We flew from London to Kolkata via Mumbai and there we started our journey through North East India and into Nepal, where we ended in Kathmandu. We visited: Kolkata, Darjeeling, Karmi Farm, Gangtok, Chitwan National Park, Royal Beach Camp and Kathmandu.
Of course I spent much of the time spending quality time with my wife but I did still take my sketchbook with me and took many, many photos of the incredible sights along the way. Here are just a few of some of the sights and places we visited:
After our stay in Darjeeling we then went on to the capital of the former Kingdom of Sikkim, Gangtok. In this part of India you really notice the Chinese influence in architecture and in the buddhist religion and culture of the people. Here are some of the buildings perched in the hillside.
From our hotel in Gangtok we had a breathtaking view of the 3rd highest peak in the world, Kanchenjunga. Looking the other way from the balcony was this typical street scene.
After an eventful cross into Nepal we eventually managed to get to Chitwan National Park. Here we went on some safaris. Both of which left us with plenty of views of crocodiles (some from a lovely rickety canoe boat...eek!) but no sign of any rhino. Thankfully one showed up in our hotel garden that night so we got an up-close view of it.
Here are a couple of drawings of the elephants which were having their bath in the river on our return from the first safari. We watched them for ages.
This cheeky elephant took money in its trunk to give to its owner in order for you to have a stroke...it was so cute we kept handing the notes over!
I'm sure I'll share more from our trip at some point as there are plenty of photos I have intentions of turning into paintings. Until then, that's all from India and Nepal for now :)