12.03.2012 - 19.03.2012 25 °C
Nepal has something special. Contrary to my thoughts the weather was delightful! Warm and sunny - a bit cool in the evening but very pleasant.
The whole place is so-o-o much more exhilerating than India - cleaner too. The Nepalese people are truly lovely and welcoming to foreigners.
Where we stayed was 4* and had lovely gardens. There was a wedding there during our stay. Neil and I walked to Thameel Markets which were maybe 20 minutes walk from the hotel. Tried one morning to take a flight to Everest but it was cancelled due to misty weather, however, 2 days later we tried again and it was just spectacular and we were even allowed up into the cockpit. The assistant pilot even took a photo of Everest for me.
After that cancelled flight we left for a spot up in the Himalayas called Dhulolikhel. Stayed overnight and on the way home walked through the village of Bharatpur where vehicles are banned from the markets.
When we arrived back at Katmandu, Neil and I took another walk and ended at the "Garden of Dreams"
After our successful flight, we left our group and Neil and I set off for a few days at Chitwan National Park. We had a representative drive us for 6 hours south/east. Very interesting drive - we staed at Tigerland Resort. On arrival we were immediately, taken on an elephant ride down through the swamplands and fortunately we saw 4 rhinos. It was very exciting and because we were on elephants we went ever so close.
The following day we were taken right into a local village. I have been to Africa 4 times and this is the closest look I've ever had at the lifestyle of a culture.
After that we went to a crocodile farm and down the Raptis River on a canoe. Early the following morning before we left for a five hour drive bac to Katmandu we went on a game drive in an effort to sight a tiger. No luck - I think that there are too many army bases in the jungle to presumably keep an eye on poachers.
Booked in to a 4* Everest Hotel for the last ebening before catching the plane home. Happy Travels!!!!