From Hell to Heaven in Six Days Flat
Trip Start Apr 17, 2001
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The road to the Nepalese capital hugs steep walls of endless green valley that almost envelope you. Waterfalls, 200 maybe 500 metres in height, cascade every kilometre or so. We'd explored the nether regions of Tibet in search of Shangrila when all the time it was just the other side of the Himalayas in Nepal
Wonderful teeming urban chaos is Kathmandu. Cars, bicycles, rickshaws and motorcycles scurry about the narrow streets all speeding within centimetres of one another and the pedestrians. There's an odd precision to vehicle and pedestrian movement. It's almost as though everything and everyone are moving on tracks, fast like the old CNE ride the Wild Mouse, scary, but never to collide.
The Hindu temple Pashupatinath sits on the banks of the Bagmati River, a tributary of the Ganges. Ellen and I walked two kilometres through a seedy section of Kathmandu for a rather creepy experience yesterday. Pashupatinath, holiest of all Hindu temples in Nepal, is where the dead are cremated, openly, on platforms jutting out into the river.
On arrival at the temple we took a guide who told us that photos were quite acceptable. I'll let the photos and the words that accompany them explain. You may want to pass on photos 12 through 17.