Photos of Nepal east of Kathmandu

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East of Kathmandu

The village of Melamchi, with a mixed population, is on the path to Helambu, further north; the road south follows the Indrawati river for about two-thirds of the way to the village of Panchkal, where it joins the Araniko Highway between Kathmandu and Kodari. Kodari is on the border with Tibet and here is the Nepalese border post; the Tibetan village of Khasa is visible from here. Nearby is Tatopani, meaning “Hot Water” and indeed has hot springs. It is also a trading post between Nepal and China. The people living here are mainly ethnic Sherpa and Tamang.

View to Melamchi Pul
 
Melamchi village
 
Terraces south of Melamchi
 
Village of Bahunipati
 
Indrawati river
 
Carrying heavy loads
 
South of Thanta Khola
 
View of farms
 
Village near Panchkhal
 
View to Khasa, Tibet
 
Kodari border post
 
Between Kodari and Tatopani
 
Four men in Tatopani
 
Statue in Tatopani
 
Koshi river, Tatopani
 
Tea house in Bahrabise
 
Women and children, Bahrabise
 
View over Dhulikhel
 
In Dhulikhel
 
View from Dhulikhel
 
View towards the Himalaya
 
Religious procession, Dhulikhel
 
View of a misty valley
 
View to the Himalaya
 

The Araniko Highway, on its way to Kathmandu, passes Dhulikhel, a town at 1550 metres above sea level. It offers excellent views of the Himalayas, including Mount Everest. Dhulikhel was one of the dependencies of the old Bhaktapur Kingdom, 16 kilometres to the west and was one of the last places conquered by the Gorkha that eventually founded the Kingdom of Nepal.

To the south of the hilly country and the Kathmandu Valley is the Terai, the lowland region of southern Nepal, at an altitude of between 67 and 300 metres above sea level, with grasslands, scrub savannah and swamps; a different landscape from the rest of Nepal.