I visited India and Nepal for the first time on a Buddhist pilgrimage led by Shantum Seth in 2007. The following is from my 2008 trip to India, Nepal, and Tibet.
I’m in the hotel in Kathmandu. It’s shortly after 4:30 am. But I’ve been in bed for hours — I have a virus (as in hacking up yellow phlegm). I woke in a train’s sleeper car at about 4 am. I have a slight touch of altitude sickness since flying from Delhi to Kathmandu and didn’t even notice until the middle of the night. I’m afraid I’m a bit in shock — here in Nepal on my own after about two weeks with a sangha in Dharamshala, India.
Nepalese people apparently don’t speak English as clearly as they do in India. But maybe I’m generalizing. What I really mean is… the travel agent doesn’t speak English that clearly. Maybe I’m struggling because I’m so accustomed to how Jagdish and a few other Indian people speak English; Shantum and the Raj speak it with a British accent, and the Rani almost had a British accent. I’m sure it doesn’t help that my ears are congested.
My travel memoir Every Day is Magical: A Buddhist Pilgrimage in India and Nepal is available on Amazon here: