Eveready battery. All of course was carried by small armies of porters by time-honoured method in ‘dokos’, the traditional all-purpose cone-shaped baskets.
So Bandipur grew and fine houses rose as statements to prosperity in the red brick and timber-framed style of their forefathers and mentors back in Bhaktapur. Then the British quitting India, the closure of Tibet, the new roads now using the valleys below sounded a death knell and Bandipur withered, to only recently revive to welcome the inquisitive traveller.
Bandipur’s hostelry best known and most closely associated with its revival is The Old Inn. It is located in the heart of the old bazaar and it oozes a sense of a busy past, its four stories of atmospheric living quarters using old beams and plaster work to great effect. And there are bonuses aplenty; one such is the delicious food grown locally, another, from The Old Inn’s terrace, is the northerly view towards the snows of the Himalaya from whence, once upon a time, came the cornucopia of exotics from Tibet.
We depart mid-afternoon towards Pokhara, then turn North towards the mountains and to the lake at Begnas. We are paddled across its still waters to the lovely Begnas Lake Resort which has fine views of the Annapurna range notably Machhupuchare, the famous Fishtail Mountain. This is a perfect place to understand and appreciate the reputation that the Annapurnas have for their beauty, their tranquillity and the even tenor of their ways. Here are the clusters of cottages, the closely integrated farms, terraced fields and busy workers, the womenfolk in bright colours, and above are the sunny meadows and uplands with the bastion of the snow-clad giants as a backdrop. (BLD)
DAY 6 - Begnas Lake – Pokhara (O/N Fishtail Lodge). Morning at leisure. Various lake and mountain-view strolls. Afternoon departure for Pokhara. (BL)
Popular tourist haunts are inclined to have restaurants with ambiance and Pokhara is one of these – a nice selection, and time and space tonight to dine however you choose.
DAY 7 - Pokhara (O/N Fishtail Lodge)
Individual Choice 2: Full day at leisure at Fishtail Lodge and along Pokhara’s lakeside with its numerous ‘handicraft emporia’. (B)
DAY 8 - Pokhara – Kathmandu (O/N International Guest House). Fly Pokhara to Kathmandu. Walking tour of Kathmandu’s old bazaars, Hanuman Dhoka and Durbar Square.
We thus emerge into the pulsating Durbar Square – if indeed so many-sided and so colourful a circus can be called a square – and to Hanuman Dokha, the royal palace for 200 years. (B)
DAY 9 - Kathmandu (O/N International Guest House). Day Tour of Boudhanath,
We gather for a farewell dinner. What impressions have been formed, what discoveries have been made? Travel is as much about questions as it is about answers. (BD)
- First 48 - and Beyond
- Culture & Customs (Tailor-Made Sample Itineraries)
- Rural Heritage - Pokhara, Trisuli River, Bandipur and Nuwakot
- Trekking in the Himalayas
- Whitewater Rafting
- Jungle Safari (Bardia & Chitwan)
- Also At Home Elsewhere in the Himalaya -
Tibet and Bhutan
- Joining the Volunteers
- To 'Summit Up'