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Trip Report..Kathmandu, Mumbai, Goa , Jordan and Dubai

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We just returned home from our month long trip..Our first stop was Kathmandu.

It was fantastic...loved it...(well at least most of it). The traffic was definately not the greatest, but it was fun to be stuck in traffic and watch all the goings on in the ditch!!

Courtyard Hotel was very pleasant, and the owners were fantastic...friendly and were more like friends...

The rooms were ok..nothing fancy, but large and comfortable.

I had no problems with Thamel, it was fun to walk around and visit all the restaurants, shops and almost get run over!! Our favorite spot was New Orleans Cafe..it was a great place for food, drinks, coffee an just hanging out!!

I liked that alot of the restaurants had free wifi in Thamel as it allowed me to keep in touch with everyone on the go..If i might add..an iPhone was just great to take..it worked everywhere through our whole vacation and compact enough to throw in my purse!!

Thamel House was very good as well, for traditional Newari food.

WE loved Durbar Square in Kathmandu...spent almost all day roaming around the area.

Also visited Bhaktapur which we loved. Swayambunath Temple, Bodnath, Changu Narayan..(fantastic scenery on the way).

Our Everest Flight was cancelled due to low visibility which was disappointing.

Would like to return to Nepal one day and do a short trek.

From there we flew to Mumbai for a night and had some fun taking an autorickshaw around for the day just stopping off whenever we felt like it.

Then onto Goa for a week...We stayed at the lovliest place called Presa di Goa..it was beautiful, small restored Portugeuse Mansion with only 8 rooms..a lovely pool and very tropical gardens, away from all the hustle and bustle of busy Goa!!

As we have good friends in Goa, we always have a great time eating at local restaurants, visiting their home...and they always cook us a feast...This time we had one night and celebrated Christmas, it was alot of fun.

My highlight this time was visiting Palolem Beach, it was beautiful.

Then back to Mumbai for another night, which just happended to be the day after the attack...Thankfully, our hotel was miles away and did not affect anything, although it was a little eerie..i must say..but everything we planned to do was obviously cancelled.

From there we took an 8 day tour through Jordan (i know this is not the Middle Eastern Forum)..but i will just quickly add that Jordan is just an amazing country..We did an adventure tour and honestly did things i never thought i would ever do...

The camel trek and over night stay in the desert (Wadi Rum) was uncomfortable, but unforgettable!! The landscape is out of this world..It was a fun day/night.

We spent 3 days exploring Petra which is amazing although 3 days was a little long..Petra is one of the most fascinating places i have been to.

we spent another night at an Eco Lodge called Wadi Feynan Lodge...we rode in the back of Bedoiun 4 wheel drive's to get there and it was an unforgettable expereince...we also climbed a small mountain...

From there we drove to the Dead Sea, the drive was breathtaking through mountains, canyons, etc.. Floating in the Dead Sea was one of the most fun things i have done..It felt so cool to float like that!!

From there we visited the ancient Roman Jerash Ruins..which where simply breathtaking.

Then back to Amman..I never expected to like Jordan sooo much..The people are so friendly, the scenery so beautiful.The food and culture is lovely...but it's main drawback it is very expensive..A beer is pushing $10.00 plus.

From there we flew to Dubai for 4 nights to rest lol..it's not easy to rest in Dubai, but we stayed in a lovely quiet area in Bur Dubai at the Al Manzil Hotel..it was simply beautiful, a 4 star hotel just done up in a simple way with beautiful Arabic fixtures, very modern furnishings etc, without going overboard. The staff was extremely friendly and went out of their way to make our stay wonderful!

The view from our window was the Burj Dubai..the new tallest free standing tower in the world and across the street the newly opened Dubai Mall, which is also the largest in the world...And several souks, restuarants....i just loved it..The architecture of the buildings, the tiles on the roads...was just beautiful and a great place to chill out after a busy holiday.

I am sure Dubai is not for everyone...but was very enjoyable for us..we didn't do alot of sightseeing as we were there before a few years ago and just wanted to take it easy for a few days b4 we flew home..

I will also point out...we flew AC from Canada to LHR and then Emirates and Jet Airways the rest of the way..Emirates is only average, i was not too impressed with them..Jet Airways is fantastic, i hope to take them again..And Air Canada was not as bad as they usually are, i am proud to say!!

Well, that is my trip report!! Short but to the point!! Had a great trip but am totally exhausted!!

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