On the streets of Nepal !

Bhutan or Nepal , Bhutan or Nepal   – as we were discussing our next travel plans ,pat came a really convincing & authoritative  reply , “Nepal jaiye bhaiya ,bohat khoobsurat hai ” (Go to Nepal bro,it’s beautiful ) .It was Shiv Prasad , the cook at my Dad’s place who happens to be from Nepal only. Believe it or not , we simply believed his words and straightaway booked our flights for Kathmandu .

Nepal is obviously not too far from India but the problem is that we Indians take this “Not too far” term way too seriously and so we get over casual as if  Nepal is only about 100 meters or so away. Leave international , we even refuse to acknowledge it as a domestic destination which requires  flight.You bat an eyelid and bang ,Nepal it is. Further I was of the view that since Indians don’t need a Visa for Nepal so there will be no Immigration check while departing or arriving  and hence we reached terminal  T-3 Terminal,New Delhi  barely 2 hours or so to go for the flight.We were really going easy till we got to know that there will be proper Immigration check for Nepal too and we had to stand in a really long que for the same.We panicked a little but then I recalled ,hey we are having a 5 year old kiddo with us, that too of our own. That’s it,to hell with the ques .Like some Royalty , we straightway headed for special assistance counter and got our passports stamped within minutes.Kids I tell you are really useful,if not helpful, during international departures.

Oh sorry, the Title reads ‘On the streets of Nepal’  and here I am discussing nitty gritties of our ordinary airport experience. Hello Nepal, here we go :

Day 1 – Kathmandu 

The moment you land at Kathmandu Airport , you feel happy to have chosen Nepal for the view is so beautiful with Nature all around .

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 Kathmandu Airport

After collecting pre-paid sims cards from airport itself , we headed straight for our Hotel which was located right in the middle of a very popular market and favorite hang out & dine area of Tourists called Thamel which is so full of life all the time . After a rest of an hour or so, we headed straight for the busy thamel streets , exploring the shops,the food and the people.

                     Thamel , Kathmandu

# Travel Tip – You need not worry about Currency exchange or Sim cards while travelling to Nepal. Like most of the countries ,everything is readily and easily available at the Airport itself at a reasonable price. 

Day 2  – The Dashain Festival  &  Travel to Pokhara

It was Dashain that day .

What we call Dusherra here in India is called Dashain in Nepal  however unlike India, Dashain (or dusherra) and not Diwali ,is probably the biggest festival of Nepal as everyone there was so excited and so happy that day. But for tourists ,there is a catch as almost whole of Nepal is closed on this day as people go to their native villages to be with their Families . But unknowingly ,this worked to our advantage as we had to travel to pokhara by taxi that day as per our itinerary and hence we enjoyed a wonderful road trip with very little traffic on our way to Pokhara. Though most of the shops were closed but we could see Dashain trending everywhere  :

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                           Bamboo swings & traditional ‘Tikka’ during Dashain festival

After about 5.5 hours of travel , we reached Pokhara . As we checked in , this mesmerizing view greeted us from our room balcony :

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View from the Hotel , Lake side , Pokhara

Thanks to this kiss of nature , we spent nearly 2-3 hours in the balcony itself before heading for Dinner.

# Travel Tip  – If you are planning for a Nepal Tour around September end or so, then do include Dashain day in the plan and fix travel from Kathmandu to Pokhara or whatever other place you wish to go on Dashain day itself as there is almost zero traffic over otherwise very crowed routes.But please carry some snacks or quick eats for on the way hunger as you won’t find much roadside on Dashain day.

Day 3  & 4 –  Pokhara & travel back to Kathmandu

After a brief evening stroll a day earlier , we left for Sightseeing in & around Pokhara on Day 3 :

 

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    Davis Fall or the Devi’s Fall – A popular waterfall with ferocious intensity of water flow 

 

  Gupteshwar Mahadev Caves,Pokhara  – Beautiful & mystic caves formed  naturally within a Hill.

 

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Seti River, Pokhara  – a river with natural white water

 

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Rare Pigeons of possibly every colour  at the Bindhya Basini Temple,Pokhara

 

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Boat ride & Tal Barahi Temple visit, Phewa lake, Pokhara – Temple is located on an Island right in the middle of this beautiful lake surrounded by lush green mountains

 

In the evening, we ( or rather my wife Nishtha) decided to head for main market area of Pokhara for some shopping and we were not disappointed .Besides the Nature’s dominance during the day, the glittering market  at night, oozing with lively Tourist  vibes all around,makes Pokhara a must visit during your Nepal tour.

 If  you are looking for some Yummy vegetarian Indian food,then straightway head for this “Marwari Restaurant” in the main market area of Pokhara and follow the same with some Delicious Ice-cream scoops at the Ice cream parlour in the immediate vicinity on the lake side :

 

Day 5 – Bhaktapur & Nagarkot 

On our penultimate day before departure, we left for sightseeing around Kathmandu :

 

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Boudhanath Stupa, Kathmandu – The famous Buddhist stupa which is kind of a mini buddhist City in itself.

 

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Devi temple ,Bhakatapur – Bhakatapur is  one of those places in Nepal which suffered huge  damages during 2015 Earthquake.This Devi Temple was the highest building in Nepal for a very long time ,though it no more holds this laurel thanks to massive concrete structures coming up.

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Entrance,Bhaktapur

 

 

Nagarkot – It’s basically a spot  about 1.5 hours drive from Kathmandu , which is at a substantial elevation and hence  you can have a wonderful view of the whole kathmandu city by scaling a watch tower .There’s nothing much to this place other than the scenic frame and you can easily skip this from your wishlist if you want to.

 

                      The famous Pashupatinath Temple near Kathmandu

 

Garden of Dreams , Thamel ,Kathmandu – It’s a beautiful and very well maintained garden where you can enjoy your time after a tiring sightseeing day. 

# Travel Tip – Taxis are way too costly at Nepal.To save some good bucks, book the taxi for the whole tour – from airport pick up on Day 1  to airport drop on the last day (including all the travel/sightseeing in between) –  in advance from any of the  travel portals of your respective country which have some sort of tie up with travel agencies of Nepal.I booked through Yatra.com  from India before departing.

Day 6 – Flight Back Home

After pure surrender and immersion in the Nature’s warmth for 5 days,  we reluctantly  headed for Kathmandu airport for flight back to India.

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Saying final goodbye to Prem, the wonderful guy who drove us through Nepal on all 5 days

#Travel Tip : For my Indian friends , most of the Credit cards  issued by Indian banks work readily in Nepal however if you are carrying Debit card,then please do recheck that it is unlocked & available for international Transactions. As for the cash,well all Indian Currency notes worth  Rs. 1OO & below are acceptable there however Rs. 200,Rs.500 & Rs. 2000 Indian Currency Notes are banned as of now.

Wraping Up

Nepal is beautiful beyond doubt and people of Nepal are equally beautiful at heart, very helpful,polite and honest, thereby making almost all the major sightseeing/shopping destinations super safe for tourists .

Besides, Nepal sets perfect example for Women empowerment as you will find women being involved and working almost everywhere ,in all kinds of business along with their male counterparts.

Also,there is substantial  presence of Budha all over Nepal for your spiritual hunger :

However one thing that was disturbing and made us upset time & again there was that even though Nepal is wonderful for tourists but for majority of the locals there , life is really very tough . I sincerely wish that will change the next time I visit this Beautiful Country . But the best part is that people are still happy and not complaining at all and the way they have rebuilt  Nepal brick by brick after the unfortunate earthquake demands salute to their passion for life.

On a concluding note , Check out few random Shots  from Nepal :

1.Junior showing some attitude

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2.Entanglement : My state of mind before I started Meditating

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3.Meeting with The Spiritual Guy

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4.Enjoying the Bliss brought by Meditation

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5.Junior Getting Inspired

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I hope you liked our journey through Nepal.

Would love to hear your thoughts  & feedback. Please do share the post if you found it interesting  .

Namaste & Good bye till my next write up !!

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