Team: ArvindK, BikramS, BimalK(DurgaK, AyushK), GaneshT, KrishnaB, LavaK(MenukaK, RistaS), RajuS(KabitaS), SauravT, ShivaP, ShrwanK( KshitizS), SureshG
Events: Boating, Hiking, Paragliding, Outdoor sight seeing
Day: Feb 21 – Feb 22, 2009
It was early Saturday morning but hustling bustling had started in a MicroBus with couples of Raju, Shrwan, and Bimal with his family. Saurav was 30 minutes late in picking up the microbus due to his Friday night party. The microbus stopped at Naubise so that guys could taste goat’s meat. The restaurant had no Shauni whom Shrwan searched desparately that made Kshitiz question on Shrwan’s intentions. Finally, team settled at another restaurant and took breakfast voraciously. Ayush Koirala started showing his skills there and enjoyed every bit of crackers being the youngest member in the team. He also started recognizing others by playing or by displaying quizzical looks. Not long that Suresh got into intimate relationship with Ayush with his loving and caring nature.
The trip started again and Lava got a phone call from Menuka who was already in Mugling from Chitwan. It would be a two hour wait for her as 80 kilometers was a considerable distance to cover even for a microbus. So, lava lied that he is too close to meet her soon. There was a long jam in KurinTar, the place to ride cable car to visit Manakamana. It helped Lava to get excuse for being late in reaching Mugling.:DIn Mugling, there was no sign of Menuka. Lava and Suresh started manhunt and finally found menuka with her sisters’ daughter Rista Soti. Aaditya, Lava’s son, missed the trip due to his fever.
Raju had to leave Kabita to make room for ladies. We stopped after Dumre in a Hi-Fi restaurant that was going to be too expensive. A variety of options were ordered and finally settled with whatever the place had ready to save time. Saurav even managed to buy out some discount there. Shiva, Arbind, and Krishna were enjoying every bite of meal.
The tour started again with beautiful songs from Suresh until reaching Lekhnath Chowk to pick up Bikram who was waiting there after his graduation day celebration in Bachelor of Computer Engineering from Pokhara University.We reached Monila Hotel early to have exclusive rooms waiting for us. Unpacking our suitcases we went to hire boats.
There were 4 boats each occupying 3-4 of us. Suresh displayed exemplary skills in paddling boat that the boat company decided to hire him instantly. Lava, Menuka, Rista, Raju and Kabita too started using boat pedals rowing around. Bimal and his family were detected in the boat from opposite direction combined with Shrwan couple who had delayed due to Barber’s saloon. All over the boating session, Lava was the most frightened guy who was shivering with fear and always held two sides of the boat.
In JalBarahi Temple, a lot of photography poses were taken and Saurav was lucky to meet his students whom he taught 6 years ago.
Back to Hotel Monila, we rested a while and started evening trek. Soon, white wine was savored. The beautiful Thakali Kitchen, its beautiful lady who served us food, and the most tasty evening dinner made remarkable impression such that back to Hotel room, everybody started singing, dancing , and drinking White Horse whiskey and White wine.
It continued until a surprise package was opened by Kabita that had Shrwan+Kshitiz , and Bimal+ Durga inscribed with Happy Marriage Anniversary. The cake was happily served with couples cheeks full of cake creams. Raju and Ganesh had secretly ordered the cake in German Bakery that was instantly ready.
Paradiso Disco was not expensive but it was neither cheap. Saurav’s expensive 1 Peg of Jack Daniels started rocking. Bimal and Lava rocked for a while and then rested with other team members who were accompanied with can beers. Raju+Kabita , Shrwan+ Kshitiz rocked whole night until they were tired. Shrwan’s Duplicate too was seen in the disco but Kshitiz was 100% sure that it was our own Shrwan as we had difficulty in recognizing him in disco. Finally, we were separated after starting with another full size whiskey as two bottles of full White Horse and 3 litres of wine had vanished.
In the morning it was nice knocking doors to have super expensive breakfast in one of the restaurants in the lakeside. Meanwhile, paragliding team Raju, Kabita, Shiva, Prajwal, and Bikram decided to reach Sarangkot Height accompanied by Ayush riding on neck of Suresh while Lava, Menuka, Rista too followed. Shrwan and Kshitiz were left alone on their own.
Then, the trip to Vindabasini temple follwed with trip to KI Singh Bridge leaving paragliders on sky of Sarangkot who would jump near Phewa Lake some 1000 metres below. Bimal reiterated the story on why the bridge was named so after KI Singh who crossed the river on his horse when followed by Nepal army and Police after he declared himself King in then parliament under BP Koirala, the first democratically elected Prime Minister of Nepal. The holy river was touched and photographed. The next move was to Gupteshowor Mahadev Cave where Gupte means secret or hidden. The team went further deep inside to the bottom of Devis’ Falls named after the person who was swept away by the water in the Falls some 50 years ago. The shining stones probably diamonds too were seen in dark cave that had lesser oxygen than outside. This adventurous trip was pursued by young Ayush too who did not leave Suresh for a while.
Finally we were back to Thakali restaurant to witness the trouble after the Municipality dismantled the Staircase that was obstructing public pavement and the users of the stairs had no way of coming down.
After taking the meal, the team headed to Kathmandu while couples of Raju, Bimal, and Shrwan kept enjoying the Pokhara trip. Lava was lucky to get a vehicle that would take Menuka to Chitwan. Just then, we found Himal on the way and journey to Kathmandu commenced after filling our stomach with some tidbits.