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Sam's Exotic Travels to Kathmandu - the Fabled Capital of Nepal

Kathmandu, according to Lonely Planet, "is really two cities: a fabled capital of convivial pilgrims and carved rose-brick temples; and a splenetic sprawl smothered in the pollution of diesel fumes, dirt, monkeys and beggars.  It simultaneously reeks of history and the wear and tear of increasing modernity."  It is a historical landmark of great importance.  It is true that it's streets are crowded with cars, buses, motorbikes, rickshaws, bicycles and an occasional cow.  As the major point of entry for the hundreds of thousands of trekkers who visit Nepal, it is alive with excitement and life.  While its many street vendors are pushy, the people are kind and warm and friendly; the many temples and stupas indicative of the religious fervor of both its native inhabitants and the thousands of refugees from Tibet. 

Billy the Kid? - Kathmandu Nepal street scene.     Kathmandu's Durbar Square, Nepal

I enjoyed the city and most of all its wonderful people.  I think of what price it has paid since the country was opened to outside travelers in 1949 and as I viewed the various historical sights shrouded in dust and smog, I wander what it was like in more simpler days.

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