneak peek into the ordinary lives of the Newars.  For them, it’s just an ordinary day, but for me, the experience was out of ordinary.    

 

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