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Kathmandu Montage 1966

The Nepalese Capital and its surrounds

Kathmandu

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The Durbar Square with Shiva Parvati Temple

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Trailokya Mohan Narayan Temple in the Durbar Square

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The Rani Pokhari (Queen's Pond)

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View to the Basantapur Tower (rear right)

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Across the rooftops and beyond

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Boudhanath

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Approaching Boudhanath and its Stupa

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Dwellings encircling the sacred precinct

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Patan

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Garud atop a column in the Durbar Square, Patan

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The myriad temples of the Durbar Square in Patan

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Tago Gan - The Big Bell

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Harishankar Temple with eight storey Degu Tale Temple behind

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King Yoga Narendra Malla column

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Swayambhunath

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The eyes of the Buddha on the Stupa at Swayambhunath

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View to Swayambhunath on the hill of 'sublime trees' to the west of the city.

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Wednesday 12-10-1966

Last day in Nepal

The bus left Kathmandu at 7.00am for the 9 hour trip down to India, on what promised to be one of the clearest days we’d had in Nepal. If it stayed that way we were going to have a pretty good view of the mountains, but were unprepared for the incredible sight we did get. As soon as we started to climb out of the valley, there they were and they didn’t cloud in all day. Once we got up high they were in view the whole time, and it was extraordinary – all the great snow peaks, from as far as the eye could see one way to as far as it could see the other. The chain must have been 100 miles long – the greatest mountain range on Earth. The bus was winding and climbing and turning hairpin bends; it made it all the more exciting. One moment they were on one side of the bus, and then on the other, so that it seemed they were 360 degrees around us. The higher we went the better it got – truly amazing – the best ever. We crossed the pass at the highest point of the road, Shimbanjang, and thought we had seen them for the last time as we descended towards the plains, but still there was the occasional glimpse. In fact, the last view was from the railhead at Raxaul. We could actually see them from India, just peeking their heads over the horizon. Sunset turned them pink and then they were gone. What a day! Clear, perfect and a really exciting and fitting end to our visit to Nepal. An unforgettable experience!

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Posted by Ozac 17:33 Archived in Nepal

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