Most Inspirational Moment
I think just landing at Paro airport was amazing. Quite apart from the actual descent, zig-zagging through the valleys (rather close to some very large mountains), it's like a fairytale scene when you arrive: beautiful scenery, amazing buildings, and everyone in national costume. Not all airports are like this!
Thoughts on Group Leader
Our local guide (Kinley) in Bhutan was fantastic - he knew everything about his country and made sure we saw whatever we wanted. The Exodus team in Kathmandu were all very friendly and well organised too.
Advice for Potential Travellers
The food in Nepal and Bhutan was all excellent, although you might be advised to stick to a mainly non-meat diet. Bhutanese cuisine is renowned for its spiciness and the use of chillis as a main dish, not just as a flavouring. There is no need to worry, though, if you don't like hot food as they don't serve this sort of thing to the tourists. In fact, being a real spice fan myself, I had to plead with my guide to get local food! Momos (dumplings) in Nepal are delicious, addictive and very cheap. Also, the veggie curry I had for breakfast every day in the hotel in Kathmandu is one of the most delicious things I have ever tasted, even at 6am on my last day. Note to non curry lovers - they have eggs, bacon, toast and muffins as well, if that's more your thing.
The only low point was the extension to Chitwan in Nepal. We had hoped for a real wildlife adventure to round off our trip but instead found dingy, dirty accommodation and a handful of staff who couldn't really be bothered. Maybe this was due to visiting out of season when the place was practically shut down: I wouldn't advise you to visit during the monsoon season unless you are a big fan of leeches. It also took 8 hours each way to get there, so our actual time in Chitwan was rather more limited than we realised. Even the frisson of a tiger loose in the village wasn't as exciting as it could have been. Despite the whole village turning out to watch the government officers on elephants with their tranquiliser guns closing in on the tiger hidden in a rice field, we were shepherded back to our lodge. I could go on but I gave much more specific feedback to Exodus on my feedback form, so I won't go on about it any more!