Nepal

Nepal – Mt Everest & the wedding

1961522_10203238945679724_1359189600_nSo this is our last post featuring Nepal and I have made it short as we are a bit too busy at the moment to go into too much detail – so this is all about the pictures.

They day before the marriage we took an early morning mountain flight over the Himalayas taking off from Kathmandu. The plane was only a 20 seater but the weather was really crisp and clear. The flight was 1 hour and the pilot let all of the passengers pay a few visits to the cockpit for a quick glance out from their perspective. If you visit Nepal and you don’t manage to do a trek at all – go on this flight. It cost less than US $200 per person and that included a taxi picking you up and taking you to and from the airport.

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Nepal – Pashupatinath Temple, Boudanath and Bhaktapur

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OK so this post is rather delayed considering that we left Nepal over a month ago. But it’s never too late as they say….

Jerome was making a steady recovery so it was time to leave the house again. Our first port of call was Pashupatinath Temple in Eastern Kathmandu. The temple sits right on the bank of the Bagmati River – a holy river for Hindu’s and Buddhists.  The temple itself dates back to 400 AD and is the most important Hindu temple in Nepal. Only Hindus can actually enter it’s grounds, but you can get a good view of it from the other side of the river. Continue reading

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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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