Next morning, I took a train to Panitanki (India-Nepal border). Crossed the border on foot and caught a bus for Dharan, my first stop in Nepal. I was using CouchSurfing (again!). I took me about 5 hours to reach Dharan.From the bus stand, I walked to my hosts' shop in the market. And honestly, it was my best CouchSurfing experience till date. Not only did he get the currency exchanged, he also got me a sim card on his own identity card! As if this was enough, he told me that he had a cottage in Bhedetar (a hill station 21 kilometers from Dharan), which he was willing to allow me to stay in. He personally dropped me off at the cottage in his car. It was my first time staying in a cottage, and that too, all by myself. Couldn't be better!
We reached top of Dharan and took a tea break and started towards Bhedetar.Roads are pretty good and wide unlike the narrow roads you see in hilly area.We spotted locals doing practice of Chandi dance and spent admiring the tradition.They were dancing around a person beating the drums and were shouting something in their language.A different tradition and culture.They worship Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Chandi dance is performed praying to lord shiva and goddess Parvati for peace and success in the village. They worship for good crops
So we bordered the 13:30 bus and went to the last village on our itinerary. Bhedetar is known as the gateway to Kanchengjunga and is used as a platform for trekkers to start their journeys in the Makalu Barun mountain range. As a result it is a tiny bit touristy. Not Nagarkot levels, but certainly more so than Rajirani or Dadabazar. It was a bit more lively with a few more stalls and shops selling local products such as scarves and cheese, as well as a few shops selling last minute trekking equipment. Again, as we were pressed for time, we had to be quick. We made straight for the Namaste waterfalls a short walk away. The waterfall was a little more impressive than the one in Rajirani (sorry Limbo), so if you do find yourself in this area pressed for time, prioritize the waterfall in Bhedetar. It’s quite hard to describe waterfalls I find. So I’ll let the picture I’ve included do the talking.It would have been nice to stay and relax by the waterfall for a bit longer. There were a few spots that would have been perfect to enjoy an afternoon of reading and gazing at the waterfall. But the last bus was on its way (hopefully) and we couldn’t miss it. So we collected our things and retreated back to the road.