Day 19 – Final Day in India

We had a great sleep-in then headed straight to the apparently world-famous breakfast buffet. Derek had read about it before, but I had no idea what to expect. It was nothing like anything I’d ever seen before. There was every sort of breakfast food you would ever want. I wished I had a bigger stomach….

Day 18 – Luxury Lad… Luxury

Before heading back to Delhi, we had a big bucket list item to scratch off the list while in Kathmandu. We had a flight to see Mount Everest. The flight left at 7 am. One flight left before ours and our flight status changed to “waiting for visibility report.” The flight status on the screen…

Day 17 РSee you in Kathmandu 

Earlier in the trip, our CEO indicated there was a flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu that was 20 minutes instead of the drive we were planned to do, which was 10 hours. Derek and I jumped on that immediately. It meant we had a full day in Kathmandu, which we wouldn’t have had otherwise. Some…

Day 15 -Arrival into Pokhara

Farewell to the Barauli homestay: The drive to Pokhara was a crazy drive in the mountains along narrow roads, twists and turns, and trying to pass other vehicles as much as possible.  Bathroom break: The drive seemed a lot quicker than the 6-7 hours that it took because we had a few breaks for drinks,…

Day 14 – Chitwan Safari

This morning we got to sleep in, as breakfast wasn’t till 9. I had a lousy sleep because the bed was rock hard. There were two thick blankets on the bed, so I decided the next night we would sleep on top of those blankets and borrow a blanket to cover us from the other…

Day 16 – Hiking and paragliding in Pokhara

It was a very early morning. We had to meet the group at 5 am to go for a sunrise experience. We took our bus way up a hill/mountain to a place called Sarangkot. We had tea, which was not the same kind of tea we were used to up to this point. It was…

Day 13 – The birthplace of Buddha

We woke up in Butwal to an amazing view from our hotel room. We could see the mountains in the distance, the sunrise, and we had a great view overlooking the city. Breakfast at the hotel restaurant was like dinner. Food was good (although a bit cold) and disorganized. We all pre-ordered our food the…

Day 12 – Into Nepal

We left Varanasi super early, at 4 am. Our train was already at the station. We were going from the first station of the line all the way to the last station (Gorakhpur). I think we sat at the station for an hour before we left. We had bucket seats, as our CEO calls them….

Day 11 – Varanasi – The Ganges and a surprise rooftop patio

We met the group at 6 for our sunrise boat tour on the Ganges. Again, just incredible and surreal. Our CEO explained about the bacteria in the Ganges that eats other bacteria and viruses, which I had seen in a documentary before. The morning was more about the daily life, watching laundry being done and…

Day 10 – Waking up on the train / Varanasi

We all slept well on the overnight train. I was woken up by hands under my sheet, which freaked me out, I lifted my eye mask and it was just Derek. Phew! It was 6 am. I slept for a bit longer, until I heard we were close to a stop where we had a…