Kathmandu Traffic Jam Taxicab Driving

2010 > Nepal

Motorcycles read to zip-zoom
Nepalese learn how to drive on small country roads that have no defined lanes, shoulders, or rules. And when they get to Kathmandu’s mix of narrow side roads and few four-lane boulevards, they continue their lawless driving with great flair.

Here’s a video of my taxi ride from Patan to Kathmandu, through one of the many epic Maoist-inspired traffic snarls:

Notice how many mopeds and motorcycles zip in between cars and across lanes, with even less regard for road rules than the cars. Also, did you see the hour long traffic jam in the other direction?

I could never fathom where all those people, much less cars, came from. Kathmandu isn’t that big – Nepal isn’t that populous.