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Saturday, April 21, 2001
Mumbai, India to Katmandu, Nepal
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Katmandu, Nepal:
Latitude: 27° 42' 53" North
Longitude: 85° 17' 25" East
Altitude: 4610 feet
From Seattle: 8447 miles
Lodging: Hotel - Pheasant Lodge

Today's Travel:
Countries: India, Nepal
Regions: Maharashtra, Katmandu Valley
Route: Royal Nepal Airlines flight 202: Mumbai - Katmandu
Path:Mumbai, India - Katmandu, Nepal
Linear:1044 miles
Weather: Sunny

Available Photos:

VT train station Mumbai, India

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 1472
Linear Dist: 276868
Countries Visited: 76
Regions Visited: 287
More stats...
Hotels: 599
Friends / Family: 338
Camping: 130
Hostels: 262
Transit: 99
Other Lodging: 13
Beers: 4591

Journal Entry:
I packed, showered, and, taking advantage of the hot water, shaved (I want to look clean cut after the border troubles going in to the Maldives). After checking out I walked to Apollo Bunder and bought a couple books. I took a taxi to VT (Victoria Terminus). The giant train station was the first in India and it very impressive - and beautiful in a gothic way. I walked around the outside and then fought the crowds (it is very busy) and wandered through it. Then came my great adventure - I walked across the street and had lunch at Mc Donald's. I've been meaning to go to MD's since I got to India, just so I could say I'd been to one where they didn't serve any beef! Inside it was the busiest Mc Donald's I'd ever been in - but the staff was incredibly efficient, and they all seemed so happy. I had a Maharaja Mac (big mac with pork - I think) and a couple vegetarian sides - it was pretty much as I expected - not bad, but not good. I wandered around some and bought more film since I'd pretty much used all mine up in Hampi, then did internet. I got email from Amy in Katmandu which was great - it looks like we're going to try to do a short trek together. I took a taxi back to then hotel to collect my bag then on to the airport. The flight was delayed by an hour so after checking in, changing money, and going through immigration, I sat down and had a beer with a guy from the Isle of Jersey.

The flight was comfortably boring. In Katmandu I shared a taxi with the guy from the airport. He got dropped off at another hotel then I was dropped on a dark, mostly deserted street and pointed down a dark alley. I finally found the hotel around midnight - I had to wake the watchman, but Amy was up and we stayed up late talking and planning.

Related Sites:
CNN: Current Weather in Katmandu
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Nepal
CIA - The World Factbook: Nepal

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