Saturday, June 13, 2009

Day 96 - June 12 - Kathmandu to Pokhara

June12 at EveryTrail

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214 KMs Trip 12521 KMs

Lazed out one more day. Was a comfy room at Kathmandu and nice tourist area. But a traveler has to move on. Visited Chinese embassy just inquire about the possibility of riding to Lhasa. But was have go through Travel agent only i was told. On consulting a travel agent, it seemed a time consuming and expensive task. Dont have that kinda time nor money so i head west now. Pokhara for today. It like 11 am when i start. Hope to do some riding today after nearly 20 days of break from riding. My alert levels are more than ever. Pass the police station, did not really want to stop and say hello to the cops :D Pass the accident point and i am out of Kathmandu. Things are looking ok. Its just ride on the nice highway towards Pokhara. Had to fuel up and no fuel at a bunk. nill at the next one and also the next one!! Man there seems to be a fuel shortage! Try n number of pumps and no fuel. I dont even have enough to get to Pokhara. Would be a nuisance if i get stuck in some small town. Luckily one pump had fuel but was rationing for just 200 bux! Well gotta take what ya get. This will get me to Pokhara. Thats atleast a ok place to get stuck if fuel problem is there. Some 30 kms to Pokhara i feel the rain drops and the skies ahead look real dark. Get into rain gear and in no time its pouring from above. Its getting real hard. But we never stop for rain right cos most of the time we ride out of it. Nearing Pokhara rain lettoff but the city looked very unimpressive from a tourist point of view. No fuel any where in the whole city. Diesel is available though!!

Was told lakeside is couple of KMs ahead and i get there to find some tourist friendly environment. First get to the lake for couple of clicks as light may fade by the time i find a room. Well here its the problem of plenty and problem of choice. With off season sure to get room in any hotel. wanted a good one as i have to be here the next day also. Hotel Barahi looked five star kinda so just inquired the watch man about the prices. Was told 3-4k! so when i was about to turn around the owner requested to go in and inquire and was insistent. Fine nothing to loose. Get in and was told 25USD too much i said. Stuff about my travel. Then my budget 500 nepali. Finally i get an price of india 550! I take it :D Got a swimming pool as well. Awesome. Dumped the stuff in the room walked to the lake just few mins. Was a nice pleasant evening there to kill time with a butta 'maize'. After dark did a recce of the lakeside picking out spot to settle for the evening ;) It was great time in the Club Paradiso pub over couple of pegs. Err... a couple of couple of pegs!!


The comfy room at Yankey hotel Kathmandu...


The hold up for the bike for nearly 20 days...


The happy cook Rai there...


Towards Pokhara...


Towards Pokhara...


More road pix. Taking road pix after some time u see...


Riding by the greens...


Stop to get into rain gear...




Reached the Phewa lake in Pokhara...




My bike there...


From the road by the lake...


At Barahi Hotel...






The hotel galli...


Some chats before hitting the lake...




At the lake again... its just 5 mins from the hotel..


Want some?


The boat lady..




Love crows?


Lot of em...


Love crows again...


Calm lakeside street of Pokhara...


Shave and head massage!! He did a shoulder and back massage and in the end 550 bux!!


The evening at Club Paradiso...

4 comments:

manikandaanr said...

hmmmm........PEGS!!!
HOW MANY?

Hirak said...

WOW!!!! I finally catch up with u in terms of the logs.....It was awesome reading the day by day updates. It sure has sparked a few ideas of some trip in me....:)

So tell me hows the bike behaving throughout the trip? any major problems?

Nepal seems to be too expensive place.

Arun said...

I am just reminded on 2 things over a call..
first, congrats on your 100th day ride! second, you shall keep up your words that you would be returning in 15days that is within Jun! Enjoy!! :-)

Praveen said...

Mani: 4 :D even got an hangover!

Hirak: Glad to have made you think of travelling :) The bike has been fine till now and yes nepal has been very expensive for me.

Arun: Thank you sir and dunno about the rest what you said :D