Bid good bye to this small town of Lumbini
and took the taxi to the nearest airport of Bhairawa for the flight back to Kathmandu. On the way was again stopped by locals spraying colors and asking donations. Its a real fun to watch people enjoying the traditional festival with full pomp and galore. Reached the airport and the security was tight, but fortunately did not have much travelers. I talked to one of the army guys who had relatives in the border town in India, was able to speak the local Indian language with him and he informed that Maoists do not bother the airport as its used mostly by tourists. Locals prefer the cheap mode of transport, but there were a few well-to-do locals in the flight carrying loads of luggage in all shapes and sizes.
The plane was a small one some 30 seater with fans on the wings. The 45 min flight was extraordinary with a wonderful top view of the snow covered mountains. I reached Kathmandu in the afternoon and took a shared taxi to Thamel
. Back in the crowded place i immediately started missing the mountain side. The day and next was spent going around the town, doing some shopping for souvenirs.
My last day in Nepal, went around the Kathmandu town on foot. All the walking these past days made sure that i did not feel as tired as the trek in the mountains. At Patan spent some time taking pictures of this place filled with tourists and locals. The atmosphere at this place is simply amazing, locals offering prayers at the various temples, tourists moving around taking pictures, buying souvenirs, haggling for prices.
I too bought some souvenirs at dirt cheap prices and then walked to another shopping area some 1 hr walk. Roamed around the area for some time looking at the daily life of the locals buying, selling, negotiating. Evening returned back to Thamel and spent the rest of the evening in a pub, drinking beer listening to the local band playing some western music.
Next day left for the airport, was sad to leave this place but was carrying all the memories of this wonderful place with a promise that will return back as soon as possible to explore this country and its wonderful culture again. My flight was on time, paid the airport tax at the counter, checked in. Was waiting for boarding the flight and saw the fellow passengers. The flight was only half full and mostly were either tourists, business men or Nepali youngsters studying in Bangalore going back to school/colleges after their holidays.