KATHMANDHU

Arrived in Kathmandu. It’s the craziest place I’ve seen yet! If you manage to survive the ride in from the airport, then amazing things await;

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Boughanath Stupa, Kathmandhu

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Durbar Square, Kathmandhu

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Buddhist Monk updating Facebook…Dalai Lama likes this!

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‘Burnt Offerings’ for Krishna, mine usually given to David!

MERDE VOYAGE!

Finally arrived in Delhi after a bit of a shambolic journey! After a serious lack of zzzzzzs the night before our departure, we were up and on the go at 3am Saturday morning, arriving at Edinburgh airport at about 4.20am, only to find out that our flight to Amsterdam had been cancelled due to heavy snow. For once the problem was at our destination and not due to Edinburgh’s typically crap weather.
We were guided towards the KLM service desk. Now, it’s not often you’ll hear me commend customer service, or very much else for that matter, but I have to say that I was impressed at how KLM handled the issue. We were put on a BMI flight to heathrow, business class, then onto British Airways from there to Delhi.
First impressions, Delhi airport seemed fairly modern and organised. This was to be tested, as was our patience and calm natures! We had planned to collect our bags and check into the airport transit hotel. Instead, we found we would have to go through immigration to collect our bags, meaning we would have entered India and faced the prospect of not being able to get back in in 10 days time to attend our friends wedding Kolkata. If you enter India and then leave, you can’t enter again for 60 days. Unfortunately not many of the airport staff understand this, nor understand the consequences their poor knowledge. We were given lots of conflicting advice, but finally managed to negotiate BA forwarding our bags to Kathmandu and allowing us to check-in to the hotel.
We have just finished our complimentary breakfast, discovered our flight to Kathmandu is delayed by an hour and are hoping and praying our bags end up in the same place we do!

DELHI

A rising economic superpower…yeah right. A modern airport with all the foreign exchange counters closed… ‘Counter unserviceable’… Unserviceable??? Gone to lunch perhaps,unavailable, or I forgot to turn up to work today… Maybe, but unserviceable? Very odd. Also, try to get a mobile sim in this -most modern- airport.. You have to prove Indian residency to get an Indian sim card.. What about wifi? Well, you need an Indian sim card for that…! So, no money and no sim…Oh well, I have my credit card and I’ll try the back streets of Kathmandu for 3G Internet access instead.
DG

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INTRODUCTION

As I’m sure you are all aware, we leave on Saturday for a month of travel across Nepal and India.  We have set up this blog so you can follow our travels, view our pictures and keep in touch.

We leave at 6am and fly to Delhi where we will stay in the Eaton Smart Transit hotel seeing as we are not allowed to enter India or we get a two month ban before we can enter again.  12.30pm the following day, it’s back on a plane for an hour and half and we will then begin the first leg of our trip, Nepal.

Only 4 days to go and ALOT to do.  Feel free to subscribe to this blog by email by clicking follow in the right hand corner below.