Category: Places

All about the places we visit

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 …

Orchha

We traveled from Agra (home of the Taj Mahal) to the village of Orchha by train.  Indian Railways, I learned, is one of the world’s largest employers, with 1.5 million employees.  The trains are reliable, comfortable, and the smooth rails are a welcome relief from the bumpy roads. Manu, our tour guide, mentioned that we Read More …

The Pink City and The Amber Fort

Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan state,  was our second city on the tour.  Here’s a quick introduction to the Pink City. With each stop on our journey, I’m feeling like I’m getting deeper and deeper into India.  While the heat, traffic, honking, potholes, requests for photos and friendly service haven’t changed from Delhi to Jaipur, Read More …