Dhulikhel Mountain Resort, Sat afternoon and Sun morning, 10/17-18
On our way, and, man, this is a gorgeous land ... only about 20 miles from Kathmandu through lovely green terraced hillsides to the mountain resort at Dhulikhel. It's rice harvest time, and using time honored methods, the local people are hard at it. The red arrow below points to the statue (photo beneath this one), and gives you an idea of how majestic the statue is.
As I mentioned in my previous post, Nepal is primarily Hindu. Above, Kailashnath Mahadev Statue, at an impressive 144 ft high, is the world's tallest Shiva statue, made using copper, zinc, concrete and steel. We passed it by several times on our comings and goings.
Laying out the cut rice to dry.
We spotted these small roadside grottoes occasionally.
Not sure what they signify, but probably calling upon a deity for favors needed or granted.
Our suite is somewhere up top there! It's like being in Shangri-la!
If the day is clear and not hazy as you see in this picture, you can see the snow-capped Himalayas from our window. Even without seeing the distant peaks, the views are simply beautiful.
One of the perks mentioned in our information packet about Dhulikhel is to awaken early to catch the sunrise over the Himalayas. I think all 11 of us in the group had a 5 am wake-up call to get us out to the terrace by sunrise. We were way too early, but the morning wasn't cold and no one seemed to mind. As it turned out a light ground fog and haze obscured both morning sunrises.
Besides, coffee served on the terrace while we enjoy the flower- and plant-bedecked grounds was A-OK!
This Yellow-billed Blue Magpie and a few of its cousins filled the air with typical noisy Magpie chatter. A beauty for sure, but it did not want to hold still for its picture to be taken! We saw these birds several times in Nepal and Bhutan.
The flowers, color and variety, simply blew me away.
Jimmy is ready for a Sunday morning hike to a nearby village. Next ....