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The story so far: Nepal welcomed us with open arms but bad roads, and we made it through Kakarbhitta – Chaubis – Janakpuri – Kathmandu without much incident. It was quite an adventure, hanging on to life as we scaled 45-degree mountain inclines and rode down just as bad descents, with scenic views for company. This post covers the rest of the ride, and the crazy situations I found myself in. To read part one of the Nepal trip, click here.
The road to Kathmandu was a preview of the routes we were yet to cover across Nepal. My tail bone refused to cooperate with my urge to sit down on a soft surface after the ride to the China border; a duck kept me company as I walked in the rain to stretch my legs before getting on the bike again – it waddled alongside making cutesy noises and pecking at unsuspecting people; in Pokhara, we were so bushed with all our previous days that none of us managed to indulge in adventure sports – not even hang gliding; Tatopani was the dream destination with a nightmarish ride to reach it; and Lumbini was sort of alright. When I wasn’t hanging onto dear life or bending over to stretch my back, I was shooting pictures such as these:
The Waddling Duck. Some day, when the duck dies and goes to Domestic Bird Heaven and meets the rooster that chased me in the Trongsa Dzong, they’re going to have such a good laugh about the woman who was a total sucker.
1 Indian Rupee = 1.6 Nepali Rupee. Which means that you’ll feel richer in Nepal. Possibly also one of the reasons why a lot of Indian families holiday there. Unlike Bhutan, people here don’t go crazy behind the Indian rupee. Oh, and 500 and 1000 rupee notes are not accepted in most places because of fraud.
Sekuwa – smoked meat – is widely available and is apparently pretty delicious. It’s an acquired taste for some. Vegetarian food is widely available – the Thakali thali, especially, is available everywhere. Chicken and beef are most common. You’ll find a lot of Chinese and Indian cuisine everywhere, but places that serve authentic Nepali food are a little hard to find.
Varies from basic to luxurious. Water and electricity are a problem, so carry a torch with you. Most rooms are well-maintained, with western bathrooms and water heaters, toilet rolls and towels.
It was pretty hot when we rode into Nepal, but after that it was raining throughout. The weather is mostly pleasant, and bearably cold in the higher regions. I carried six pairs of jeans and plenty of tees. I used floaters for local sightseeing, but for treks and the ride itself, I wore hiking shoes. Carry rain covers for your luggage.
Sparse. Most of it is cultivated land, with a decent amount of greenery on the mountains. The historical monuments are note-worthy, with quite a few world heritage sites in the country.
Not sure, really, because I spotted nothing – no birds, no animals, and definitely no yetis.
Getting there: Delhi is the most conveniently connected metro to direct flights to Pokhara and Kathmandu. You can also fly to Bagdogra and ride from there.
Go if: You want to indulge in plenty of adventure sports.
17 thoughts on “Snapshots from Nepal: Part Two.”
That Part II was some time coming.. :-|
You take us there… it’s as simple as that!!
:-) So love your posts!
The pictures are brilliant as usual.. dunno how you do it! And you conjure up the rest with your words..
Hungry for more – get on your way!! ;-)
Hello! Yeah, it was. Work got in the way. Thank you for the kindness. And you should be the one talking, Mister I-Just-Did-A-Roadtrip-Across-An-International-Coastline! How about you share some pictures with me instead? :]
loved reading your posts….you recreate the journey for us with your photos and words :)
Thank you Dreamzandclouds. I hope this helps you plan your Nepal trip – if you haven’t gone on it already. :)
as of now, its on hold :(
Oho. No problemo, it’ll happen soon enough. Wish for it hard. :)
I am :O
Beautiful pics, again. You go to the most interesting of trips! :) And tell stories in that wonderful way of yours, that makes us want to keep listening. :)
Glad you enjoyed reading it TGND. :)
I really, really love reading about your travels which is why I have to say this. The font you use for your posts is rather difficult to read. It might be that the background is too bright or the font color is too faint but all in all its hard to pick out the words. it would be nice if you could pick a bolder font.
Thank you for reading Potli Baba. As for the font change – done and done. Tell me if you can read better now. :)
I agree with Thinkerbelle – I have felt this many times too, but never said it. The font is too small to read comfortably, but it has never been a real hindrance since your posts are so interesting! :)
Hahaha! Thanks for your honesty TGND. I changed the font. Go see now. :)
Yes, it is much better now. :)
YES!!Thanks so much. No let me get back to reading this post :)