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My ride to Pokhara-Palpa-Butwal and back to Kathmandu

The jaunt sparked with triggering of alarm at 3AM, washed and got prepared for the ride. I reached to my brother’s place. We went thru our check list for 1 last time, fueled up the bike. Check list is upto the mark

4.30AM, We have Ignition On!!!

We were on our way to explore the day filled with surprise and lots more.

5.30AM – Nagdhuga

We sneaked out while the entire city was wrapped up in their warm cosy sleep. Well the dawn of the day itself was much more pleasant to ride off.

6.30 AM – Naubise /Covered KMS – 20

The road was quite disturbing and quite slippery, with loads of twist and turns to go thru but then finally we made it there. A cup of tea and few clicks. We met 2 guys on their way of Manakamana. They praised our ride, in return we offered few riding tips and formal handshake and both bikes on the road once again.

Swapan, Pradhan, Swapan Pradhan

7.00AM  – Kurintar

Stop to re-fueled up again (heard there was some kinda strike or so… better to go smooth). Basanti took 5 ltrs in her tank though she brought us here for 2.1 ltrs (ie 1.7 for 25KMs). We had made her go slow as we could not offer to spoil our day.

Swapan Pradhan, Pokhara, Swapan,

Pokhara 0KMs

8.00AM – Hydro Power Staion (on the way to Pokhara from Mugling)

Took some good snaps, checked out the view and winding river below. Somewhere in middle i was reminded that it was indeed a right option for a ride on a such a beautiful day. The road smooth as always and little bit of pace in it. We are quite pleased with our Basanti

10.45AM – Pokhara /Covered Kms – 210 (from Home)

Pokhara welcomed us with its snow capped mountains, as its was Teej (a festive day celebrated by hindu woman in Nepal), the city was quite covered up with reds and green. We took a rest, quenched our thirst, looked around and packed off again.

Swapan, Palpa, Pokhara
We reached various places on the way at times as we went thru rigid mountains. We took few pic and shot some videos of the variant landscape. We enjoyed every piece of this ride till we  saw our first accident occur right in front of our eyes. Local Amateur boys on their Yamaha R15 slide right in front despite regular warnings that we gave them but they did not follow as a result the pillion rider suffered most.

Swapan, Palpa, Pokhara, Swapan Pradhan

Finally we arrived Butwal at around 4.00PM covering almost 410Kms through up and downs, off road and pitched road. The street was flooded with locals celebrating Teej and the view was amazing but sadly we witnessed one more accident where we could see the front tire of truck right on top of a Pulsar Bike. We had no option then to move on as there were chances of highway being shut down (Thats what the locals do when they encounter a tragedy)

Swapan, Palpa, Bridge

Swapan, Palpa Gate

We moved on till we found a good gas station, fueled up again, took a shot of Redbull and omlette and packed off again. As we were making our way thru Narayanghat, Chitwan we had to reduce our cruise speed due to rain. We changed our gears, as i was planing of complete dry tour i was turned unfortunate. We gushed ourselves thru and finally made to Narayanght at 8.18PM. Another shot of RedBull to keep us energized, now we took the 36 Kms  of raod to Mugling in high speed. As a result we did the 36Kms of track (off track in few places) in 40 Mins.

9.00PM – Mugling

We took our dinner, made few strategies and then back on highway once again
We started out quite a good until we reached Kurintar (10KMs ahead Mugling). We were again welcomed by rain, but we kept of fighting and headed straight.

FYI: Mugling is 120KMs away from Kathmandu and it can be conquered in about 3-4 hours, depends upon the speed.

11.00PM – Malekhu

Finally we reached Malekhu, the town was almost gone to sleep as everything around was closed. Restes for awhile, eased our legs and backs and went back to highway once again

11.30 PM – Galchi

As soon as we reached Galchi, the drizzle was quite loud. We could rarley see the road, followed on the translucent shadows of whatever vehilce infront  and follow their tire path (A trick to use when you get struck in heavy rain).
Now the rain was like anything spanking right infornt of our face, our clothes all soaked in water. At time we almost hit a bench lying in middle of highway (ie villagers).

1.30AM – Naubise

Finally we reached Naubise, we were little relaxed as we now have 20KMs more and then we are thru Kathmandu. But very little did we know what this 20Kms would had in for us.

As soon as we hit the road corssed few turning, there were huge fogs right infron of us.

FYI: This part of the road is the most destructed with lots of turns uphill.

Again we took the help of our fellow truck drivers, some of them even helped us showing the way with the help of their fog lamps installed. There was a point were we could hardly even see a metre ahead.

2.15AM – Nagdhuga/Thankot

With all those fogs and heavy rains still on us we made thru, We avoided the ditch as much as we could and Basanti (Royal Enfield 350 Yellow) did not let us down.

3.00AM – HOME

Finally i reached home at 3 in the morning, completely soaked in rain for 5 hours.  Changed and slipped thru my warm cosy bed after that 640KMs ride.

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2 responses

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  2. Amar Singh Deori

    Hello Pradhan, going through your writeups energised me again. I drove on my Renault Duster from Guwahati, Assam upto Pokhara in first week of July, 2014 via kakarbhitta,Hetauda, Narayanghat,Mugling also visited Manakamana.On return journey from Pokhara I spent overnight at Dharan which was a long drive.Then drove to Ilam, Pasupati halt at Darjeeling and Gangtok another night stay at Phuentsholing and back to Guwahati.We covered the whole trip in 10 days.This time during Durga Puja Holidays in October I am planning to drive to Lumbini, Butwal, Palpa, via Narayanghat.I am also a bike lover and drove long distances but I always avoid driving at night.Bye… happy and safe journey.

    September 2, 2014 at 10:49 am

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