Delhi to Katmandu, Part 9

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. After visiting the birthplace of Buddha, we headed off to visit a Tibetan Temple in Lumbini.

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Entrance to the gardens, October 2010

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Entrance to the Temple. October 2010.

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Tibetan Temple. October 2010.

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The gardens. October 2010.

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The Temple grounds. Prayer wheel in the centre of the structure. October 2010

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The Temple grounds. October 2010

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Thirsty work. October 2010.

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Thanka. October 2010.

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Thanka on the ceiling of the Temple. October 2010

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Thanka. Wheel of life, the endless life cycle of a human being. Shows the Buddhist teachings, the Four Truths and the symbolic 6 worlds.

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Wheel of life. The last world with the cold and hot hells. Places of torment for all those who have committed evil deeds. October 2010.

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Lotus flower. October 2010.

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Lotus flower.

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Time to leave Lumbini and head for Pokhara.

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High levels of security at the airport.

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Yes, we are flying on Buddha Air.

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Well, we’ll be flying once they put the fire out.

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Our Pilots. October 2010.

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As i said earlier, security was very tight.

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Yes, we are taking off from the runway.

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The Himalayas (Annapurnas).

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Mount Machapuchare from the air.

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Coming in to land. October 2010.

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Pokhara airport.

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Machapuchare from the ground.

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Machapuchare.

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Lunch here?

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No, lunch here.

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Machapuchare. Sun going down.

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Machapuchare.

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The end

I hope you managed to stay awake, if so there will be a Part 10 next week. A visit to Pokhara, then we go higher up into the Nepalese mountains

 Photographs and Blog copyrighted to Harvey Black.

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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.

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

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

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A street scene. October 2010.

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It’s been a long day. October 2010.

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Rickshaws were prevalent. October 2010

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 ….another street scene. October 2010

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Lots of fruit stalls, Varanasi. October 2010.

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TV, Microwave, cooker hood? October 2010.

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Canary, London, eat your heart out. October 2010

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Speaks for itself.

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

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

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Farmers huts in the distance. October 2010.

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

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Farmers dwelling.

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…and another.

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

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

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

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Happy, smiley faces.

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We were heading for the birthplace of  Buddah in Lumbini.

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The Rickshaw taxi park.

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Pancha Sila. October 2010.

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Birthplace of Buddah.

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Remains of the original building.

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Built between 3rd century and 7th century AD.

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A World Heritage site.

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

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Buddhist Prayer Flags in the sacred garden.

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

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

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The traditional Buddhist Chant.

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I gave them some money in the end.

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

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Buddhist monk.

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

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Maya Devi Icon.

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Shrine at the site of Buddha’s birthplace.

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His actual place of birth.

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Security was very obvious.

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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.

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