"AMALGALMATE OF NEPAL" Kathmandu by mtncorg
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Kathmandu is fascinating in its extremes; its glorious religous istes and royal palaces; its sounds; its smells; its colors. Kathmandu is one of three cities occupying the Kathmandu Valley (and many more smaller villages). The Valley is only 30 km in circumference. The City is a burgeoning mushroom - not unlike a small-scale version of Mexico City, with whom it shares many characteristics. 5 % of Nepal's poulation and 34% of its urban population is to be found here - and that is increasing everyday. Infrastructure is present, but only barely. The local population is Newari - a language quite different from Nepali; an Indo-European language brought in from farther west. Many in the Valley don't speak Nepali. Many in the Valley are from somewhere else - whether it be in Nepal, Tibet or India. The City is an amazing introduction to Nepal. From here, you can see that Nepal is far from a homogenous culture but a true mixing of cultures, religions, histories and languages. The City gained its wealth from being on a main trade route between Tibet and India. From the 1200's to 1778, the Newari Malla family ruled here, either from Bhaktapur or their own separate Kathmandu City-State. The City fell to Gorkhas led by the present royal Shah family in 1778, who made Kathmandu their capital. It remains the capital and number one city for the Country. Quite a sight to see the Ring Road closed at 5PM for a couple hours while the King is out for a drive.
Another factor to watch for in a visit to Kathmandu is with the number of different cultures and religions present, that does make for a lot of holidays!
- Pros:Incredible architecture, cultural, historical and religious monmuments
- Cons:Incredible traffic, pollution and and overwhelmed infrastructure
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