In 2001 and 2002 I worked at Tiger Tops Jungle Lodge and Tented Camp in Nepal's Chitwan National Park, a sanctuary established for the preservation of the Asian one-horned rhino, as well as Bengal tigers, leopards, wild bison, sloth bears, monkeys, pythons, crocodiles and 543 species of birds.
During my time off from work at the lodge, I explored Kathmandu's Tibetan Buddhist stupas, markets and Hindu temples and squares, trekked and paraglided in the Annapurna mountains, visited the tea plantations in Ilam, and also spent time in Darjeeling, Delhi and Calcutta.
My collection of Tibetan horns numbers nine, including:
- five Rag Dung (aka "Tibetan Temple Horn" - long telescoping horns, typically played in pairs as a drone in temple worship) - 12", 39", 60", 72" and 96" horns.
- two Dung Dkar, or shell trumpets
- two types of Kangling (one made of hammered metal, the other of resin)
In addition to the Tibetan horns, I also own one Indian Tori - a side-blown natural trumpet.