This post is dedicated to people who keep planning a trip but never end up going.
Don’t expect floating quotes from the internet. Travel because it exposes you to new cultures and places, travel because you’ll learn more than what you did in school, travel because you’ll get to know who you truly are.
One week in Nepal and it is still not enough. I went with my aunt and a few family friends, I was the youngest of all and I wasn’t sure whether Nepal was the right place to visit. Without any expectations, we set on our journey.
The first shock - we booked a hotel in Pokhara and someone from the group mentioned it was six to eight hours away from Kathmandu. I was worried because I’m the one who booked the place and I have six people to answer to. My aunt convinced me that it was the best location, all her friends who visited suggested Pokhara. This place has some real traffic issues because the roads are bad, so in case you are traveling by road from Nepal to Pokhara make sure you add a couple of hours extra. It took us ten hours because a truck broke down and we were literally skewed. The drive is magical though steep hilly roads, a river that follows you through bumps and grumps, fresh scent of bushels of grass and mountain air.
Thankfully, staying at Pokhara was the best decision. So, if you happen to go to Nepal there’s nothing wow in Kathmandu unless you are on a holy pilgrimage visiting temples. We reached Adams hotel at 2:00 am cranky and tired. The rooms were super comfortable and surprisingly it looked better than the professional hotelier’s photographs.
We stayed at Hotel Adam, the location is top range overlooking the phewa lake. Waking up to this view makes my inner DJ pump up the volume. I urge you to book this hotel and use their travels blindly. Mr. Basu Tripathi the owner of Adam is my Nepalese brother and I can’t thank him enough for planning the best trip for me. In case you want a laid back relaxed trip without doing all the planning and arranging then contact him. Do mention my name for VIP treatment, I’m not kidding.
Basu Tripathi (Adam)
Phone: 977-61-461806 Cel: 977-9856020133
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Picturesque views, robust mountains, vibrant waters, curvy trails, crisp skies and unforgettable people. And of course, its Buddha birthplace.
I love the people there because no one is in a hurry, everyone works at their own pace relaxed and carefree. So, ensure you order food sooner, I remember when we stopped on the highway for a breather it took us thirty minutes to get our teas and coffees. There is a better way to look at it, everything is made fresh nothing is precooked.
Most importantly 1 Indian rupee equals 1.60 Nepalese rupee. It is extraordinary, I somehow had a feeling that defeated all misconceptions of poor India all through my money exchange instances.
Personalized Must Go Must Do List for you from me:
Sunrise at Sarangkot
If I were a dictionary I would line up every pleasant adjective to describe this experience. We reached at 5:30 and it was freakishly cold. The snow caped Himalayan range looked charismatic and inviting. When the sun rose, it added glory to the indigenous skies from a pinkish orange to bright mud and finally settling into a ball of fire.
It isn’t wow but I enjoyed it because it is melted ice making its way from the Himalaya’s. They constructed a wooden enclosure securing the water from all sides, you can only see it. A temple is at the far end and a man sits with a bucket of water cheering you to splash in on some Himalayan sass.
Gorkha & Mountain museum
There is so much to learn and read. They are informative and worthy of praise. The Gorkha memorial museum enlightens us about the sacrifices they made and the walls sing stories of their bravery and loyalty. The mountain museum has everything from rocks, mountaineers and everything mountainy you didn’t know about.
Begnan’s & Rupa lake
It’s a drive up 2000 ft on a beautiful stretch. When you reach the right spot, you get a conjoined view of both the lakes and that’s capable of making your heart warble. On your left you have begnas tal and on the right rupa.
Swimming, surfing, jet skiing and scuba diving all on one side and kayaking on the other.
It is one of the best things to do on water. I kayaked for an hour on the phewa lake, it was enchanting. I wish I could do that forever but my arms gave up on me. It is like going to the gym for arm day.
World peace pogada, shanti stupa
I went hiking to the stupa, it took me three hours to hike and examine every inch of the stupa. If peace were a place it would be that. I lost track of time staring dreamily into Machapuchare, the fishtail mountain that I fell head over heels in love with. It is like a giant diamond exploding through the skies outstanding every other envious mountain.
Paragliding & Helicopter tour
Once in a lifetime you should fly. I won’t say a thing go experience it firsthand.
Travel because it’s the only time your heart swells with joy thinking of the past.