Thursday, March 7, 2013

Bairod ko bato!

While preparing for SLC, we used to write essays on "The Tribhuvan Highway", also known as Bairod ko baato!
While bouncing back and forth to/from Kathmandu to Hetauda, this used to be one of the preferred choice, as another highway was more than 100km longer. Plus, none other roads could beat the scenic views from palung, and sim-bhanjyang.
So, you get into "Sajha" bus at 7 AM, and you will be dropping in Kalanki by 1:30/or/2 PM at the cheapest price.

The travel of about 7 hour would take you from point A to B separated about 42 km away "as the crow flies". However, one should appreciate the range of mountain that it had to go thru! Because of the nasty turns, it could also have been termed vomit route as about one in ten of the travelers would be doing so.

The distance between Hetauda and Ktm is about 26 miles "as crow flies".
Also note the great mahabharat parbat on the inset.
One should appreciate traveling thru it!
As you can note, in order to go to the destination Kathmandu, which is north-east from Hetauda, the Bairod goes north, and then turns east. Kind of like vector addition example using triangle. Again, mind gut wrenching turns and twists.

For google navigation, it is showing only 3 hours: at reasonable 25 miles per hour rate (or 40 km/hr)!

Because of the exhausting mountain range, the road turns around so that it is about 3 times what would a plane do. Eventually, people explored and found possibilities of short-cuts, which are being used. So, the question for the day is why did the Bairod took so many turns? (My highest regards to the people who worked hard to get it to working, and several who died during its construction.) The question is given the technology at the time, could we have done better?


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