Photos of Nepal west of Kathmandu

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West of Kathmandu

The most used transit point between India and Nepal is from the Indian town of Sonauli in Uttar Pradesh to Siddharthanagar, formerly known as Bhairahawa or Bhairawa, on the Terai plains of western Nepal, 265 kilometres west of Kathmandu. From there it is only 25 kilometres to Lumbini, the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama, the future Buddha, who was born there in 563 BCE. There is a Buddhist monastery there.

Sonauli, Nepal border
 
In Bhairahawa
 
Buddhist monastery in Lumbini
 
Street in Lumbini
 
Upper town, Tansen
 
Street in upper town, Tansen
 
Handicraft market, Tansen
 
In the upper town, Tansen
 
View over Tansen
 
View from Tansen
 
Woman carrying basket
 
Village neighbourhood
 
Boy, Srinagar Hill
 
View to Himalaya
 
Women and girls, Tansen
 
Bus station, Tansen
 
Young woman smoking
 
Near Mahendra Pul, Pokhara
 
Temple in bazaar, Pokhara
 
Women doing laundry
 
Small temple and children
 
View Seti Gandaki river
 
View Seti Gandaki river
 
Road Pokhara to Sarangkot
 
View to Pokhara
 
View to Dhaulagiri and Macchapucchare
 
View to Dhaulagiri
 
View to Lake Phewa
 
Woman working on the field
 
Village of Sarangkot
 
Making bundles of straw
 
Lake Phewa from Sarangkot
 
Village of Sarangkot
 
Women carrying heavy loads
 
Mugling, Darechok
 
Road near Khanikhola
 

From there it is about 75 kilometres north to Tansen, in the “hills” of the western part of Nepal; and 130 kilometres to the northeast is the city of Pokhara, Nepal’s second-largest city. There are great views here: from the road between Pokhara and the village of Sarangkot to Lake Phewa. From there the Dhaulagiri massif and the peak of Macchapucchare (“Fishtail Mountain”) in the Annapurna massif, can be seen as well.

From Pokhara it is 200 kilometres east to Kathmandu, passing many towns and villages, like Mugling, Darechok and Khanikhola.