Woke up at 05:45 to pack the duffel bags for our 06:30 pick-up. A bit of confusion on check-out which I had half expected in regards to the lunch and dinners on the first day. Rusha had confirmed the company would pay for the first day’s meals, but the hotel did not know about it, so Mitch paid for them and will deduct the costs from the money owed for the bungee jumps. The same guy who picked us up from the airport took us to the bus station and had our tickets and seats organized.
It was just a 15 minute drive to the bus station which was near the airport so we had a 30 minute wait before the bus left on time at 07:30. It was pretty hairy ride with only a 2 lane highway most of the way and drivers, including ours don’t mind chancing heir luck on taking over on corners. It was probably just as well that I slept for the first couple of hours until the first comfort stop at 09:30.
We stopped for lunch again at the Blue Heaven Restaurant which we ate at when going to Besisahar. 400
rupees for a buffet lunch. The food was back to the mountain food selection so Vicki gave it a miss and had a packet of chips for lunch.. I couldn’t blame her.
Just a 30 minute lunch stop, then off for the last leg to Kathmandu. We got there around 15:00. I as expecting to arrive at a big bus depot, but the area we stopped just seemed like a random place on the map. Sudarshan was there to meet us, he had traveled straight to Kathmandu by bus and it had taken him 20 hours. He got us a van and it was just a very short drive to the back entrance of the Kathmandu Guest House.
After check-in and retrieving the bags we had left, we all went shopping again before dinner, as tomorrow is a pretty packed day tour which won’t finish before 17:00. Mitch had made up his mind to get a tattoo to commemorate this trip and went looking for a tattooist only to discover that all the tattooists were at a convention being held in Kathmandu. Vicki and I went for a last look around the shops and
ended up near the restaurants we were considering. We decided to get a table for 5 at the Yin Yang restaurant which was recommended by Sudarshan and we ordered drinks, but when the youngsters came along they all seemed a bit disappointed we weren’t going to Third Eye which Mitch says had the best Indian he’s ever had. So we told them to go to Third Eye and we would finish our drinks and pay and then join them at Third Eye.
We had another very nice dinner at the restaurant and then decided to get dessert at the Roadhouse Café which was opposite the Third Eye. It was very busy but we managed to get a table and ordered three desserts to share between four of us as Vicki was too full and ordered a hot chocolate. Very yummy desserts, then we wandered back to the hotel after buying a few more things for folks back home.
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