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Last few hours in Chitwan and the journey to Kathmandu

sunny 30 °C

It was our last morning in Chitwan, we were due to leave for Kathmandu at 10 am. This allowed us a couple of hours to wander into the local village and take a few pictures. The houses were ramshackle affairs most made of mud, rushes and bamboo but the people were incredibly friendly coming out to wish us a smiling ‘Namaste’ as we passed. The children were especially inquisitive, asking us “what your name” and “where from?” Some walked up the road with us and at one point we had quite a posse.

Ten o’clock came to soon and we piled into the car to bring us back to Kathmandu, at first our progress was good but then we ground to a halt. The problem going back to Kathmandu is that it is over 1000m higher than Chitwan this means a lot of slow moving heavy laden lorries that are liable to breakdown with the strain. We probably only saw a dozen broken down lorries but this was enough to cause several standstills as we inched our way toward the city. We also had our own mini emergency when one of our tyres developed a puncture, but witnessing the speed with which our driver changed it, he obviously had had a lot of experience on these uneven roads. We finally made it back (six and a half hours after setting off) tired, weary and a bit dry in the mouth from all the fumes.

An early evening light meal at the Himalayan Java Coffee House and we were ready for bed, we’ve got an even early start than normal, we are coming home.

Posted by DJBen 08:39 Archived in Nepal

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