Snippets from Nepal

In this post I decided to include the photos which I thought significant in one way or another, but which did not make it to the other stories.

 

Wild animals of Nepal. I personally dislike the zoos and other places where animals are kept in captivity. The photo below is of an elephant, who is not really free, but at least not chained up. Look at his pink nose. How cute is that!

 

Tourists were able toscrub and wash the elephants, but my pathological fear of leeches didn’t let me do so.

 

Later I went on jungle safari in the Chitwan National Park and we met this cute sloth bear. Those bears are not carnivores. They eat termites or put a stick down the termite mounds and lick the juice.

 

Gavial (Gharial) crocodile is known as an endangered species.  Crocodile breeding facilities were quite well managed. Some  crocodiles were unfortunate to participate in fights and lost either their upper or lower jaw. Those ones need to be fed as they can’t survive in the wild. Though this disability didn’t impact on their breeding skills.

 

A couple of rhinos, enjoying lush grass. They can be really dangerous and unpredictable. I was happy to be in a Jeep.

 

Thus is a tiger footprint. I wanted to stay and wait until the tiger himself would appear, but the guide dragged me from there.

 

Monkeys are everywhere, some of them are “arriving to work” on personal bikes and begging for food.

 

Venomous snake in the mountains.

 

This is a buffalo in one of the villages. The owner was milking her when we appeared. Look at her annoyed face. And the eyes….

 

In Nepal it’s very popular to decorate vehicles. Very colourful and similar to Indian trucks.

 

One more.

 

For some reason nepalese favour Shiva on the trucks.

 

Apparently, there dolphins  in Karnali river in Nepal. And they made it to the trucks.

 

This is a traffic jam on the road to Pokhara. It took us more than 2 hours to get through it. I was sitting in near bus driver.

 

A policeman just got a bribe from the passing truck. He is counting money in front of us (on the bus) without any problems.

 

Fantastic sunset on Phewa lake in Pokhara.

 

Lonely boats.

 

Our oarswoman, who took us for a ride around Phewa lake.

 

Just before our rafting down Trishuli river. I am ready!

 

Three big rafts for about 25 people and 5 staff. It was so much fun!

 

Walking past this house I noticed something strange: a young woman sitting in the middle of the street was pulling a rope. 

 

Guess who is in the basket? Baby Moses – I am not making it up, I asked for a name.

 

Near any significant temple there is always a small army of sadhus – sort of “saints” or wacky people.

 

This old man was getting ready for pooja – a small prayer – on the bank of Bagmati river.

 

All stupas in Nepal have eyes on all four sides. Those eyes penetrate your brain, I could feel them on my back too. Apparently, it supposed to stop people from doing nasty things as Buddha is watching. Beware!

 

Close up of the stupa from Monkey’s Temple.

 

Woman in red overlooking Swayambhunath temple.

 

On the board of the tiny Yeti plane going to see Everest.

 

Finally I saw a sunrise in Nepal, but from the sky. It hasn’t happened to me in the mountains despite numerous attempts to catch it.

 

Double image of the propellers. The iPhone is really good.

 

This is an amazing sign in a Kathmandu domestic airport. So how many people above 1.93m do they expect to be there or how many did they have in the past, who actually hit their head? Nepalese people are not particularly tall. Maybe it’s for the “giants” from the West?

 

We went to see a sunset in Sarangkot one day. How do you like it?

 

I was intrigued when I saw this place. This is an Australian restaurant run by Aussies. Ok, I understand Boomerang and Kangaroo, but why Mustang Bar? Food is not that great, by the way.

 

School fences always have some encouraging pictures. This is one of them.

 

When I saw those dumbells and a bar my first intention was to grab it and try to do some exercises. But I stopped myself just in time. They are much heavier than they look.

 

For some reason I didn’t buy any of these marionettes or traditional masks in Nepal. So, looks like I have to go back now. Till next time…

 

 

 

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