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Nepal

Everest

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Nepal has something special. Contrary to my thoughts the weather was delightful! Warm and sunny - a bit cool in the evening but very pleasant.
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The whole place is so-o-o much more exhilerating than India - cleaner too. The Nepalese people are truly lovely and welcoming to foreigners.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Booked in to a 4* Everest Hotel for the last ebening before catching the plane home. Happy Travels!!!!

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Varanasi

Ganges

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After arriving in Varanasi we took a bus ride as far as we could and then Vikram booked 5/6 rickshaws to take us all the way to the GangesWell what an experience!!!!
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Here we observed a Pooja ceremony which is a prayer ceremony.Later we went on a boat. Aman was rowing and we went by the area where the Hindus make their funeral pyres and burn their dead. It was just AMAZING!!!!!!The rickshaw ride back after dark was so- o - o - exciting to say the least.
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We did the same thing again in the morning but the bus was able by then to get much closer to the river and we walked to the Ghats to view the ganges at sunrise. here we viewed the locals doing their daily ablutions - - bathing and washing and doing the washing etc. by the shoreline.
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Went then to Mother India Templeinaugurated by Mahatma Ghandi, then did an archeological journet to Sarnath = ab excursion to where Lord Buddha did the first sermon.
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FWD to Agra

Taj Mahal

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We had a early morning rise AGAIN!!!!!
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We were off to catcn an express train to Bharatpur about 2 and a half hours away, where we were met again by our coach( and luggage0 to go to Ghost City and then on to Agra.
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Here we had a lesson on "holi Day"what a crazy tradition. holi day is a holiday for a few2 days it seems--- it seems it is a festival of colour and people throw - rub - -put co;our paints on other in a form of celebrating the occasion. We all copped it on the platform where a crowd was going crazy.
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Of course the Taj Mahal was the highlight of the trip - at sunrise!!! That is a story in itself.
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After lunch we went to visit a marble factory - very nice but heavy and expensive. We "did"another fort on the banks ofthe Yamuna River. Of course we did the markets again and another temple.

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So=o= it was on to Khujuraho = firstly by early morning train on the Shatabadi Express to Jhansi about 2 and a half hours.Then it was coach again to Orchha where we were shown over a tiered casltle/palace and more Festival of colour celebtations!!!!!

khajuraho is the "City of Temples" - yes more temples. These were actually quite remarkable - well -preserved and beautifully carved.
After lunch wew were off by air India to Varanasi (Benares)
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Jodphur to Jaipur

Ranthambore National Park

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Headed off on a long coach ride to Jaipur stopping half way for lunch.
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Amber Fort was very interesting. We could have taken an elephant ride to the top but you have to queue and sometimes they then just stop for no apparent reason, so we chose to go by jeep.
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Had a great time when Vikram let us loose at the markets that evening but one of our party got lost and caused quite a bit of consternation for a while. She finished up getting a rickshaw home to the hotel - thank goodness.
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We had a great ride on a rickshaw and then in a tuk-tuk. Went to a local hotel where some local girls danced.

Had a great time at Ranthambore National park and eventually SAW a tiger stalking a deer for its prey.

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Delhi onwards

India here we come!!!!!

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Well - as we arrived in Delhi I thought I had lost my luggage but luckily someone had just removed it from the carousel and when everyone had gone it remained - thank goodness!!!!!
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Then it was 5/6/7/ lanes of traffic , maybe, at midnight - what an introduction!!!!!
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All day sight-seeing next day, visiting Old Delhi as New Delhi, India's largest mosque - Jana Masjid.
We also went to a modern Hindu temple Ghandi Smriti, where he was assassinated, India Gate, World War 1 Memorial, drove by the viceroy's Residence and Parliament House. We also went to Qutab Minar which was really a tall tower..
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Next morning early we left for Udaipur - City of Lakes - where our hotel was an old palace on a hilltop overlooking a lake.
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It was on the coach en-route from Udaipur to Jodphurand we went by a bush -type circuitous route via a Jain Temple - quite interesting and beautiful architecture. Then it was on to Jodphur to see a tremendous fort overlooking the city - 5 kms long. saw a Maharjara's Tomb. after that we visited the Spice Market and here we had a ride on a ricksP1010609.jpghaw.

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