Once again, I am very happy to share my travel experiences with you. This time I got opportunity to visit Nepal again?? Yes..Yes!! Once again. And you can see I was extremely excited.
This time this opportunity came by because a neighbour and a friend wished to visit Pashupatinath temple. The Pashupatinath temple is located in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal). He has been wanting to go there for about a year and he wanted me to guide him there, however since I had already visited Nepal last year with my friends it had to wait.
My friend had never visited Nepal before and was a bit confused. It began when he started asking me a lot of questions about our last trip like How to get there? Where will we stay there? How much does it cost of staying there in hotels? How is transportation there?
And with that of course how much did our budget come to?
Would you want to try and guess it? You would be quite surprised to know that it was only a mere INR 15000 for two people and we started planning for this trip accordingly. But then I thought why not make this trip more interesting and find out alternative ways to get to Nepal. I even thought we can perhaps visit Nepal by road, it was very cheap way according our budget, but that plan had to be dropped because it was the rainy season and we were watching news about flood and landslides due to heavy rain on various News channel. Since this idea was no longer possible, we had only one option left, which was by air but the budget was not sufficient amount for us to buy air tickets.
We had no other way forward and since we had already made up our mind on the trip, we purchased the flight tickets for about INR 4069 per person. However I had accepted to join my friend along as he had offered to sponsor my trip making it a free journey for me. With the price of the air tickets skewing the budget and putting a small dampener, I too was not very excited for other reasons. A friend’s advice kept looming in my head and I remembered his words “Gajji, always remember if you do not have your own money to spend on anything then you should refrain from that spending and especially should never be dependent on others to pay for you”
So eventually I decided to pay for my own travel expenses.
With two tickets from Delhi to Kathmandu in Nepal and the trip just five days away, some of the excitement seemed to be coming back.
The closest airport to Almora, where I stay, is Delhi to take a flight to Kathmandu. We are actually closer by road and can reach the borders of Nepal almost in the same time it takes to go to Delhi. However Kathmandu is further away and as the road being not feasible in this season, we have to do the longer route.
we went to Delhi two days before our departure and stayed at our friend’s guest house, his hospitality was unforgettable. I am saying this because he arranged everything whatever we have need. After enjoying two days there next morning we left to airport and after the necessary formalities inside the airport, we were on our way to Nepal.
After flying One and half hours, we reached TIA (Tribhuwan International Airport) Kathmandu Nepal Where my two Nepali friends (Santosh and Saurav) were already waiting for us.
Kathmandu is the capital and largest urban agglomerate of Nepal. The agglomerate consists of Kathmandu Metropolitan City at its core, and its sister cities Patan, Kirtipur, Thimi, and Bhaktapur. Most of Kathmandu’s people follow Hinduism and many others follow Buddhism. There are people of other religious beliefs as well, giving Kathmandu a cosmopolitan culture. Nepali is the most commonly spoken language in the city. English is understood by Kathmandu’s educated residents.
My friends took us near pasupatinath temple where they already booked a room. After refreshing ourselves, we went to visit Kathmandu city with my friends. They took us different places of the city till the the evening and we were beginning to really enjoy ourselves.
Pashupatinath Temple, Nepal’s most sacred Hindu shrine and one of the greatest Shiva sites, is located on the banks of the Bagmati River. We planned to visit Pasupatinath temple next day. We went to Pashupatinath temple in the early morning to get the blessings of lord shiva. We were wowed with our feelings and experience. I find it quite difficult to express my feelings that went through me at that time in words. The time spent inside the temple was like doing meditation.
My friend was very happy after visiting temple, he got emotional, embraced me and thanked me.
After spending some time there we came back close to the hotel where our friends were waiting to pick us up at the local taxi stand.
After travelling for three hours, we reached Manakamana. Manakamana is located in the Gorkha District of Nepal, 94 kilometers from Pokhara and 106 kilometers from Kathmandu.
Till a couple of years before, it took more than 5 hours trek to reach the Manakamana Temple. But now, Cable cars operate there making the trip to the temple quite easy. As we were on our way towards manokamana temple, it started raining suddenly but nevertheless we went to inside the temple to get our blessings.
Outside the temple some Nepali women were dancing and celebrating the Teej festival. All the women were dressed in red clothes and were dancing in the rain. We took our time to take pictures and shoot some videos. We were there for about an hour.
We reached in Pokhra in the evening same day. As we reached there, I called my friend Mahima. She was awaiting us there and guide us to a hotel where she already booked a room for us.
Pokhara is blessed with stunning panoramic views of the Annapurna range which forms its backdrop. The mesmerizing Machhapuchhre also called Mt. Fishtail dominates the scenery because of its proximity to the valley and can be seen from anywhere in Pokhara.
Next morning we got up early but it had been raining since last night so we could not move out the hotel. Around 11 am the rain stopped and we were ready to move outside the hotel.
Our hotel owner was very good person and he arranged a car for us to visit around Pokhra at a cheap cost.
We went to Phewa lake early morning .Phewa Lake is the largest and most beautiful of the three lakes, attracting a large number of visitors who enjoy boating on its placid waters. Boats can be hired, and many visit the island temple of Barahi in the middle of the lake.
Located in the middle of Phewa Lake, Barahi Temple is one the most important monuments in Pokhara
When we were staying in pokhra a friend offered me dinner. We had had dinner together that night in Pokhra and it was yummy. My friends helped us as much as they could during our trip. I would like to thank Mahima, Santosh , Saurav and all my friends from Nepal.