Pics of Prithvi Highway

The Privthi Highway is a 108-mile (174km) stretch of road that connects Kathmandu and Pokhara. Though its far from being the most scenic road in Nepal, on good days, the Annapurna massif and Macchupuchare are visible from the highway.

The last time we used the Prithvi, we were on a motorcycle and the sky was falling.

This time it was sunny and clouds were fluffy, but we were in a crowded microbus. We decided to play with the gopro– I was happy to see that some of the pics managed to capture a bit of the scenic Prithvi highway (there aren’t any of the Himalayas but it was still scenic nevertheless).

Now ya’ll can see why it’s worth renting a motorcycle and coasting up/down the Prithvi!

while waiting for more passengers
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speaking of waiting for more passengers, here’s a strange custom–

The guy in the lime green shirt here is gently tapping the microbus, but there have been plenty of instances where a number of guys just hit the side of the door as hard as they can as they holler for customers. I’m serious– like 5 different guys taking turns hollering and banging on the fricking door while the rest of us are sitting in there. It’s inane.

Banging loudly on the side of the microbus seems to be a mandatory chore for all the ‘moneymen’ of Nepal’s microbuses. (A moneyman is what I call the dude who collects money from passengers and gives out tickets–all public buses have moneymen too, so that the driver can just drive.)

In this video, the guy with the dark green shirt is the moneyman, but its common for other guys to help bang the doors while the moneyman paces the sidewalk and hollers.

anyway, here we go
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see the horrible road conditions?
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traffic at the edge of Kathmandu
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25 second clip of what its like to drive through a roadside town in Nepal

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