We gathered at Deerwalk premises at 7:30 AM. Everyone was excited about the hike. Our van left Deerwalk at 7:45 AM. We also picked some hikers on the way. Also, we went to a supermarket at Golfutar to buy snacks. We reached Budhanilkantha and had some light breakfast. Breakfast was delicious. After breakfast, all the hikers looked more energetic. We began our hike.
I have always been passionate about traveling. After traveling within my country for many years, I now had the time and opportunity to fly internationally. All thanks to Deerwalk. With newfound excitement of exploring an unknown destination, I started my journey from Tribhuvan International Airport to Boston via Hamad (Doha) and JF Kennedy International Airport (New York). These airports are much larger and global than I had ever imagined. After traveling for 30 hours, 20 of which I spent in the air, I was exhausted when I landed in Boston. Yet I so wanted to explore this unknown land. From the Boston airport, my travel buddies (Arjan and Saurav) and I swiftly proceeded to our stay, which was about to be our home for a month.
Oscar Wilde once wrote, “Live with no excuses and travel with no regrets.” Even though it was midnight of February 28, my eyes were still wide open. I was thrilled about my first international flight to the United States the next day. On the day of the flight, I along with two of my travel buddies, Santosh and Saurav, bid farewell to our families and the loved ones. We then headed to Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA).
I had heard it repeatedly, in different words, but in the same spirit that traveling opens up the mind and the heart, and it gives us a unique perspective in life, changing us for the better. As my office visit to the US approached nearer, I was excited. I had all these expectations built up in my mind, and now when I sit down to write about my experience, I can tell you that the journey did not disappoint at all. I learned more than I could have ever thought.
It was the last Friday of January 2020; I had to depart for the US visit. I reached Tribhuvan International Airport at 10:00 PM with my family. At the airport, I met two of my colleagues and fellow travelers, Krishna Raj Dahal and Suresh Ghatuwa. The weather felt chillier as I waved goodbye to my family. With our heavy luggage and heavy hearts, we went through the security checks and boarded the Qatar flight to Doha at 2:00 AM. We had a 2-hour-long transit in Hamad International Airport, Doha, and another 14 hours of flight to Boston.
Travelling is always fun. Always full of unfamiliar experiences, it also gives you opportunities to interact and share your thoughts with people you’ve never met. After 14 hours of flight from Doha, Boston welcomed us with light snow showers in the chilly afternoon. It was a pleasant welcome because I loved the wintry weather; the snowfall was comforting and relaxing for our jaded bodies.
31 January 2020. I woke up in the wee hours of the morning. Before leaving for the US, I had attended the engagement ceremony of Nabindra. Our flight was scheduled at 2:00 AM on 1st February, so I had to head towards Tribhuvan International Airport by 10:00 PM 31st January. As this was my first long break with my family, it was hard to bid farewell.
The weather was bone-chilling when we landed in Boston after 14 hours of flight from Doha. We took out the woolen caps and immediately put them on. Madhukar managed an Uber ride for me, and I headed to Ashay Dai’s apartment at 4:30 PM. The changeable weather welcomed us with snowfall. I was thrilled to meet Ashay Dai and Ekta Bhauju. I felt exhausted and went to bed after dining. A thought ran across my mind: “Is this Jetlag?”
The journey changes you. It leaves deep marks on your memory, your consciousness, your heart, and your soul. With every journey, you take something with you. Hopefully, you also leave something good behind. Filled with this idea, I was more than thankful when I was provided with the opportunity to visit the Deerwalk’s Lexington office.
Our journey began from Deerwalk Complex at about 8:00 am. We had to pick up the hiking members on the way, and we stopped at Gwarko for some time. Someone once said, “Well begun is half done,” so we started singing songs and had an excellent start. I was delighted for a scant time at least as we were traveling away from the city to enjoy nature. At around 9:45 am, we reached Lakuri Phedi, Chisapani, where we searched a restaurant for breakfast. After breakfast, we resumed our hike to Lakuri Bhanjyang Hiking Trail along the natural hiking path that ran through the jungle.