After three glorious days in Bhutan it was time to board the chartered aircraft and head back to Kathmandu. The skies were fabulously clear and the Himalaya were visible in all of their snow-capped wonder. It was fantastic! To me, it is the erosion of the valleys in the Himalaya that are most spectacular. Yes, the peaks are glorious and everyone's eye is drawn to their stupendous height's. But the mountains are mere remnants of what has not been stripped away by the power of the Himalayan rivers. And as those rivers strip off more and more of the rock here, the mountains "pop up" as an isostatic rebound - the former confining mass of that rock is now gone to the Bay of Bengal and thus the mountains rise higher and the valleys get deeper. And the mountains get higher and.... on and on. Maybe a better name for this area would be the Himalayan Canyons. But then it is the peaks we see and so much the valleys.
We boarded our private jet in Kathmandu and flew 2 hrs, 50 min. to Jodhpur, India in the state of Rajasthan. Jodhpur is called the blue city and on a future post you'll learn why. We drove 2 hours north of Jodhpur after arrival to Manvar. Here we enjoyed a night's camp in tents in the desert, another ride on camels, and sumptuous Indian dinner with a music show. As usual on this trip, it was an action packed day.
tilaka on our forehead
Maria Muldaur song, "Midnight at the Oasis"