- Trip Duration: 2 Weeks - May 13 to May 27, 2013
- The Troupe: Mikeal – 1 year, Misha – 3 years, Urooba, and self
- The Loop: Karachi → Kathmandu → Chitwan National Park → Manakamana → Kathmandu → Bhaktapur → Nagarkot → Kathmandu → Karachi
Last year, when we visited Ziarat, a cool hill station near Karachi, Misha, our 3 years daughter, never hesitated asking why we were visiting the place: "Ziarat men kuch nahee hai"! So there needed to be something for her and her younger accomplice Mikael, who turned 1 this March and was embarking on his first foreign travel. So to avoid "Nepal men kuch nahee hai" we headed to Chitwan National Park - which is famous for one-horned rhinos and elephant back Jungle Safari. We spent 4-5 days there as well and it was completely worth it.
Although, both the expeditions I was targeting -- trek to the Everest Base Camp and the one-in-the-lifetime road trip to Tibet -- were unfeasible due to reasons beyond control, there was still something for me. Exploring around Kathmandu's historical places, attending Buddha Jayanti - the festival of Buddha, visiting Buddhist and Hindu sites, and sipping hot Nepali Masala Tea at Nagarkot hill station was kind of a solace for me in the concluding 4/5 days of our 2 weeks trip.
The second and the bigger surprise came in when we noticed our hometown favorites Gol Gappa, Halwa Poori, and Samosa selling around Budhanilkantha - a green hilly suburb of Kathmandu which was our first improvised stopover for the next four days.
Even before the travel, I was astonished to know that there is a free visa on arrival facility for Pakistani citizens and that too with comparatively little paper work!
Had there been more surprises of this sort we might have felt 'not traveled' but luckily there was ample contrast for us to explore, amuse, and enjoy!
~Rs. 110,000 for Karachi - Kathmandu Return Air Ticket* for 2 Adults, 1 child, 1 infant
~Rs. 60,000 = 4,000 per day x 15 days
Total ~Rs. 170,000 or USD 1,700 for the whole trip including air tickets
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* through Pakistan International Airlines
Travelogue - In the Making:
In the coming days, I intend to post day wise travelogue of our trip focusing on tips and tricks to save money while traveling. So stay tuned :-)