|The village of Ghandruk--our trekking destination.|
It started out okay. We were some of the first people on the bus.
More and more people got on, and they began to load up the top with crates of food and animals. I saw two huge cockroaches crawling around my feet at one point. We were driving on windy mountain roads in a packed bus. From my aisle seat, my face had the pleasure of becoming acquainted with many passengers' butts that encroached into my space. This was not the worst bus experience (that goes to Vietnam), but it was definitely up there.
|View from my window.|
|The monks "disrobed" for soccer practice!|
|No, we're not in the Haight District of SF, despite appearances.|
|Tibetan antiques for sale in the village.|
The sole of my shoe came unglued along the way and started flapping around in the front, (shoddy workmanship by the guy in Hoi An) so I used my hair tie to hold it on.
We packed in two days of trekking at the end of our stay in Pokhara. It was absolutely gorgeous.
|Our Sherpa guide, Monica and Jenny.|
|Passing through villages made of stone.|
|Little one, all by himself.|
|Waiting for the goats to cross the bridge.|
|Crossing the river.|
The next morning we had breakfast before hiking back.
|Preparing for the journey back.|
We took the local bus back to Pokhara from the end of our hike. I made friends with a goat sitting behind me!
Then the bus got a flat tire...
Luckily we had a pretty spectacular view from the breakdown location.
We left Pokhara and headed to Chitwan National Park for a safari.
|I must admit, this is very unique.|
|Hemp (?) all over the place, growing wild.|
|In a museum in the park.|
We took a Jeep ride out to the river.
Then we took a lazy trip downstream in a boat like the one below.
We saw crocodiles!
Next we took a hike through the jungle.
|Gorgeous purple flowers covered the ground.|
There were many of these crazy dirt sculptures all over the place. I think they are termite mounds.
Then things got depressing--we visited the Khorsor Elephant Breeding Center. The elephants were chained up so tight that they could barely move. They looked incredibly unhappy. Many of them were bobbing their heads back and forth due to what I think is some form of neurosis. I don't know why the elephants are being bred here, but I want this place to be shut down.
We then hung out with some happier elephants, who went swimming in the river. (These elephants had nothing to do with the breeding facility.)
We bought three bananas for around $1 USD. Had they been cheaper, we would have bought more. The elephants ate them in two seconds.
|The presentation of the dish.|
The next day we went out for our main event: the safari. Chitwan is known for its rhinoceroses, but they couldn't guarantee we'd see one.
|On the way to the jungle.|
|Daydreaming about rhinos?|
We ended up seeing many types of birds, a few deer and a snake. But no rhinos!
|Local bar in Chitwan.|
|I wonder if people actually buy bus tickets at the toilet...|
|Sitting in the front of the bus, a chill lounge-type area. Chill, that is, until it was packed with people.|
|"No life without wife."|
|The drive from Chitwan to Kathmandu.|
|Just before arrival, it started raining.|
|Croissants and coffee.|
|I guess people window shop for teeth here.|
|Scary electrical wires.|
|Buying a shawl for mom.|
|Cute school kids. The colors of their uniforms go so well with the colors of the city.|
|Caught you (and your dog) peeing on an ancient wall!|