Live Blog: Nepal
Continuing the live blog of the trip.
I just saw a glimpse of the Himalayas as the plane is preparing to land in Kathmandu. At first I thought it was a wisp of cloud, then I realized it is the mountain range.
We landed in about 2pm local time. Immigration was a breeze I got my visitors visa right away. I exchanged some money and got a cab to my hostel in Thamel.
I took some snaps of the city. Above are school kids leaving school.
I got to my hostel - Elbrus Home. I liked it. The manager was very nice and attentive. I will be leaving for Bhaktapur to meet Erika there.
From my hostel I got a taxi to bring me to Bhaktapur - a UNESCO World Heritage site - and from there, to go to Nagarkot. After agreeing on the price I got in and we set out. From there I managed to experience the traffic in Kathmandu. In one street there were people dancing, apparently to celebrate a wedding, which gridlocked the traffic on the street. There was also some traffic in the highway, which caused us to arrive in Bhaktapur past 6. It was already dark so I decided to just come back tomorrow, and set out to Nagarkot.
Nagarkot is a small mountain village which is a great vantage point to see the sourrounding valley and mountain ranges. The drive was ardous and long and I kept on thinking if I am paying the driver enough. We also have to stop and ask for directions to the hotel.
At last we arrived in the hotel. After paying the driver I met with my friends Erika and Jeff. They accompanied me to dinner, in which I had my first Nepali meal. Afterwards we went to the viewing deck to stargaze. It was amazing - the Milky Way was clearly visible. We also tried taking pictures.
|Star pic by Erika|
We will be retiring in a bit. We are waking up early tomorrow morning to catch the sunrise. The view was said to be spectacular.
We woke up early to catch the sunrise in Nagarkot but it's too foggy. It's about 6°C outside.