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Nepal is the home of the world’s most renouned mountain range, the Himalayas. As such it is a very popular destination for trekkers, both serious climbers and those not so serious.

But if you are planning a visit to Nepal there is one place you should definitely make time for- Chitwan National Park.

Chitwan National Park is located near the town of Bharatpur which has an airport that is only a 20 minute flight from the capital, Kathmandu, making Chitwan National Park fairly easy to get to.

There are a lot of animals to see at Chitwan including elephants, tigers, crocodiles, monkeys and even rhinos. That’s right, rhinos in Nepal (I was surprised).

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Activities at Chitwan include river cruising and safaris on elephant back- the best way to travel through a jungle.

The highlight of Chitwan for me was the elephant baths- if you make the trip this is not to be missed and I would suggest packing your bathers!

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I’m one of those people who is constantly planning their next holiday. I see photos of friends on holiday in amazing places and I think to myself “wow I want to go there” so I go look up flights to get there and read traveler’s reviews straight away. So I suppose I have a desire to see every place that I can which has inspired me. I’ve been lucky enough to have visited some beautiful destinations and i find myself quite regularly looking back over my photos from those holidays because I love reliving those experiences I’ve already had. You could say I get inspired by my own travels as much as anyone else’s. When I look back over photos it motivates me in life, to study and work more and put in extra effort so that sometime soon I’ll be in a position to travel again and experience more. Basically, travel inspires me to travel more. 

This post is dedicated to the new No.1 place I want to visit: Trolltunga. I only found out this place existed a few days ago, hard to believe its even real because its that amazingly awesome. Just have a look and be awed.

 

Found this stunning photo on Visit Norway http://www.visitnorway.com/uk/product/?pid=149585

 

Trolltunga or ‘Troll’s Tongue’ is in the west of Norway and sits 700 metres above lake Ringedalsvatnet in Skjeggedal. Does anyone else see Pride Rock when they look at it?

 

Unfortunately Trolltunga is not the easiest place to get to – its a 6 hour drive from Oslo the capital of Norway to the town Odda which is the nearest to Trolltunga. the hike itself to the top of Trolltunga takes between 8 and 10 hours round trip, so it isn’t for the unfit (oh no, I need to get in shape!).

 

Thank you Visit Norway for the beautiful photos! http://www.visitnorway.com/uk/product/?pid=149585

 

And so the plan is to visit Norway at some point over the next few years. I’m already in love with the country and its spectacular scenery and I promise to make the trip to Trolltunga where I will stick my head off the end of the ledge and take the customary jumping photo all whilst fearing a 700 metre fall to my death.

Trekking through the Himalayas has undoubtedly been a highlight of my life. The mountains and scenery are picturesque and the culture still relatively untouched by the western world. It is the type of holiday that afterwards when you come home, you have a sense of achievement for what you have accomplished. It isn’t just sightseeing and posing for photos; trekking is tough.

But one of my favourite parts of trekking through the Himalayas is that it allowed me to interact with the local Sherpa people and gave me an insight into their daily lives. The people are hospitable and when you pass them on the road they give you the common greeting “Namaste”. For me, the adorable Nepalese children were a highlight. The children seem to like trekkers a lot as most children my group saw waved and said hello as we passed through their villages.

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Some Nepalese children approaching our group

One charming moment I experienced was on the second day of my trek when my group stopped for a break in a village. These two little kids from the village came running up to our group and started chatting away in Nepalese to us. We had no idea what they were saying so my group tried to say hello to the little kids in both Nepalese and English but we received no response or reaction  from that. I was sitting on a rock and the kids came up to me and started hitting my backpack softly with some leaves they were carrying. None of my group knew what the kids were up to, we all just thought the little kids were cute.  I should mention at this point that along the trek most trekkers buy chocolate bars as snacks to eat during the day. So anyway, One of the kids was looking at me, talking away and then in the middle of a sentence of Nepalese I hear the kid say ‘chocolate’. My whole group started laughing, the kids didn’t know how to say hello but chocolate they had down packed. I had one Twix bar left in my bag so I pulled that out and broke it in half for the two kids to share. Didn’t need to offer the chocolate to the kids, they snatched the chocolate out of my hand the second I had split it and ran back to their house yelling out something in Nepalese. So I found out that cheeky kids are everywhere, even in extremely remote areas such as the Himalayas!

We spent a while laughing about the kids cheekiness after they ran off, they must try to get chocolate off every tourist that comes through their town. I’m sure the kids are successful more times than not, I instantly caved to their cuteness!

Please post your own stories below, I would love to read them! Particularly the stories that made you smile.

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The cheeky chocolate kids

There is no other place on this planet quite like Nepal

There is no place on this planet quite like Nepal.

For my first post I’ve decided to discuss a topic which on occasion has driven me slightly crazy. Anyone who has been on a long flight knows how irksome it can be and that often the worst part of the experience is the other passengers.

So I compiled a short list of ‘don’t’s’ for aeroplane travel.

1. Before you even get to the plane you need to go through security checks. We all know the ones, put your keys and phone in a tray and remove your laptop from your bag. To make this a better flowing process, once you go through the metal detector and pick up your things don’t stand there to put everything back where you had it. There is a bench provided at the end of these places for a reason, pick up your tray and bag quickly, walk 3 metres to the bench and get your stuff organised there out of everyone’s way. Also, don’t leave your tray on the conveyor belt, put in on the stack that is usually nearby.

2. People who block the aisle so they can put their bag in the overhead compartment. I hate leaving the departure lounge, walking 20 metres and having to stop and stand there because there is a huge line up to get on the plane because someone has decided that putting their bag in the overhead luggage space is more important than everyone else getting on the plane. Here is a simple rule – if there are still a lot of people getting on the plane then stay out of the aisles, you are in everyone’s way. I’m sure it won’t kill you to wait 5 minutes until the aisle is clear, or else wait until there is a break in passengers getting on the plane.  In the mean time put your bag   underneath the seat in front of you or if it is small and light, hold it yourself.

3. Overhead compartment hogs. It is incredibly annoying to get on a plane, find your seat and discover that all the overhead storage space has been take up by people who aren’t even sitting in your row. So when you get on a plane, use the space that is provided for you, not space a bit further down the plane, not across the aisle, just the place directly above you.

4. Do not recline your seat until you are allowed to. Seriously I don’t get why some people do this, the plane will be taxiing and some jerk will decide they need to recline their chair. Why? are you trying to get in a 2 minute sleep before take off? or are you just that inconsiderate of the person sitting behind you? Its not likely to be by accident as there are frequent reminders over the intercom to keep your seat in the upright position during taxiing and take off. Its just rude and inconsiderate to take up the space of the person behind you when you shouldn’t be, don’t do it.

5. Kids – I understand people take their children on holiday and that is fair enough and generally I don’t have a problem with kids on flights. The problem comes from when the parents don’t do their job. If you are flying with kids then it is your job to watch them and make sure they don’t annoy other passengers. You may be under the impression that other passengers will think your kid is cute and won’t mind them walking up the aisle every 2 minutes. You are wrong. Your kid is not cute. All they are is annoying to everyone else.

6. Getting off the plane – If you are travelling with your 90 year old mother who takes half an hour to walk down a flight of stairs then maybe its better if you wait for everyone else to get off first. The are likely to be a number of people on any flight who need to make transfers and its unfair that they should be held up. This isn’t generally a problem as most people are considerate enough to realise they are holding a plane load of people up and they wait for everyone to get off before them. Unfortunately on my recent trip to India I encountered many, many slow people in airports. Its just something to keep in mind.

There it is, some simple ways to make airline travel better for everyone. Happy travelling!