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Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu » Thamel May 11th 2013

I woke up around 4:20am on Saturday and got ready for my bus rude to Kathmandu. As I was preparing to leave my room, I heard a low-pitched grunting sound from outside the back window. I froze, casting my mind back to the tiger attack story, although, from my expert experience of watching the Discovery Channel, the sound didn't strike me as tiger-like. As time was ticking by, I decided to make a run for it. It was no longer pitch-black outside, so I knew I'd at least see my attacker as it mauled me to death. I ran out with my backpack on, stopping off on Cindy's porch to leave some travel wash (since she actually has the motivation to do these things, rather than lazily paying for laundry services, as I do), before heading ... read more

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu » Thamel May 8th 2013

So there it was… It was time to say goodbye to Nepal… Not that I wanted to as I really got to love this country and its people. But then new countries waited to be explored and I was actually ready for new adventures as well! Especially the last week was a little bit emotional as I was on my own once again – all my buddies from Annapurna eventually had to go back to their lives, their Nepali adventure finished earlier than mine… The only thing that was keeping me in Kathmandu this last week was my Chinese visa really (it takes 4 days to issue it there usually but due to bank holidays it took a bit longer than expected)... Actually thinking about going on my own to China was a bit of a ... read more
the streets of Kathmandu
relaxing around Durbar Square...
sunset at Swayambhunath

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu » Thamel May 8th 2013

Mon sejour au Nepal s'est termine le 4 mai, je suis maintenant en Inde. Voici un resume de ce que j'ai fait depuis le restant du temps au Nepal. Il a finalement fini par faire beau a Pokhara et je voulais aller faire un tour a Sarangkot pour voir le lever du soleil sur l'Himalaya. Le matin de mon balcon a l'hotel je pouvais voir le mont fishtail, une premiere depuis que j'etais a Pokhara, c'etait bien parti!! J'ai pris un taxi jusqu'a Sarangkot et wow!!! Tout au long du chemin on pouvait voir les sommets enneiges; je capotais. Je pense que le chauffeur de taxi m'a trouve un peu intense tellement je m'extasiais... Arrivee a destination il reste a gravir une petite montagne et on a devant une vue magnifique!!! Ce sont les memes monts ... read more
Sarangkot
Parapente
Parapente

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu » Thamel May 4th 2013

Namaste Hello to everyone from Kathmandu. We've had a great first couple of days out here. Slightly rude awakening this morning as the boss had me up doing 100 press ups and about a million crunchies!! ( gotta keep the beach body in shape don)Journey was relatively uneventful, traffic in the city is interesting, I'll upload a photo of the main road into the city from the airport if I can. Potholes, Cows, dogs, etc. took us until half way through today to work out which side of the road they Drove on. Did you know that some time zones are done in quarter hours? We're currently 4 & 3/4 hrs ahead of uk, weird! Only other point of note on the trip was the goldfish on the baggage carousel at the airport here....... Today's been ... read more
Boudha temple
Rooftops of kathmandu
Sunset from our hotel's rooftop garden

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu » Thamel May 3rd 2013

Returning to Kathmandu, I checked into the Khangsar Guest House in Thamel. I got my own room with en suite bathroom, because, well, a shared bathroom in the state I was in just wouldn't have done. I stayed in the room all afternoon, feeling sorry for myself, and then decided to venture out and find an ATM. I was also in need of food, and craving Korean food from the restaurant opposite my guest house. So, I set out. The nearest ATM refused to give me money (blaming my bank, no less!) so I walked on to find another, winding up lost. I eventually found an ATM, but was still lost. I walked on. I bought some phone credit, but was still lost. "Hey, why not top up your phone and ring Ram for directions?" I ... read more
Momos
Crazy busy market

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Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu » Thamel May 2nd 2013

So, Ram (Madan's brother) met me at the hostel, and we headed out for a drive on his motorbike. As I've mentioned previously, I get such a rush from being on the back of a motorbike, especially when exploring new ground, so I was a happy bunny! We drove to the Pashupatinath Temple, and walked along the the Bagmati river, where cremations taking place. It was a very public affair and not how you'd expect a cremation to be. From a western perspective, at least. You could be forgiven for not actually knowing what was taking place. Further along the river, there were monkeys playing in the water. I was reluctant to get too close, as some of them were big, bold and mean-looking, and I had visions of them snatching my bag. Still, the young ... read more
"Hey hey, we're the monkees! People say we monkey around...."

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu » Thamel April 30th 2013

Leg one: Goa to Mumbai, 6:15pm. After saying my goodbyes, I was picked up by my taxi driver at 2:30pm and driven to Goa airport. I found the airport very strange. It's quite organised but in a very chaotic way, if that makes sense. There was plenty of seating, though, so I was happy. I got chatting to a kindly old Indian man (who lives in the UK) at the departure gate. He offered me a mango, but was very shady in the way he gave it to me, like he was handing me drugs. I tried to refuse but he looked offended, so I accepted it, making a mental note to ditch it on the plane. I'm sure there was nothing untoward about the fruit, but I did worry the whole way that maybe it ... read more
Delhi airport sculpture

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu » Thamel April 24th 2013

From Manila I had a flight to Singapore. I arrived there at around midnight and had to wait until about 7am to get my next flight to Kuala Lumpur. In the meantime I had a healthy meal at Burger King and read a book about snipers. I arrived in Kuala Lumpur at around 9am, only to find out that my backpack was missing. Apparently they hadn't put it on the plane (Tiger Airways). I had to fill out a report and hope for the best. My next flight was at 11am to Kathmandu, so I flew with out my backpack hoping to retrieve it in Kathmandu in the next few days. Fortunately during that day, they at least confirmed that they had it. Apparently they had sent it to Kuala Lumpur later that day and when ... read more
Cables
Thamel
Thamel

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu April 19th 2013

Nagi Gompa, a place I called peace and serene. It is high up on the Shivapuri Forest Reserved, Bagmati District, Kathmandu. It belongs to KaNying Shedrup Ling Monastery. A well guarded place by the armies during the time when the Maoist rebels tried to take over this forest as the hideout and it is still on high security today. One has to pay a fee of Rs250 and for the bike charge of Rs150. Checking of passport and asking questions I could not understand but my friend Surendra replied all. It is always easy when you have a local friend around. The way up was not easy, rough snakey road, rocky road, as we went up it gets cooler, fresh air seem to seep in, cooling us but it really gave extra pressure on the bike. ... read more
Nagi Gompa
Nagi Gompa
Nagi Gompa

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu April 15th 2013

A stinking hangover prompted us to do the unthinkable: pay for another full night’s accommodation, in order to hang onto the room until nearer the train’s departure time. Cheap guesthouses in Kolkata don’t entertain the idea of partial fees for partial days. Checking out at 6.30 p.m., we walked through rush hour to Sealdah station. En-route, Ali’s flip-flop broke and I earned admiring (pitying?) looks as I sat on the kerb and performed remedial surgery with weighty needle and dental floss. The only other westerner amidst the orderly chaos at Sealdah was Roberto, a Brazilian, who was also Nepal bound. A smooth overnight journey, subsequent bus to the border town of Panitanki (our packs emerged covered in a fishy emulsion… why any leakage in bus holds always involves fish products beats me) and a rapid passage ... read more
Annapurna I at dawn
Kathmandu child
Sunset from Bandipur




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