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Visit to Nepal December 2014

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    Default Visit to Nepal December 2014

    I was absent from this Forum for the most part of December 2014. I mentioned in some of my posts prior to this period that I would be visiting Nepal with my eldest (53years old) and youngest (42) sons from Dec 6 - 21 - actually both of them paid for my trip. Aware of my age they decided to do an easy trek to the Dhampus Hills and Nagarkot to 9000 feet to see the sunrise and sunset over the Annapurna Range of the Himalayas (5 days), 3 days in Chitwan National Park and the rest of the time, the cultural tour of the heritage sights in Kathmandu Bhaktapur, and Pokhara. I took around 2500 pix, my eldest about 3000 and the youngest about 2500.

    Here are some shots of the mountains, particularly the Annapurna Range and some animals of Chitwan that we sighted. Of course the Bengal tiger was a shot of a lifetime! The guide told us that we were extremely lucky to see a tiger as only 4 or 5 sightings are recorded by visitors in a year.

    Pix #1 Me, my sons & Binod, the tour operator and chief guide (5***** rating)
    Pix #2 (Can't resist posting this pic from Pokhara)
    Pix #3 Village of Hemja, start of the Dhampus Trek, a short distance from here
    Pix #4 In the shadows of the Annapurna Range
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    Lovely photos Yew ! I have been to Nepal as a teenager with my parents. I surely want to get back there.

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    More pictures

    Pix #5 Famous Mt Macchapuchre 'the Fishtail Mt'
    Pix #6 The Annapurna Range by moonlight 4.30am local time (4 min exposure)
    Pix #7 The mountains at sunrise
    Pix # 8 The School at Dhampus 6000ft - what a perfect location for a school
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    Pictures of a few orchids at Chitwan. Unfortunately the blooming season is in the spring Mar-April, which is also the blooming season for the rhododendrons in the highlands. I spotted bulbophyllums, dendrobiums, epiphytic cymbidiums and vandas/aerides.

    Pix # 9 A clump of Dends and vandaceous
    Pix #10 On another branch - you can see buds on the dendrobium (at least 50 ft high)
    Pix #11 Most probably Rhy retusa
    Pix #12 Cymbidium sp
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    We started early in the morning about 7am on our jungle safari in an open Jeep designed to take 9 people, but we decided to hire the Jeep for just the 3 of us and the guide Keshav, an excellent and very knowledgeable guide and speaks fluent English. The driver too was very good. The weather for the day was dismal with light showers and grey skies throughout the day and in the forest we had to use ISO of 800 t0 3200 to have any chance of hand-held exposures.
    It was really difficult to take reasonably decent pictures. We spotted dozens of species of birds both natives and winter migrants. Unfortunately with longest lens to only 300mm bird pictures were almost impossible but i got a few good shots of peacocks and roosting Lesser Adjutant Storks. We did manage to take pictures of the larger mammals namely the One-horned Indian Rhino, the spotted Chital, Sambur deer, wild pigs and of course the Bengal Tiger. Spotting the tiger must be one of the highlights of the Nepal trip.

    Pix #13 The Bengal Tiger - is she winking at me?
    Pix #14 Sambar deer
    Pix #15 The One-horned Indian Rhino
    Pix #16 The spotted Chital deer
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    FANTASTIC pictures, give us more!!!!

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    WOW such great pictures and you have great memories with your sons.

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    Loved the pics Yew-very well done and looks a stunning place to visit.Thx a million for the great share.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Halloamey View Post
    Lovely photos Yew ! I have been to Nepal as a teenager with my parents. I surely want to get back there.
    Thanks Amey. Yes, Nepal is a truly great place to visit - great natural beauty; awesome mountain scenery; wonderful, friendly people; a veritable living heritage; lovely food ( we had dhall bhat, the local staple, almost every day). I would love to go again. Actually my eldest son is going again in March with his girlfriend. Being an animal conservationist he is visiting Chitwan again and staying at the same Rhino Lodge and booking the same guide Keshav. One can't help but be impressed with Chitwan and the way it is being run, as compared to our own National Park here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JDT View Post
    FANTASTIC pictures, give us more!!!!
    Thanks Jack for the compliments. I may post some pictures showing the temples, cultural lives of the people and pictures of the lovely people here, and some more pictures of the mountains and the scenery around them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sddivey View Post
    WOW such great pictures and you have great memories with your sons.

    Thanks Dede. Yes, great memories from this visit and great time for bonding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ravenmike12100 View Post
    Loved the pics Yew-very well done and looks a stunning place to visit.Thx a million for the great share.

    Thanks Michael. Awesome place to visit and 2 weeks weren't enough.

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    Somehow I don't think a camera can capture the full beauty of Nepal. I have never been there and sadly I doubt I will ever be able to go. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your photos!

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