Katmandu hoo hoo!

Trip Start Apr 17, 2006
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Trip End Apr 16, 2007


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Sunday, March 25, 2007

AGAIN ANOTHER LATE (very) POD...SORRY.. We have had no computor access. We are home as most of you know, so just somthing for you to read and to update our Travelpod till the end....

Well, you'll be pleased to know we arrived safely into the capital Katmandu!! Pleased further by the fact the journey from Pokhara went without any incident. After still suffering from the aches and pains from trekking, we were keen to just take it easy and enjoy the benefits and luxuries of a city, mainly in the form Western style bars and restraints.
               Kathmandu wasn't entirely what we had expected. It was bigger, busy and more polluted than we had envisioned. That said, it is a very ancient city and has some fantastic old, narrow streets to explore! The medieval architecture is interesting to check out and the fun is in just strolling around the old town. We had to make the customary visit to Durbar Square to visit the vast array of Temples, Odd looking Buildings and statues, some dating over a thousand years old! The big downside about Durbar Square and the rest of the main attractions in Kathmandu is they are all stupid prices for entry, especially for Nepal! Again the Western visitors are overcharged! We also visited the............ temple and climbed the many steps to the top, to also be greeted with a ridiculous entry charge and felt that it really wasn't worth it for the sights that were on offer inside. The outer areas and steps to the temple were still fun, as the temple grounds house a big clan of resident monkeys. These guys were pretty funny and misbehaved. They seem to enjoy causing  trouble for tourists and love being fed. If they are not voluntarily fed by people, you might find yourself being the victim of Monkey theft of anything you happen to be carrying. Lou had a bottle of water stolen straight from her hand and amazingly the ape ran to the side, opened the twist top of the water and began to casually take down the water.
             The remainder of the few days we spent in Katmandu, was used for doing some shopping for gifts! Being one of the cheapest places around to buy just about anything, we made full use of the bargains that were to be had.
We were going to continue with our adventure activities and go for the white water rafting option. After much looking around, it turned out that the best of the rivers, were not really flowing very well and the rafting would be poor. So for $60-$70 each, we thought this might not be the best thing to do. Soon the prowl for the next adventure it was!!... What could we do that would be unique and unusual to top off the trip??....
     'Arrh, that's it... Lets go and see if we can spot some Rhinos, or if we are lucky a tiger!' So to Royal Chitwan National Park it was..... See next Travel pod for this.......
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