Nepal Adventure

My 2005 Nepal adventure began April 26th. This was an extension to the Friendly Planet 'Taj Mahal Express' tour.
4/26 Arrived in Kathmandu, Nepal from Dehli, India.
4/27 Kathmandu. Bhadgaon, Golden gateway, Durbur Square, Nyatapola temple ...
4/28 Kathmandu. Hanuman Dhoka, Mahadev & Parvati temple, Machhender Bahl ...
4/29 Mt. Everest flying tour on Buddha Airlines. Rural trip and short mountain hike.
4/30 Departed Kathmandu for Dehli, India.
5/1 Departed Dehli, India for JFK via Air India, 3 hours late.

Only 16 of our original group of 26 continued on to Nepal.

The time zone diference from India to Nepal is 15 minutes. The difference from New York is 9 hours, 45 minutes.

Our accomodations at the Hyatt were very nice. There were roving guards on the 38 acre campus. Service and food were excellent. Still, $70 to phone home for 16 minutes seems like gouging.

NOTE: Even though places like Nepal sound fun and exotic, some of my friends and relatives would have been extremely uncomfortable there. It is necessary to be concerned about immunizations, insect repellent, food and water safety, pick-pockets, and terrorism. Every member of our tour, except for 2 of us, suffered stomach or GI problems. If any of this bothers you, it might be better for you to do less exotic travel. At the time of this trip, the US State Department had a travel warning issued for Nepal, because of Maoist guerrilla activity in the Kathmandu valley.

The Badhnath stupa in Kathmandu. A stupa is a Buddhist ceremonial monument containing a relic of Buddha. There is a prayer wheel here the size of a Volkswagon Beetle. The Badhnath stupa in Kathmandu
Another beautiful sunrise over the Himalayas in Nepal. Another beautiful sunrise over the Himalayas in Nepal
Pagoda style temple of Nyatapola, in the royal residential quarter of Buhupatindra Malla, Kathmandu. Pagoda style temple of Nyatapola, in royal residential quarter of Buhupatindra Malla
Cremation ghats at the Pashupatinath temple area on the Bagmati River. Some of our tour members were extremely upset by the cremation smoke. Rhesus monkeys were all over. Cremation ghats at the Pashupatinath temple area on the Bagmati River
Buddha and Stupa. There were hundreds of prayer wheels here. Buddha and Stupa. There were hundreds of prayer wheels here.
Buddha Air, our carrier to Mt. Everest. Buddha Air, our carrier to Mt. Everest
Buddha Air has turbulance sometimes. Buddha Air has turbulance sometimes.
Himalayas profile. Himalayas profile
Mt. Everest from Nepal. Mt. Everest from Nepal
Mt. Everest from Nepal. Mt. Everest from Nepal
Hyatt Hotel in Katmandu has the appearance of a large Buddist monestery. The Hyatt is where it costs $70 for a 16 minute call to the US. Hyatt Hotel in Katmandu has the appearance of a large Buddist monestery.  The Hyatt is where it cost me $70 for a 16 minute call to the US.

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