March 2, 1990 |
"Ah, Miss Barbara," the old tour guide said, as Barbara Adams drove away from the Hotel Yak and Yeti, her long hair billowing like a silver flame out of her ancient white convertible. "Ah, Miss Barbara," the guide repeated, pointing toward the disappearing image and shaking his head. "She was once a queen."
May 15, 1988 |
India's new rich and the old poor are flocking to Katmandu, the capital of the world's only Hindu kingdom, for a different kind of pilgrimage. The attraction is not the Katmandu Valley, the abode of Hindu gods, but Casino Nepal, the shrine of roulette and blackjack tables and one-arm bandits. Tourism officials and casino owners as well as prospering hoteliers agree that the casino has encouraged tourism from one poor country to another.