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  • 1. Nepal is known for itsmountainous Himalayas.
  • 2. • 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
  • 3. Eight of the ten highest mountains in the world, including Mt. Everest, lies in Nepal.
  • 4. 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.
  • 5. This tourist area is known as Thamel, in the capital of Kathmandu
  • 6. Pre-arranged a visit with Devendra Man andWife Drinyka Shakya, deaf owners of Hotel Metropolitan Kantipur
  • 7. After letting us in, we were greeted inside an open garden-style Courtyard.
  • 8. Devendra greeted us warmly with open arms ! This front entrance is built entirely of wood. Beautiful !!
  • 9. The best rooms in his hotelare upstairs with an open largebalcony with a view ofKathmandu Valley.
  • 10. Vicki, Drinyka, Devendra, and deaf waiterenjoyed an evening meal at the Bakery Café.
  • 11. A social dinner gathering at their home with a deaf Italian whowas also staying in the area.
  • 12. Impressive Buddhism Monastery
  • 13. A large spinning prayer wheel !
  • 14. 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
  • 15. 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”.
  • 16. Bhaktapur, a medieval city
  • 17. A five tiered pagoda
  • 18. Cattles are sacred in Nepal.
  • 19. • 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.
  • 20. Guide Jigme Driver Pembo
  • 21. 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
  • 22. Growing crops in the mountainsCan be challenging !
  • 23. Taking the road less traveled . Farewell Nepal !!
  • 24. Tibet
  • 25. Tibet isHomelandto approx3 millionTibetansand Chinese.
  • 26. All visitors musthave travelpermits.Best option is toarrange a tourwith an agencyIn Lhasa.
  • 27. Zhangmu, first town after crossing theborder
  • 28. The FriendshipHighwaybetween Kathmanduand Lhasa
  • 29. Road Construction Ahead !
  • 30. Nyalam Guest House
  • 31. Rooms were in the backof the courtyard.
  • 32. A little daze and dizzy !Due to 11,000 ft altitude!It is also cold, no heat !!I am ready for some hot tea !
  • 33. No caption is necessary,you know what this is ??
  • 34. Pony Cart
  • 35. Acclimatization Day – a hike to Tara Lake, but some four hourslater, the clouds came and we had to turn back !
  • 36. Is this high altitude getting to you ?
  • 37. A refuge for Barry till Vicki and Guide Jigme getback. The Sun was bright and shining, not forlong.
  • 38. This is as far as we could go ! High Altitude and Approaching Clouds forced us to return back.
  • 39. Nyalam, Tibet
  • 40. Everest Snowleopard HotelAt Lao Tingri
  • 41. Buddhism Monks at the Tashilumpo Monastery in Shigatse
  • 42. TashilumpoMonasteryis the seat of thePanchen LamaSect, whichis the secondleadingreligious group.
  • 43. Potala Palace, awesome palace with over 1000 rooms,dates from the 17th century; formerly the chief residence of the Dalai Lama, Now a Museum
  • 44. 14th DalaiLama,SpiritualLeader of theTibetans,Now exile inDharamsala,India
  • 45. One of the Statues In the Buddhism Temple Permission With a small Fee is often Requested When takingPhoto Credit: Ron Hirano A picture.
  • 46. The Jokhang is Tibet’s most reverenced site. pilgrims bow and pray on the flagstones just outside the temple doors.Photo Credit: Ron Hirano
  • 47. The Jokhang Temple in Lhasa Photo Credit: Ron Hirano
  • 48. The Drak Yerpa CavesBuilt on a hillside withmore than 80meditation caves
  • 49. Vicki’s new friend !
  • 50. Ganden Monasterylocated at the top ofWangbur Mountain
  • 51. • 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.
  • 52. Monks debating under trees, common sight at Sera Monastery
  • 53. 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
  • 54. The outskirts of Lhasa
  • 55. Flags on bridges, the hills, and homes to infusethe wind with prayers and peace.
  • 56. Photo Credit: Ron Hirano
  • 57. Stalls selling things along the pilgrimage route.Photo Credit: Ron Hirano
  • 58. The School for the Deaf is just down the road !!!!
  • 59. Tibetan Folk Music and Show
  • 60. Photo Credit: Ron Hirano
  • 61. Here is Fred trying out the Tibetan Dance !!!
  • 62. Tibetan Deaf Association SewingWorkshop on the Fourth Floor
  • 63. Photo Credit: Ron Hirano
  • 64. Our room at the Yak Hotel,Lhasa, Tibet
  • 65. Colorful ceiling in our hotel room
  • 66. • 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
  • 67. What do you think thisis ?
  • 68. The new Qingzang-Tibet Railway Station, opened in July 2006
  • 69. 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