Nepal 2018 – Day 1, 2, 3.

Decided to cross Nepal off our bucket list but unfortunately Carolyn and Dave, who had recommended Nepal to us and who had been several times, couldn’t join us. They did however give us the name of a great guy they knew in Nepal who organised trips. Tulsi from Nepal Sanctuary Treks was brilliant. We told him what we wanted and he tailored a trip especially for us complete with a driver, accommodation and some meals.

We booked a flight with Etihad Airways. I found that we would save £200 each by having a stop off in Abu Dhabi.

On our way onto Nepal we had a 6 hour lay over. We could have taken a taxi into town to see the Grand Mosque but I was suffering from a heavy cold so we decided to stay put. A bit of excitement on the plane to Kathmandu, a gentleman took ill 3 rows behind us. It was all panic stations as they pulled him out of his seat to resuscitate him. A call to all the passengers “do we have a medical person on the plane”, unfortunately brought no doctor or nurse forward. Were we to be diverted? It appeared so. However, the good news was he did come round, it appeared he fainted and so managed to survive another day! Though the guy behind us was less than sympathetic; he complained about having to wait for his dinner!! -some people.

Tulsi was there at the airpot to meet us and take us to our hotel. It was dark so we never saw the plane land or how close we were to the mountains (we had heard it is one of the worst airport landings in the world!!!). Not being able to see it made it a rather pleasant landing. We will have to wait for the joys of Kathmandu airport for our return journey.

After a good sleep we met our driver Pradesh. First stop was the monkey temple. Many monkeys were there squabbling amongst themselves. The waterfall was working so we took photos of family groups of monkeys. We went up the steps to where the old stupa was.

We then jumped back in the car and braved the traffic to the old city to Durbar Square. Unfortunately Kathmandu had suffered from the 2015 earthquake; so much rebuilding is taken place (with help from Stirling and Durham University).

We walked back through the colourful streets of Kathmandu to our hotel, The Thamel Hotel, in the crowded Thamel district. This is the place to shop. Plenty of genuine tourist fair, plenty of genuine cashmere and yak wool goods and plenty of genuine fakes: mainly walking gear.

Clamping is high tech for illegal parking.