Delhi to Katmandu, Part 8

Delhi to Katmandu, Part 8 

In 2010, I went on an amazing trip, from Delhi to Katmandu. I just want to use this Post to share with you some of the photographs I took on the way. Both were amazing countries and India was particularly vibrant and exciting. Some of the photos were taken through vehicle windows, so i apologise for the poor quality. I don’t propose to write very much, Although my third novel,  Devils with Wings: Frozen Sun, is now with my publisher, Silverwood Books,  I have started on my new ‘Cold War’ series. So please just enjoy the pictures. The journey continues…

After spending time on the River Ganges and touring around the ghats of Varanasi, we headed for Nepal.

.

As we left Varanasi by coach, there was still plenty to see, October 2010

.

Living conditions are very different from what we are used to. October 2010.

.

A street scene. October 2010.

.

It’s been a long day. October 2010.

.

Rickshaws were prevalent. October 2010

.

 ….another street scene. October 2010

.

Lots of fruit stalls, Varanasi. October 2010.

.

TV, Microwave, cooker hood? October 2010.

.

Canary, London, eat your heart out. October 2010

.

Speaks for itself.

.

Varanasi. Rubbish piles were a constant eyesore. October 2010.

.

Now in the countryside.  Not sure what the monuments represented. October 2010.

.

Farmers huts in the distance. October 2010.

.

One of the small towns we passed through. Eat some freshly cooked lamb from one of the stalls.

.

Farmers dwelling.

.

…and another.

.

Finally arrive at the border between India and Nepal. It was 14 hour journey.

.

We arrived at the border in the early hours of the morning.

.

Our first day was visiting a special place in Nepal. October 2010.

.

Happy, smiley faces.

.

We were heading for the birthplace of  Buddah in Lumbini.

.

The Rickshaw taxi park.

.

Pancha Sila. October 2010.

.

Birthplace of Buddah.

.

Remains of the original building.

.

Built between 3rd century and 7th century AD.

.

A World Heritage site.

.

The white building, the new temple,  protects the most important sections of the site.

.

Buddhist Prayer Flags in the sacred garden.

.

Some make a pilgrimage to this sacred site.  They are next to the sacred tree.

.

They didn’t mind you taking photographs, but you are meant to give them the money first.

.

The traditional Buddhist Chant.

.

I gave them some money in the end.

.

A group chant next to the sacred tree, surrounded by prayer flags.

.

Buddhist monk.

.


.

The birthplace of Lord Buddha, the apostle of peace and the light of Asia.

.

Maya Devi Icon.

.

Shrine at the site of Buddha’s birthplace.

.

.

His actual place of birth.

.

Security was very obvious.

.

The end

I hope you managed to stay awake, if so there will be a Part 9 next week. Heading deeper into Nepal…

 Photographs and Blog copyrighted to Harvey Black.

<

5 Comments

  1. It looks so dirty. Like nobody cares about keeping things clean. Maybe I got the wrong impression, but that’s how it looks to me. I know they’re poor, but still, such a mess. But maybe I shouldn’t be saying any of this….

    1. It does. But, you saw a real mix of attitudes. Some families in the outer villages were really poor, yet their dress, and their children’s, was immaculate.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s