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Re: Nepal Travel Story, Trip to Nepal and Roadtrip to Pokhara in Nepal
« Reply #10 on: July 17, 2016, 02:23:51 AM »
Day 1: New Delhi to Kathmandu by Indigo flight

In the excitement we couldn't sleep and were out of bed very early. Our flight's scheduled departure time was around noon but we got ready to leave for airport at around 7 in the morning from Gurgaon. It takes just half an hour from my place in Gurgaon to reach Airport but why to wait at home when boys can have all the fun at airport itself. We booked a cab to airport and at 8 we were at the airport. New Delhi Airport's Terminal 5 for International flights is world's best in term of infrastructure and it's a very big terminal with so many shops and galleries to wander and explore. we did all the formalities, got our boarding passes, luggage checked in, made ground staff believe me that I am the same person whose photograph is on my passport  ;D (as I was wearing a long beard that time while going to Nepal), went through immigration and were inside the terminal. We went straightaway to the food court and had our breakfast and then around 10 our 3rd member of the troop joined us.
We roamed around every corner of the airport and time flew and it was time to board out flight to Kathmandu.

While at Indiragandhi International airport terminal 3:

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Our ride, waiting to fly
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So, around noon, our flight bound to Kathmandu departed. It takes 1 hour 45 minutes from New Delhi to Kathmandu and towards the end of the flight you would start gazing at long snow covered peaks of great Himalayan range.

Views from our plane:
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Exactly after 1 hour 45 minutes, our flight landed at Kathmandu airport. Weather was amazing and when you look from top you won't find much of a difference between India and Nepal but the place is more green and at that time weather was great to imbibe the freshness inside your nerves.

A bus carried us inside the airport. Kathmandu airport wasn't grand as compared to Delhi Airport and I took my cell phone out to call our friend Dr. Amit, who lives in Kathmandu, to pick us up but wait a second.. what? there was no signal at all and then got to know Indian sims won't work and for next 5 days I would be off the grid. There was some form that was needed to be filled up and there was no Pen to write and neither we were carrying one and thus its an important tip to carry a Pen always when visiting kathmandu airport to save time and hassle of requesting others to lend you a Pen for a minute. While our troop was filling those forms, I called Dr. Amit from a Landline at the airport to come to Airport and pick us up. Withing 15-20 minutes he was there at the Airport. Though Indian currency works and Nepal but still we got few grands converted and on the whole Nepal trip, we would keep juggling between calculations of NPR and INR. Sometimes we would give 100 INR and in return we would get the Item and 100 NPR back   8) .

At Kathmandu Airport:
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So, we met Dr. Amit and then we were on crowded Nepal roads. There was not much difference between Indian roads and Nepal roads, only differences were: all roads were without dividers, there was no traffic signals and all the important crossings were being managed manually by cops and the third was traffic was way way more disciplined than Indian traffic. I used to tell my friends that Indian drivers would have made mess of those narrow alleys of Kathmandu and those crossings.

On Kathmandu roads:
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Straight from Airport, we went to have our lunch and it was time I started suffering being vegetarian in Nepal. In Kathmandu, it was still not very difficult to find Indian Veg food but outside Kathmandu I had a tough time. After lunch around evening, we reached Doctor's place where we would stay for next 4-5 days. We had couple of hours rest and then around 8 we got ready to visit the happening area of Kathmandu, Thamel. Thamel is a place full of bars, casinos, dance bars, massage parlors, discos and what not... It's a crowded place and a place of very vibrant night life. We settled ourselves in a nice place and had a good time there to end our great kick off day to our Nepal journey.


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Re: Nepal Travel Story, Trip to Nepal and Roadtrip to Pokhara in Nepal
« Reply #11 on: July 18, 2016, 01:31:40 AM »
Is it a welcoming country for Indians as I have heard many stories of Nepali people don't like India in general.
Yes it is a welcoming country for all not just Indians. Nepal and India go hand in hand, I didn't find any dislike for Indians as such but it is all in news in general and also I could see at someplaces about Madheshi movement that is going on.

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Re: Nepal Travel Story, Trip to Nepal and Roadtrip to Pokhara in Nepal
« Reply #12 on: July 26, 2016, 01:55:41 AM »
Yes I agree, all this hype is media generated and also to gain political mileage and people of Nepal and India are so connected to each other, geographically, economically and also culturally.

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Re: Nepal Travel Story, Trip to Nepal and Roadtrip to Pokhara in Nepal
« Reply #13 on: July 26, 2016, 02:00:16 AM »
I also felt the same, though I found a little bit of a culture difference as I come from North India and I felt the difference the same as I would travel to anywhere but North in India. I struggled to find Indian Vegetarian food outside Kathmandu and before going to Nepal I thought this shouldn't be a problem. I will share my experience in my further posts to follow.

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Re: Nepal Travel Story, Trip to Nepal and Roadtrip to Pokhara in Nepal
« Reply #14 on: September 18, 2016, 02:38:58 AM »
Day 2: Kathmandu to Pokhra

After a great first day in Himalayan Country, our expectations were already very high for rest of our short trip and as per our plan, we had to leave for Pokhra on 2nd day of the trip. Pokhra is a hill station and second largest city of Nepal and is about 200 kms from Kathmandu and it took us good 6-7 hours to reach Pokhra from Kathmandu by road.

We started our day with a good Indian breakfast and got ready for a road trip in Nepal. Before hitting the highway, we went to Thamel first to do some shopping. Thamel is completely different place in sun light in contrast to what it is in night and it is equally bright in day time as it is vibrant in nights. There are many popular brand outlets, food joints, crowded shops and eateries etc. 14876-0

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We spent some time there in Thamel and then it was time to shift some gears on highway to Pokhra. Kathmandu is a crowded city with a lot of traffic but the only respite is that people are sane while driving otherwise traffic in Kathmandu would have been a chaos. It took us more than an hour to cross Kathmandu. Roads are not extraordinary and you would find some treacherous stretches but the views and surroundings were amazing. After couple of hours we started feeling hungry and as an Indian, started to find Dhabas but no where we found something like that. After a lot of hunting we stopped at a place and there wee asked for something Veg. they told us not much but they can cook boiled rice with boiled potato and to fill my tummy I had to settle for it but for non vegetarians, it was a treat. So, being a vegetarian, my personal experience was not very good with very limited options outside Kathmandu. One should plan for his food when one is vegetarian and is traveling in Nepal.
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Enroute to Pokhra:
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Around 7-7:30 in the evening, we reached outskirts of Pokhra and I was not very impressed but later I found out that it was not the heart of the city and when we reached the heart of the city, it was some thing else, the place was beautiful with many pubs, bars, restaurants, shops. Nightlife was even better in Pokhra than Thamel.

In Pokhra at Night:
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We first settled for a good hotel and it was not very expensive and we got a room for night in about 1000 INR and then we went exploring the streets of Pokhra to close our another great day in Nepal.


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Re: Nepal Travel Story, Trip to Nepal and Roadtrip to Pokhara in Nepal
« Reply #15 on: December 27, 2016, 04:40:18 PM »
Day 3: Roaming around Pokhara, early morning visit to Phewa Lake, visit to Devi's Waterfall and Gupteshwar Mahadev Temple and then finally roadtrip back to Kathmandu from Pokhara

We knew Day 3 was going to be a very long one for us and we also had to take a call to spend one more night in Pokhara or to go back to Kathmandu for early morning Everest Mountain flight experience the very next day. Later on we got Mountain flight tickets arranged and decided to go back to Kathmandu for that but before that it would going to be a very long day.

We started our day at 7 am to visit Phewa Lake or some people call it as Fewa lake in Pokhara. The day was very good and weather was perfect, wee had our jogging shoes on and we left for a nice jog/walk around the lake.

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And this is the very common siting in Nepal, Liquor in normal grocery shops. This is very strange setup for an Indian.
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Then, we came out from other side of Phewa Lake and started exploring the main street of Pokhara, looking at various restaurants and eateries, we started having a craving for a breakfast and then we had a very nice breakfast at one of the cafe.
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After having a great breakfast, we came back to our hotel around 9:30-10 and it was time to get ready. We relaxed a bit and some chit chat with fellow travelers before we started getting ready.

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Then we took our own time to get ready and checked out of the hotel around 12:30 pm and then just outside our hotel we found that there was an eatery, which was cooking some fresh Aloo Paranthas. We couldn't resist and it was time for a real good brunch.

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Re: Nepal Travel Story, Trip to Nepal and Roadtrip to Pokhara in Nepal
« Reply #16 on: December 27, 2016, 09:25:40 PM »
Day 3 Continued: Exploring Pokhara and visit to Devi's Fall and Gupteshwar Mahadev Mandir

So, after a filling brunch we headed to Devi's Fall, it was drizzling a bit and got a bit drenched but the waterfall was mighty and tremendous. Devi's Waterfall from outside is visible from the Garden and it's visible from inside also from Gupteshwar Mahadev temple caves.

Devi's Waterfall
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Then after visiting Devi's Fall, we visited Gupteshwar Mahadev Temple and it's a very extraordinary structure and those caves inside were so dark and deep.

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what they told me is that below image is Devi's fall from inside of thee caves
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Gupteshwar Mahadev Temple was our last spot in Pokhara and from there on we left for Kathmandu around 3:40-4 pm as we had an early morning everest Mountain flight the very next day. On the way we found a massive Jam and it that jam lasted for 3 hours itself and we could cover only 5-10 kilometers in those 3 hours. It was another thing, which I never experienced in India a Jam so long.Finally around 2 am in the night we were able to reach Kathmandu to end our day.


 


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