Riding to different places of Nepal on my motorbike with my friends and colleagues have been great for me till now. This time, I wanted to give my motorbike a little rest and decided to head towards East Nepal in my car. There were actually two main reasons why I drove to East Nepal; first, to attend WordCamp Biratnagar 2018 and the second is to observe the beauty of eastern Nepal.
Since I decided to go on my car, why not take a few colleagues with me, I thought. Therefore, I invited Sunil Karmacharya, Utsav Singh Rathour, and Sachet Gurung to join me. All three of these amazing people are so close to me and when it comes to having fun, we somewhat are similar to one another, I believe. We all love traveling and exploring new places. I was very much excited to begin my car drive with them.
So, let’s begin…
Day 1: Kathmandu to Hile
The destination for us was not limited to WordCamp Biratnagar 2019. We wanted to observe what East Nepal actually had to offer. So, with that mindset, we drove off to Biratnagar on Thursday, 20th December 2019. We knew it was going to be a long drive. I started my car engine at 5.30 in the morning and left my home to pick up my friends. I picked up Utsav from Nakhu, Sunil Dai from Kusunti, and Sachet from Balkhu. Driving along the Bhaktapur highway, we had our breakfast at Dhulikhel. Continuing our journey, we observed the beautiful Sindhuli and BP Highway, followed by an abundance of photo shoots. One of the many things we have in common is our passion for photography. So, you can imagine how excited we were to click photographs.
We had our lunch at Sindhuli and stopped at Bardibas for a short tea-break. After that, we came across Kanchanrup. The place is quite famous for Peda, a sweet made from sugar and milk. We reached Itahari in the evening where we had our snacks. Then, we left for Dharan.
Initially, we had planned to stay at Dharan but then we decided to go a little further and stay at Bhedetar. Upon reaching Bhedetar, we wanted to stay near the Namaste Waterfall. However, we couldn’t stay there as the hotel near Namaste Waterfall ran out of rooms. So, we went to Dhankuta and searched for a hotel. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find any and then, we headed towards Hile. At Hile, we stayed at Hotel Tourism for the night.
It was a day full of fun, excitement, and most importantly full of friendship.
To relive the moments, check out the part one vlog from my trip below:
Day 2: Hile to Biratnagar
The second day of our road trip – we were ready to hit the road and leave for Biratnagar. We took some great drone shots that morning. Not only Biratnagar, but we were also aiming to visit as many places as possible and then reach Biratnagar in the evening. So, as planned, we did visit the UGEN Hile Monastry in Hile. We also went to Tongba Chowk in Hile which is quite famous for Tongba, a millet-based alcoholic beverage. After observing the beauty of Hile, we headed for Dhankuta. We interacted with a few locals in Dhankuta and they were so kind and humble. We stopped at many places and were enjoying our visit to Dhankuta.
Then, we went to witness the beautiful Namaste Waterfall. I love observing the intense view of waterfalls, so, if there’s a waterfall near me, I will definitely go for a visit. The Namaste Waterfall was breathtakingly beautiful and enthralling.
After Bhedetar, we drove to Dharan and roamed around Dharan Clock Tower, city tour and finally stopped for delicious Chicken and Pork Sekuwa at Dharan Kitchen Sekuwa Corner and Thakali Kitchen restaurant. The Pork Sekuwa was absolutely delicious. After the delicious sekuwa, we straight up left for Biratnagar.
After reaching Biratnagar, we went for the Speakers’ dinner party at Purple Haze Restro & Garden. There were WCBRT2018 organizers, volunteers, and some team members from the event. We chit-chatted about the event happening the next day. We were all ready to attend the event. We stayed at Hotel Eastern Star that night.
Day 3: Biratnagar to Lahan
The third day – the WordCamp day. We left for Hotel Asiatique to attend the WordCamp Biratnagar 2018. The event was well-organized; there were many new faces, full of energy and enthusiasm to learn. I really enjoyed having “Bhakka” as our breakfast. We attended a few speakers’ sessions, took nice photographs and interacted with many attendees. All in all, WCBRT was a great event and I believe everyone enjoyed it.
After having lunch, we skipped the event and went to meet my old friend, Jyoti. As we were returning from the WordCamp I dropped Utsav at the bus stop (because of some reasons, he had to leave early). Then together, we went to Jogbani, the border of India & Nepal. It was a really different (a good one, obviously) experience for me. We checked out local trains and did some shopping as well. We finally drove to Lahan for our good night sleep in Vishal Hotel.
Day 4: Lahan to Bhaisepati
Lahan was very special for us and especially for Sunil dai as he got a chance to visit his childhood hometown after around two decades. We roamed around Lahan, visited Shiva temple and also met a few of our relatives. It was a short but really nice and sweet visit.
After, Lahan we had our long drive back to Kathmandu. We returned the same route we followed going to Biratnagar.
Check out the part two vlog from my trip below. It covers my journey from day two to four. Enjoy Watching!
To conclude, my 4 days trip to East Nepal was full of fun, exhilaration, and friendship. The company of these three awesome mates was what kept me energized throughout the whole journey. Kudos to Utsav, Sunil, and Sachet!
Also, I want to thank WordCamp Biratnagar 2018 team for giving us an opportunity to escape from our regular routines and visit the beautiful Biratnagar city. I enjoyed the WCBRT event and hope to see the community grow in the near future.