Kathmandu, Nepal – Gateway to the Himalayas and Tibet

A visit to the Himalayas almost always starts at Kathmandu – the capital city of Nepal. Tucked into a bowl-shaped valley, this gateway city has a population of almost 2 million people and lies dangerously above a fault line and is prone to a major earthquake anytime. Yet this real danger is discarded and it remains as the gateway city for thousands of tourists, hikers, mountaineers, adventurers to the Himalayas.

I made the visit in 2011 to start an epic journey to Mt. Kailash in Tibet, China – one of the remotest parts of the world, isolated deep in the Himalayan range. A few days in Kathmandu allows for absorbing some of the city sights before starting the journey.

Kathmandu - Patan Durbar Square

Kathmandu – Patan Durbar Square

Kathmandu Market

Kathmandu Market

Kathmandu Street

Kathmandu Street

Street Swamis in Kathmandu

Street Swamis in Kathmandu

 

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