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Kathmandu Airport: Photo Gallery
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Kathmandu Airport: Photo Gallery

On our August 2014 trip to Kathmandu we had quite an experience at the airport... We had read online that we'd be able to purchase our visa to enter Nepal at the airport after we arrived. But, when we got to Kathmandu we discovered that we needed actual cash to pay for the visa since we weren't able to use our card (the airport's card readers weren't working). We did eventually get things figured out, but ...
How to Get to Chitwan National Park from Kathmandu
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How to Get to Chitwan National Park from Kathmandu

We traveled to Nepal in 2014, before the big Kathmandu earthquake. We spent a month in Kathmandu getting rabies vaccinations because they were much cheaper there than in the United States. Toward the end of our trip, we booked a flight on YetiAir to fly to Bharatpur near Chitwan National Park. It was a coin-toss between taking YetiAir and BuddhaAir, but BuddhaAir had the most grim reputation of the two. A ...
Chitwan National Park: Boarding and Riding an Elephant
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Chitwan National Park: Boarding and Riding an Elephant

Though there's some controversy regarding the use of elephants for safaris in places like Chitwan National Park, we weren't really a part of that dialogue when we visited Nepal. Going by elephant was the only option for us in terms of transportation into certain parts of the park. We watched the elephants and the people who cared for them walking along the rivers each morning and our elephant-experience in ...
Chitwan National Park: Dug-Out Canoe Ride Part II
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Chitwan National Park: Dug-Out Canoe Ride Part II

Our Chitwan Jungle Safari began with a dug-out canoe ride down the Narayani River. Two guides took us into the jungle to look for rhinoceros and tigers. We didn't see either of these things, but that was in part because our safari took place later in the morning. Early morning safaris at Chitwan are more likely to yield good wild-life viewing. We travel enough that we weren't stressed out about "missed ...
Chitwan National Park: Plant That Responds to Human Touch
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Chitwan National Park: Plant That Responds to Human Touch

Our guide at Chitwan National Park showed us a unique plant on our way to the elephant sanctuary. The plant curls its leaves in response to human touch.Related Posts: Chitwan National Park: Boarding and Riding an Elephant (video) Chitwan National Park: Dug-Out Canoe Ride into the Jungle Part II (video) Chitwan National Park: Dug-Out Canoe Ride into the Jungle Part III (video) How to Get from ...
Chitwan National Park Jungle Safari
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Chitwan National Park Jungle Safari

We had no idea what to expect when we set out for the day in a canoe down the Narayani River at Chitwan National Park for our jungle safari. The goal was to find rhinoceros and tigers. Two guides rode into the jungle with us and they searched diligently, but it was too late in the morning. Still, it was an amazing experience.Related Posts: Chitwan National Park: Boarding and Riding an ...
Chitwan National Park: Lydi Gets Custom-Made Nepali Clothes Part II
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Chitwan National Park: Lydi Gets Custom-Made Nepali Clothes Part II

We stayed at the Sapana Village Lodge near Chitwan National Park in 2014. The lodge offered "custom-made" clothing as one of their "experiential packages". This was exciting to Lydian, who was 14 years old at the time. She and I had shared a very small and boring wardrobe during our month-long sojourn in Nepal so John and I decided that some new clothes might be fun for her.Related Posts:Chitwan ...
Chitwan National Park: Dug-Out Canoe Through the Jungle
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Chitwan National Park: Dug-Out Canoe Through the Jungle

We visited in Nepal in 2014, one year before the Kathmandu earthquake. During our time there, our main goal was to get the rabies vaccination series which was available for about 1/10th of the cost that we'd pay in the U.S. Unfortunately, though the rabies vaccines made us sick. When we visited Chitwan National Park, we'd just had the last of three shots in the series. Rather than have a terrible time, we ...
Chitwan National Park: Dug-Out Canoe Ride Through the Jungle Part III
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Chitwan National Park: Dug-Out Canoe Ride Through the Jungle Part III

John wore a GoPro into Chitwan National Park so that we wouldn't feel compelled to be taking pictures the whole day. In this video, we drift down the Narayani River toward the jungle. Unfortunately, we didn't see any rhinoceros or tigers on our Chitwan Jungle Safari, but we were okay with that. A year later, we went on safari in South Africa at Pilanesberg National Park and saw rhinoceros and other animlas ...
Chitwan National Park: Lydi Gets Custom-Made Nepali Clothes
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Chitwan National Park: Lydi Gets Custom-Made Nepali Clothes

From Kathmandu, we traveled by air to the airport in Bharatpur. From Bharatpur, we traveled by taxi to Sauraha, a village in the Chitwan district of Nepal. We stayed at Sapana Village Lodge, which offered all kinds of different "packages" to visitors. After having spent the past month in Nepal with only 3 changes of clothes, Lydi was immediately interested in the "custom clothing" option on offer at Sapana ...
Chitwan National Park Safari: Riding Elephants
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Chitwan National Park Safari: Riding Elephants

In the late afternoon, we lined up to board elephants at Chitwan National Park. Our guide, an employee at Sapana Village Lodge, brought us to this location near the jungle where we were assigned an elephant that then took us into the jungle.Although there's a negative dialogue going on about the treatment of trained elephants, we weren't a part of this discussion when we visited Nepal. We walked past ...
Nepal Travel: Lydian vs. Bus
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Nepal Travel: Lydian vs. Bus

In this video, we're walking back to our vacation rental in Kathmandu after getting groceries. On the way, there are practically no sidewalks. During our walk Lydian walks out around a motorcycle parked along the road and gets grazed by a bus.Related Posts:Traffic in Nepal: Crossing the Dotted Line at Home vs. Abroad -- By Jennifer ShippKathmandu Tourism: Taxi Ride and Kathmandu Traffic ...
Nepal Travel: Street Encounters in Kathmandu Part II
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Nepal Travel: Street Encounters in Kathmandu Part II

When we visited Kathmandu, Nepal in 2014, we went on an urban hike from Patan to Thamel via Kathmandu's ring road. In this video, a girl walks with us telling us where she's going and asking where we're going. She doesn't seem to have an agenda, and just remembers us from when we'd stopped at her family's store to buy things.Related Posts:Nepal Travel: Urban Hike along Ring Road in Kathmandu Part I ...
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Nepal Travel: Street Encounters in Kathmandu Soldier

In this video we stop to talk to and ask a soldier for directions to Freak Street in Thamel. This video was taken in 2014 when we visited Kathmandu, Nepal and went urban hiking on Kathmandu's ring road.Related Posts:Nepal Travel: Urban Hike along Ring Road in Kathmandu Part I (video)Nepal Travel: Urban Hike along Ring Road in Kathmandu Part II (video)Nepal Travel: Urban Hike along Ring Road ...
Nepal Travel: Urban Hike along Ring Road in Kathmandu Part III
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Nepal Travel: Urban Hike along Ring Road in Kathmandu Part III

To acquaint ourselves better with Kathmandu, we decided to go urban hiking along the city's ring road from Patan to Thamel.Related Posts:Nepal Travel: Urban Hike along Ring Road in Kathmandu Part I (video)Nepal Travel: Urban Hike along Ring Road in Kathmandu Part II (video)Nepal Tourism: Street Encounters in Kathmandu Soldier (video)Nepal Tourism: Street Encounters in Kathmandu Part II ...
Nepal Travel: Urban Hike along Ring Road in Kathmandu Part II
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Nepal Travel: Urban Hike along Ring Road in Kathmandu Part II

This video is Part 2 of our urban hiking trip from Patan to Thamel on Kathmandu's ring road.Related Posts:Nepal Travel: Urban Hike along Ring Road in Kathmandu Part I (video)Nepal Travel: Urban Hike along Ring Road in Kathmandu Part III (video)Nepal Tourism: Street Encounters in Kathmandu Soldier (video)Nepal Tourism: Street Encounters in Kathmandu Part II (video)Traffic in Nepal: ...
Nepal Travel: Urban Hike along Ring Road in Kathmandu Part I
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Nepal Travel: Urban Hike along Ring Road in Kathmandu Part I

We visited Nepal in 2014 before the Kathmandu earthquake. During our visit, we decided to go urban hiking from our neighborhood in Bhaisepati to Thamel via Kathmandu's ring road.Related Posts:Nepal Travel: Urban Hike along Ring Road in Kathmandu Part II (video)Nepal Travel: Urban Hike along Ring Road in Kathmandu Part III (video)Nepal Tourism: Street Encounters in Kathmandu Soldier ...
Lydi Has Yet Another Breakdown in Kathmandu Nepal
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Lydi Has Yet Another Breakdown in Kathmandu Nepal

When we visited Nepal in 2014, Lydi was 14 years old and sometimes she could be adversarial. Her moods were whimsical and unpredictable, but overall, she went along with us on our long walks and silly adventures without arguing. In this video, though, she bares her teeth a little.Related Posts:Nepal Travel: Snappy Lydian in Kathmandu (video)Lydi Has a Breakdown in Kathmandu Nepal (video)Lydi ...
Lydi Has Another Breakdown in Kathmandu Nepal
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Lydi Has Another Breakdown in Kathmandu Nepal

Some days were better than others for Lydian as a 14 year old in Kathmandu. We did a lot of long walks, spent a lot of days without electricity, got the rabies vaccinations (and corresponding illnesses to go with them), and spent most of our outdoor time either in the hot sun or the rain. She hung in there, but every now and then would lose her cool.Related Posts:Lydi Has Yet Another Breakdown in ...
Lydi Has a Breakdown in Kathmandu Nepal
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Lydi Has a Breakdown in Kathmandu Nepal

Lydi was 14 years old when we visited Kathmandu and although she smiled for photos, she was often in a bad mood and regularly resistant to our outings.Related Posts:Lydi Has Another Breakdown in Kathmandu Nepal (video)Lydi Has Yet Another Breakdown in Kathmandu Nepal (video)Nepal Travel: Snappy Lydian in Kathmandu (video) ...
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