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June 2001 - Pokhara to Kathmandu

Nice ride through green hills, past the site of a fatal accident, and into the city

Ammonite from the Kali Gandaki outside Jomsom. Shrine (as you know by now, they come in every size and shape.) Maggie's drawing of a sitar. Tanka shop's wares.  A tanka is a Tibetan religious painting or drawing on woven material, usually cotton; it has a bamboo-cane rod pasted on the bottom edge by which it can be rolled up.  Tanka means "something rolled up."  Tankas are meditation aids, though they may be hung in temples or at family altars, carried in religious processions, or used to illustrate sermons. They are not free creations of art, in the Western sense, but are painted according to exact canonical rules. They commonly depict the Buddha, surrounded by deities or lamas and scenes from his life; divinities assembled along the branches of a cosmic tree; the wheel of life; the symbolic visions thought to occur during the intermediate state between death and rebirth; mandalas, symbolic representations of the universe; horoscopes; and Dalai and Panchen lamas, saints, and great teachers.
The bus to Kathmandu with a flat tire. Bamboo Rice paddies Rice growing
The crane tried, unsuccessfully, to pull a tanker truck from the steep bank.  The truck driver lived but his passengers were killed One of the very decorated trucks Truck art of Shiva More Shiva truck art
The scenery is great! Vegetables in the market Maggie getting air
Hillside near Kathmandu Maggie exploring a shop across the street from Hotel Norling.  This is in a part of Thamel that is actually less touristy than other parts, but you can see from the signs that it is still pretty touristy. Puppets in Kathmandu shop