Incredible !ndia

Grimy Bed Sheets

We certainly knew what to expect when we decided to come to India – we’ve encountered enough travelers who have fled the filth and hassles of India to seek refuge in laid-back Nepal. Still, my first impression is that of sheer horror. The Incredible !ndia slogan on CNN suddenly takes on a whole new meaning. Continue…

Jonathan and Rebecca Reloaded

Jonathan and Rebecca

When we mentioned Contemporary Nomads Rebecca and Jonathan last September, they were just about to leave Lhasa and bike across Tibet to Kathmandu in Nepal while Tony and I were going on a Jeep tour to Mt. Kailash. Because we are traveling so slowly and have spent so much time in Nepal, they eventually caught up with us in Kathmandu where they volunteered as English teachers just outside the city for a couple of months.

Becca told us over dinner that the bike ride was one of the hardest things she had ever done. Continue…

Thomas Steals Bananas…

Riding Elephant, Sauraha

… from an elephant.

One of the highlights of Chitwan National Park was our incredible elephant-back safari. What I at first dismissed as a touristy gimmick, turned out to be a real adventure once our elephant pulled away from the crowds of tourist-laden elephants and found its own piece of jungle.

Our elephant was a MAMMOTH towering four feet above other elephants – unfortunately, this meant we were continually Continue…

Rhinos at Risk

Indian Rhino, Chitwan National Park

Check out this rhino I photographed during our walk in Chitwan. I was standing behind a tree clicking pictures when he noticed the clicking sound and turned right towards me! Great photo, but when he noticed me, he started grunting and snorting, so I had to slip away back into the bush.

Having seen a total of 12 rhinos in Chitwan, our previous postings may have left the impression that rhinos are a dime a dozen here. They aren’t! There is an all-out war going on between Continue…

A Walk on the Wild Side

Marsh Mugger, Chitwan National Park

Having pushed our way through the dense elephant grass, we emerge into a sandy river course, our guide suddenly whispers that we are in the territory of a known tiger. Listening intently for even the slightest sound around us, we move along the river bed through a tangle of trees and overgrowth. All of a sudden, we come across a tiger paw print, and realize the print is still fresh – our hearts start racing – the beast is somewhere close by. Continue…

A Taste of India

Every time we complain about the traffic, the hassling or the bureaucracy in Nepal, we get the same answer, “Wait until you get to India.” After having been in Nepal for several months and coming out of China and Tibet where we had to deal with a lot of mindless bureaucracy, we didn’t think it could get any worse. But we were obviously wrong. Well, we got our first taste of Indian bureaucracy getting our visas this week – I think we are now starting to understand. Continue…

Kala Patthar 360 View

Kala Patthar View

A 360 Panorama to enjoy the incredible view from Kala Patthar! When the 360 opens, you’ll be looking at Nuptse with Everest peaking out to the left. As you pan around, you can see the Khumbu Glacier and the Khumbu Icefall off to the left. Continuing left, you’ll see Pumori rising up behind you. Enjoy your view of Everest – it’s just like being there yourself. View the 360 image.

Patan

Durbar Square Patan

If you want to see a great concentration of intricate Newari architecture, Patan is the place to go. Patan is the second-largest town in the Kathmandu valley and is separated from Kathmandu only by the Bagmati River.

Metalwork Shop Patan

It is a network of interlocking courtyards, squares, ponds, twisting alleys with metalwork shops and temples many of which are richly decorated with Continue…