Nepal

A trip in May 2004 to the Himalayan regions of India (Darjeeling), Bhutan, Nepal and Tibet.

Travelling overland from India, the first attempt to cross into Nepal was postponed due to a strike called by the Maoist rebels. So we tried again the next day; following discussions with the border guards who gave us the all clear, this second attempt got us across the border into Nepal. We had originally wanted to head for an airport near the border which would allow us to take a flight to Kathmandu but the airport was closed; we therefore travelled about 100 km to an alternative airport. However, just 20 km short of this airport there was a battle between Maoist rebels and government forces so we had to run back over the border to India. Damn! The third attempt to get into Nepal was to fly to Delhi and get a flight to Kathmandu. Unfortunately there was a general strike due to the Indian elections, and flights were generally running very late so we had many hours of waiting around in Delhi. But we were successful! The reward was a stay at the wonderful Yak & Yeti Hotel in Kathmandu.
Monk in Bodhnath  Buddhist monk at Bodhnath (Boudha) Stupa, near Kathmandu, Nepal.  Photo taken in May 2004. Door in Bodhnath  Door at Bodhnath (Boudha) Stupa, near Kathmandu, Nepal.  Photo taken in May 2004. Prayer wheel in Bodhnath  A prayer wheel at the Bodhnath (Boudha) Stupa, near Kathmandu, Nepal.  Photo taken in May 2004. Bodnath  Bodhnath (Boudha) Stupa, near Kathmandu, Nepal.  Photo taken in May 2004.
Hindu funeral  A Hindu funeral in Bhaktapur (also known as Bhadgaon), Nepal.  Photo taken in May 2004. Hindu funera  A Hindu funeral in Bhaktapur (also known as Bhadgaon), Nepal.  Photo taken in May 2004. Colourful dyes  Colourful dyes in Bhaktapur, Nepal.  Photo taken in May 2004. Pottery  Pottery in Bhaktapur (also known as Bhadgaon), Nepal.  Photo taken in May 2004.
Drying grain  Drying grain in Bhaktapur (also known as Bhadgaon), Nepal.  Photo taken in May 2004. Nyatapola Temple  Nyatapola Temple in Bhaktapur (also known as Bhadgaon), Nepal.  Photo taken in May 2004. Vatsala Durga Temple  Vatsala Durga Temple and Teleju Bell in Bhaktapur (also known as Bhadgaon), Nepal.  Photo taken in May 2004. Basket carrier  Basket carrier in Taumadh Tole, Bhaktapur (also known as Bhadgaon), Nepal.  Photo taken in May 2004.
Onlookers  Onlookers in Taumadh Tole, Bhaktapur (also known as Bhadgaon), Nepal.  Photo taken in May 2004. Shoppers  Shoppers in Taumadh Tole, Bhaktapur (also known as Bhadgaon), Nepal.  Photo taken in May 2004. Holy Man  Holy man in Durbar Square, Kathmandu, Nepal.  Photo taken in May 2004. Statues  Statues in Durbar Square, Kathmandu, Nepal.  Photo taken in May 2004.
Children  Children playing amongst the historic buildings in Durbar Square, Kathmandu, Nepal.  Photo taken in May 2004. Ornament  Carved ornament under terraced window in Durbar Square, Kathmandu, Nepal.  Photo taken in May 2004.