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…

Day 9 – Orchha and the Overnight Train

We didn’t have to meet our group till 11 am, so we all figured it would be great to sleep in. 6:30 am hit and speakers came on with a man speaking Hindi. Followed by a female singing. It stopped for a while, then repeated. There would be no sleeping in. We later found out…

Day 8 – Orchha, The hidden city

The group met at 7am to head to the train station. We would get some food on the train, so we wouldn’t be having breakfast at the hotel like we had been every day so far.We got to the train station via our bus that had been with us since Delhi, and said our good…

Day 7 – The Taj Mahal

Pretty uneventful drive, except our CEO losing his footing on the bus (I think we swerved to avoid a cow).We got to Agra and immediately went to the Red Fort. It was something out of Indiana Jones, with stories like Game of Thrones. I would love to find some drawings or something online of what…