Hard to believe I’ve already been traveling for three months (especially since I just recently managed to get my two months of travel post up!)
The third month was all about Everest and India. We spent the first half completing our long awaited Everest Base Camp Trek. It took us twelve long days but we finally made it to the top. It was without a doubt one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, but I will always be glad that we added it to our trip Itenerary.
After hiking Everest, it was time to say goodbye to Nepal as we headed to one of the most anticipated stops on our trip: India! And what a country it was. The first two weeks we joined up with a travel blogger named Earl for the first of his Wandering Earl tours. It was a great way to rest after our trek, and get introduced to India – and we saw a ton.
Our first stop was Delhi, for a few days of exploring before we headed to Amritsar to see the famous Golden Temple. Then we headed north to McLeod Ganj, home of the Dali Lama and (for us) back to the freezing cold temperatures. In McLeod Ganj, Shannon and I also had our first bout with food poisoning after eating at a questionable bus station buffet.
Next was Rishikesh and Hardiwar, the second holiest city on the Ganges river and a mecca of Yoga and meditation. We had a chance to wade into the much less polluted sections of the Ganges just as the hundreds of other pilgrims do on a daily basis. Then it was time to head back to Delhi and say goodbye to the fellow tour members.
We arrived in Delhi in time to celebrate Diwali – an experience that was much different than we anticipated. (Look for an upcoming post!) We also met up with my friend Caroline who had flown in from DC to spend some time exploring India with us. After another day in Delhi where we took a train to Jaipur where we saw the pink city and the nearby Amber Fort.
The next day, we headed to Agra where we got to see the Taj Mahal and had a run in with an over aggressive tout. Since we never got off the train wait list, we had no choice but to hire a taxi to drive us 12 hours overnight to the holy city of Varanasi. Varanasi was one of the highlights of India and we spent hours out on small wooden row boats watching life on the river.
Overnight Trains: 1 (from Delhi to Amritsar)
Flights: 1 (From Katmandu to Delhi)
Countries: 2 (Nepal, India)
Cities: Two many to count if we include all the tiny villages we trekked through on the way to Everest Base Camp!
Diet Cokes: 4 (Finally found some affordable ones in McLeod Ganj)
Weight Lost: 6 lbs (Trekking + Endless Food Poisoning)
Injuries: 1 (Perforated Ear Drum…long story, tell you later)
Days Sick: 5
Items Lost: 4 (Three shirts and a flashlight…not a banner month for not losing things)
So what am I doing next month?
In the fourth month of travel, Shannon and I will be exploring Southern India, including a trip to the Kerela Backwaters. Afterwards, we fly to Bangkok to pick up a Myanmar Visa. From there we will be flying to Myanmar for two weeks of exploring the country. Finally, we fly to Indonesia where we will meet up with Marten, our friend from the base camp trek.