On the Move in Kathmandu

I hope you enjoy this collection of photos from Kathmandu. We were there working for a voluntary agency for some weeks a few years back. Unfortunately I was soon sick from a respiratory condition known locally as Kathmandu Cough. It only takes 24 hours in that heavily polluted atmosphere to bring on the cough, which is especially troublesome for those like me who have been asthmatics. We lived in PepsiColaTownPlanning as it was known, and had a mini bus to get us into Kathmandu for banking and shops. This is our little local bus. In Kathmandu we waited at the bus stop until we heard that young boy banging on the sides of the minivan and calling “PepsiColaTownPlanning” at the top of his lungs. Then we scrambled to get in so that we did not have to ride on the roof!

We usually walked out to the orphanage where we were working. It took us almost an hour, but the bus was more of an ordeal! On the walk back we sometimes stopped for momos at a little cafe, since there was no ‘lunch’ in Kathmandu, just breakfast and dinner. Hungry people snacked in between.

We had a little free time, a few days off, when we could explore further afield. These photos are in the centre of the city, where we ventured only once! On other days we visited the main temples, and went out to the mountains to try to find some fresh air.

Finally I was too sick, so we asked for a few days off and flew up to Pokhara at the base of the Annapurna Mountain range. It was wonderful to have fresh clean air, to begin to recover and walk in the beauty of an undeveloped city. It actually took me several weeks after leaving Nepal, when we were travelling in Rajasthan, to stop coughing! I loved the name ‘Yeti Airlines’! Wouldn’t you love to travel with them, or would you prefer Buddha Air?

The airport in Pokhara is the base for scenic flights over the Himalayan mountain range, so many flights were simply designated ‘Mountain’ …. and they only took off if conditions were right. Every now and then someone would begin to call “to Mountain, to Mountain” and people would gather to board. There was a wonderful edge of the world feel in Pokhara, and I was very reluctant to return to Kathmandu. Fortunately it was only a few more days and we were on the move again to India and the next adventure.

Do you have images to post for the ‘on the move’ theme this week? Check it out hereย http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/on-the-move/

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17 thoughts on “On the Move in Kathmandu

  1. What a variety of travel experiences you’ve had! I’m not surprised you wanted to avoid roof travel, even close to the roof of the world. I am surprised to learn Kathmandu is so polluted.

    I could post on-the-move next week. Not this week.

  2. Thanks for sharing all these photos. They give a very good impression of your travels in Nepal. Do you have any photos of the orphanage and of India?

  3. These photos brought back lots of memories of my year and a bit in Kathmandu. Kathmandu cough wasn’t a problem but my stomach was in a constant state of turmoil. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Even so, I loved Kathmandu.

  4. The one shot of yours clearly show the pollution in the air…if you’ve every been to Dakar…you know the air can be blue from the old Russian vehicles…now that’s pollution!

  5. Thanks for sharing your pictures and memories with us! I still think about my lost opportunity to see this city/country two years ago, including the edge of the world.

  6. Amazing pics and memories, Christine. Just reading about all the pollution, has made me cough. So glad you could get away to the fresh air. The mere mention of Kathmandu has always sounded so exotic to me, but maybe not, after all. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing your experiences for the challenge.

  7. Kathmandu seems frenzied!!! The bus experience is typical of anywhere in the subcontinent, late comers go on the roof or hang off the sids ๐Ÿ™‚ Great examples for the challenge Christine.

  8. Christine, I read your post with great pleasure ๐Ÿ™‚ It reminded me of my 2013 trip to KTM, where I was lucky to spend a short week in a monastery, luckily outside of the town itself. But I could travel to town a few times with the local bus (crowd, dust and music!) and your pictures locked very familiar to me.
    Take care,
    – Pierre

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