Update: India, Nepal, the Maldives and Oman

What a month and a half.

After leading my latest India tour in October, a friend and I went to Nepal in order to relax and catch up on work among the beautiful Himalayas. What we didn’t realize is that Kathmandu is the third most polluted city on the planet (who knew?) so our stay there knocked us down a bit, inhaling all that dusty, dirty air.

Luckily, we soon ventured up to Nagarkot, a hilltop village 30 kilometers from Kathmandu, with stunning mountain views (8 of the 13 Himalayan ranges are visible from this village), a quiet, extremely laid-back atmosphere and thankfully, fresh, clean air to breathe.

Five days here and we were back to feeling 100%.

This was the view from the balcony at the perfectly situated Hotel Himalayan Villa…

Nagarkot, Nepal - Himalayas

On to…the Maldives!!!!

From Nagarkot, we then moved on to a destination that I had always wanted to visit for many, many years.

Finally, I made it to the Maldives!

And it was out of this world. In fact, it was so out of this world that I’m going to dedicate 3 posts over the next couple of weeks to this one destination. The best part is that my visit was not some ultra-luxurious, ultra-expensive experience. It turns out that visiting the Maldives can absolutely be done on a budget.

Yes, surreal tropical islands, gorgeous white sand beaches, some of the best snorkeling I’ve ever seen anywhere, excursions to swim with manta rays and dolphins in the wild (where you’ll be the only people around), flavorful Maldivian food and so much more can be had for an absolute fraction of what you think it would cost. I really had no idea this was possible, but it is.

Check this out…a short Youtube video I made from the stunning white sand beach on Mathiveri Island (I’ve never seen clearer water!):