We had our driver Prabhu drive us to Mettapalayam to catch the train to Chennai, where we connected with a train to Delhi.
|Since we left on Divali Eve, the streets of Mettapalayam were packed with people doing last-minute shopping.|
|Many people were shopping at sweets shops.|
|We had booked first class seats, and maybe because it was the holiday, we had a whole compartment to ourselves. Sweet!|
|When we connected with the train for Delhi, we were again expecting to share our first-class cabin with other people. But no! We had the whole compartment to ourselves! So sweet. Here's the very good tea they served us right away.|
|Gopal was in heaven because of the free newspapers brought to him.|
|Since I was a little gun-shy about train food, I was thrilled when good pongal, sambar, and vada were served.|
Here are some shots of India en route to Delhi (during daylight).
|Pickpocket wanted posters at a train station.|
|Our train car (special paint job was probably in honor of the Commonwealth Games that took place in Delhi in October).|
|Train platform at Vijayawada Junction.|
|We arrived at Delhi train station, and almost got lost everything looks so different. For the Commonwealth Games, they fixed all the streets and sidewalks. It transformed the city.|
|Gopal, Harsh, Suman, and Raju. Suman is Raju's sister; Harsh is her 7-year-old.|
|Krishna's cousin Ashish brought his new baby over. Here, his wife is helping in the kitchen.|
Monday, the 8th, off to the airport for our flight to Kathmandu.
|The Himalayas from the plane.|
|Approaching Kathmandu, which has really sprawled|
|Empty lot next door (I'll show you this lot later in the pictures).|
|Tea with Paresh at Tilak's|
|Solar water heating system, common in Nepal.|
|Nandani, Puja, Durmilla, Tilak (I'm waiting for the names of the two ladies on the right). The gal on the far right is studying environmental law.|
|That evening we went into Thamel, the shopping area for westerners, where a mandala had been created at an intersection.|
|Oil lamps were lit all around it as the sun went down.|
|Nandani and Tilak at a khukuri shop he used to own. Khukuri knives are part of Nepal's identity.|
|Shopping for pashmina shawls|
|Buying North Face hiking shoes.|
|Early the morning of the 9th, we left Kathmandu for a tour of Nepal.|
|Here are Paresh's brother Siddhu and Gopal wearing masks to protect themselves from the Kathmandu pollution.|
|We had a mediocre lunch at this place which was closed, but she was kind enough to through something together for us.|
|We arrived at Chitwan as the sun was going down.|
Here we are having dinner together.