Flowers and Music

"To analyze the charms of flowers is like dissecting music; it is one of those things which it is far better to enjoy, than to attempt to fully understand."    -Henry T. Tuckerman [Location: somewhere in Lalitpur, Nepal.]

“To analyze the charms of flowers is like dissecting music; it is one of those things which it is far better to enjoy, than to attempt to fully understand.”
-Henry T. Tuckerman
[Location: somewhere in Lalitpur, Nepal.]

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ghiring: the kathmandu ropeway

At a hilltop near Kathmandu city. The old ghiring cables, now defunct, go underneath the bijuli transmission lines. These towers separate Kathmandu from Makwanpur district.

At a hilltop near Kathmandu city. The old ghiring cables, now defunct, go underneath the bijuli transmission lines. These towers separate Kathmandu from Makwanpur district.

Looks like the ghiring (the ropeway) was pretty useful when we didn’t have a wider network of roads. I think they should be revived. This from RopewayNepal:

In its glory days, the 42km Hetauda-Kathmandu cargo ropeway/ghiring used to run 10 hours and transport 22 tons of goods every day. The construction of Highways and cheaper fuels for the vehicles in those days [and mismanagement of government people] caused the ropeway to lose its charm and it stopped its operation in 1994. It did serve the valley for the last time by transporting vegetables and other food products when the flood washed away both part of the Tribhuwan and Prithivi Highway in 1993 AD. Continue reading

Monsoon Clouds of Kathmandu

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Monsoon is probably the best time to be in Kathmandu, a friend declared recently. Frequent shower washes dust from the atmosphere and air pollution is perhaps at its lowest during this time of the year. (The other is during a couple of weeks in October, I think, when the sorrounding hills look tiny compared to the majestic mountains that reemerge right behind them.)

Forget the roads that get muddy and flooded during the rains and afterwards. City still feels like a warzone but soon after rains stop look at the sky and the hills around the vally– green and lush and mostly clear.
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