Good morrow to you all
I would like to write a brief post on my recent visit to Nepal.
Despite being a ‘third world’ country where people have very little (in comparison to people in the ‘civilized’ world) Nepal is an amazing country. The kindness and generosity of the Nepalese people is something to be commended. All people will always greet you with a smile and be happy to have a chat or a cup of honey tea.
The landscape is nothing like I have ever experienced. In one part of the country you have the Himalayas – majestic and awe-inspiring – while in another part of the country you can have lush ‘jungle’ where elephants, rhinos and tigers dwell.
The fauna is amazing. For those in Australia who are ‘twichers’ (i.e. birders) then picture a Magpie crossed with a Kingfisher and you get a Pied Kingfisher. For anyone who’s into larger fauna then, as previously mentioned, Rhinos, tigers or elephants are there for the viewing. However, these large mammals are not the only large fauna in Nepal, with Sloth Bears and Wild Deer there for additional viewing. The native species of Bufo is different from the Cane Toad in Australia, with marbled black and white belly and additional black spots running around its eyes and down its back (picture attached).
All and all, Nepal is an amazing country where you can feel safe, see exotic fauna, get a decent meal cheaply and hike around in the Himalayas where the views are unlike anything you will see anywhere else in the world. It will change your perspective on everything that you believe (in a good way).
The video link is from my first trip to Nepal where I visited Chitwan National Park and then hiked a section of the Annapurna Circuit with a bunch of students from Griffith University in 2009. If you watch, then I hope you enjoy.