Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Day 11 - February 26, 2013

Bhaktapur and Dhulikhel, Nepal

We got an early start this morning with a 4am departure to the Delhi airport for our flight to Kathmandu, Nepal.  A very interesting transformation occurred upon arrival in Nepal:  we could physically feel the calm, casual atmosphere of the country.  All of our moods were lightened and we were able to decompress.

We drove a short distance from Khatmandu to the city of Bhaktapur, which was founded in the 9th century by King Anand Dev. Located 4000 feet above sea level, this city was renowned for its pottery and weaving industry.  Durbar Square is the main square of the city and contains many temples and other architectural showpieces.  We enjoyed shopping at the local vendors as well as lunch at a unique restaurant that occupies one of the old buildings.
Temple in Dubar Square, Bhaktapur.

Our guide in Pottery Square, Bhaktapur.

From there we drove to Dhulikhel, an ancient Newari town on the "Friendship Highway" (built by China in the 1960s) with a panoramic view of the Himalayan range.  As we drove up out of the flatlands, it was very interesting to see the terraced hills where farmers grow potatoes, wheat, rice, and other crops.  The Mirabel hotel was a bit rustic, but a perfect setting for our afternoon session of final synthesis.

Himalayas, as viewed from Dhulikhel.

Posted by Ashley Gill, Cade Johnson, and Elisa Noble

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