Expedition through the trekking trail - Nepal

Point Zero

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Day 4 continued ...
There are so many places for night halt between Beni to Jomsom but the choices are less. In different places, you may get one or two hotels to stay. It was 4:00 PM when we reached Tatopani and decide to spend the night in a hotel beside the river. The place was very splendid and famous for hot spring though I was not very much interested in the hot spring, rather in such a beautiful and silent place I Enjoyed the afternoon and evening beside the river. The place is so serene that you can hear the babbling sound of the river flowing from anywhere nearby. From every window of the room the wide mountain range and the river was visible.

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Bye bye Jomsom
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On the way to Tatopani.. returning from Jomsom
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On the way to Tatopani.. returning from Jomsom
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On the way to Tatopani.. returning from Jomsom
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On the way to Tatopani.. returning from Jomsom

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Musthang Valley entry check point

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On the way to Tatopani.. returning from Jomsom

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On the way to Tatopani.. returning from Jomsom

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View from out stay at Tatopani

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Some local homes at Tatopani
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View from out stay at Tatopani
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Sunset from out stay at Tatopani



Jomsom to Tatopani​


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Route map for day-04 part 2
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Point Zero

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Day 5 (Tatopani - >Beni ->Pokhara ->Bandipur ->Gorkha):

I have already written the trip was successful because of weather support. Next day we had the contingence that we were lucky that we left Jomsom last day. The weather deteriorated last night and made some places difficult to transverse due to heavy rainfall. Therefore, we have to travel another 35 kilometres of most risky zone and then we could find tar road from Beni. We kept our figures crosses for the weather support and for another 4 hours drove without any break to reach Beni by 10:00 AM. Getting on the roads at Beni felt like an escape from captivity.

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Ready to leave

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On the way from Tatopani to Beni

Tatopani to Beni (HD view requested)​

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Reached Beni .. just after hitting the tar road .

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Point Zero

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Day 5 continued ...

From Beni we directly drove to Pokhara and visited same washing center to clean our car. Mr. Bharat Timilsina was delighted to hear that I made it to Muktinath. Again, Just after the car was over, heavy rainfall started for one and half hour. I Felt pity for my as the car because it got dirty again but at the same time felt lucky as we had just escaped from the most difficult terrain which was really tough for me to drive in muddy situation.

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Looking shiny after a wash :)

After cleaning the car, we had no plan for the day so we had two options either we could spend the day at Pokhara itself or we could explore Bandipur and Gorkha side. Spending couple of hours roaming around the lake and other places in Pokhara finally decided to move towards Bandipur.

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Few more pictures of Pokhara before starting for Bandipur

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Way to bandipur. Will try to upload some mobile snaps of Bandipur later.

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Checked in to a hotel at Ghorkha

I did not take any picture of Bandipur. Just reaching there, I found it to be very small hill station like Lolegaon (Small village at North Bengal) with minimal options for hotels. Talking to some local people, we came to know that Gorkha is a very good place to stay and the road is safe till 10-11 PM for drive. So we moved towards Gorkha. Near about 8:00 PM we checked into a hotel.

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Route map for day 05.

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Point Zero

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Day 6 (Gorkha->Kathmandu):

Early morning we drove to the Gorkha palace which was the residence of the first King of Nepal. It was initially called Prithibhinarayan after King Prithvi Narayan Shah, who was born in Gorkha and united and founded modern Nepal.

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Some random pics of Gorkha Palace.

Way to Gorkha Palace from City​


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Retuning from Gorkha Palace.

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Point Zero

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Day 6 continued ...

From Gorkha it was time to hit the capital of the country. Kathmandu is known for Casinos and nightlife so I had a long to do list for Kathmandu. At the entry of Kathmandu I was pissed off of the ill managed traffic. Trucks were allowed to move within the city during the peak hours of the day. People having grievances with the management of Kolkata traffic must check out the traffic management there. People do not go roundabout at the traffic circles here. There are no signboards to help a newbie find his destination. Somehow, we met a biker hunting for customers for a hotel who guided us to a hotel where we finally checked in after a storm of bargaining.

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Random snap on the way to Kathmandu

For the day, we paid visit to Pashupathinath temple and then walked along the lanes nearby and enjoyed some nightlife of Kathmandu.

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Some random snaps of Pashupathinath Temple out side. Photography is restricted inside main temple area.

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Dinner with Nepali Thakali Thali..

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Route map for day 6.

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Point Zero

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Day 7 (Kathmandu -> Bardibas):

In my plan, I had kept two days for Kathmandu but my actual experience in this capital was not very pleasant and thought of spending that extra day in my country’s hill station, Darjeeling. Before that, all of us desired to witness the sunset at Bhakatpur. The entrance cost scandalized me because it was 800 NRS/per head for Bhakatapur Dabar Square. I am sorry but I could not shell out so much of money for this place. Never mind with this money we can spend a splendid day at Darjeeling.

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Random snaps at Kathmandu

Narrow road Kathmandu Durbar Square​


Some random snaps on BP Highway .. Wonderful drive experience

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Some random snaps on BP Highway .. Wonderful drive experience and beautiful valleys in either side

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Point Zero

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Day 7 continued ...

BP Highway​

On the way back, as we were approaching the border area we could feel the heat of the tension going on between two countries. If you have gone through the recent resentment news between India and Nepal, you would know that the killing of Nepali national Govinda Gautam due to “firing opened by the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB)” on 9th March, 2017 at the Nepal-India border near Anandabazar in Kanchanpur district has closed all the movements of people at all border crossing.

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Some more snaps of BP highway

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Lunch @ Highway Dhaba

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At the lower altitude the same highway go through a forest.


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BP highway in GPS view

At Bardibas we were stopped by Nepal Police. Already agitation has started and they said that they will be leaving the vehicles after 5 PM. It would not be safe to leave after 5 PM because we will not be able to reach Siliguri and there is no other place to put up at beyond this place.

Incident News - http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/border-clash-india-seeks-postmortem-forensic-reports-from-nepal/articleshow/57576172.cms

Therefore we stayed at Hotel Gautam at Bardibas , Mahottari Nepal for the day. It would be necessary to leave early next morning to avoid any kind of up-rest.

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Route Map for day 07.

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Point Zero

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Day 8 (Bardibas -> Jamui):

We started early but still could not reach Kolkata the same day. There were so many obstacles that at a point of time we started feeling depressed. We traveled like a trespasser through muddy paddy fields and hay huts along the pond -side path. As we entered Indian border the Indian soldier were amused to see a West Bengal registered car coming out of huts. They scrutinized the car as a part of their duty and asked us to leave the border area as soon as possible.

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last few KM of Nepal.. Going towards India Border

Road towards unknown India-Nepal border
From there we literally ran but then another obstacle was already in the vicinity. A strong creaking noise was heard at the rear wheels and I could not make out the cause. I tried calling all mechanics in my contact to understand if I can continue driving but everyone said to get it checked. Having no option searched for the nearest Mahindra service center and this delayed the ETA with another 3 hours. Even with thorough check no fault was found and during the trial drive only the sound was gone. Alas! We reached Muzafarpur to collect my driving license. On day of Holi, entering Bihar should always be out of question but had no choice because the hotel staffs were obstinate enough to send the DL through courier in-spite of agreeing to bear the full cost of couriering. I was feeling like banging my head while moving through the area beyond Muzafarpur. Ultimately after wasting hours standing at the railway crossing and then another several hours crossing through the market areas, we somehow reached Jamui around 7 PM.

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Road to Jamui after crossing border.

Just spent the night there because an owner of the petrol pump there said that we are not going to get any hotel after this and the roads are not safe for night drive.

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Route map for day 08.

Day 8 (Jamui -> Kolkata):
Nothing special for the day, reached home at 3:00 PM smoothly.
The total distance was 2983 KM.

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Near Durgapur
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Home Sweet Home

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Route map for day 09.

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