Nepal 2013

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After a little break, here come details of our latest travel. This time we traveled to Nepal which is a Himalayan country famous for its high peaks, wildlife, and distinctive fusion of Buddhist and Hindu cultures:
  • 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

Keeping Everyone Happy
Wifey wanted to revive her yoga which she used to practice before marriage and Nepal could have been the best place for that. Luckily, there was an international yoga event going around Kathmandu, at Budhanilkantha's Chandra Ban Eco Resort, which forced me to take on 4/5 full days of baby sitting in addition to couple of hours of daily trekking right after landing into Nepal! Good for me!

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.

Pleasant Surprises
When we landed at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport we found out that most Nepali people can understand Urdu, our mother tongue and the national language of Pakistan. That was a pleasant surprise indeed and a bit helpful too especially when we neither had advanced booking nor a firm plan for this 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!

Bill, Please!
Low cost of living in Nepal, our policy to avoid touts completely, Pakistani citizenship (SAARC), and most importantly support from friends (especially Couchsurfing's Kathrine, etc) helped us in managing things within our limits:

~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

Think this is cheap? Don't hesitate contacting me for some pocket friendly secrets either through the comment section below, or email me at, or keep a check on my travel blog for budget traveling tips.

* 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 :-)
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