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  1. Round Trip: Hyderabad to Nepal - Hyderabad - Nagpur - Prayagraj - Sonauli - Nepal Nepal to Hyderabad - Nepal - Sonauli - Prayagraj - Lakhanadon - Hyderabad Number of Days: 12 (Including travel) Start Date: 14th December, 2023 End Date: 25th December, 2023 Bike: RE Classic 350 Total distance covered: 4206 kilometers Spent: 13218 RS (Petrol), 25K (Others) Day 1: On the first day of my journey, my initial stop was Nagpur. I commenced my journey around 9:30 AM from home and arrived in Nagpur at approximately 8:45 PM. Distance Covered: 505 kilometers Stay: Booked through Airbnb near airport Day 2: On the second day of my trip, I was heading to Prayagraj, but my plans changed when my phone fell, and the screen was broken. I had to stop about 100 kilometers before Prayagraj. I found a place to stay where my phone fell, as people had warned me about the risk of going further into Uttar Pradesh at that time. So, I stayed at a hotel on the highway. I started my day around 8:30 AM from my stay in Nagpur and finished riding around 7:00 PM. Distance Covered: 507 kilometers Stay: I can't remember the name, but it was a random roadside hotel. Day 3: On the third day, I began my journey around 6:30 AM from the place I was staying and arrived at Sonauli, Uttar Pradesh, late at night (I forgot the exact time). I stayed at the Hotel called Indo-Nepal Hotel, near the border. Along the way, I visited Triveni Sangam and Chandra Shekhar Azad Park in Prayagraj. Chandra Shekhar Azad is my all-time favorite; being there gave me goosebumps and stirred deep emotions; Only a few know how much I love him Distance Covered: Approximately 450 kilometers Stay: Hotel Indo-Nepal (Booked on the spot, 1600 INR) Day 4: Early in the morning, I exchanged currency from INR to NPR at a stationary shop. You can exchange money either near the border or after crossing into Nepal, including exchange offices in Nepal. If you choose to exchange at a shop, they may charge a commission. Some asked for 4% of the total amount, while others asked for 3%. Fortunately, I met a friendly uncle who was impressed by my long ride. He took me to a stationary shop, spoke to them on my behalf, and they charged only 1% of the total amount. Note: The same process applies if it is the reverse exchange, I mean NPR TO INR. After checking out from the hotel in Sonauli and crossing the border, there are three important things to remember: 1. Bhansar: Bhansar is like a permit for us to enter Nepal. Just after crossing the Nepal border, you can find the Department of Customs. In my case, as I crossed from Sonauli, I obtained Bhansar from the Bhairahawa customs office near the India-Nepal gate. This can be done on the spot, but many middlemen are available if you don't want to handle it yourself. They charge a fee; in my case, they charged 1450 INR, but the receipt showed 1600 NPR. This means they took a commission of 722 INR, and it's possible to save on this. 2. SIM Card: Upon crossing the border, I received a message from Airtel (my network) offering international roaming plans, but they were expensive. So, I got a local SIM card from NCELL. The process was quick, requiring only Aadhar verification. I paid 350 INR for 5 GB, 75 balance, and 40 minutes of Nepal-to-Nepal calls with a 7-day validity. Note that these plans are often cheaper if purchased directly in Nepal. I found the same plan for 200 NPR only in Nepal, JFYI. 3. Vehicle Permit from RTO: Since I was traveling on a bike, I needed to get a bike permit from the RTO. I forgot to do this initially and was fined 500 NPR. The fined permit is valid for 2 days only. While most places didn't ask for the permit, there was one location where they checked and fined me. FINALLY ENTERED INTO NEPAL :) After crossing the border, obtaining bhansar, and taking care of the essentials, I headed towards Pokhara after a few checks by the Nepal army. The journey from Sonauli to Pokhara is approximately 190 km and offers a beautiful ghat road. Despite stopping at various places for pictures, it took me nearly 7 hours. If you prefer, there is also a less strenuous highway option. By the way, while I was riding, someone dipped the headlight when I saw that, it was a bike, looks like an Indian, he stopped, even I, and how funny was it? He is from Andhra, Tirupati, India, and is also heading to Phokara, he entered Nepal from a different border, but paths crossed, we had a quick chat, took pics, exchanged numbers, and went away on our own ways after discussing itinerary. (His name is Jaya, after that, we met many times on our ride ) Anyway, upon reaching Pokhara, a scenic and lively place in Nepal, I checked into the Zostel mixed room, which I had pre-booked for three days at 490 INR per day. Many advised against going directly to Kathmandu, citing its busy nature with little to explore unless you're interested in city life or the Shiva temple, so planned for Phokara only as an initial pin. Day 5: Explored Pokhara in Detail as much as possible 1. Tal Barahi Temple: To reach this temple dedicated to the goddess Barahi, we needed to take a boat. I believe the cost was around 100 NPR. While on the boat, the boatman requested an additional 50 NPR from each passenger to roam around with the boat. I agreed, as everyone else did. The temple is beautiful, and I spent some time there capturing pictures, enjoying the view of the Annapurna and other Himalayan ranges. 2. Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave: A fascinating cave where water flows, with temples inside. It's visually striking and a must-visit. 3. David Falls: Located opposite Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave, I visited David Falls. To be honest, I found it less interesting, and the story behind its name didn't add much to its appeal for me. I mean, why the Nepal government and sites like TripAdvisor are promoting this, I'm not sure. The name "Devi's Falls" is derived from a tragic incident in which a Swiss tourist named David went swimming in the Pardi Khola, drowned in the waterfall, and slowly it became known as Devi Falls. So what! 4. World Peace Temple: This serene temple requires maintaining silence as the rule, it is some budha temple. It offers a breathtaking view of the Himalayas, including Annapurna. It was at this point that I began to truly appreciate the magnificence of the Himalayas, I sat and saw those contrasted curves form tens of mins. I decided on the spot that I would climb Everest after turning 45, despite the risks, as I wanted to live with such extraordinary memories. 5. Gurkha Museum: A fascinating museum that taught me a lot about the Gurkhas. The 100 NPR ticket for non-Nepalis was worth it. 6. Seti River Gorge: Just before the Gurkha Museum, I visited Seti River Gorge. Unfortunately, it turned out to be less interesting, with nothing much to see except water flowing in a canal under the bridge. The 80 NPR cost felt unnecessary. 7. Mahendra Cave: Located near the Gurkha Museum, this cave didn't offer much to explore, and the 80 NPR ticket for non-Nepalis wasn't worth it. Near Mahendra Cave, there's another cave called Bat Cave, but since it was already 5:30 PM, and these caves close before 6 PM, I was thiking about it. However, I got a call from Jaya (The same guy whom I met on Day 4), he told me that he obtained a pass for Mustang in the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Permit for 1000 NPR he called me and told me that because we were discussing about this. This unexpected opportunity changed my plans. Originally, I had intended to explore Pokhara and Kathmandu, then return. I know, Mustang, known for its challenging off-road terrain and the famous Muktinath Vishnu Temple, was a dream for many riders, even mine too. I was hesitant initially due to my bike's rear tire condition, I somehow missed thinking about it before the ride began from Indian, but after hearing about the pass, I decided to give it a try. After I received a call from that rider about the pass, prompting me to ride quickly to reach before 6 PM, because he told me that it would be closed by 6. Although I reached at 5:55 PM, it was closed. However, the officer informed me that I could obtain the pass directly at Ghasa, a checkpoint on the way to Mustang. This piece of information revived my hopes, and I rushed back to Zostel to check my bike's condition. Despite the wear and tear, I didn't want to miss this chance. I decided to skip Kathmandu, considering it as just a city, and took the plunge into the adventure awaiting me in Mustang. I have to share this remarkable encounter. On the same day I met jaya when he called me and told me that he is at world peace temple, there I met a fellow traveler named Darren (He is the room mate of Jaya) from Europe who is on a journey to explore the world. I was captivated by his perspectives and found him to be an incredibly nice guy. Darren is involved in freelancing, earning a living while indulging in his passion for exploration. Initially, I had some assumptions about him, thinking he might be a random guy perhaps dealing with personal challenges, especially given his unconventional appearance with distinct hair and all. However, as he began sharing his story, detailing the places he had explored, and recommending books, my perception completely changed. I fell in love with his unique outlook on life. We exchanged Instagram details and continued on our respective journeys, enriched by the brief but impactful connection with a kindred spirit who shared a love for exploration and a commitment to living life on his own terms. When I will get a chance like that!! Day 6: Early in the morning, I departed from Zostel Phokara with saddlebags despite having two more days on my booking in Zostel, I checked out, anticipating that I wouldn't return to Zostel in Pokhara, and even to Pokhara and there is a place called Sarangkot in pokhara where sun rise and views at best, so, I went there and enjoyed it. Then I started to Mustang, the ride commenced, and I fell in love with it. The road was incredibly well-curved and tough, leading me to ponder over various thoughts. Before encountering the ghat road, I paused at a lengthy hanging iron bridge, capturing moments with my pride, the Indian flag. Moving on, I realized my top box was not in good shape. I continued the journey, stopping at several places to sit and appreciated nature. This ride became a profound self-discovery experience for me. Thrilling moments on one or two wheels, the absence of people, the intermittent starts and stops, all amidst the greatness of the Himalayas and the flowing rivers offered me the best opportunity to reflect on myself. As the journey progressed, darkness set in, and I found myself near Rupse Waterfall Bridge. we met, I mean Jaya again, also reached Rupse waterfalls, and we decided to camp there for the night. Below a small coffee shop, we found a camping spot. The temperature dropped to around 1 or 2 degrees Celsius. Although I had forgotten my sleeping bag and he, the thought of sleeping in the middle of nowhere, just steps away from a waterfall, made me question whether I would get any sleep at all. In the end, I decided to open my Kindle and started reading "Into the Wild" by Jon Krakauer. The experience, with the half-moon above, the sound of waterfalls, the harsh temperature, the camping setup, the glow of the Kindle, and a small campfire, wasn't this the essence of the life we yearn for? Day 7: It was early morning, around 7, when we (Me and Jaya) both started our separate ways. After a refreshing coffee, my journey continued without any stops until I reached the temple. The off-road experience was challenging, but I embraced it, cherishing the harsh beauty of nature. As the day progressed, it was almost night when I arrived at the Muktinath temple. A police official informed me about an upcoming aarathi ceremony and suggested that I wait to witness it, considering the effort I had put into reaching this far. I agreed, and during the 10-minute-long aarathi, there were only three police officials, three citizens, a priest, and myself present. After the ceremony, the priest graciously offered me a hot prasad, which felt like a heavenly treat in the -4-degree temperature. Following the temple experience, I descended quickly and decided to stay in Muktinath. I found a room, and fortunately, the guy who had camped with me the previous night also joined. He turned out to be a fellow traveler who had explored various parts of India on his motorcycle. Muktinath proved to be a delightful place to stay. The accommodation cost 1200 NPR, and we split the amount. While the food was a bit costly, we managed with a veg thali, priced at 400 RS NPR. Luckily, my companion was also a vegetarian, making the meal a good fit for both of us. We also enjoyed a cup of coffee for 150 RS NPR, despite its high cost. With limited options in this remote location, I considered it a part of the experience. After the satisfying meal, I read a few pages of "Into the Wild" and eventually drifted off to sleep, embracing the tranquility of Muktinath. Day 8: After freshening up, I started my day from the hotel, bidding farewell to my companion as we ventured on our separate paths. I must mention that I had the chance to visit the Muktinath temple multiple times, and each visit only deepened my connection with the place. As I departed from Muktinath, emotions and love filled my heart. A quick flashback reminded me of an interesting encounter on Day 5 at the World Peace Pagoda. While admiring the Himalayas, I heard a soft song. Approaching a fellow visitor from the US, he introduced me to the music of Bob Marley. His passionate description and insights about Bob Marley's songs gave me goosebumps, and I decided to explore Marley's music while riding. The lyrics turned out to be profound, and I fell in love with them after checking them out upon reaching Zostel. Returning to Zostel, I opted for a mixed room again, paying 600 NPR, which seemed fair for what I needed. Despite contemplating a visit to Kathmandu, the advice from others and the time constraint to reach my home city, Hyderabad, by the 25th compelled me to reconsider. Many locals had also suggested skipping Kathmandu, adding weight to the decision. Hungry, I went outside for a meal, and the cost of rotis with coffee was 600 NPR. Though pricey, I decided to indulge in the experience. Later, I strolled along Phewa Lake's footpath, immersing myself in the cool and pleasant atmosphere. The lakeside was bustling with musicians, couples, and food enthusiasts, creating a vibrant ambiance. After a bit of shopping, covering about 7 km on foot, I returned to Zostel. In the evening, I sat by the campfire, enjoying the melodies sung by fellow travelers. I spent some time reading more pages of "Into the Wild" before eventually drifting off to sleep, concluding another eventful day on this incredible journey. Day 9: Early in the morning, I set out on my journey, but a feeling of missing something lingered. Checking my Pokhara wishlist, I noticed one place pending - the Bat Cave. However, I contemplated taking a different route back to Hyderabad instead of retracing my steps through Nagpur, Prayagraj, and Sonauli. The alternate route I considered was Phokra-Patna-Bilaspur-Nagpur-Hyderabad. Yet, if I visited the Bat Cave now, reaching Patna in time semed challenging due to the ghat roads, indicating a 12+ hour journey. Deciding to adjust my plans, I reached out to the guy who had camped with me. He mentioned he was in Kiwi Backpackers and planning to visit a lesser-known and less crowded lake called Begnas lake, similar to Phewa lake (a popular lake in Phokara). Learning that my bike needed a few bolts, I asked if we could go to Begnas and the Bat Cave and then visit a hardware store together. He gladly agreed, so I headed to Kiwi Backpackers. Upon arriving, I left my bike there. The hostel owner, a rider with many memories, warmly welcomed us, sharing stories through videos and photos. After a visit to a veg restaurant for dosa and poori, we proceeded to the Bat Cave. I found it better than Mahendra Cave, worth the visit, and the entrance fee was 80 NPR. They even provided a torch to explore the dark cave filled with hanging bats. Next, we headed to Begnas, a serene and less crowded lake located an hour away from the Bat Cave. We enjoyed the peaceful surroundings and took pictures, and my companion flew his drone to capture the beauty of the lake. Afterward, we went to a hardware store where I purchased nuts and bolts while he serviced his bike. Returning to Kiwi, we parted ways. Realizing it was almost 1 PM and considering the hilly terrain and the approaching darkness by 5 PM, I abandoned the plan to reach Patna. Instead, I decided to stay one more day in Nepal, choosing Butwal, which is 30 km behind Sonauli (India), as my stop for the night. The room cost 1500 NPR but proved to be worth it. Day 10: Starting my journey from Butwal to Sonauli, I decided it was time to address the doubts about my rear tire. I opted to change it, acknowledging that uncertainty on the road was not worth the risk. However, I chose to do this in Sonauli instead of Nepal due to the hefty prices for imported goods in Nepal, mostly from India. In Sonauli, I replaced the tire with a CEAT tire, costing 2500 INR. With the new tire in place, I reached my first temporary stop, the Ayodhya Ram Mandir. Despite the ongoing construction, the temple left a lasting impression on me. After undergoing numerous security checks, I finally laid eyes on the temple's representation of Lord Ram. Adjacent to it was a Hanuman Temple, also beautifully constructed. After exploring the temples, I made a few purchases, including a wooden temple as a memento. From there, I continued my journey to Prayagraj, looking forward to my next stop for the day. Day 11: From Prayagraj to Lakhnadon was my planned journey for the day, with Nagpur being my ultimate destination. However, an unexpected puncture changed the course of my day. Let me share the story. Determined to reach Nagpur at any cost, my brand-new rear tire suddenly got punctured in the middle of nowhere. Initially, I contemplated spending the night in my tent if the situation delayed me. Fortunately, I spotted a person fixing punctures just 500 meters away. Unfortunately, he informed me that he couldn't handle motorcycle tires, and I realized I had forgotten the tire spray. However, he suggested there was a cycle shop 2 km ahead that might be able to assist. With the help of the engine, I slowly pushed my motorcycle to the cycle shop. The person there had never fixed a Royal Enfield tire, but I knew how to do it. I assisted him in a few tasks like disk brake adjustments, and he managed to find a tube and changed it. It was a surprising experience, as I initially thought it was a random, less-developed village. Even a small child was conversing in English, and the puncture repairman sprinkled in a few English words, often using the popular Narendra Modi catchphrase. The villagers seemed fascinated and curious, finding me different in my riding gear. After leaving the village, night was gradually descending, and the area was becoming forested. Deciding it was wise to find accommodation nearby, I checked the maps and identified a place called Lakhnadon. Upon reaching, I found a place to stay, but unfortunately, it turned out to be the worst stay of my journey. They charged a hefty 700 INR for the less-than-ideal accommodation. Day 12: From Lakhnadhon to Hyderabad one last stretch of 700 km, done and dusted. What do I really like in Nepal? 1. Ahh, I find most of them maintain hygiene 2. Himalayas 3. Harsh weather 4. sweet people What difficulties have I faced? Almost nothing. Here are some pics Last but not least, I want to express my gratitude to my faithful companion, the Fatboy RE. It has been with me through thick and thin, rolling over tough terrains just to bring a smile to my face from years literally. It never caused me much trouble during my long rides, and besides regular servicing, I'm not sure how else to thank it. Love you, buddy, stay with me till my last breath. - Janaki Rajesh Duvvuri.
  2. Hyderabad to Sikkim road trip : Four BTech friends, Proper reunion after a decade. Crossed two borders, (Nepal and Bhutan) Drove around 5.5k kilometres. Hanging around with old friends and saying "Remember when..."(15 days of memories) Trusted steed Menu Day 1 : Hyderabad to Vishakapatnam Day 2 : Vishakapatnam to Puri Day 3: Puri to Kharagpur Day 4:Kharagpur to Malda
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