National Geographic : 1935 Mar
Photograph by Martin Hiirlimann KATMANDU VALLEY IS A GREEN BOWL OF LUXURIANT VEGETATION RIMMED BY THESNOW-CROWNED HIMALAYAS Horizons that pierce the clouds encircle a rice-clad landscape, where temperatures range from torrid to frigid inabrupt changes ofaltitude. The sacred Bagmati flows into the Kingdom through a cleft reputed to have been cut in the mountains by the sword of Manjusri (see text, page 337, and illustration, page 341). Houses scattered through the district are plastered with ruddy-orange clay and roofed with tile or thatch. Progressive rulershave benefited their subjects byintroducing electric lighting and a water system.