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
Today I crossed a river. Twice. On a packraft. By myself of course. It was fun. A bit scary. But it was all okay. Crossing back was challenging. But I did it. Considering it was one of Nepal’s big rivers, I feel my performance, first ever, was not that bad. A video of my little adventure sometime at the end of this week.
Update Photos and the following text added on 26 May 2013. The river is Sunkoshi. At Khandichaur, just below the Lamosanghu the bridge. Packraft belonged to Peter (last pic below, readying the packraft). It was a brief encounter with waters of Sunkoshi as we were on a trip to Dolakha and Ramechhap. I was in water for less than 10 mins and most of the time I was struggling to maintain control over the raft. Next update: Packrafting in Likhu Khola. Continue reading
This is what I see from where I am standing at this moment.
The 1453 meters long bridge on Mahakali River that connects Chandani Dodhara villages (of Nepal) on the border with India with rest of the country.
Chandani & Dodhara villages:
These two villages of Mahakali pari (beyond Mahakali) were connected to the mainland Nepal only in 2005 when the government built a 1452.96 meters long suspension bridge. The structure is quite a sight.
The suspension bridge is 12 kilometers away from Mahendranagar town and is connected by a dusty road.
A bike ride on the Chandani Dodhara suspension bridge over Mahakali river.
Purba Mechi dekhi paschim Mahakali samma. From Mechi in the East to Mahakali in the West.
That’s how Nepal is referred to whenever Nepalis talk about the geographical & political boundaries of their country. Beyond these two rivers is not the present day Nepal with the exception of two villages Chandni & Dodhara on the bank of Mahakali.
Last year I walked on the Mechi Pul (bridge) and crossed over to the Indian side. That was on the day of Maha Ashtami (the 8th day of Dashain festival).
This year I crossed the Mahakali river, for the first time, and walked into Nepal- again on the day of Maha Ashtami (the day before yesterday).
The most preferred mode of transportation while crossing the border is a Horse Cart. A ride to Mahendranagar from Banbasa (about 10 kilometers) cost Indian Rs. 60. Additional charges for heavy luggage. This video was taken on the Nepali side of the border soon after we crossed the Seema Surakshya Bal (Indian border security force for the border with Nepal) check post.