Nepal is the favorite destination for adventure-loving people all over the world. The mighty Himalayan range with snow-white peaks including Everest is the most fascinating attraction of this mountain country. But to see the white mountains you need to go to some other places due to the hazy polluted sky of the Capital city Kathmandu.
Located at an altitude of 1,400 Meter, Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal is burdened with the evergrowing population. The number of vehicles is increasing at a 14% rate every year to fit the increasing demand from tourists coming from all over the world. Waste management is more challenging in a mountain city like Kathmandu.
Eventually, Kathamandu city is consistently placed in the top list of the most polluted city in the world. But the lockdown due to the COVID 19 pandemic has changed the world. Nepal enforced lockdown on 23 of March which is still ongoing. Only 109 cases of COVID 19 patients with no death made Nepal one of the most successful nations in the world against the pandemic.
At the same time, this county successfully reduced the pollution as the vehicle movement was completely restricted in the lockdown and there are no more tourists entering the country. The healing of nature gave a wonderful gift to the city dwellers of Kathmandu as the got a clear view of the Himalayan range in this Monson. Photographers of the city delighted to see the spectacular view of the white mountain on 10 May 2020 after the rainy afternoon.
The Himalayan range can be seen from different parts of the city and excited city dwellers started to capture the photos just before the sunset. The featured image was taken by Mr. Manish Paudel and sent to us by Bishnu Kanta Ghimire. Thanks to them for their generous contribution.
Two years back, I was in Nepal in later April. Nothing can be seen from the Kathmandu. We traveled to Nagarkot to see the white mountain but no luck. COVID 19 is teaching us the importance of nature. Now it is only the human who is confined and the rest are free to roam. Let the world heal and keep the momentum after the pandemic.
Feature photo courtesy: Manish Paudel