• May 18, 2006, In April of this year, Nepal was declared elections were held a secular state and the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) won.• Dec 28, 2007, the The new President of parliament passed a Nepal is Ram Baran bill declaring Nepal Yadav to be a federal democratic republic• King Gyanendra was the last King
Eight of the ten highest mountains in the world, including Mt. Everest, lies in Nepal.
Geology and Languages spoken in Nepal28 million people live in Nepal81% practice HinduismNeolithic tools found indicate thatPeople have been living in the mtsFor at least 9000 yearsTheir flag is not quadrilateral inshape, it is five sided.
This tourist area is known as Thamel, in the capital of Kathmandu
Pre-arranged a visit with Devendra Man andWife Drinyka Shakya, deaf owners of Hotel Metropolitan Kantipur
After letting us in, we were greeted inside an open garden-style Courtyard.
Devendra greeted us warmly with open arms ! This front entrance is built entirely of wood. Beautiful !!
The best rooms in his hotelare upstairs with an open largebalcony with a view ofKathmandu Valley.
Vicki, Drinyka, Devendra, and deaf waiterenjoyed an evening meal at the Bakery Café.
A social dinner gathering at their home with a deaf Italian whowas also staying in the area.
Bodhnath StupaStupas are built to houseHoly relics or to commemorateAn event or place, with aStructure that symbolizesBuddhist beliefsIt is believed that there is aPiece of bone inside that onceBelonged to Gautama BuddhaThe structure takes onsymbolism of:The earth, the air, fire, water, andether.Source: travel books
The watchful eyes glaze out in four directions.There is a third eye above the pair of eyes.It is not a ‘nose’, but a symbol representing“oneness”.
• Our two-night visit at Kathmandu was a short one, but well worth it !• Royal Mountain Travel ITS Driver and Guide picked us up around 7 a.m. and drove to the border town of Kodari, where a very complicated process of paperwork was involved to get into China• Friendship Highway is mostly a gravel/dirt winding road. (until you get to Tingri)• We saw pieces of heavy tree trunks, barrels, and even boards filled with nails lying on the road to make it harder for the vehicles to maneuver.
14-day Tibet Overland with Everest Base Camp• Tailor-made to our particular interests and time constraints• Arranged by Royal Mountain ITS Agency• With the assistance of Catherine Spence of the Tibetan Expeditions/Shigatse Travels• Website: www.tibetanexpeditions.com
Growing crops in the mountainsCan be challenging !
Taking the road less traveled . Farewell Nepal !!
Ganden Monasterylocated at the top ofWangbur Mountain
• Little fuel is available for heat or lighting, so flat roofs are built to conserve heat, and multiple windows are constructed to let in sunlight.
Monks debating under trees, common sight at Sera Monastery
Tibet at a Glance:• Historically remained in isolation till Chinese occupation in 1950-1951• Age of air and train travel has only recently opened to foreign visitors• Average elevation is around 13,000 feet (4,000 m)• Wettest month is July – average of 25 mm• Economy predominantly in Agriculture and Animal Husbandry
• The most important crop in Tibet is barley, and dough made from barley flour called tsampa,• It is rolled into noodles or made into steamed dumplings called momos.• Meat dishes are likely to be yak, goat, or mutton, often dried, or cooked into a spicy stew with potatoes.• Yak yoghurt, butter and cheese are frequently eaten.• Butter tea is a very popular drink and many Tibetans drink up to 100 cups a day
The new Qingzang-Tibet Railway Station, opened in July 2006
48 hours Train Trip from Lhasa to Beijing• Four sleeping berths, of which we shared with two others• Two nights• Dining Car was next to our car• Climbed to 5,072 meters above sea level, world’s highest rail track; breathtaking scenery in Tibet• Cross 675 bridges, more than half is laid on permafrost• Approx $ 150 per person for a soft sleeper