If you are a bong kid of 90's then most probably your introduction to Kathmandu is through the classic detective novel of Satyajit Ray; যত কান্ড কাঠমান্ডুতে - The Criminals of Kathmandu. In between the epic battle between FeluDa and villain Maganlal Meghraj, Ray has tucked in vivid descriptions of the city in his own brilliant way. So, this visit was redemption of old images of Kathmandu painted in our minds and we were excited!
This would be third and final leg of our Nepal trip.
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Day 5: Start from Chitwan
Manoj picked up us from resort and we headed towards Kathmandu. Then came the shock for us. Some influential opposition party called for 5-day long Nepal strike! And it was no less than thunder strike on us!
On our way we played hide and seek with Trishuli river and its beautiful valley. There are number of picturesque hanging bridges on the river. We stopped to explore one such bridge and clicked lots of snaps. Wide view of valley and mountain from the middle of the bridge, free flowing Trishuli below and absolute silence but sound of water, cool breeze made us glued there. The scene was quite serene and stunning.
Initially we were sceptical about our travel during strike. But appears tourist vehicles are allowed to travel freely. Tourism is main source of earning in Nepal and thus everyone make sure tourists are by and large unaffected by political activities. During our trip we found only cable car of Manokamana Temple was closed for strike; we could visit all other tourist places without any problem.
As much desired cable car ride was not possible, we decided to cover Nagarkot that afternoon. This place is very famous for view of wide Himalayan range including Mt.Everest. But that is around 40 km from Kathmandu and may take more than one and half hour due to traffic and winding hilly roads. So, we just checked into our hotel, dropped our luggage and headed towards Nagarkot.
We reached to the top around 5.30 pm and 6 pm was the sunset time. There is a watch tower atop from which most stunning view is seen. We bought tickets and rushed towards it. The climb to top of watchtower by steep ladder was challenging but we made it. Though result was not so rewarding as due to cloud and haze mountains were not clearly visible.