|Title||Rainy Hike to the Palace (Nuwakot)|
|Hike coordinator||Ravi Sharma|
|Participants||Anuj Bhandari, Bhanu Chalise, Lava Kafle, Nischal Shrestha, Ravi Sharma, Rajiv Shrestha, Sandeep Pradhananga, Sangharsha Bhattarai, Shilpa Shrestha, Suresh Maharjan|
|Photos by||Bhanu Chalise, Nischal Shrestha, Ravi Sharma, Sandeep Pradhananga, Sangharsha Bhattarai, Suresh Maharjan|
|Captions by||Bhanu Chalise, Ravi Sharma, Sangharsha Bhattarai, Lava Kafle|
|Report by||Amit Nepal|
|Creative Support||Dijup Tuladhar, Prerana Pradhan, Sangharsha Bhattarai|
Amit recollects Amateur hikers and backpackers: we’re all over the place, and we’ll hike anything we think is within our capability, and sometimes we’ll even hike things that we think might be beyond our capability. We love standing at the top of a mountain, and seeing amazing views that we’ll never forget and share special moments with friends and family. We love the excitement of seeing some piece of wilderness…whether animal, plant, or mineral…that was never seen before. The feeling of second wind makes us feel like we could keep on going forever. We hate the feeling when we realize that we can’t keep on going forever but we’re just too stubborn to accept that fact.
But “With Every New dawn There Is a New Beginning “.
All refreshed and ready to travel, for my second hike from D2, I was the first to reach at the office premises (just a 15 minutes’ walk from my home)“Sometimes it’s the path of mistake and uncertainty that turns out to be the best “.
The plan was to go to Tarakeshwor to Kakani but as per everyone’s interest, we headed to Nuwakot. Lava dai’s unstoppable exaggeration, phrases like (wow, so sweet) and awesome music added sweet toppings to the journey. After about 4 hours of ride we reached to Nuwakot. But unfortunately, it turned out to be Nuwakot Bandh. It was dubious that whether we could be able to hike or not. Everyone felt like it was a blunder heading to Nuwakot. Nepal Students Union did the band for the protest against YCL. It was a proud feeling that we went to Nuwakot even though there was Nuwakot bandh. On reaching Nuwakot, a mass of 15-20 people ran towards our vehicle threatening to destroy it. There was nervousness and similar unpleasant emotion in everyone’s face, a feeling that we jeopardize ourselves. Thank God, nothing serious occurred and we decided to hike through keeping the vehicle behind.
“Half of what I say is meaningless; but I say it so that the other half may reach you.” – Kahlil Gibran
Surely not one of the toughest hikes, nevertheless it was great fun as the weather was on our side. High humidity was of no problem as rain helped us all along the way, drenching us all the way, making the perfect situation for hike in the summer. After couple of hours we reached the destination – Nuwakot Durbar where Great Prithivi Narayan Shah (an ebullient leader) used to live. We walked through the place, grasping all our memories in the camera.
After some hours of travelling and photo shooting, it was time for lunch. We fueled ourselves in of the restaurants out there. Ah! The food was so tasty. I will surely go to the same restaurant if I get another chance to travel to Nuwakot.
It was already 5:30 pm and so wasting no time, we packed our bags and travelled back to Kathmandu. Rain; which seemed to be benediction before turned out to be a whammy on the way back. Vision was very difficult as murk surrounded the whole area. As driving is very difficult on those condition, everybody’s charm just mused. Hey we arrived safe! Thanks to Ram dai, we reached safely, where it seemed to be some evil conditions surrounding the area.
Finally, it was an awesome hike with many more things to remember and travelling to a new destination surely makes your life interesting and adventurous.
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