Kathmandu Driving Test

Here’s a little test of your powers of observation while traveling by taxi through Kathmandu.

Watch this video first… No cheating. Do not go ahead and read the questions. Then scroll down to the questions to test your powers of observation.

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Did the man carrying the crates on his back have shoulder straps?

Did you see what happened to the little school girl’s umbrella?

How many cows did you see on the road?

Did you see the hand trolley being pushed along the road?

Did you see the roadside barbershop?

Did you see the bicycle riding through the middle of the traffic?

Answers are down here……

Answers are down here……

Answers are down here……

Answers are down here……

Did the man carrying the crates on his back have shoulder straps? No. In Nepal the porters use just a strap on their forehead called a namlo. You will see them on treks and in the city carrying some incredible loads. It is suppose to be very efficient, however I don’t think you will see backpacks with that design in REI anytime soon.

Did you see what happened to the little school girl’s umbrella? A caring adult closed it for her.

How many cows did you see on the road? Just one. A rare event… seeing just one!

Did you see the hand trolley being pushed along the road? Reminds me of the sign in Abu Dhabi “Beware of Road Surprises”.

Did you see the roadside barbershop? Ok, it was hard to see. But each day they take up residence near the river.

Did you see the bicycle riding through the middle of the traffic? There was one. Because of the traffic density they don’t make any better time than cars.

Here is an edited version of the video with the answers:


If you managed to pass the test the first time, you are ready to drive in Kathmandu. Me, I will continue to use a taxi.

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