These images were taken over a 2-week period in mid to late November, 2014 while we were in Nepal to do some trekking and to visit places in the Kathmandu Valley and Chitwan National Park.
Many of the places we visited were badly damaged or destroyed by the April 25, 2015 earthquake. This is my way of sharing some of the wonderful things we saw and places that we visited there.
A view of some of the buildings that we visited in Kathmandu's Durbar Square in mid-November, 2014. We some some images of this part of the square after the April 25, 2015 earthquake. The building on the right and in the background appear to have been totally destroyed. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
More buildings in Kathmandu's Durbar Square. I have no information on the condition of these structures after the earthquake
A sculpture of Kal Bairab, in Kathmandu's Durbar square. This frightful looking god appears to have survived in spite of the massive destruction all around it.
A couple taking it easy and having a snack at one of the temples of Kathmandu's Durbar Square.
Cremation area near the Pashupatinah Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal. These 9 platforms are were anyone who is not upper caste are cremated. Unlike the "Burning Ghats" in India, one can get quite close to the cremation area. The ashes are swept into the Bhagmati River.
Row boats on Lake Fewa at Pokhara, Nepal.
This image of the Annapurna South Mountain (elevation 7,219 m / 23,684 ft) at sunrise. It took three days of trekking for us to get this view from Poon Hill (elevation 3210 m / 10531 ft).
Annapurna Massif panorama taken at sunrise, from Poon Hill made up of 14 individual exposures which have been stitched together. Yes, I had a snall tripod and a long plate to make this approximately 150° view.
A small settlement we passed by as we descended from Ghorepani as we headed towards the trailhead at Birethanti, still a day's walk away.
A couple of villagers with traditional baskets that are arried by a strap on the head are making their way up a steep trail in to one of the many villages in the Himalayas.
The roads are not built for motor vehicles, with all of the steep stairs and rough terrain. Heavy goods are transported by donkey and horse trains. These donkeys are carrying propane cylinders back down hill. Cement is also carried up to the remote villages this way. It is not hard to see why it took rescue parties so long to reach some of the remote villages in the Himalayas after the massive April 2015 earthquake.
A boatsman poling down the Narayani River in a dugout canoe. The opposite bank can just be seen through the morning mist, is the park boundary of Chitwan National Park. It is Nepal's oldest national park and is home to the Asian one-horned rhino (we saw one of these) and the Bengal Tiger (which we did not see any of these). It is a UNESCO World Heritage SIte.
These are gharials, a critically endangered species of narrow-snouted, fish eating crocodiles at the Gharial Breeding Center, in Chitwan National Park. They are being bread so that they can be reintroduced into the wild.
Mahouts getting their elephants ready to take tourists into the peripheries of Chitwan National Park. This image was taken in the early morning, while the fog near the river was quite heavy.
We visited Nepal for a couple of weeks in mid to late November, 2014. We are glad that we were able to go, as many of the sites that we visited in the Kathmandu Valley were damaged or destroyed by the April 2015 earthquake.