Monthly Archives: February 2014

Nepal – taking it easy

Our next plans involved a day of rest followed by another 4wd mission, his time to Jiri – about 180km dead East of Kathmandu.

A brief visit to the family home on the way home from the hospital. This is Sandhya's niece Kancha (actually means little boy) and her baby sister who is yet to be named.

A brief visit to the family home on the way home from the hospital. This is Sandhya’s niece Kancha (actually means little boy) and her baby sister who is yet to be named.

Unfortunately Jerome fell pretty ill and the day before we due to leave he ended up in Kathmandu International Hospital (KIH) for half the day.

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Nepal – Pokhara

We left Chitwan NP and drove to Pokhara, about 110 away. Pokhara is about 170 km North-West of Kathmandu. It is the third largest city in Nepal, but it is number one for tourism and for good reason.

By the Phewa lake with Annapura or the "Fish Tail" mountain in the background. One of the few clear days we had when we were there.

By the Phewa lake with Annapura or the “Fish Tail” mountain in the background. One of the few clear days we had when we were there.

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Nepal – Chitwan National Park

Day three in Nepal and we left Kathmandu by Tata Scorpion – destination Sauraha in Chitwan National Park, around 170km away heading South-West. We took the Prithvi Highway which is the main road leading to India. It’s therefore full of buses and giant colourful Tata trucks racing against time to reach their destination. The road winds around and down the mountains and later on plateau’s out shortly before we turn into the park.

Most of the people we saw carrying these big bundles of leaves were children, with no foot paths, crazy drivers, heavy loads and being paid a pittance, if anything, it proves to be a dangerous hard and occupation.

Most of the people we saw carrying these big bundles of leaves were children, with no foot paths, crazy drivers, heavy loads and being paid a pittance, if anything, it proves to be a dangerous hard and occupation.

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Nepal – Patan Durbar Square

Ireen, Sebastian, Jerome and Sandyha surrounded by the amazing variety of architecture devoted to different gods and religions. (From the Left)

Ireen, Sebastian, Jerome and Sandyha surrounded by the amazing variety of architecture devoted to different gods and religions. (From the Left)

Kirtipur Guest House provides us with breakfast and dinner each day. Belku who owns the house with her husband Babu cooks for us. You will find that most Nepalese families will eat curry and rice for breakfast and dinner. The food is great, but weeks on end eating pretty much the same thing gets old. We are lucky because Belku offers a range of breakfasts. We tend to alternate between cinnamon porridge topped with banana, and French toast. In the evening we are given anything from pasta through to traditional Nepali Thali – several small dishes on a platter consisting of baht (rice), daal (lentils), tarkari (veg) and perhaps a meat or fish dish. The food is awesome and Belku grows most of the veg in her garden. Continue reading

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Nepal – landing in Kathmandu

So we flew to Nepal on 29th Jan via Malaysia. The original plan was to finish off the troopy and ship it to the UK (approx 6 weeks via sea including customs clearance) and visit Nepal for a month for Jerome’s brothers wedding. It turns out that we are running a bit behind schedule – so instead we fly back to Australia on 24th Feb and spend 3 more weeks finishing the Troopy, we will then ship it and spend another 4 weeks doing paperwork (sorting visas, routes, immunisations etc) before joining the Troopy in the UK.
We landed in Kathmandu on 30th Jan early afternoon courtesy of Air Asia. (I will leave the details of the journey with the wheelchair to Jerome to blog about).

The Himalayas as seen from Kathmandu at Dusk

The Himalayas as seen from Kathmandu at Dusk

Jerome’s mum Ireen, brother Sebastian and his fiancĂ©e Sandhya picked us up from the airport in a 3 day old hired Tata Scorpion 4WD complete with driver to negotiate the roads. Continue reading

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