NEPAL - My dream to visit Nepal with my daughter materialised recently, thanks to the affordable AirAsia X flight.
Most people go to Kathmandu, capital of Nepal, for some arduous trekking, but we were content to shop at Thamel, the tourist district of Kathmandu.
At Durbar Square, the Living Goddess made a brief appearance at a window of her abode, drawing applause from the audience who paid homage by bringing their palms together above their heads.
We visited the Swayambhunath temple, but rather than climb to the summit, I sat on a bench at the foothill.
Middle-aged trekking guides did vigorous exercises and drank freshly prepared aloe vera juice and rubbed their faces repeatedly with its skin. I followed suit, though the only vigorous exercise I had done was observing them.
Our next stop was Pokhara which is famous for its lakes and mountains. The climb up the Peace stupa (for a breathtaking view of the Annapurna mountain range), International Mountain Museum and two Hindu temples was enough to bring on the aches.
At the temples, it was refreshing to see all the female devotees clad in red saris, and fashionable red or green blouses, with several strands of bead necklaces. Red is the favourite colour of the Hindu goddess.