More than 25,000 people turned out in procession in Nepal last week on a charity walk to collect donations for regional development.
Crowds around Buddhist temple
Buddhist Lamas walk down hill (2 shots)
People in parade (3 shots)
Monks (2 shots)
Back View of parade
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Background: More than 25,000 people turned out in procession in Nepal last week on a charity walk to collect donations for regional development. The procession, which stretched over a mile, walked from Nepal's Shyambhu Temple to the city of Kathmandu -- a distance of about three miles.
Charity walks in Nepal have a long history. In ancient times Buddhist devotees walked miles to collect alms from their followers. The former United Nations Secretary General, U Thant, visited the area in 1967 and suggested the area be developed into an international Buddhist shrine. Since then, technical experts from Japan and India have been working on plans to open up some of the more inaccessible places in Nepal.
Nepal's Prime Minister, Mr Bistha, joined in last week's procession and appealed to the local people to make donations to develop the birthplace of the Lord Buddha.
It was not disclosed how much money was collected during the day, but the Buddhist lamas were believed to be pleased with the total amount and more processions have been planned for next year.