Monday, July 27, 2015

Part 10 - Pokhara to Gangtok




We left Pokhara around 0800hrs and reached Kathmandu around 1400hrs after yet another peaceful ride through the beautiful forested hills of Nepal.
Kathmandu is as busy and crowded as any other Asian city. We stayed in Hotel Vaishali in Thamel 


which seemed like a tourist hub. There were plenty of small cafes, bars and restaurants which vied with each other for attracting customers. There were plenty of cyber cafes too and one did have guys


View from our room in Vaishali Hotel

sidling up to you and asking if you would be interested in dope or women.  
We visited the Pashupatinath temple and again eased our minds and bodies of the rigours of riding. 



After a couple of restful nights in Kathmandu we decided to move on and say goodbye to Nepal which we did after spending one more night in Bardibas, very close to the Indo Nepal border.
From Bardibas we headed straight to Siliguri. The exit was chaotic. We managed to change our balance Nepali rupees into Indian Rupees and were looking out for the police to hand over our vehicle permits. Strangely, nobody was interested and when I asked one officer at the border he just waved us on!
Siliguri was just a transit halt for us and we spent the night at the WBTDC (West Bengal Tourist 



Development Corporation) ‘Mainak’ Lodge. The rooms were spacious but the service was poor.
From Siliguri we rode onwards to Gangtok. Was a beautiful ride through the mountains with the 



pretty Teesta river running alongside us all along.
In Gangtok we booked ourselves in ‘Nettle and Fern’ a cute little Hotel. There is no level road in Gangtok. It is either going up or coming down.
Since we had reached Gangtok in the afternoon we decided to have a quick look around all the must see points by a local taxi whose driver was full of information (another advantage of taking local cabs) and 




took us to a popular waterfall where you could indulge in ziplining and then to Ganesh tok from where you could get a bird’s eyeview of Gangtok.



We spent the evening on MG road one of the most popular traffic free streets in Gangtok where the tourists and locals come to shop and spend time.
We dined on some excellent veg and non veg momos in one of the stalls there and returned  to our room feeling content.

22 comments:

  1. Looking great Deepak! You covered quite a lot of distance :)

    The picture of Gangtok looks amazing...

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  2. adventurous trip :-)
    keep traveling and keep sharing.

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  3. I was in Gangtok more than 2 decades ago...need to go and see how it has changed....always looking forward in this series....

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  4. Hari OM
    You keep us in suspense! ...always enjoy visiting with you... YAM xx

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    1. Hari Om

      Glad you enjoy your visits here!

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  5. wonderful trip. its like traveling with u all the places. :)

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  6. wow, nice trip and you covered a lot too... love the pics, esp the waterfalls shot :-)

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  7. Hi Deepaji,

    I hardly leave any comments while reading as I enjoy reading, now starting to leave comment :) So this post I lived it.. Riding through Siliguri is great fun. I rode rickshaw there and have great memories of pushing don the road. Btw do leave your 2 cents on my new post : http://www.photokatha.in/tips-on-women-solo-travelling-in-kerala/

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  8. Can imagine it must've been a memorable trip! How did you travel from Pokhara to Kathmandu? And your description of Thamel (guys sliding up to you offering dope or women) corresponds with every report I've ever read/heard about Thamel!

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    1. We rode from Pokhara to Kathmandu as we were on a 13000kms ride over 72 days. The route for the ride referred to in this post is shown in the map embedded in the post right on top.

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  9. I should do a road trip. I hope I would do it soon!!!
    My Travelogue by Bhushavali

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  10. Lovely... I been in Pokhra and Gangtok but in different time...

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  11. What an amazing experience. Was it easy getting through the border customs with your bike and gear?

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  12. Beautiful pictures and post, Gangtok looks beautiful!

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