The 2nd time I came to Swoyambhu was with Vivek.
Vivek took pictures of me here too, which I never got from him.
I wish people would be more proactive in sharing photos like I do.
He made me laugh as soon as we got there.
Even just from the bottom of the staircases,
We were slowing down too much for us to reach the before-sunset stage.
The sunset was already set,
and Vivek was still stopping and snapping pics at the bottom of the stairs,
and looking at low quality sourvenirs at random stalls set up by the staircase.
Although the sun had already set,
we were not even half way up the staircases,
the sky was already turning pink in the afterglow.
After we reached the top,
the sky was getting purple.
It was rather lovely. ^_^
If I could offer any tips,
I would say come here just before sunset,
and stay until after dark.
We stayed well after the city lights had turned on.
It was a very peaceful and lovely atmosphere here,
as tourists had already left.
It was just the locals and the dogs.
Monkeys in particular had gone quiet and prepared to sleep.
Some started cuddling in the cooling temperature of the night.
It's much better after dark.
We went to a rooftop cafe at the back of the alleyway
Got myself a glass of that mint lemon juice that the Israelis love to have at OR2K
It was clearly more peaceful at this time of the day.
There was no rush to leave or anything,
There were no other customers at the cafe,
but people were gathering at the bottom floor,
it didn't feel like they were in a hurry to close the cafe at all.
Their dogs were also chilling by their feet at the bottom of the spiral stairwell.
It was really just us, Swoyambhu and the dogs.
I rather enjoyed this 2nd visit.
Good buddy's good company,
No annoying monkeys, that's the key, probably.
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