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29th October 2019

Nepal – Travel to the Top of the World

My journey began at Heathrow’ Terminal 3, flying out to Kathmandu in Nepal with Qatar Airways via Doha – a comfortable flight on a fantastic Airline. 

Whilst Tribhuvan airport at Kathmandu was rather chaotic, the ground handlers were pleasant and efficient and I was duly whisked away to my first hotel, The Himalaya, for a one night stopover and a much needed good night’s sleep. 

The next day we made our way to the Chitwan National Park, via the Manakamana Cable Car.

The Manakamana Cable Car

Fabulous views from this cable car ride and a wonderful surprise at the top as we stepped out into a buzzing and very colourful village, with the air pungent from burning incense. The honey coated waffles from the street seller were delicious. After our descent we went on to Tiger Lodge for two nights. 

The Lodge was on the edge of the forest; its accommodation was basic, with occasional hit and miss electrics, but the home cooked food was fantastic. The safari was wonderful, but unfortunately I didn’t see a tiger. The Nepalese say of the tigers ‘you may not have seen me, but you can be sure I’ve seen you’! I was sad to leave the peace and quiet of this tranquil place but my next stop, Pokhara, was beckoning me. 

Our journey was rather long and arduous due to Nepal’s dusty chaotic unmade roads, not unlike some of our pothole riddled roads here in Mole Valley! After a while we reached a good surfaced road which took us straight into the heart of Pokhara. 

It was a clear day with no clouds covering the Annapurna mountain range, part of the Himalayas, which seemed to just pop up straight in front of us, WOW! What a sight. 

We arrived at The Atithi Resort, a most beautiful boutique hotel, for a two nights stay. After checking in we were taken to Lake Phewa for a very much needed relaxing boat ride, with magnificent views all round. 

Next day, refreshed, we indulged in more sightseeing, this time to Seti Gorge with the underground tunnels, and Devi’s falls and caves. I could tell you all about it but this blog would never end and I could never really do it justice. You need to see it for yourself to really appreciate it all, so come in and see us about booking this wonderful trip. 

Durbar Square

The Radisson was my Hotel for the next two nights. After a fabulous breakfast the next morning, I was taken to visit to the famous Durbar Square and a special visit to KumariGhar House, to take a blessing from Kumari the living goddess. She didn’t make an appearance at the window of her house, even after calling for her. She is only 9 years of age, but seriously protected – quite fascinating. Then onto a rickety rickshaw ride through Kathmandu streets to Thamel; not for the faint hearted, with motorised vehicles everywhere, coming at you in all directions, although rather exciting!

Kathmandu, is a very colourful, vibrant city with fantastic pashminas, scarves, bracelets, woollen hats etc., all at great prices. On the last night I was taken out for a traditional evening meal with folk dancing – wonderful. Back to the Hotel to pack because after breakfast it was time to say my goodbye’s and head back to the International Airport terminal, homeward bound. 

When I visited, the effects of last year’s dreadful earthquake were still very much apparent; the clearing up and salvaging of ancient bricks and artefacts are on-going. But these happy, polite, very resilient people were a pure delight to have met. 

This review was written by Jan Colson, a member of the Symphony Fetcham team.

By Nicky Banin
29th October 2019