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Nov 22, 2005 - Stuck in Katmandu

Following our nice mountain break in Nagarkot and the historical cities of Baktapur an Patan, we had a small week to (or so we thought) before heading back to Dehli on the Cheap Royal Buthan Flight. Chitwan Royal park was the perfect way to finish off (or so we thought) our "Nepal overview" with this stricklingkly different environment : Mountains give way to Jungle, Porters and guide to Elephant and Rhino. ALthough we were slighty sceptikal when heading off, it was a genuinely really nice experience, with long elephant back ride in the...

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Nov 21, 2005 - Day 9. Bodh Gaya. The beauty and the savagery.

After the hell train from Kolkata we are safe in Bohd Gaya at a comfortable hotel run by the Tibetans. Bohd gaya is where the Buddha got enlightened and is probably the most holy of the Buddhist pilgrimage sites in the world. The air is a little cleaner here but the hordes of people are everywhere. When we walk down the street there is an incessant presession of people saying "Hello. Hello. Hello." trying to sell something or beg. You have to have a thick skin and keep walking and mostly not engaging or having eye contact. I like my fellow...

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Dec 7, 2004 - Lou's Diary Entry for Nepal

So I'm alive and well and yes, I managed to survive the 19 day Annapurna Circuit Trek after all. It was hard-going for me but there are honestly no words to describe the beauty of the Himalayan mountains. I'm in absolute awe of Nepal - not just the unbelievable scenery but the beauty of the people too. What an amazing country to start my travels in. Well, before I get carried away, let me tell you about the trek... The first day is mostly spent on a bus getting from Kathmandu to a town called Besisahar (820m), so my guide (Raju) and I set...

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Oct 31, 2004 - Bodgaya

Oct 31, 2003 I haven't been feeling well for the last couple of days. I have arrived in Bodgaya a yesterday and will leave tomorrow. Bodgaya is the place where Lord Buddha found enlightenment. There are monasteries here from all over the world. It is pretty cool. There is also an ancestor of the original Bodhi tree under which he found enlightenment. I have decided to go into Nepal, as the roads from here to Sikkim are very poor. I plan on entering the border north of here and going straight east to a town called Darjeeling in the Indian...

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Kevin Vs India

Oct 8, 2004 - Buddha and the Blink of an Eye

Rain is running down the train's windows, lightning is scorching the distant fields and I sit here alone ... it all seems a bit surreal. I've been away from home for a month, and India is sinking deeper and deeper into my psyche. Beauty, in forms you could never imagine, is always by my side. For that matter, so are things that churn my insides - it all depends on my frame of mind at that moment and the focus of my eye. Yesterday, heading south from the Nepal border at Raxaul, there were endless lush rice paddies and palm trees stretching...

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