Nepal | Nov'19 | Motorcycle Trip

Day 6 :
Plan : Beni to Manokamana
Actual : Beni to Abu Khairani (35 kms before Manokamana).

While travelling towards Mustang valley, we did not visit Pokhara, so the plan was to spend some time in Pokhara and then leave for Manokamana. In general Pokhara is just like any other hills station in India, a lake, couple of view point, temples and few other places here and there.....that's it. As mentioned above, having spent last 3 days on the hills there was very little affinity for us to spend a day in Pokhara, but we wanted to check if Pokhara surprises us. Eventually the plan was to travel from Beni to Pokhara by afternoon, spend 3/4 hrs in Pokhara, then leave for Manokamana and stay near the temple. Next day visit Manokamana and head for KTM. Given the roads were getting better as we proceeded towards Pokhara, we started late. Had a nice breakfast, topped up the tank and pulled the throttle for a steady pace.

On our way back, at one point (~ 25kms before Pokhara) we encountered a V junction. A local suggested us to take the tarred road that drops steep keeping Pokhara valley on right. According to him, the road is smooth, traverses through several villages and has one or two view points. Remember, we love detours.....the reply was obviously 'why not'.
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5 kms on this road and the views were getting from wow to spectacular. For the entire 20 km stretch, you get to see a magnificent view of Pokhara valley from top. On our way we found a spot which appeared to be a view point. Thankfully we trusted on our instinct. What a view! This place is called Kaskikot village. There is also a temple right on top of the mountain, but we were getting late, so skipped it. After another 10kms we reached Sarankot view point, but the views were less beautiful compared to what we saw from Kaskikot.


A cute little hut in Kaskikot village.
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Stairway to Sarankot view point.

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You judge for yourself. Tell us which one you liked the most ?
View from Kaskikot view point. Down below is Pokhara South.

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View from Sarankot view point.
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Once we reached Pokhara, we did the usual touristy things. Hanged around the lake, clicked few pictures and had lunch. Pokhara was just about ok. Nothing fancy. But much more cleaner and less congested than Kathmandu.
This time we tried a new dish called 'Khaja Set'. This is another form of thali, but the contents are very unique.
It has mildly fried beaten rice, an egg poach, buffalo meat, groundnut tossed in spices & salsa and baked beans. My cousin tried a veg version of it, which had cabbage pakora instead of buffalo meat. Apparently for locals, it is a snack. According to me, the quantity was too much for a snack. BTW one unique things about Nepal is, when you order food, they make it afresh and serve. Rarely they have anything pre cooked and kept for use. This is not due to less items being sold, but what I understood is that's in their culture to serve fresh cooked food. I had experienced this in Mustang valley too!

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Day 7 : by tomorrow.
Plan - Visit Manokamana and head towards KTM.
Actual - Eventually we managed to follow our plan :)

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Day 7 :
Plan : Manokamana to KTM

This was the last day of our ride and we were getting upset. Manokamana is ~ 35 kms from Abu Kairani, where we stayed for last night. Manokamana gets busy early morning, partly because it is tourist season and also because as the day progresses, the q for cable car get longer. We reached Manokamana by 9 and the q was already a km long. After 90 mins standing in the q, we managed to get the tickets. The cable car is the longest in Nepal and one of the longest in the World. Its worth a ride!

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The market leading to Manokamana Mandir.
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This needs a special mention.
One thing I realized is, people in Nepal are very trustworthy. In our entire trip we never got ditched or scammed. We had to visit Manokamana Mandir and carrying so much luggage to the place wasn't a good idea. So we left all our belongings on our motorcycle while we were away for almost 5 hours. Guess what, not a single item was touched, forget about getting stolen.

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After Manokamana, we headed for Kathmandu and spent the rest of the evening resting in our hostel. For dinner we tried a Tibetan dish named Thenthuk.
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The next morning we booked our return tickets and then spend the afternoon roaming Kathmandu, mainly Darbaar square and Swyambhu.
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NEPAL, you were terrific. I will come back, for sure !!

Click here for the movie >> # Somewhere in Nepal



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foadbear

Pirates Skulls and Bones
Wow, loved your travelogue.

In Buddhist countries, (Nepal is part Buddhist, Part Hindu I believe), people do not steal. I had the same experience in Thailand too. We could sleep in our hotels at night while some of our gear used to be in the bike's rear box.

Maybe mountain people in general are trustworthy. Scammers are there in the markets but the local people in general are quite trustworthy.

Sometimes, the beauty of the place calls again, maybe you will go back again.

Your travelogue has helped a lot, it seems it's a divine intervention that you posted a travelogue while I was planning for the same trip.

God bless.
 

adsatinder

explorer
This needs a special mention.
One thing I realized is, people in Nepal are very trustworthy. In our entire trip we never got ditched or scammed. We had to visit Manokamana Mandir and carrying so much luggage to the place wasn't a good idea. So we left all our belongings on our motorcycle while we were away for almost 5 hours. Guess what, not a single item was touched, forget about getting stolen.

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Wow !
 
Wow, loved your travelogue.
In Buddhist countries, (Nepal is part Buddhist, Part Hindu I believe), people do not steal. I had the same experience in Thailand too. We could sleep in our hotels at night while some of our gear used to be in the bike's rear box.
Maybe mountain people in general are trustworthy. Scammers are there in the markets but the local people in general are quite trustworthy.
Sometimes, the beauty of the place calls again, maybe you will go back again.
Your travelogue has helped a lot, it seems it's a divine intervention that you posted a travelogue while I was planning for the same trip.
God bless.
Whatever may be the reason, the overall experience of Nepal compared to India was beyond expectation.
Glad that this log helped you. Let me know if you need any other information. Best wishes for your trip !!!
 

Alpha

Going to Neverland
wonderful experience... Manokamna has changed a lot since i had visited in 2003-04, unfortunately that was the last time i visited the hills of Nepal. Upper Mustang is calling now
 
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