Saturday, 3 November 2012

Nepal and India

Hi, I'm back from what has been a short, but interesting trip. I loved Nepal; the people are very friendly and I even got to see a gimps of the Himalayas. Unfortunately they were mostly hiding behind clouds. Luckily I was able to see Mount Everest from the airplane. Between you and me, it doesn't look much different from our Matterhorn!

Entrance to the old city of Bhaktapur, which is situated in the Kathmandu Valley. It is listed as a World Heritage by UNESCO for its rich culture, temples, wood, metal and stone artwork.


Beautiful countryside on the way to Nagarkot

As there is a big community of Tibetan refuges their influence is visible everywhere. 

Inside a Tibetan monastery 

Young Tibetan nuns

Paintings on a monastery 

From Nepal we flew to Bombay for a few days. Here's a picture of the "Gate to India" taken from our hotel window.  We stayed at the Taj Mahal, the hotel with was attacked four years ago by terrorist. As it happened, my husband was staying at that hotel on that day, but luckily checked out a few hours before the attack. The hotel with its wonderful history has been totally renovated and is back to its former glory.
On a little tour around town we saw the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly known as Victoria Station) which was another scene of the shooting on that fateful day! 

Dhoby Ghaut, which means washing place in Hindi, where thousands and thousands of pieces of laundry are washed and dried everyday, and all by hand!

The Tiffin wallahs, another Bombay institution. Around 200'000 tiffins (lunch boxes) are picked up every day from their respective homes, delivered to the owners at their offices and then later in the afternoon picked up again and brought back home. Apparently with absolutely no mistakes or lost boxes. Supply chain at its finest!

And lastly the Mahatma Gandhi museum

And now it's back with the nose to the grindstone. I can't believe how fast Christmas is approaching. I'm not yet in the right mood; are you?

I hope you are having a lovely weekend.

Vreni x


Samelia's Mum said...

Wow! Amazing photos. Thanks for sharing x

Jessica said...

Thanks for sharing Vreni! It is so interesting to see how people live in other parts of the world, so different from here!

Martina said...

Dear Vreni,
thanks for the great photos. I've been checking your blog the last few days for an update. Looking forward to hearing more about it from you in person. It looks spectacular. Glad you enjoyed it. Mx

FarahLin said...

Beautiful photos, Vreni - thanks for sharing!

Where will you be celebrating X'maas, by the way? Hope you'll be in the mood by then. Have a lovely weekend also. =)

Sheila said...

Thank you for sharing your amazing pictures of Nepal and India! So beautiful. So interesting. I have never been there.
I can't imagine how they can deliver all the laundry and lunch boxes to their correct owners.

Julimond said...

Danke, liebe Vreni für diese tollen Fotos. Länder, die ich niemals sehen werde. Ich bin total fasziniert.
Und ja, Weihnachten ist ganz nah.....ich bin auch noch nicht im Thema. Akuter Zeitmangel und aus aktuellem Anlass auch nicht wirklich motiviert.


Run Quilt Knit Write said...

That looks like an amazing trip Vreni - one I would love to take myself!!

Lynda said...

Great photos. I'll never get there myself so I always enjoy pictures of places I want to see.

meli B said...

Stunning photos. You've got me very excited. I'm going to India in January. Can hardly wait!

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Looks like you had a great trip. Nice pics, thanks.

Thimbleanna said...

Wow Vreni! That looks fascinating! I would have no idea how to begin to plan a trip to that part of the world, but I'd sure love to visit. And the lunchbox thing -- that's amazing! Thanks for sharing your pictures!

Rossana said...

Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos! Really an amazing trip!

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Linda said...

What an interesting cultural experience you had! How wonderful to get to visit such exotic sites. Thanks for sharing such great pictures!

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