Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Part 7 - Entering Nepal



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Tanakpur to Bardia 


The ride to Tanakpur was delightful on winding mountain roads. In Tanakpur we stayed in the 


KMVN resort. It was a comfortable overnighter after which we started our journey to Nepal. Exactly seven months have passed since that day, and the recent tragic event of the devastating earthquake brought back fond memories of that wonderful country tinged with a lot of sadness.
Entry into Nepal was a hassle free affair. At the border after submitting copies of our driving licence, motorcycle registration and insurance papers we were waved through after paying the visa fees.
Our destination for the day was Bardia Tiger Reserve. The distance was not much and the road was 



lovely! The famous Mahendra highway! Though it was just 2 lane the traffic was sparse and the surface wonderful. It was a ride through the dense forest hence the ambiance was very pleasant and no animals nor humans criss crossing the road except when we passed through villages.



The final few kilometres to Bardia Tiger Reserve consisted of a tiny river crossing and some off 



roading on paths which added to the fun of the ride.



We reached just in time to savour a refreshing chai and got ready for the last jungle safari of the day 



in a Toyota pick up van designed for jungle safaris.





We were fortunate to spot deer and more deer but no tiger.
We returned to some delicious meals prepared by the resort staff at their inhouse restaurant and had a long restful night in a very comfortable room.
It had rained in the night and fortunately for us the resort staff had covered our bikes which still had the saddle bags with our luggage on, with tarpaulin that saved our clothes from getting wet.

15 comments:

  1. Hari OM
    Oh my word yes, it has been devastating up there.... So glad you have these fond and beautiful memories... YAM xx

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    1. Thank you Archana. No we did not see any tigers.

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  3. Aww! Lovely pics. We were also planning to visit there but now let's see :(

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  4. Good memories. Pretty place....

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  5. Great photographs and your tour.

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  6. what a nice place it was ! can we see it again in old stylish manner ?

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  7. Always good to read about your journey,,, at this time I only wish Nepal recovers from the earthquake and people are safe...

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  9. An interesting read.The comfortable stop overs with good food should have lightened the rigour of the long journey.Is iit safe to ride through forests that have tigers?

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    1. Thank you. Seemed safe. We did not come across any fortunately.

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  10. Nepal has a special part in my heart. I helped raise funds to separate their Siamese twins. Now, we have 2 students and I am helping help the aftermath of the earthquake by writing.

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