In addition to its own heritage, Nepal (the orange sausage-shaped
country between India and China) draws cultures from the diverse religions and history
of its neighbors. Though several of these nearby countries serviced Nepal from Hong Kong,
our schedule worked best with Nepal's local airline. We flew West from Hong Kong into
the Kathmandu airport on Royal Nepali Airlines without incident despite Lonely Planet's
warning that this carrier was "notoriously unreliable."