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 Β πŸ™‚


21 thoughts on “Escape

  1. Pokhara is a great escape from Kathmandu! I made the same escape when I was in Nepal in January. Love your photo of Machapuchare and the Lake at Pokhara. I loved it there. πŸ™‚

    • yes we loved it too … we were sorry to return to Kathmandu … but only had a few days left at the time so had to go and finish up with our work πŸ™‚

  2. I’ve always liked the idea of Kathmandu but it sounds like it would be dreadful for an asthmatic. I’d like to go back to the dry heat of Rajasthan though.

  3. Awesome pics! πŸ™‚ I am currently reading Ellis Nelson’s novel “Into the Land of the Snows,” which is all about the Himalayas and Kathmandu. Ellis is a fellow blogger here at WordPress. Her book is excellent so far! It’s a very enjoyable and interesting story!
    One of the people that works in dietary (at the place for the handicapped that i retired from), named Ida, is from the Himalaya region. We would kid about climbing the Himalayas to look for yeti, with him being the Sherpa guide. It’s very sad how his people (i.e., the Tibetans and similar folks) were (and still are) being dictated to (and domineered) by the Chinese. Just because these are nonviolent, peace loving people, it’s too easy to take over their land and religions. Nuts!

    • yes the aggressive nations are so pushy, they are no contest for such peaceful people … thanks for telling me about ellis’ book … i should look it up but we are off adventuring in 2 days so things are tight time-wise … maybe later πŸ™‚ very interesting comment thanks tom … sorry i have not been at my reader … all back to normal in july!

  4. Oh you are travelling in my part of the world! That is so nice to know. I would be crossing Delhi too in coming days.

    Great photos. Thanks for sharing, and take care! πŸ™‚

  5. What an amazing enterprise to be working with such an important volunteer agency. I think that is just great, but of course I’m sorry to hear that you were affected by air in such a dramatic way. That’s a bit shocking, but perhaps I’m just very naΓ―ve about the pollution–that’s probably true! Love your photos, and hope we can hear more about the work you’ve been doing as a volunteer.

  6. What a great place to escape to.
    Here, we get what’s called “inversion” in the winter. It’s a thick fog of dirty air (smog, etc) trapped in the valley. We live high enough that we are usually above it, but seeing where the clean air ends and dirty air begins is quite an eye opener.

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