We were in Kathmandu working as volunteers for a local group, Volunteer Society Nepal. The incredible air pollution from low grade diesel and the custom of burning plastic refuse in the streets and on the river banks had given us both a shocking cough. Kathmandu cough is a well reported phenomenon. I became so sick I needed to escape for a few days. We flew to Pokhara, high up in the Himalayas, where the air was still clean.
Our escape did a lot of good … but I was still a basket case when we eventually flew on to Delhi … fortunately the dry clean air of Rajasthan did what was needed, and my poor suffering respiratory system recovered 🙂