Back in Kathmandu

I have arrived back in Kathmandu after a harrowing flight from Lukla. We were delayed by 7 hours but that is nothing compared to some delays that can take a few days. However we hit the tail of a major storm; the plane was bouncing up and down and the flight took twice as long. I must confess I was quite happy when we landed safely in Kathmandu!

I have always been curious to find out what actually happens the first day(s) when an earthquake hits and who will be in charge. On April 25, 2015 it was Colonel Sanu Kaji Thapa, who was in command of the Army those first important days. We arranged an interview at his home, but be patient, you will see his answers in our upcoming documentary.

Kathmandu is a fascinating city in complete chaos. Last night we got stuck in traffic for at least one hour, horns started to sound like a concert. Some police officers marched through the hundreds of motorcycles and cars, and no one dared to blow their horn anymore, as this is prohibited (see picture). Last week the police handed out tickets to 1500 people who ignored this rule!

Just walking though the district of Patan in Kathmandu I witnessed the building of the 60-foot tall chariot in preparation for the Rato Machindranath Rath Yatra festival, which is one of the major festivals in Nepal and lasts for 30 days. It is believed that the Rato Machindranath Rath is the God of Rain. Both Hindus and Buddhists worship the deity. The purpose of the festival is to ensure a satisfactory monsoon for the rice crop after a devastating drought. The chariot is pulled through various parts of the town by hundreds of people, including the army. When I asked how they get this tall chariot under the thousands of wires. They said: "No problem we cut the wires for those days"!
I assume no WiFi during this festival!!

In the evening I had dinner at Bibi’s house (my guide) where I met his very kind wife and lovely children (picture).

To be continued.

If you like to see the previous reports, please click here (Nepal).

Colonel Sanu Kaji Thapa at his home
Colonel Sanu Kaji Thapa at his home

Bibi, my guide, and his family
Bibi, my guide, and his family

 

 

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