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Elaine and Peter’s Travel Diary

Wednesday, 04 Dec 2013

Location: Kathmandu, Nepal

MapThis morning, we left at 5 a.m. to drive up the mountain to watch the sunrise over Kathmandu....another amazing experience. There is a viewing platform and along with many others clapped and cheered when the sun rose and lit up The Annapurna range. The rocks briefly turn a beautiful pinkish colour.
Later, we paid a visit to the Tibetan market in Pokhara before taking our flight to Kathmandu. It was a sad place. The Tibetans who live here left their country when it was taken over by China. They are very poor but lovely and warm people. Officially they cannot be called refugees with 'charity status' as the Nepalese government is frightened of upsetting China and its economic benefits...... as indeed of upsetting India. As Nepal is a landlocked country with two such large ones as neighbours it is fearful of a takeover. Nepal would prefer to be linked with the west. And so these people live close to the breadline. The children born here must be registered as Nepalese. The women weave and make jewellery which they literally 'beg ' you to buy in this market. It's more like giving a donation to these friendly people.

Our bus picked us up to take us to the airport. We flew with Yeti airlines on a small jet chartered for ourselves.......
and I must say these are very efficient, left on the minute and landed to the scheduled time. The flight only took 25 minutes and it was very pleasant indeed as we flew along the Himalayas with stunning views.
Baggage collection was a little different with it arriving on a sort of trailer for you to choose your cases from.

Our last night is at the Hyatt in Kathmandu. It is very busy. There is a wedding going on in the grounds. Also they are hosting an International Lions event and are expecting the President of Nepal to visit, so all different.

Tomorrow we take our flight home and will be in our own beds on Friday night....

And so to conclude, this has been a most interesting and fascinating experience and one which we have thoroughly enjoyed. We have visited credible countries.

And we have thousands of photos!