National Geographic : 1950 Jan
© National Geographic Society 32 JLonacnrome DY voKlmar wVenzel Within a Cradle of Snow Peaks Sits Katmandu, the Remote and Mystic Capital ofIncredible Nepal Washington's "magnificent distances" shrink by comparison. Fifty miles away, Mount Gosainthan (left center)rears itsicyhead unbelievably clear. Katmandu has broad paved avenues and chasmlike alleys. It was founded about A. D. 723 by Raja Gunakamadeva. These bright mansions arecomparatively modern. Palaces of the Rana family, the illustrious house of Nepal's hereditary Prime Ministers, stand on the left. The view is from "Bhim Sen's folly," anearly 200-foot tower. Tibet lies over the mountains.