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.