Thursday, January 30, 2014

Bhaktapur and Nagarkot

November 29, 2013 we went on a trip to Bhaktapur and Nagarkot. Sister Nila Dodson from the Asia Area Office went with us and also Britain(Mendenhalls nephew) from Australia went. Bhaktapur is about 45 min. to an hour away from Kathmandu. It is an old town and has a town square called "Dubar Square" It has many old buildings and temples and very interesting architecture. After we visited there we drove another half hour up the mountain to Nagarkot to a resort hotel. It was a very beautiful view from there and the clouds lifted somewhat so we could see the Himalyian Mountains. We had lunch there.

Entrance area at Dubar Square in Bhaktapur

Hindu temple

Unique architecture inside building

Cool old Bell

Another Temple

Potter making pottery

Lots of pottery

water from a well

Nagarkot. look closely to see the mountains

Nagarkot Stupa. Look for the Bhuda eyes.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Chilaunepani and Tibet Border

November 26, 2013 we went on our first trip out of Kathmandu Valley.  We went to a water project near Chilaunepani. We saw beautiful green fields and terraces and mountains.  We went on bumpy steep roads in a jeep. We went up the mountain and saw two water tanks, then went down to the bottom to the water source. It was a great adventure.  The Mendenhalls went with us. Afterwards we kept going and went to the Tibet, China border.

Tibet, China border

Hauling a bale from one truck to another at the Tibet border

cabbage fields along the road

load of hay (made from rice stalks after harvest)

Looking down the valley. Above the clouds.

Children walking to school

Water tank at Chilaunepani, Panna Khadgi(water monitor) on
left. on right water committee member

near water source

Pipe near water source

Water Source

Sign along the road

Hindu worship temple in the mountains

Separating the grain from the chaff. The vehicles help the

Working on the roads. They were terrible.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Mountain Flight

You can't visit Nepal without seeing Mt. Everest. We waited at the airport for 2 hours for the morning flight. It was about 50 minutes long. The mountains were amazing. It was interesting to see the valley and the terraces from the air too. The name of Mt. Everest is Sagarmatha.

Getting on the plane

lower mountains

Mt. Everest
They let us take turns and go to the cockpit to take pictures

other tall mountains in the Himalayan range


more mountains

more mountains
Another view of Mt. Everest