Road trip to NepalPlaces seen Pokhra Nagarkot Bhaktapur Katmandu ChitwanTotal No of days - 9Dated - May 2018
Behind the wheel & ContributorVinod Kumar...know more about me
Indo Nepal Road trip
5 familes who are the "Guhmi group" plan an out of India drive just spontaneously over dinner one evening. Quick info, experiences, feedback and more collected and everything gets finalised with the help of a friend in Kathmandu. So our team of 15 members the oldest being 52 and youngest 1 year get ready for the 9 day journey to the beautiful country of Nepal. The entry was through Banbassa and return by Sanauli.
Day 1 Delhi - Banbassa (enter Nepal) - Kohalpur (Stay at Central Plaza hotel)
Day 2 Kohalpur - Pokhara (Stay in temple tree)
Day 3 Pokhra (Sightseeing)
Day 4 Nagarkot (Stay at Bangeri Durbar)
Day 5 Nagarkot - Bhaktapur - Kathmandu (Stay in Hotel Manaslu)
Day 6 Kathmandu - Flight to Everest & Pasupatinath
Day 7 Kathmandu - Darechok (Stay in Riverside Springs Resort)
Day 8 Darechok - Sanauli - Lucknow(Stay at Hotel Vista Residency)
Day 9 Lucknow - Delhi
The Ghumi Group
Day 1 (26th may 2018)Total distance - 750kms
Time taken - 16hrs
Delhi - Kohalpur. Stay at Hotel Central Plaza.
Morning tea at Shiv dhaba
The checkpost entry
The vehicles, luggage and people frisked
Police checkpost ahead
Documents check at Bhimdatta
Neulapur took teabreak and had kothe momos
Reach Central plaza hotel
Day 2 (27th may 2018)Kohalpur - Pokhara. Stay at Temple tree Resort & Spa
Distance - 400kms
Time - 10hrs
Morning had breakfast and started around 9. Took an Ncell connection from a nearby shop. Documents reqd are passport and photo. 2 sims 15GB for 30 days for Rs 799 NPR. The roads winds through ghats, patched roads, passed Kapilvastu enroute. At Bhutwal we stop at Galaxy cafe for lunch. It was a good place and food too was good.
Lunch break at Galaxy Cafe
From here we climb to Palpa, roads are bad, winding roads, scenic beautiful drive, and it started raining inbetween.
By 9:30 we reach Temple tree, our stay for the next 2 days.
Day 3 (28th may 2018)In Pokhra
PHEWA lake boating, temple and explore the markets.
Morning have breakfast at Temple tree and walk around to the market. There are a whole lot of adventure activities and treks here. Bustling with activity, it takes a while for the markets to open up. Some phoographs of Pokhra
Breakfast at Pokhra Temple tree resort
Boating to the temple
Day 4 (29th may 2018)Distance around 12kms
Visit Sarangot viewpoint. Lunch at Crazy Gheko. Evening markets roam
Sarangot - outskirts of Pokhara city, fabulous views of the Fewa Lake, Seti river and surrounding valley, and of course, the snow-clad peaks. Also the spot for paragliding. Greatest views of the Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhare, Annapurna to Lamjung. There is a cafe where you can get tea and snacks. Rs 50 per person entry. Best time to visit early morning. There are quite a good lot of steps to the top. At the top there are watch towers for viewing. Parking is there. There is a shop near the parking where we get hand woven shawls and stoles made by the local people.
Way to Sarangot
Climb to the Viewpoint
Lunch at Crazy Gecko...an awesome place
Evening shopping in the markets of Pokhra
Day 5 (30th may 2018)Distance - 230kms
Time around 10 hrs
Drive from Temple tree to Bangeri durbar in Nagarkot. Big rooms and excellent view. The food was also good. There have a good parking also. Enroute visit Buddha statue. The roads are bad. Nagarkot is a place from where you can see the Mt. Everest. But since it was cloudy so we could not have any views from our place either.
Somewhere near Byas
Our stay Bangeri Durbar
Day 6 (31st may 2018)Distance - 32kms via Bhaktapur Durbar square
Morning walk have tea from the local stall. The grass had leeches. Check out of Bangeri darbar after breakfast and reach Hotel Manslu in Kathmandu. Here we visit Durbar square enroute and then check in hotel. Evening visit Pasupatinath temple.
Early morning walk
View from hotel
Durbar square - Kathmandu Durbar Square is one of the UNESCO World Heritage. Paid 1000 nepali rupees to get into Durbar Square. Conservation work at Durbur Square began in 2000. Kathmandu's Durbar Square was built between the twelfth and eighteenth centuries by the Malla kings and, to this day, remains the focal point of the city. symbiosis of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Tantrism. Durbar Square was a part of Nepal's Royal Palace until 1896. With several buildings over one thousand years old and many others dating from the 15th and 16th centuries that were in turn built over other buildings from the 7th century. It's a treasure trove of history and culture. Historians say Kathmandu Durbar Square was the place where two towns met during the Licchavi period and traded. Durbar Square remained "royal" until the monarchy moved to the Royal Palace in Naryansthan. Then when the monarchy ceased the area became a public square. Some pics
Reach Hotel Mansalu
Visit Pasupatinath temple
Day 7 (1st june 2018)Took the Mt Everest flight early morning. Shopping in Kathmandu
Afternoon drive to Darechok. Stay in Riverside Springs Resort
Distance - 105kms. Time 4hrs
Since we were not going to climb or trek to Mt. Everest our only alternative while in Nepal was a fly by. We flew on Yeti Airlines booking the earliest possible time since weather is usually a problem as the day goes on. Our flight was delayed for several hours but then a window opened and we were off. Every passenger (32) had a window seat and was allowed into the cockpit for a pilots eye view. They served champagne midway through the flight and got great views of Everest and the Himalayas.
Then we check out of Mansalu and do a bit of shopping in the markets of Kathmandu. From here we drive to Kathmandu – Darechok. Stay at River Springs resort. The best thing in this place is its swimming pool. They have a fresh spring water in the pool. The service is awful. The food - OK. The resort and its premises are very scenic. Located right by the river Trishuli. The pool also has a bar which makes it all the more fun. Sipping cocktails in the pool while enjoying the beautiful views around you makes for the perfect getaway!
The Yeti flight journey
The flight was a bit delayed due to bad weather
And the flight!!!
River Springs resort
Day 8 (2nd June)Darechok - Sonauli - Lucknow. Stay at Oyo Hotel Vista Residency
Distance - 500kms
Time - 10+ hrs
Somewhere near Bharatpur
The permit papers were checked and taken
Reached Oyo Vista residency Lucknow by evening and head to Dastarkhawn for dinner
Day 9 (3rd June)Lucknow - Delhi Distance 55kms. Time 8 hrs
Morning shopping and visit Royal cafe and drive back to Delhi
At Royal cafe
And finally the end of a Memorable trip...........