Fly to Nepal for a holiday

Many ex-pats who live in Al Ain have travelled to Nepal for a holiday as it’s only a 4-hour flight, and the price is keen.

We 4 Paynes went one Easter break for a week and had a fabulous time.

First up are some shots from Kathmandu (we stayed there for 2 days, which was enough as the city is very polluted, smelly, noisy and crowded, but delightful all the same).

This is a temple called Shree Boudhanath…

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An enormous prayer wheel for us to spin…

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Sadhus: holy men…

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Offering for the gods were on sale…

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On our second day we drove out to Changunarayan, a temple with craft village on the walk up to it…

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Then we drove to Bhaktapur for lunch, and to see more temples…

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On day 3 we flew to Pokhara, a 30-minute flight, costing $100 per person each way…

Here’s the view through the plane’s window…

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The airport in Pokhara…

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Our plane…

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We hired bikes after we had settled into our hotel. That’s Toby on the left having negotiated round the cows!…

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We rode to see the waterfall at Devi’s Fall…

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We stayed at Temple Trees Hotel for 3 nights for about $140 a night. You can pay $5 a night in a guest house and be very comfortable! We wanted some luxury! :)

While there, on day 4, we went pony trekking for two and a half hours…

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We reached a viewing point…

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Here’s the view of the town of Pokhara below…

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Then we rode back down into town…

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We went for an afternoon hike on day 4 to see how remote villagers lived. Here is inside one small home…

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…and admired the views…

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On the morning of our final day in Pokhara, I hired a motorbike for 350 rupees for an hour (£3 / US$4.50) so I could spend time with our second son, Felix…

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And I went for a 30-minute flight in a microlight with our 12-year-old, Toby, each in separate microlights, costing about $100 for each of us.

Here’s the microlight Toby was to fly in…

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And these all show Toby’s microlight and the magnificent views…

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We flew round a stupa on a hill overlooking Pokhara…

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This was a terrific holiday. I hope these photos and price guidelines inspire you to visit Nepal!

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