Goin’ to Kathmandu

I will try to sum up my first few days in Kathmandu with three short slide shows.  The first one shows the busy tourist section of town, Thamel.     We were treated to a demonstration of how to make (and eat) momos, a traditional Nepalese dumpling that can be served with meat and/or vegetables and Read More …

Zipping through Pokhara

Pokhara is a small city with gorgeous views of the Annapurna Range of the Himalayas.  At 900 meters, it serves as a starting point for many treks into the mountains, so the town is filled with restaurants, bars and shops that cater to the trekking community.  Coffee shops and free wi-fi are everywhere, as are Read More …

Safari in Nepal

We were up early for a 6:00 a.m. departure on our Chitwan National Park safari.  Chitwan is famous for the one-horned rhinoceros and the royal bengal tiger.  It is still the rainy season in Nepal and much of the park is inaccessible.  We came close to seeing a rhinoceros, passing by fresh rhino dung and Read More …

Sapana Lodge

We were all sad to leave our comfortable hotel in Butwal, the first stop in Nepal after a 13-hour journey.  When we boarded our bus early the next morning we thought we were headed for a camping experience in Chitwan National Park, famous for rhinos, tigers, deer, and hundreds of species of birds and reptiles. Read More …

A Himalayan Trek

Our journey from Butwal to Chitwan National Park should have lasted five or six hours, but we had an unexpected trek in the middle of it.  After a brief tour (during a downpour) of Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddah, we were back on the bus headed deeper into Nepal. Driving in Nepal seemed to Read More …

Crossing the Street

Pedestrians have no special rights in India.  Crossing the street is both a challenge and an adventure.  For the first week of our tour, we needed Manu to help us cross any street.  We felt like school children following our teacher as he guided us into the traffic.  The only people I have seen slow Read More …