Thursday, 21 March 2019

Fast track Nepal Road

Posted by Anup Baral | March 21, 2019 :
Historically, the Kathmandu Valley was connected to India through a trade route: Thori of Parsa – Hetauda – Bhainse – Bhimphedi – Khulekhani – Chitlang – Chandragiri Pass to Thankot in Kathmandu. Later on Raxaul was connected with the Indian railway head which made Birgunj as an entry point. A motorable road was constructed between Birgunj – Hetauda – Bhimphedi which shortened traveling time between Kathmandu to Terai. However, the Mahabharat Range which stood between Mid Hill and Terai remained the serious obstacle. In order to remove this obstacle, the Royal Nepal Army completed the detail design of the Kathmandu Valley to Hetauda in 1954. Subsequently the Nepal Army constructed 70 Km of the Kanti Rajpath out of 91 Km in 1960. However, in parallel to this initiative, the Tribhuvan Highway was constructed with the Indian assistance and was completed in 1956. What were the historical reasons for not selecting the much comfortable Kanti Rajpath which avoided high altitude range has not been understood so far. However, as the Tribhuvan Highway Road Project was implemented by the Indian Army which may have another very important strategic objective for which they had to take alignment through high altitude ranges.

Guide of the month: January 2018

Traveling gives us the opportunity to disconnect from our regular life. You get to forget your problems/issues for a few weeks, it can also help you figure things out that you would not have understood without the distance traveling can give you. We all have crazy schedules, work and a family to take care of, going away alone or with some friends can give you distance and perhaps even make you realize how important these people are for you. Like the saying says: we never know what we have until we lose it.

Another great benefit is the relaxation you get to do. It’s nice to live life to its fullest and enjoy a stress free time with yourself. Going on vacation lets us recharge our “batteries” by disconnecting us from our regular life. When we come back we feel invigorated and we are happy to be back in our day to day routine. It’s a very good stress remover that has a lot more to give than most people are willing to accept.

Traveling increases our knowledge and widens our perspective. To view new customs, different ways of living is fantastic for the mind. It gives us a new perspective about life and especially our life, it can help us change some of our habits or even create new ones. When I travel I usually make it a point to try new food, some cultures don’t have fries in their diet and they are all skinny, others use spices to give taste and not oils or fats. Discovering different values and ways to get by in life is really interesting. You also need to visit exotic new places and discover what this wonderful world has to offer.