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Erotic Art

August 17th, 2008 | Posted by Davey in 03-Nepal - (1 Comments)

The Kamasutra, (Hinduism) an ancient Sanskrit text giving rules for sensuous and sensual pleasure and love and marriage in accordance with Hindu law.

This Sanskirt text is said to have originated from many of Nepal’s temples including Jagannath, Basantapur Tower and Ram Chandra, which all have erotic carvings detailed in the roof struts.  Believe me, we have only included the tame ones, animals and all sorts are at it.  Those who visit these temples are said to be blessed with life long fertility.

Who said our blog wasn’t educational .

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A post for Mum

August 17th, 2008 | Posted by Davey in 03-Nepal - (1 Comments)

As I’ve written a post for dad it’s only fair that I write one for mum too .  Gambling on chess, backgammon and various card games on the street corners is a way of life here and when we came across Ludo I was stunned. 

We’ve spent many a Christmas night playing Ludo at home in Ireland, mainly for money of course, and it’s my mum’s favourite.  I was tempted with the $20 stake, but knowing that they would fleece me I chickened out.

The elderly lady playing was as sharp as a razor.

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Travellers mecca

August 17th, 2008 | Posted by Davey in 03-Nepal - (1 Comments)

Sorry for the lack up updates lately, we’ve been enjoying ourselves too much to sit down and write.  Kathmandu is such a happening place – anything goes – and we’ve been taking full advantage.  Drink, drugs and rock and roll, or whatever floats your boat, you’ll find it here – it’s an awesome place.

Generally, we’re not city folk, but walking around for hours on end fills your boots with cracking photos, as you’ll see below. The character of the buildings and Nepali people are truly inspiring.  In the last day or so alone, we’ve taken in excess of 500 photos, each with its own story – it’s a photographers dream.

We’ve debated whether to write more about the history and culture of each of our destinations, but frankly, we haven’t got the time and I damn sure you don’t, so it’s a small description and plenty of photographs. If you need to know more, either visit or look it up on wikipedia.

We hope to visit more of the city’s sites tomorrow.

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Tibet and China

August 14th, 2008 | Posted by Davey in 03-Nepal - (2 Comments)

After a long day visiting the British and Chinese Embassies and many tour operators yesterday, we’ve discovered that we are unable to obtain permits or visas for Tibet or China at this present time.

No permits for Tibet have been issued since March and the Chinese visa is virtually impossible to get.  The Chinese representative at the embassy was so F**king rude – he literally through our application forms back at us and told us that we should have applied in our home country.  When we explained that our plans had changes since leaving and now we’d like to visit China, he said it wasn’t his problem, next! – absolute tosser!

We hear or read very little of the political situation in Tibet or China regarding the Olympics, so we have no idea what is going on – can somebody fill us in – so now we are left in limbo.  We’re not he only ones, half of the guests in our hotel have had similar experiences and many have just come to Nepal to enter Tibet – many are leaving for home in disgust. 

Inevitably, we thought we would have to change our plans in some way, but to miss out Tibet and China is a right blow.  We’re thinking of heading straight to Bangkok and going to Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam etc. and once the Olympics are over, heading into China and then Tibet if possible – but it’s the extra cost and hassle. 

Nevertheless, it’s onward and upwards, we are heading to Pokhara in the next few days and plan on 10–14 days trekking.  We are unsure whether to do the Jomsom or the Annapurna Base Camp trek.  Any advice or recommendation would be appreciated.  They are both pretty amazing by all accounts, maybe we’ll decide when we get to Pokhara.

Ride to Kathmandu

August 14th, 2008 | Posted by Davey in 03-Nepal - (0 Comments)

On Monday we left Chitwan and headed for Kathmandu.  The ride was both scary and exhilarating – the scenery through the Kathmandu Valley was suburb.  We got a horse and cart from our hotel to the bus station and then a chicken bus – which was actually very comfortable with reclining seats – for 5hrs to the city.  When we head to go to Pokhara in a few days, I’ve vowed to sit on the top of the bus – weather permitting – so that i can see the valley in all its glory and to get some great shots. 

Although it was a relatively long journey, we had some great laughs along the way with Frank (American), William (Chinese), Susdu (Nepaleese) and many many others.  If you’re not shy – which I’m not – it can be a great experience. We both have said that travelling is obviously about seeing the countries, but mainly about meeting people and sharing experiences.  Our notebook is busting with email addresses already.

Some photos of our journey.  It’s a shame we cannot upload videos (bandwidth restrictions) as we have some great shots of the hell raising journey through the Valley with busses overtaking busses on bends etc. After a while you get used to it!

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