Day 7. It was the time to move back to Kathmandu And we happily boarded the traveller bus ,for which u must do a pre booking because during Diwali season in Nepal very few transport providers work on these routes.
Reached Kathmandu in approximately 7-8 hours since the early morning bus was taken so we managed to reach by noon.
Entire Kathmandu was filled with children and adults dancing on the road on local songs, they do know how to celebrate their festival well.
After spending a relaxed evening we planned to spend the next day by seeing places
1. Pashupatinath (Must Watch)
A day’s trip to Bhaktapur will take you to
1 Bhaktapur Durbar Square
3. 55 window palace
4. Vatsala Devi Temple
5. Taumadhi Square
6. Changu Narayan
7. Pottery Square (try your hand on pottery or buy small pieces for home)
8. Nagarkot (32 km from Kathmandu, roads are not that great so keep ample time in hand to see the sun setting on the Himalayas, and every bit of it is worth it)
Everything went well until we stopped to enquire with one of the adventure booking store about the Helicopter Ride to Everest Base Camp, it’s cost was around 2.5 lakh per person. If I’m shelling off that much amount obviously I would like to ask some detailed questions,
In response the guy (whose only job on earth was to help people and gain profits out of it) got agitated and said “ur Indian, u can’t afford all this. I can read this on ur faces” and trust me we actually wanted to do that, and did the entire budgeting on the trip only for this activity.
After hearing this forget about booking it, I actually wanted to kill that person and shout India slogans everywhere, this was humiliating specially coming from someone living in an economy where anything and everything is exported from India, this made me realise how thankful world can be.
Anyways this one thing took away my soul from me ,and I wanted to go right back home on that very day, i did not want to give even a single pennies business to the people of that country.
Afternoon was spoiled and we headed back to the hotel,being on the calmer side my friend chose to not say anything to the shop guy, which freaked me more and we ended up in a huge argument.
Later in the night we went to the casino called Ballys, much needed change of mood becz it was our holiday and that mattered more than that the local people around. Winning in the Casino boosted my spirit and I was happy and greatful again towards life.
Things we missed out on the trip:-
1. Helicopter Ride to Everest
2. Small treks becz either u can have relaxed sightseeing holiday or one of the trek.
3. Everest Base Camp trek becz the trek duration was of 14 days, seeing Nepal and trekking base camp cannot be done simultaneously.
In all it was a wonderful experience, avoid any interactions with the Locals, buy small things from Thamel Market and let the spirit of Himalaya touch ur soul, it’s a beautiful place. Foreigners with strong currency are welcomed with open arms becz the economy runs with them, if only the locals did not have bee and nectar relationship with white skin & green dollars,and if only they would consider treating every tourist the same, it’s actually a place in the foot of heaven where nature hugs u and mountains fill the soul with joy.