Holi in Nepal || Pokhara and Kathmandu

Rishabh Saini

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I have been wanting to go to POKHRA and your travelogue has given me some realistic goals that I can plan my trip on.

Hooked to your travelogue. Nothing beats getting your bike to new destinations.

One more thing I would like to add. I went to Dhanghadi, Nepal yesterday when I went to Dudhwa national park. I also carried 100rs notes with me. However, I saw people in Nepal accepting 500 RS note too(new one) at the Bhansar office.

Do post some more pics of POKHRA.

Have a great time there.
Thank you and I wish you plan your much awaited trip soon :)

Bitten by the the riding bug. Can't help it now :-D

Yes, they accept all denominations of INR at border. Even in Pokhara, there were some shops where 2000rs note was accepted without any fuss.
 

Rishabh Saini

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After shopping, we went back to our hotel and rested for a while. Ashish and Amitosh wanted to go to Sarangkot while I wanted to visit World Peace Pagoda. Reason for which they wanted to visit Sarangkot was to see the snow-covered peaks and for that, they enquired locals about the place where they can witness them. Sarangkot was the answer. I wasn't convinced because I knew peaks won't be visible due to clouds. Best time to witness them is early morning. The majority won and I and Amitosh took our motorcycles out of parking. Ashish decided to ride pillion and got DSLR out to click photos.

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View of Pokhara as we climbed.

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The climb up to Sarankot top is mostly steep at places and at the location above, only two-wheelers were allowed to pass. It was so steep that if we stopped mid-way with both front and rear breaks fully slammed, our motorcycles skidded. It was a bit difficult with Ashish riding pillion with me.

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Posing on a not-so-steep road :-D

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Pokhara city and airport runway.

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Phewa lake.

Sarangkot viewpoint was another 500 meters left from this point. We decided to return back as the way up was steeper and the road condition was quite bad. Our motorcycles were running on soft compound tyres (Pirelli diablo rosso 2) and these are prone to puncture on bad roads. And as I mentioned earlier, snow peaks were not visible at all and were covered with clouds. We were exhausted and hungry because we ate nothing post breakfast and so we headed back to our hotel.

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Our stay! After parking our bikes we went out in hunt of food and ate heartful at a restaurant located nearby lake.

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We called it a day and spent the rest of the evening in our rooms taking rest as next day we had to ride to Kathmandu. We went for tea at the same place we went in the morning. After having tea and casually chatting for a while we went to the Hotel restaurant for dinner and there I saw happiness on the staff's face as we were there to have dinner, unlike the previous day when he had to arrange everything for dinner in our room itself. I informed the hotel reception that we will check-out by 9 A.M. and to have our breakfast prepared by 8 A.M. We packed our luggage, cleaned helmet visors, charged all our gadgets and after talking to our loved ones back home, did hit the bed with no delay.

So for anyone planning a trip to Pokhara, I would suggest visiting Sarangkot early morning to witness incredible sunrise and then visit the lake and other places. In case you are interested in paragliding, book your slot the previous day itself. Ask the same to your hotel itself as they might help in booking.
 

Rishabh Saini

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Day 3- Pokhara to Kathmandu

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Shanti Stupa, Pokhara. Clicked from the hotel's rooftop.

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Probably fishtail mountain.

I and Amitosh were up early and directly went to check out the rooftop. Ashish, as usual, was snoring loud back in the room. It was a bright sunny morning with temp somewhat around 20 degree. We did a brief stretching session so as to prepare ourselves for the journey ahead. Clicked a few photos and came back.

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All the hotels are mostly stacked by the lakeside.

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All set and ready to leave for Kathmandu. Lubed our motorcycles chain back in the parking itself and it was time to mount luggage and leave.

A guy, whose FZ25 is parked on the extreme left, asked if we were riding up to Muktinath. I told him that not this time but next time for sure. He asked me to count him in the next time. I told him what could be better than a local guy riding with us till Muktinath. He shared his experiences of his travel there by public transport and that he wished to ride someday there on his motorcycle. After exchanging our numbers, he wished us a safe ride to Kathmandu and left.

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Somewhere on the outskirts of Pokhara. We encountered a little traffic on our way out of the city. I was in no hurry as it was a six hours ride for the day. Ashish, on the other hand, was not liking the idea of stopping and wanted to ride unless there is a tea/water or loo break needed.

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A photogenic, sweet home. :heart:

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Another break for which Ashish didn't stop. And as expected he lost his cool afterward :mrgreen: I didn't say anything except false promising him that we won't stop after this :lol:

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The road condition was quite good and the way is full of mountain views. Roads are mostly on the plains with a few ghat sections in between. Can't remember any hairpin bend I came across. We were comfortably doing speeds of 60-80.

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A break halfway from Pokhara. Ashish wanted to cool down as I and Amitosh were not following him at all :D

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There he is! Thinking on how to get rid of us :axe:and that he should have traveled alone :grin:
We got a bowl of noodles for each of us as it was around four hours since we had our breakfast back at the hotel and so we were hungry. I booked an OYO at Kathmandu which was at a walking distance from Pashupatinath Temple. The plan was to go to the temple after reaching Kathmandu in the evening itself instead of the next morning.

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Tuborg and Tuborg everywhere =D>

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Tried my skills in panning photography 8-[ On our way we found a number of riders with these adv motorcycles. I think there were more people riding motorcycles than traveling in a car. Pulsar NS200, Yamaha FZ25, and these adv bikes were most of them.

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I am a simple man. I spot a suspension bridge, I stop :supz:

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Trishuli River.

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Guess who was the first one to get his motorcycle on this bridge :mrgreen: Ashish was least interested in getting down here and wanted to continue but once we came down, he couldn't stop himself crossing the bridge. Taking our motorcycle across the world famous 'Kushma-Gyadi' suspension bridge is a dream yet and so when I spotted one along the road on the river, decided to check it out. There are many small suspension bridges like this along the road to Kathmandu with a few of them has vehicle access as far as I know. For this one, we were wondering if it would be safe to take our motorcycles. After around five minutes a local rider crossed this bridge with a pillion. Now I don't need to write what happened next :tonqe: It was a good experience overall and got some of the best shots with our motorcycles. There were people enjoying rafting down the river.

After this halt, we continued for Kathmandu and stopped only once for tea in between.

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Kathmandu on the left.

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The final stop before entering the Kathmandu city. Time was around 3 PM then and the map showed another one hour to reach the hotel which was just 20 km away. We figured it out it must be the road condition due to which it showed this much time. We continued further and as expected, road condition was worse as we entered the city and got traffic too as we rode further. There were a couple of instances where the GPS signal lost and I had to ask localities and traffic police about the direction to the temple. All of them were quite helpful and some of them even asked to follow them for some distance.

Finally, after an hour we reached our hotel. We got freshened up quickly and were out to the temple. Temple entrance is just a block away from the hotel and luckily, we reached just in time to attend Aarti and got blessed by darshan.

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The entrance of main temple. Camera and photography are prohibited beyond this point.

After visiting the temple we decided to head out for Thamel and witness the nightlife of Kathmandu. Got some idea about how to reach from a hotel staff and took a taxi from the hotel to Thamel which costed 300 NPR. Taxis are mostly Alto and Maruti 800 and were easily available right outside the hotel.

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They were quite excited to ride a rickshaw :-D

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I was impressed by the security arrangements with armed policemen guarding each corner of the street.

We reached back to the hotel by 12 AM and had our dinner. Staff was courteous enough to cook for us late at night. We planned to leave by 8 AM the next day for Lucknow.
 

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Rishabh Saini

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Our stay in Kathmandu. The room felt bit cramped to accommodate three of us. Still, spending just a night wasn't a problem at all as it met our primary requirement well which was safe parking for our motorcycles and that it was near Pashupatinath temple. By 8 AM, we were all set to leave for Lucknow. We decided to take minimum stops on our way as we had planned to cover a long distance of around 600 kms. It took one hour to get out of the city due to poor road conditions. Google Aunty took us through narrow roads and some patches were there was no road at all. We stopped once we were out of the city to refuel our motorcycles which was sufficient to reach Lucknow. Thanks to the 21 liters humongous fuel tank of mojo.

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The posers!

We took highway- H04 for Pokhara to Kathmandu. For Lucknow, we had to ride halfway back till Manakamana on H04 and then H05 and H01 afterward for Sunauli border. As I already mentioned before about good road conditions in Nepal. Riding on H05 was pure bliss. A major portion of the highway was in excellent condition with constantly changing scenic views. Mountains, beaches and plains all along the route. I wanted to halt but the clock was ticking fast and we still had a long way to ride. We encountered minimum traffic too that helped us cover the distance faster.

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Tea break just after crossing Sunauli border. Back in India :supz: .

Crossing the border took around 20 minutes as SSB inspected our luggage and while they were doing it, we were asked questions like what we do for our living and that whether we were married or had girlfriend lol. How much do I earn? These questions made me feel truly welcomed back to our country :lol:. Such curious women they were :grin:. We informed our families of our well being and continued further.

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About 50 kms before Basti, we lost Amitosh back and later came to know that his motorcycle's rear tire was flat. We couldn't find any nail or any signs of puncture at all even after filling air with my air pump. Luckily there was this shop nearby where it was repaired. As Pirelli is a soft compound tire, punctures like these are very common where there will be tiny hole leaving the air. It was getting dark and we still had halfway to cover.

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Somewhere on Faizabad road.

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Dinner and last stop before we reached Lucknow.

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Back to where we started.

Ashish didn't stop and continued to his home. I and Amitosh stopped for a couple of minutes. We took a moment to realize about our journey and bade goodbye before the last part of our ride back home. We reached home at around 11:30 PM. Four days full of adventure and fun came to an end. It was an amazing experience and this trip was special as it was the first international ride for me. Our loved ones were happy to see us reach back home safely and I thanked God for all that we were safe and sound.

Thank you for reading!
See you on the next adventure :)
 
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Our stay in Kathmandu. The room felt bit cramped to accommodate three of us. Still, spending just a night wasn't a problem at all as it met our primary requirement well which was safe parking for our motorcycles and that it was near Pashupatinath temple. By 8 AM, we were all set to leave for Lucknow. We decided to take minimum stops on our way as we had planned to cover a long distance of around 600 kms. It took one hour to get out of the city due to poor road conditions. Google Aunty took us through narrow roads and some patches were there was no road at all. We stopped once we were out of the city to refuel our motorcycles which was sufficient to reach Lucknow. Thanks to the 21 liters humongous fuel tank of mojo.

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The posers!

We took highway- H04 for Pokhara to Kathmandu. For Lucknow, we had to ride halfway back till Manakamana on H04 and then H05 and H01 afterward for Sunauli border. As I already mentioned before about good road conditions in Nepal. Riding on H05 was pure bliss. A major portion of the highway was in excellent condition with constantly changing scenic views. Mountains, beaches and plains all along the route. I wanted to halt but the clock was ticking fast and we still had a long way to ride. We encountered minimum traffic too that helped us cover the distance faster.

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Tea break just after crossing Sunauli border. Back in India :supz: .

Crossing the border took around 20 minutes as SSB inspected our luggage and while they were doing it, we were asked questions like what we do for our living and that whether we were married or had girlfriend lol. How much do I earn? These questions made me feel truly welcomed back to our country :lol:. Such curious women they were :grin:. We informed our families of our well being and continued further.

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About 50 kms before Basti, we lost Amitosh back and later came to know that his motorcycle's rear tire was flat. We couldn't find any nail or any signs of puncture at all even after filling air with my air pump. Luckily there was this shop nearby where it was repaired. As Pirelli is a soft compound tire, punctures like these are very common where there will be tiny hole leaving the air. It was getting dark and we still had halfway to cover.

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Somewhere on Faizabad road.

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Dinner and last stop before we reached Lucknow.

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Back to where we started.

Ashish didn't stop and continued to his home. I and Amitosh stopped for a couple of minutes. We took a moment to realize about our journey and bade goodbye before the last part of our ride back home. We reached home at around 11:30 PM. Four days full of adventure and fun came to an end. It was an amazing experience and this trip was special as it was the first international ride for me. Our loved ones were happy to see us reach back home safely and I thanked God for all that we were safe and sound.

Thank you for reading!
See you on the next adventure :)
welcome back !!! enjoyed your log. Google aunty...huh ?!!! nice name for GPS !!!
 
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