Hotel Lovely Mount
Lake Side 6, Pokhara, Nepal
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A Village Gathering.
Rakhi & Munu having Breakfast.
i am visiting kathmandu by road from kolkata in a couple of days. kindly advise me regarding travelling detail as to
from kolkata where should i go to
what kind of travel documents i should carry
from pokhra how should i go to kathmandu
looking 4wrd to a quick reply
Your looking at 3-4 day journey to either Kathmandu or Pokhara.
Take train from Kolkata to Varanasi stay a night or two to organise bus for a day trip to Kathmandu or Pokhara.
Bus will leave Varanasi in the morning going to the border town of sunali. You will cross over the border and check in Nepal and stay on that side for the night. The trip to Sunali will take 11 hours and will pick up locals if tourist bus is half full.
In the morning you will pick up the second bus for the trip there are two bus one will go to Pokhara another to Kathmandu. Kathmandu will take 11 hours but Pokhara might be a bit shorter.
Journey time between Pokhara to Kathmandu is about 7-8 hours if all goes well.
Hotel in Kathmandu (Encounter Nepal) very good and pieceful place.
Have your passport with you at all times. You can buy Visa on the border with American Dollars.
Sorry forget to mention that all guesthouses in Varanasi will booked bus for you and hotel in Pokhara or Kathmandu.
Visa cost will be around US$80 for 2 months and about US40 for 1 month.
there was a deal when you brought a 2 month Visa and leave after and return back again in the same year you get 1 month gratis Visa free.
Ideal for Going to Tibet just as your 2 month visa comes to an end.
Alternate ,you can go to Patna by train and then by bus to border town of Raxaul (there is a possibility that u get direct train from Kolkata to Raxaul). For details, Pl see my posting of 21st March in reply to a similar querry of 19th March. From Raxaul, u can go straight to Katmandu. From Katmandu, go west to Pokhara by bus 7-8 hours. While returning, u get direct buses from Pokhara for Raxaul.
Travel Tips for Pokhara
The Trip is Incomplete without a Trek in Pokhara
Everything is about mountains in Pokhara, the views in your eyes, the hotel names, the travel agencies advertisement, the souvenirs in the streets... all are about mountains. If you love mountains, come to Pokhara; If you don't love mountains, come to Pokhara and you will.
We had 4 or days, we wanted to do the famous trek up to Poon Hill; however, getting there mean a car trip to the starting point. Being there at a Maoist strike call period, no car dared to run. After discussing with a agency "Dawn in Nepal Adventures" the designed a trekking route Pokhara - Lumle (by car) - Chandra Kot - Laundrung - Pothana - Sarankot - Pokhara of four days.
The route is very easy for us. However, we had a wonderful chance to see the mountain, village, schools... Boots
water (well, you can buy it on the way. Everagely there is a village every 1 hour you walk in the mountain).
After a long day hiking
Looking for a calm meal, little fuss, known food and a cozy and friendly place to sit , go to Caffe Concerto. Plays cool jazz and has good Italian-style food, with pizza and noodles (sorry, p a s t a ) on the top of the menu. Wines to go with it, too.
Apparently good home made ice cream, but as of principle I do not eat this in Nepal.
Organic food products, good coffees etc.
Fireplace going (using waste wood) in an open fireplace in the cold part of the year.
Have various board games for visitors who want to linger. Comfy, view to passing guests or inside close to the fireplace.
Well educated young staff. Pizza here is consistently good.
Cappuchino is good.
Phewa Tal lake. Damside.
In my opinion this narrow part of the lake, offers the best views of the forest around, and is also a good place (less crowded) to practicing water sports. Damside was the first area to be developed to tourists but now the crowd are concentraded around the more developed area of Lakeside.
About 6km north of Lakeside, in a suburb just outside Old Pokhara called Batulechaur is this cave - pay 20NPR to get in, plus another 40NPR for a lamp (unless of course you've remembered to bring your own!), and you can then walk down the steps in the second photograph to find yourself in a series of low caves. The footing is a little unsteady, hence the need for a lamp, but once in the next cave, look up at the ceiling, and wonder at the hundreds if not thousands of horseshoe bats clinging to it!
There are signs up asking visitors to be quiet, as noise disturbs the bats, and I did get a little irritated with local visitors who were being very loud indeed, charging up and down.... however, I was very grateful for their presence a little later, as the alternative exit to the cave is a bit of a climb, and I'm not a very good rock-climber! In fact I had a bit of a tumble (just scratches and bruises thankfully!), and a group of lads helped me up. The exit is very narrow and you have to squeeze through on your stomach 'like a snake', as the Nepali boys described it to me! You'll probably be thankful to hear that you can just turn around and go out the way you came in!
We got to the cave by renting a scooter.
A day's outing to Begnas Tal
By local bus from the bus stand or up from Mahendrapool (better ask around for this) or a local taxi take a day's outing to Begnas Lake. Slightly smaller than Phewa Lake, Begnas does offer good opportunities for boating, fishing etc. It is a quiet place compared to Phewa Lake, and not geared for a huge tourist influx. The newly-built hotel complex Begnas Resort was blown to bits by the Maoists. Perhaps they didn't pay enough mafia-style protection money? There are other small guesthouses on the Sundaridnada Ridge to the east of the lake, and several small and rather local restaurants at the dam end of the lake and toward begnas Bazaar & bus stop. They specialize in local fish and do it well. You could hire a boat and paddle it to the end of the lake, than walk back over Sundaridanda for a bit of exercise. Local bus on an hourly basis or so - flexible! They stop going early, though 5ish pm, due to fewer passengers and the maoists/army harassing passengers at roadblocks.
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