Monday, 6 October 2008
Kathmandu Valley, Nepal
So here we are, after long travel to Delhi and then spending 12 hours at the airport waiting for our connection flight to Katmandu, we are finally in Nepal.
We arrived late at night in Kathmandu, taxi picked us up to drive us to Nagarkot, after a few stops by army patrols and escaping drunk nepali teenagers in the middle of the country side, we reached in a peach dark night a very charming hotel in the hills.
Despite hardly sleeping over the last 48 hours, we are ready to start our trip with a view on the sunrise over Himalayas and immediately a hike in the hills below the Himalayas in the region of Nagarkot.
The morning after, from the time we put a feet on the roof top of the hotel to enjoy the sun rise, to our late arrival in Kathmandu, it was an extraordinary day from the breathtaking landscape of Himalaya, to the charms of lost villages in the hill dozn to the amazing world heritage sites of Changunaryan, Bhaktapur & Patan.
We were fortunate to be here during the biggest religious holiday in Nepal, and we found lots of festivities in each place we went, including some religious sacrifices of animals.
We also caught the time when the villagers are collecting the rice from the fields and preparing it for the winter. Driving in the valley, we can’t help but stop and stare at the mix of yellow-green colors of the rice fields’ mixed with the rich bright colors by the traditional dresses from the women who are working in the fields.
It feels like wherever we go, people are outside on streets spending time together, socializing irregardless if that is in front of their little shop for crafts or cashmeres, or while sharing the work in the fields, or just by seating in front of a temple or a fountain and sharing a talk. It is very relaxing and animated atmosphere and it captures you very quickly.
Ok, we’ll stop here ;-) Until next time from Delhi.