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Pokhara-most inviting Nepalese city was breath of fresh air

At Chitwan National Park we went on a safari seeing 10  rhinos, wild boars, monkeys and crocodiles; our guide pointed out lots of cool birds but they were too fast to photograph

At Chitwan National Park we went on a safari seeing 10+ rhinos, wild boars, monkeys and crocodiles; our guide pointed out lots of cool birds but they were too fast to photograph

The World Peace Pagoda, at 1100 meters, looks out over all of Pokhara; it was built in 1973 and is one of 80 peace pagodas in the world

The World Peace Pagoda, at 1100 meters, looks out over all of Pokhara; it was built in 1973 and is one of 80 peace pagodas in the world

I was amazed to see Annapurna at sunset after a rainstorm; Annapurna is the most dangerous mountain in the world for climbers

I was amazed to see Annapurna at sunset after a rainstorm; Annapurna is the most dangerous mountain in the world for climbers

A cool view of Davis Falls looking out from Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave; throughout the country, all sights have higher prices for foreigners and much lower prices for Nepalese

A cool view of Davis Falls looking out from Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave; throughout the country, all sights have higher prices for foreigners and much lower prices for Nepalese

We were being taught how to make mo-mos by women rescued from human traffickers; I tasted one and it was entirely too spicy for me

We were being taught how to make mo-mos by women rescued from human traffickers; I tasted one and it was entirely too spicy for me

All along our drives in Nepal were these long, pedestrian suspension bridges; we were excited just to get a chance to stretch our legs after endless days of riding the rough roads of Nepal

All along our drives in Nepal were these long, pedestrian suspension bridges; we were excited just to get a chance to stretch our legs after endless days of riding the rough roads of Nepal

For our homestay near Chitwan National Park, the local ladies put on an elaborate dance that also showed off their strength; later, they grabbed us and we all danced together

For our homestay near Chitwan National Park, the local ladies put on an elaborate dance that also showed off their strength; later, they grabbed us and we all danced together

Our farewell dinner coincided with the Nepalese New Year; our small group got along quite well except for Vesna (front right) who tended to insult people and just say the wrong things

Our farewell dinner coincided with the Nepalese New Year; our small group got along quite well except for Vesna (front right) who tended to insult people and just say the wrong things

I was duped into buying this Coke imitator!; it was even priced the same as the real stuff but, since we can't use the water, I used it to brush my teeth

I was duped into buying this Coke imitator!; it was even priced the same as the real stuff but, since we can't use the water, I used it to brush my teeth

Inside this building is the spot where Buddha was supposedly born; it's a UNESCO World Heritage Site with several temples and peace pagodas

Inside this building is the spot where Buddha was supposedly born; it's a UNESCO World Heritage Site with several temples and peace pagodas

Pokhara was the most enjoyable town we visited in Nepal; the town, which rhymes with okra, was clean and had lots of trekkers going to Annapurna

Pokhara was the most enjoyable town we visited in Nepal; the town, which rhymes with okra, was clean and had lots of trekkers going to Annapurna

The Nepalese countryside is full of terraced rice paddies; the hard-working locals tend to plant and harvest crops by hand on their small parcels of arable land

The Nepalese countryside is full of terraced rice paddies; the hard-working locals tend to plant and harvest crops by hand on their small parcels of arable land

I walked around Fewa Lake to see Davis Falls; supposedly a Swiss woman was taking a bath in the river when she got swept away so the falls were named after her

I walked around Fewa Lake to see Davis Falls; supposedly a Swiss woman was taking a bath in the river when she got swept away so the falls were named after her

The view of Pokhara and Fewa Lake from the World Peace Pagoda; Pokhara is the second most populated city in Nepal with 600,000 people and lies 200 kms west of Kathmandu

The view of Pokhara and Fewa Lake from the World Peace Pagoda; Pokhara is the second most populated city in Nepal with 600,000 people and lies 200 kms west of Kathmandu

Our group with ladies rescued from human traffickers who served us a nice lunch; the ladies are supported by a grant from G Adventures

Our group with ladies rescued from human traffickers who served us a nice lunch; the ladies are supported by a grant from G Adventures

Nepal is a landlocked country wedged between India and China; it's roughly the size of Iowa (slightly larger than NY or NC) but challenging to navigate with only narrow, 2 lane roads

Nepal is a landlocked country wedged between India and China; it's roughly the size of Iowa (slightly larger than NY or NC) but challenging to navigate with only narrow, 2 lane roads

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