Leaving KTM by bus to PKR
Trip Start Nov 12, 1980
61Trip End May 1981
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The following day we would exit Nepal at Sunauli and into India.
Here are some scenes of KTM taken over several months time.
View from roof of my residence in Lazimpat, KTM. Jan. 1980. Himalayas were visible when this picture was taken - but not in this photo - poor exposure, camera.
This is house in Lazimpat district where I lived for about five weeks. I sublet a large comfortable room on the second floor in this house in Lazimpat. The whole house had been rented by a Canadian divorcee and her sixteen year old son. The owner was a Western ex patriot older woman, not sure where orginally from. Lazimpat was a short walk from Thamel area where I lived most of my stay in Khatmandu.
Hotel Shakti, Thamel where I resided most of my stay when in Khatmandu. I had a large clean room on the top floor of this former Rana 'palace' run by a Newari man and staffed mostly by orphans in their early teens who otherwise would be living on the street. It had a shared bath with shower with hot water at extra cost - about twenty five cents. Met lots of world travelers from many countries passing through here.
I call this the Tree of Life. There was so much going on in it. Lots of blooming vines. There were monkeys, all sorts of large and small birds and especially the giant fruit bats. The bats were fearsome reminders of Dracula but actually quite harmless -- except of course to fruit. Each evening after sunset they would take off and fly about fifty miles South to the Terai where they would gorge on the mango and other trees there. Early the next morning they would return to this tree and spend most of the forenoon jockeying for position before settling into sleep hanging inverted by their claws.
Ratna Park, looking East from Kanti Path. Blooming jacaranda trees, trellis and little bridges and garden. Clean and pleasant place.
Brick works at Intl Airport with Day Care for working mothers
New construction at Tribuvan International Airport. Women do much of the work in Nepal. As can be seen the day care center for workign mothers has not yet arrived in Nepal. They simply strap their papies on their back or let them amuse themselves with the bricks or what have you and get on with the job of carting the bricks.
Freak Street looking North off New Road, Junkies Nirvana
This is the bottom of skid row. Here are the very cheapest of rooms in dirty, smelly slum conditions. This is where the hard core generally hopeless drug users gravitate. Thamel about a mile to the West is where most of the budget World Travelers hang out. Hotels are inexpensive but most reasonably clean. Restaurants and cafes edible to good and cheap to moderately priced. Gange would be easily available though illegal. At that time there was no night life in Nepal. Everything was pretty much closed down by nine or ten PM.
Trichandra Campus, Tribuvan University
From in front of New Star Italian Restaurnat looking South towards the Clock Tower in Durbar Magh (Road). Note graffitti on walls and buildings with slogans about Referedum held 2 May 1980. The blue or purpe tree is a jacaranda. The orange blooming tree is called 'comb' tree. The red blooms are mostly all gone on the 'bottle brush' trees which the Nepalis call Kalki because the bloom resembles the ornament called a 'kalki' on the King's hat.
Equestrian statue "Sian Prime Minister & Commander in Chief. Born 1874 (1817 AD) Died 1933 (1876 AD)" Located at NW corner of National Stadium Park Grounds (Phimsen Tower to West not seen in photo) Jacarnda tree to left. Review stand in backgournd at North end of Tudikhel (Playing field) Overcast hazy day.
Where I stayed