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Rice Paddies on Way to Kathmandu

Second Growth Jungle

Lots Of Rice

River on the Way

Our Bus on the Way

Lunch Stop on the Way

Terraced Fields on the Way

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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7-26

Wiki Info Kathmandu

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TIFFANY!

Sunny day, on our way to Kathmandu...the plains are forested with second growth 'jungle' then rice rice rice paddies plus lots of goats and water buffalo

Wiki Info Water Buffalo.

Everything is very green as we begin our climb towards Kathmandu along a huge river. Our bus took an hour to get out of Bhairawa and on our way but it didn't stop often so we arrived in Kat. by 5:30pm having departed at 7:30am. A tout entered the bus in Kat who convinced us of his 'good deal' which was in our LP, Tibet GH, where we ended up after a 250 r. taxi ride. In the eve we went around looking at other places to move to tomorrow and settled on Pilgrims GH.

7-27

Bon's shoulder is not better as expected so we are not moving.

After visiting the IAMAT doctor, Bon now knows why her shoulder hasn't been getting better...a torn muscle which needs rest and exercise at the same time! Luckily there was a doc here who could examine it and know the right prescription. Westerners visiting and trekking make it possible. At the clinic was a local gal working there who's home for the summer from school, Carthage U. in Wisconsin of all places! I guess I shouldn't be surprised, this has been a destination spot for longer and one of the most visited than almost every other place we've come to. Remoteness doesn't really exist anymore except in people's minds.

7-28

Since the opening ceremony did not end until almost 5am, we slept in until noon. We had breakfast then headed to the walking tour of Kat ending up in Durbar Square, the heart of old Katmandu where we were shocked that they have raised the entry fee for tourists to 750 r. (vs 150 r for locals). Not the 250r. which the LP says...raised Jan 1, 2012! It's not the price for locals but the huge discrepancy between the two! Even twice the price would be fair but 5 times! The rains came before we could finish our sightseeing but luckily they offer a 3 day ticket so we can at least return to go into the museum which was closed today.

When we returned to Tibet GH we discovered power was out which at first did not concern us since they assured us they had a generator when we 1st chkd in. Unfortunately, they neglected to say that it only powers one very weak light in the room, nothing else! Back to Pilgrims Hotel where they have full generator power and the price of the room is no different! We move tomorrow a.m., even though the location is not as central. There is a regular schedule for these power outages which includes most of tomorrow evening thus not only no bathroom light but also no TV for viewing the Olympics! So even tho we expected to stay in Tibet GH thru next Wednesday, now it will be in Pilgrims.

7-29

Moved to Pilgrims GH and then went back to Durbar Square where we spent 3 hours going thru the Tribhuvan Museum including the grounds of the old palace's immediate area where coronations took place. Rain again on the way back...met a Dave from England who's been teaching English as a foreign language in Asia.

After visiting the IAMAT doctor, Bon now knows why her shoulder hasn't been getting better...a torn muscle which needs rest and exercise at the same time! Luckily there was a doc here who could examine it and know the right prescription. Westerners visiting and trekking make it possible. At the clinic was a local gal working there who's home for the summer from school, Carthage U. in Wisconsin of all places! I guess I shouldn't be surprised, this has been a destination spot for longer and one of the most visited than almost every other place we've come to. Remoteness doesn't really exist anymore except in people's minds.

Wiki Info Nepal Royal Family Massacre 2001

Wiki Info Durbar Square

7-30

Go to Myanmar embassy...walking to bus station & bus to Patan, then taxi...way too expensive...to embassy. I lacked the correct photos (3) with white background so had to get more - 15 minute walk away. Visas might be ready by Wednesday, if not it will be Monday due to a 4 day holiday!

7-31

Our morning was just like last night...lots of Olympics action! Afternoon spent researching ways to best (read cheapest yet time favorable) see Kathmandu surrounds sites. Also, a trip to the New Bus Station where we discovered that buses leave daily for border town of Kakarbhitta at 4:30am. Bon has worked out the time frame for getting to Calcutta by the 28th, so to make the best use of our time we'll leave Nepal on the 10th or 11th.

Spending as much time as we have here in Kat is unusual for us...it's a big city, but we've found a comfortable place here at Pilgrims GH and with it being off season at least our accommodations are fairly reasonable. Plus, not many tourists makes our stay more like being in a smaller town - fewer crowds at sites of interest. The one surprise has been the high cost of food, and transport hasn't been cheap either.

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