Gokarna Forest Resort

It seemed almost decadent to be at a hotel until 0915. We were still opposite the airfield at the hotel in Paro where the drive to the airport took less than 15 minutes. Being dropped off, it took almost no time to get through security and checked in, then it was just a matter or waiting till our flight was announced. The young woman who was the walking PA system just goes through the terminal area, calling the flight in the appropriate languages. Since there is only one flight departing at a time and usually no more than three flights total leaving each day, the system works.

Our arrival in Nepal was smooth, the OAT pickup went without problems. The Gokarna Forest Resort is located on the grounds of the old royal forest/hunting preserve. The 500+ acres are extensive enough that the hotel requires you to hire a local guide in order to head into the heavily forested area. Since that guide is also a naturalist, it pretty much makes sense if you want any idea of the birds you are seeing. It also means that we are out of the city. Significantly out of the city (only 4 million people all of whom ride a motor bike when not behind the wheel of something larger).

The monkeys – no problems in identifying them. Also no problems in getting things stolen if you are careless enough to leave doors, window open or attempt to hang laundry outside a hotel room. You can also hear them on the roof.

rhesus monkey just hanging out.

rhesus monkey just hanging out.

We took a short walk through the local village seeing new construction, and talking with various people.

the stove at the local bar/grill

the stove at the local bar/grill

Clay oven which has reverted to wood burning due to the propane shortage. I had the pounded rice with some nice pickle, everyone else tried the curried lamb..

One thing for sure, the food at this hotel is nothing to write home about. We all expressed our preference for non-bland food and local food rather than pseudo-Western. Since we are here for three nights, it will be interesting…

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About Holly

fiber person - knitter, spinner, weaver who spent 33 years being a military officer to fund the above. And home. And family. Sewing and quilting projects are also in the stash. After living again in Heidelberg after retiring (finally) from the U.S. Army May 2011, we moved to the US ~ Dec 2015. Something about being over 65 and access to health care. It also might have had to do with finding a buyer for our house. Allegedly this will provide me a home base in the same country as our four adult children, all of whom I adore, so that I can drive them totally insane. Considerations of time to knit down the stash…(right, and if you believe that…) and spin and .... There is now actually enough time to do a bit of consulting, editing. Even more amazing - we have only one household again. As long as everyone understands that I still, 40 years into our marriage, don't do kitchens or bathrooms. For that matter, not being a golden retriever, I don't do slippers or newspapers either. I don’t miss either the military or full-time clinical practice. Limiting my public health/travel med/consulting and lecturing to “when I feel like it” has let me happily spend my pension cruising, stash enhancing (oops), arguing with the DH about where we are going to travel next and book buying. Life is good!
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