चार दिने यो पदयात्रा सहितको राफ्टिंग अनुभव हो ।
मार्च २८-३१, २०१३
अन्तिमको बाहेकका सबै तस्बिरहरू- पिटर एल्लेन । भिडीयो यहाँ छ ।
यात्रा खासमा कोटेश्वरबाट सुरुभयो जब पिटर र म भक्तपुर जाने बस भित्र छिर्यौ (यसमा मैले मट्टितेल खोज्न तीनकुने क्षेत्रभरी झन्डै डेढघन्टा डुलेको कुरा समावेश गरेको छैन) । कमल विनायकमा हामी नगरकोट जाने बसको छतमा चढ्यौ । अनि त्यहाँबाट शुरू भयो हाम्रो चार घन्टे पदयात्रा इन्द्रावती खोला किनारको सानो व्यापारिक बस्तिलाई सिपाघाट लक्षित गर्दै । यो बस्तीहुँदै हेलम्बुतिर पुग्ने सडक जान्छ । यहाँ गाडी चालकहरू यदाकदा खाजाखान रोकिन्छन् ।
Day 1- This post talks about our four-day hiking cum rafting trip. It began obviously from Kathmandu. Peter and I stepped into a bus for Bhaktapur in Koteswor. At Kamal Binayak, we climbed at the top of a bus that took us to Nagarkot. From there began a four-hour-long walk to Sipaghat, a small village near Indrawati river. A dog followed us for long in the trail. We also walked with a talkative woman for a while. And a man, who Peter thought was drunk, accompanied us briefly in the trail.
हाम्रा झोलाहरूमा एक-एकवटा डुङ्गा (प्याकराफ्ट) र तीसँग सम्बन्धित सामाग्री थिए । पिटरकोमा चाहिं एउटा टेन्ट र त्यसका सामाग्री अनि खानेकुरा पनि भएकाले उनको झोला मेरो भन्दा ८ किलो बढी कूल १८ किलो गह्रौ थियो । तर उनलाई गुनासो थिएन । उनी म भन्दा केही छिटो हिडे तर सिपाघाट पुग्नै लाग्दा उनी केही बिरामी जस्तो भए जो एउटा सिटामोल र एक रातको सुताइ पछि ठिक भयो । Continue reading
Yea, I want to do more rafting and in more challenging rivers. Bhote Koshi, I will see you soon!
Bindas over water: Wagle waves at camera while rafting
That was my first experience with rafting. I was excited and was too eager to board into one of the raft boats anchored on the bank of Trishuli River. At the same time, I didn’t want to miss any of the ‘useful’ verbatim that I may hear during rafting because I was there to write a story for my newspaper. So I was ready to raft with camera, notebook, pen (and iPod) on my handbag that was air-tightly packed and hooked into the boat. Apart from that, I had carried a few blank pages from the notebook and a ball point pen with me. I soon realized it was very challenging to save notebook from the waves of water that suddenly pour over you as the raft dances over water. Still, the good reporter in me successfully kept those pages in my pocket unwashed and kept on noting down anything that I deemed important and useful for my stories. But the most important challenge was to find a good story- not just the reporting the event (organized by an organization called KTM cards of singer Deepak Bajracharya that sells membership cards to fans and brings them near to the celebrities in occasions like this and other gatherings in Kathmandu.) Continue reading