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5 // Kathmandu
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Reference Microsoft Encarta 99 Find: Katmandu,
Image Baudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu
The student will be able to recall three unique facts
that pertain to Kathmandu. The student will compare
life in Kathmandu with the city in which they live
1. The teacher will use the map of Nepal to point out
the location of Kathmandu.
2. The teacher will have the students read the section
on Kathmandu either orally or silently.
3. Recap the important information from the reading.
a. Kathmandu is the only major city in Nepal.
b. Hindu and Buddhist temples abound.
c. Kathmandu is a very poor city, facing many problems
(pollution, literacy, economy).
1. The students will answer the comprehension
questions that following the reading selection.
2. The students will write an essay comparing
Kathmandu with their city.
1. The student will explain how a rickshaw works, and
draw what it looks like.
2. Compare and contrast the life a child in Kathmandu
with your own life.
3. List and describe some medical problems that can
arise by living in a highly polluted and unsanitary
The capital city, Kathmandu, is not only the largest
city in Nepal, but it is the only major city in the
entire country. Five hundred thousand people live in
Kathmandu, and a total of more than one million reside
in the Kathmandu valley. This city is truly a mixture
of cultures, religions, and times. Kathmandu has been in existence since before
the year 300 AD. It was to have been the crossroads of
two important trade routes. Kathmandu grew quite
rapidly as did two cities nearby, Patan and Bhaktapur.
These three locations make up the Kathmandu valley.
Upon visiting Kathmandu, one might see a medieval
building right next to a 20th century building. One
might also see a herd of goats or other animals
wandering the streets. The city has an abundance of
Buddhist stupas and Hindu temples that one can visit.
Touring the city could be done in a variety of ways,
by bus, taxi, rickshaws, or walking. Some famous sites
to visit are the Durbar Square and Hanuman Dhoka (Old
Kathmandu's population has tripled in the last 20
years. With this population explosion, more homes have
been built and the city has expanded. A vast majority
of the people in Kathmandu are under the age of 15,
which makes educating these children a huge priority.
The tourist trade has exploded as well. This dramatic
increase in population has contributed to the severe
1. What are three unique characteristics of Kathmandu?
2. What are some of the major problems facing
State Standard - SS3 E4 Demonstrate understanding of
the characteristics, purposes and use of geographic
tools to located and analyze information about people,
places and environments, with emphasis on:
1 ways to display geographic information and
characteristics and purposes of maps, globes, aerial
photographs, charts and satellite images.
2 constructing and interpreting maps, charts and
geographic databases using geographic information.
3 drawing an accurate map after being given a
description of a place.
4 identifying and locating physical and cultural
features in their own and nearby communities in the
United States, and in regions of the world, and the
relationship between them.
E5 Describe natural and human characteristics of
places and use this knowledge to define regions, their
relationships with other regions and their patterns of
change, with emphasis on:
1 common characteristics of regions at local, national
and international scales on the basis of climate,
landforms, ecosystems and culture.
2 patterns of climate, landforms and ecosystems in a
4 the concept of region and how and why regions
5 relationships and interactions among regions.