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The Arniko Highway


Leaving the Kathmandu Valley through a gap at its eastern edge, Nepal’s only road to the Tibet border is the Arniko Highway (or Arniko Rajmarg). Constructed by the Chinese in the mid-1960s – to long-standing rival India’s great distress – the highway is a busy conduit for lorry-loads of Chinese goods by way of Lhasa. The first stop along the highway is Banepa, which together with Nala and Panauti once comprised a short-lived independent kingdom east of the Kathmandu Valley.

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