The flight reached Lucknow at 8:25 a.m. At the airport we took the taxi for 250 rs. At the prepaid counter it was told 300 rs. You can bargain for around 200. We reached the railway station to pick up our bikes by 9:30 a.m. but the counter at the railway station opens only by 10-10:30.We paid 550 to the guy as a bribe though the actual amount is 350 for 24 hours.
Checklist: A swiss knife to remove packing from bikes else you will have to pay someone to remove the packing.
5 liter empty can as bikes won't have petrol while packed and transported and in case the petrol pump is far
A good cloth actually multiple number of clothes to clean bikes. A right turn from the railway station and around 3-4 km you can find a petrol pump. Our route of 324 km which we planned for this day was Lucknow -> Faizabad -> Basti-> Bhairwah->Saunali Here we took the diversion to Naugarh instead of going to Gorakhpur. Unfortunately, this route was very deserted and roads were pretty bad. We kept riding till evening and late in the night at 12 a.m. #Stay
Some people suggested us Sanju lodge but we were so tired that we took the first lodge we found named Niranjana.
Steps to get the permit
Get a gate pass madeWith the gate pass, go to the window where permit is made
They fill the form. You need only RC and DL Photostat and original. The person whose DL is shown needs to be present in person.
Pay 980 Nepali rupees.
An officer comes and checks the bike.
In our case, the officer who checked our bikes but didn’t ask us to open our luggage but just in case, it would be better to put cover ( tarpoline in our case) after the permit and checking. We took the Xerox copy of permits. Bought a local SIM to keep in touch with our families. For SIM you need passport or any id proof, it’s Xerox and a photo. Fill a form, pay 265 Nepali rupees (165 INR).
From here we started for Lumbini ‘Birth place of Lord Buddha’, 23 Km from Bhairwah( Permit location). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lumbini In Lumbini, at the entrance Indians have to pay 50 Nepali rupees. The inside of the temple is quiet and calm.
Pokhara is the second largest city of Nepal. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Nepal. Three out of the ten highest mountains in the world — Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I and Manaslu — are situated within 30 miles (linear distance) of the city, so that the northern skyline of the city offers a very close view of the Himalayas. Pokhara valley is rich in water sources. There are many lakes there. One lake which we surely suggest you should not miss is Phewa or Fewa lake.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pokhara Pokhara is around 200 Km from Lumbini. The road for Pokhara is mountain trail but the roads are well built with few bad patches in case of landslides. The ride was mesmerizing with river on one Side and mountains on other.As we had started after lunch, we continued late in the evening and in the night we reached to ‘Pokhara’. #Stay
Late in the night at around 12 am, we got into ‘Lake Peace’ hotel. This hotel was away from the heart of the city, as we reached really late but in case you would like to stay in Pokhara , we suggest lake view road which offers many hotel options. #Food at Pokhara
Lunch at ‘don’t pass by me’ restaurant where the food was good, the location was nice with a lake view Dinner at a Korean restaurant called Apple café can be found near Gorakha museum. On lake view road, you could chillax at Blue café which offers live music and happening crowd.The city also offers many dance bars, though I would suggest, you should go there only to have a hearty laugh.
Day in Pokhara Places to see in Pokhara
Bullet base camp
#Bullet base camp It’s located on Mansawar road. To our dismay,it was closed as its owner from Holland had gone back to his country. https://www.facebook.com/bulletbasecamp
Next we left for Mahendra caves from Base camp. Roads are very nice and steep. You always have a view of mountains while travelling in Pokhara. The day was cloudy with dainty breeze but luckily with no rain http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1flRmJ0B2TU
Next we rode to Sarangkot from Mahendra caves. This definitely is not a place to be missed if you are traveling to Pokhara. At an altitude of 1600 meter, this village gives a striking view of Himalayan range and the lakes at the same time.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarankot The roads were nice until a point where due to construction we landed up riding in a patch full of mud and stones.I am sure once this construction is over, up till the summit, you will have smooth roads to enjoy. Pokhara is a place for para gliding. At a cost of 4500 Nepali rupees a decent para gliding can be done.
We started for Kathmandu around 9 a.m. Today’s plan was to reach Last resort via Kathmandu, a distance of about 230 km.
Note: This could have been changed in our plan to spend 1st 3 days in Kathmandu and the go last resort come to Dhulikhel and go to Ilam instead of going last resort first, coming back to Kathmandu and then again going until Dulikhel to go Ilam. The ride to Kathmandu was lush green. There were fields with rice growing and step farming being done. The roads were smooth with no glitches though needless to say that it was completely mountainous terrain.
We reached Kathmandu around 6:30 p.m. Without entering the city, we took a right turn for Dhulikhel. After a ride of around 70 Km we reached Dhulikhel at around 9:30 p.m. and Last resort told us that it takes 3 more hours from Dhulikhel. So without wasting any more time, we continued riding. Initially the roads were good. Few Kilometers away from The Last Resort , an army check post asked us to open our luggage and show them all our stuff.
After this post, the road was rough and it was pretty dark. Finally we reached the Last resort. As the name suggests, it is really a last resort.
Day at Last Resort
First we went for Canyon swing where you are tied to a rope around your waist and you jump. Once the rope stops swinging, the guy at the bottom picks you. From here you trek back to the resort. After this I again went for Bungee jumping. This was more difficult for me as now I was tied at my ankles rather than waist and I had to look down and jump. Again here we trek back to the resort after the adrenaline rush. After Lunch, we left for Nepal-Tibet border on bikes. The place was busting with trading activities. There were lot of trucks and packages. People were moving packed stuff here and there. We went on the bridge (Photography is not allowed at the line). Half of it belongs to Nepal and half to China.
The day of canyoning*.
We got dressed in canyoning suit. Without any briefing Pola ( Our Guide) and us started our trek up. After few minutes of trekking, we reached to the place where the canyoning is done. After briefing by Pola we started. In this a rope is put around your waist and you walk down the ropes while the water keeps falling on you from the top. It was an incredible experience. http://www.thelastresort.com.np/ If you are travelling to Nepal, then as per our group your trip is incomplete without having gone to Last resort and done the adventurous activities, they have to offer. Next the only thing that we could ask for was a sleep but we started back around 5 p.m. We covered around 100 km and reached Kathmandu, Thamel. Thamel is really a traveler’s paradise. There are numerous options for hotels, restaurants, shopping, pubs, discs and dance bars. Thamel also offers you many options to do shopping. You can find some good quality North face brand pants, bags, shoes etc. here. We wanted to go to Fire club Bar & Café** but had an expensive cover charge so instead went to other local pubs. If you are on a long trip you can give your clothes for laundry here. Its 50 rupees for 2 kg and it takes a day to get your clothes back
Places to visit:
· Pashupatinath temple
· Boudha temple
Keeping a local map handy is suggested so that you can efficiently plan your day as Kathmandu offers many places to see and visit. #Food
Dinner at Bamboo shoot. I wouldn’t recommend this restaurant because Sangria here was shit and also because there are much better options available in close vicinity.
Lunch at a hotel suggested by localites to try Newari food (specialty of Nepal: Buffalo meat). Here we were also offered a local drink. I had a sip of it. It tasted much stronger than even whisky.
We started for Pashupatinath temple where only Hindus are allowed.The temple was dirty. The peace which one would look forward to in a spiritual place was missing.
Next we went to Boudhanath (Boudha) . There is a short cut available from Pashupatinath to Boudhanath. Any localite will be able to guide you. After few km of ride, we reached the temple. The ticket there was 40 nepali rupees. This was a beautiful place with a world of its own. The temple closes at 6:30 p.m. hence plan your visit accordingly.
To go Ilam, we landed up going back to Dulikhel. There took a right turn and started for Bardibas. The road was very nice. The mountains on one side and the river on the other side. The road was amazingly smooth. After having ridden for a while there was a part where the road was being constructed and here we came across the first long stretch of treacherous road. Our plan was to reach to Bardibas. Here we stayed in hotel Gautam*. The dinner was not very good here.
Next day, we started for Ilam. This was supposed to be 373 km. Once the mountain road started, it was suddenly unexpectedly very cold. We must have ridden just few kilometers in the mountains and we found clouds and fog so much so that we could not see what lay even 10 meter ahead of us. As this was not safe so we stopped and stayed at a hotel named Bishal.
Instead of going to Ilam, Darjeeling can be reached via pashupatinath. Through pashupatinath we reached Darjeeling in an hour’s time. Finally, we were out of Nepal and started our ride to Darjeeling.