Once our bags were packed, Giulia and I got onto a bus from McLeodganj to Delhi, which was an overnight journey, which mostly passed in lazy talk and sleep. Once we reached Delhi, we met up with another friend called Ary. We passed the day in Delhi and the scorching heat just eating and finding air conditioning wherever we could. We then had to board a bus from Delhi to Gorakhpur, which was almost 15 hours long. A fairly comfy ride, with Ary showing off his vape and again, a lot of sleeping, we reached Gorakhpur at around 5 am the next day. From there, we had to take another 2-hour long bus which would bring us to the border.
At the Sunauli border, we got our stamps on the passport and entered Nepal.
The Land Of Peace
I kid you not, it really was the land of peace. Somehow, everything seemed a lot calmer. We got on a bus to Kathmandu, another 10-hour long journey. The bus was super cramped and hot (no AC, that’s budget traveling I guess) and mostly filled with old Indian folks from Uttar Pradesh, traveling to Kathmandu just for a day-long visit to the Pashupatinath Temple. The rest of the journey was filled with broken sleep, sweating and strange conversations with old folks about our lives, and how different and same people can be simultaneously.
When we got to Kathmandu finally, we went to our Airbnb. We got extremely lucky with this one because our host was an absolute sweetheart. Rajendra has a beautiful home, where the ground floor is for guests. The room we booked had 2 bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, a clean bathroom and a little porch. All this for just 1000NPR (which is equivalent to 700INR). Split that between three people, and you’re already off to a great start.
We spent that night eating Chow Chow instant noodles and drinking Nepali beer. (Nepal Ice, highly recommend).
The plan was to stay in Kathmandu for just one night, but Raj was just so nice to us that we extended our stay by one more day.
The next evening, Raj made us some kickass dinner, we bought beer and spent the night talking about anything and everything under the sky.
If you want to stay at Raj’s which I highly recommend, click on the link below to find his homestay, and you’ll thank me.