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|PK-268: PIA runs Karachi – Kathmandu every Monday at 6:30 am|
Facilities-wise, we found the airport very basic with causal looking staff. We also checked the medical room but for no use. Currency counter was also half open and almost a rip-off so we exchanged only a petty amount and rushed outside to negotiate with taxis in the parking lot.
On a positive side, there is a silver lining amid all the immigration hassle: Nepal gives Pakistani travelers visa-on-arrival and that too free of cost! So my fellow countrymen don’t let this opportunity go wasted! Just ready your passport and buy a ticket, and you are good to go!
|Surrounding Hills of Kathmandu Airport|
|It was like flying from flat Karachi and then landing directly on Nathiagali hills!|
|Alhamdolillah we Landed Eventlessly|
|Carcasses of an Unfortunate Aircraft|
|PK-268: the Same Flight Which Crashed Here Back in 1992!|
|The Flight to Kathmandu was an Experience in its Own|
|Green Inside of the Kathmandu's Tribhuvan Aiport|
Surrounded by green hills, we found this neighborhood a nicer place with an authentic local ambiance and yummy street food: Samosay, Jalaibi, Paani Poori, and even Halwa-Poori! On the flipside, tourist accommodation was not abundant, however, with the help of friendly locals, we explored an inexpensive clean room at a family run restaurant-cum-guesthouse: Budhanilkantha Family Kitchen, aka BFK, near the happening Temple of Sleeping Vishnu (NPR 600 per night for the double room)!
After settling down, I strolled around town for errands and luckily found a good dairy for kids supplies!
|Bird's-Eye-View: Kathmandu Valley is Visible from Budhanilkantha|
|Budhanilkantha Family Kitchen, aka BFK: Stayed Here for 4-5 Days|
|BFK: Small But Full of Character and Great Food|
|A View from the Rooftop Restaurant|
|Another View of Budhanilkantha|
|The Expert Chef Duo: Ganesh and Urqen Sherpa|
|And an Evidence of their Dexterity|
Today's Bills - in Nepali Rupees
|750||Logistics||Taxi to Karachi Airport + Tip|
|1500||Gifts||Pakistani gifts for friends in Nepal|
|700||Logistics||Taxi - KTM Airport to Budhanilkantha|
|1000||Accommodation||Hotel Room Charges - Advance|
|110||Telephony||NCELL Mobile SIM|
|90||Food||Samosay, Jalaibee, etc!|
|330||Food||Milk, bread, snakcs, etc|
|100||Food||Fruits: 1 dozen Banana!|
|40||Telephony||Calling back home|
|4770||Total for May 13, 2013|
Traveler’s Tip # 1: Currency Exchange
Taking a major currency, like USD, Euro, etc is advisable but the Indian currency, INR, especially the smaller denominations, are widely accepted – to the extent that some shopkeepers quoted us INR thinking that we might be from India!
ATMs are also common around the urban localities but bringing cash will save from bank commission, either charged directly or incorporated in the exchange rate.
Traveler's Tip # 2: Mobile SIM
Buying a local mobile SIM is also very easy in Nepal and highly recommend. Again, take your passport in addition to a photograph to any of the mobile shops around to buy an inexpensive pre-paid package which can be recharged easily as per the need. Local SIM is handy for contacting hotels, taxis, and even for calling abroad. It took the SIM 5-6 hours to get activated so we used a nearby PCO for calling back home.
For data, we used handy Wifi at hotels and restaurants, included in the cost.
|Passport and Photograph are Required to Buy a Nepali Mobile SIM|