Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Why Travel Tuesday: the Most Beautiful Plane Ride in the World

(Every Tuesday, I will be featuring a photograph from a place I have gone to, a photograph which I believe will inspire others to go out and see the world for themselves.For this week, Why Travel Tuesday features the most beautiful plane ride in the world: one long uninterrupted wall of the snowy mountains of the Himalayas.)

View from the plane flying into Kathmandu, Nepal

It was to be the third country in my six-month backpacking adventure and I wanted to do everything right. I read in Lonely Planet that when flying in to the Nepali capital Kathmandu from Delhi, India, request a window seat on the left-hand side of the aircraft, which was precisely what I did. When I got to my seat, however, someone was already occupying it requesting that I transfer to his seat by the aisle. Normally, I’d concede. But not this time. Which is a good thing. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have had that shot. Or that experience for that matter. We flew right along the highest mountain range in the world and it was all we could see for most of the one and a half-hour flight. It was amazing.

I specifically timed this post as well for the 15th as this marks my first month being on the road. Milestone! In a few hours, weather permitting, I will be starting the trek to the base camp of the highest mountain in the world. I do hope I make it there. This is my cue to say this blog will be quiet for the next couple of weeks. I tried my hardest to schedule a few posts ahead of time but I have been very busy getting myself ready for the 16-day trek. Heck, I haven’t even been able to sightsee in and around Kathmandu. Better I make all the necessary arrangements than risk my life coming onto the trek unprepared. Right?

I will be back (online) by December, spending a few more days in Kathmandu before flying back to Southeast Asia. I have a lot of posts lined up. I’ve only just begun with the Indian leg of my journey (a couple more stories for Dharamsala, then onwards to Amritsar, Agra and Varanasi). Then, of course, there’s Nepal, which I think is probably the most beautiful country in the world. Tall order, I know. But I’m loving this country the more days I spend here. Well, let’s see how I feel after the Everest Base Camp trek. Until then, safe travels!


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