Saturday, 6 September 2008
1. Arrive by helicopter.
2. Walk up the 1500 steps.
By now the lowest clouds had disappeared and the views across the valleys opened up. Top place, top views!
The 2nd place to visit before I reach Pokhara is the mountain top village of Bandipur, straddling a ridge high 1200 metres above the valley town of Dumre.
The bus from Gorkha went as far as Dumre and from there it was an 8km ride in the back of an overcrowded jeep going up a very steep and narrow mountain road. Jumping out of the jeep it was a short walk down to the main street and the 1st guest house I saw. The guest house is compact but charming and for £2 a night I have a bedroom that looks out over a valley and all I can see when lying down on the bed are mountains and clouds. This is the 1st time in the Indian sub continent that I have come across a village as picturesque as this (imagine a small seaside Dorset village but without the sea and on top of a mountain instead).
…when I finally left the village three things happened. One was cool, one was of great mental relief and the 3rd was annoying.