Showing posts from September, 2014

Pokhara, Nepal

The last 2 days we've been in Pokhara, Nepal.  We're staying at Lakeside which is full of shops, restaurants and bars.

Here's Matt playing pool-

Today I went golfing at the Himalayan Golf Course.  I rented a scooter but had difficulty reading the map so it took me a long time to get there!  For $70, I got clubs, balls, green fees, tees, a ball boy and a caddie.  As I was about to tee off, the manager came running out and asked me to wait for a local who was coming to play.  It's an unimaginable course, one that I wouldn't play again, but am glad I had the experience.  It is said to be one of the top ten courses to play in the world for its uniqueness, I guess.  The 6th hole is an island hole built in a river.  It's supposed to be the only one of its kind in the world.
Here's my ball boy and caddie-

This is the view from Hole 3 tee-box.  14 of the holes are in the valley-

This is how, for the most part, they keep the fairways "mowed" -  sheep-


Kathmandu, Pokhara, Nepal

We're back in the truck on our way to Pokhara.  It's slow going because the traffic is horrendous.

These are our last views of Kathmandu-

A tuk-tuk - Kathmandu's form of public transportation-

This is very typical: shops on the first floor and homes/apartments above.  No pavement, often mud, lots of garbage, many motorcycles, animals, clothes drying....

Tne black barrel on top of the green house is a 1000 litre cistern-

Market day-

If I never see these trucks and hear their annoying horns, it will be too soon!  I'm not sure how the driver can even see out the windshield!

Shrines, temples and other places to worship are everywhere.  Here's one just on a random street corner-

It took 4 hours to go about 30 km this morning: traffic jams from cars/trucks breaking down.  They don't seem to know what to do when that happens, so traffic backs up for miles.  However, there are no shoulders on the roads so it does make it difficult.

Lunch was dahl baht tarkari which is…

Kathmandu, Nepal

This morning while having breakfast, I heard what I thought was a Canadian accent.  Melanie is from Sherwood Park, AB!  We had a nice visit, then spent the day together visiting one of the coolest places I have ever been in my life - Pashupatinath Temple.

This is Nepal's most important Hindu temple and because I am not Hindu, nor from Tibet, Nepal or India, I could not go inside.  Here, Shiva is celebrated as the lord of the beasts.  This temple was constructed in 1696-

This is the 'behind' of Shiva's bull Nandi inside the temple-

Tika powder is a symbol of blessing from the gods, worn by both men and women.  It can be a small dot on the forehead, or full on color with yoghurt,  It represents the all knowing third eye and is also an energy point.  It's an acknowledgement of a divine presence and a sign of protection.  

The Bagmati River is very polluted but still extremely sacred.  Here, two kids were swimming in it, right beside where ashes, after the cremations,…

Kathmandu, Nepal

Kathmandu is sensory overload- so many sights, sounds, smells, colors.  It's crazy!

It was founded in the 12th century AD, during the Malla Dynasty at the conflux of the Rivers Bagmati and Vishnumati as part of the trade route to Tibet.  
Our day started bright and early with our flight to see Everest.  Here is an interesting suggestion box in the airport-

This is taken out of the cockpit windshield.  Sagarmatha, or Everest (8848 meters, 29028 feet) is the left bump of the two, slightly to the right of center.  This is the south face of Everest.  We went to the north face base camp in Tibet.

More of the Himalayan mountain range.  One third of the mountain range is in Nepal and 10 of the world's 14 highest mountains are also here.  The latitude is similar to Florida so there is vegetation to 3500 to 4000 meters.

The airplane we went up in -
From here, we went to Monkey Temple, formally known as Swayambhunath, a jumble of Buddhist and HIndu iconography.  This is the stupa at th…