That was the end of the tour. I’d enjoyed it. Looking back we seem to have covered a fair bit of ground and seen a lot of stuff, although it still felt quite laid-back and unrushed. It was hardly a party trip. During the two weeks I think that I had three Kingfisher beers and a couple of gins in India, and maybe about half a dozen beers in Nepal. That said we came to experience culture and history, not a Mediterranean-style piss up! Ajay was a great tour guide. He’s informative, well-organised, friendly, funny and seems to genuinely enjoy showing people around his country.

People often bring up the subject of sickness when talking about this region of the world. We stayed in cleanish places, ate in nice eateries, maintained decent hygiene and took all of the usual precautions. However 6 out of 7 people were ill. Most of this was a day or two of moderate d and v. I got off lightly with a couple of days of a slightly queasy stomach while in Orchha. Fortunately this never escalated into any toilet action.

A longer stay in Moonlight Hotel was slightly out of my accommodation budget so I relocated around the corner into a more basic and budget-friendly option. For £6 a night you can still have your own room though. There are lots of excellent book shops in Kathmandu so I spent part of the afternoon browsing these. The main genres seem to be travel, religion, self-help, as well as the classic novels and backpacker books.

Around Thamel there are lots of people passing through either at the start or end of a Himalayan trek. There are also plenty of tourists who spend a lot of time wearing shawls and lazing around the trendy coffee shops that seem to be aplenty here. I joined some of them this evening (minus the shawl), reading and listening to music. As I’ll be in Kathmandu until Tuesday there’s no big rush to see everything.

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