Lakeside Pokhara, the birthplace of Buddha and Chitwan

After mountains it was time to explore some of the other great things that Nepal has to offer.

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Peace Pagoda in Pokhara
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View of Pokhara, Nepal’s second city
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Machapuchare or, as it’s more commonly known, Fishtail 6993m. The “Matterhorn of Nepal” has never been climbed
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Boats for hire on the lake

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The International Museum in Pokhara is interesting, containing info on mountain people, animals and more. Rawr haha
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It also includes artefacts and information on the first ascents of the 8000ers. The kit they had seems inadequate by today’s standards
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I can’t believe they wore that
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Next stop after 10 hours along a bumpy road was Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha (according to Nepalis)

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This pillar dating from around 245 BC supposedly says that this is the birthplace
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Ha wrongdong
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Cycling is a good way to get around
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Meeting Indian tourists
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Jeep Safari in Chitwan National Park
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Elephant cow and calf
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Elephant grass can reach to 3 or 4 metres in height so not a good time of year to spot wildlife
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This gharial crocodile was hatched 40 years ago in a centre in the park; it was enormous!
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No rhinos at all on the jeep safari but apparently this is a rhino…or a grey rock
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I stayed in Sauraha which is nice as you can see elephants walking down the main street

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I thought a night in this tower in the jungle would allow me to see a lot of wildlife
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It certainly looked the part
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Unfortunately my guide and I walked mostly along this track. We kept quiet hoping to see some wildlife. At one point he stopped, wondering what the noise was, just a tractor and a trailer in the distance then Nepali dance music starts up in the distance, *guide’s phone rings* *loud talking ensues*. No wonder we didn’t see much
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We did see some deer
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The sunset was nice
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…and it was cool to be in the jungle at night regardless of the music from the wedding in the distance

Next up: Kathmandu and the earthquake

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