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On the way to Nagarkot

 

Heading to Nagarkot by bus.  Nagarkot is a famous destination for countryside walking and mountain viewing. It's aslo a place that people come to see sunrise :)

I went up to sit on the roof. While i was climbing the stair, Napaleses shouted "That woman is going to sit there!! Hey, you come inside!!" Why?????? I'll be fine, don't worry. Maybe most of women here are so faminineeee. Don't do something weird like me. It was the first time on the roof but was so fun and happy. Nice view - the terrace farm lands and pine forest. Corn step farm, in the higher eyes level and  breathed nice air for 2 hours. That made me fall in love with Nepal a little bit more.

First Ducha shop in Nagarkot

At the bus station in Nagarkot has Ducha shop so we stayed here for a while, had some tea. Napaleses came to see us (yes, to see us!!!) as I was Demi Moor and my friend was Ashton Kutcher hahaha. One man came across my friend, started a conversation with me! He's Publin.

Publin works at the internet cafe around here. His English language is great, better than me lots haha. He asked where will we stay tonight? I said maybe around here. We saw a pubic building up on the hill, we decided to stay there as my friend told me to see if we had no money, let's see could we stay alive in the world? I already said yes when he asked me to stay outside. For him it's easy but for me was a new experience but i thought i should try. Publin doesn't understand what were we thinking. "If we have money, why don't we stay in guesthouse.

That was my favourite chair
" Sometimes we can't explain anything to everyone. We are different so just let us do what we want. If it's ok to stay outside in your country, we will. 

But then one German woman changed our thought. She just came out from Nirvana Hotel which she said it's very cheap and the place is very nice. We were hesitating. I love the name, Nirvana,  but  what should we do, still wanted to stay outside then another woman came and said same thing and told us "Don't miss it, you have to go".  Have to go??? Ok, Nirvana, seemed like you are waiting for us. So we headed there.

Another Ducha shop on the way to Nirvana, stopped again. Ducha is my friend favourite drink. It's 5 Rupees in countryside and 6 in Kathmandu.

Hahaha, they really love to know about him
I wondered how much he pays for Ducha per day? He drinks about 15-20 glasses. Did someone put ganja in it? I thought out loud,  they laughed haha, no no.

Another confusing, as we were magnetic, Napaleses always came to us. Haha, This time started with an old guy then the others who first hid behind the doors slowly came out and standed around us. I can't help laughing everytime they did. What you think? Because Djimbe or my friend has no shoes or I look like Nepalese or brown and black hair come togethere???? We don't know, but why they were interested in us so muchhhhh? I asked but smiling in an only answer. They asked us "Why Nagarkot? It's not a tourist city as Pokara or Baktapur or Kathmandu, why don't go there? Or you just want to see sunrise?" They almost puke when i said  "My heart told me to come here .

My beautiful Dipa.
.. lol :D

At the market, while i was waiting for him to buy some food, nepalsese girl came to me. She's 11 year old. Dipa is her name. She's the most beautiful Napalese that i have ever seen. She took me to see her family at her house. I felt something ... i like her. Had a short conversation because had to run to  Nirvana.

Then we found it, Nirvana Hotel, i love it at first sight!! Bolet and Baba, the owners gave us the cheap price, cheaper, cheapest! I thought they love us at first sight too!!

Shame that I haven't talked to them much at first night, went to bed so early. Felt a bit sick because the weather has changed so needed some rest to prepare to walk to pokara tomorrow. (Ahh, tomorrow? I don't want to go). My friend woke me up in the middle of the night to had late dinner but i can't get up.

Sunrise
He let me sleep and told me to wake up tomorrow to see sunrise, it's nice! 


Unfortunately, that morning sunrise was not as much beautiful as we have seen before so my friend went back to bed but i woke up already so went out and sat in a yard in front of my room. Someone came, it's Baba. Dhruba Baba, one of the owner of Nirvana Hotel. He just woke up to prepare food for kids before they went to school. He asked me to have some tea, yeah thanks would be great.  It was fresh lemon tea, made with warm water and a lime, put a little bit chini (sugar). Very tasty and warm me up in the coldest morning. I was abashed at first to talk to Baba, he's Baba!!! But after talked to him for a while, he's nice and friendly. Made me feel more relax and he said he never met Thai people like me. (What does that means?!!!)  We had a long conversation since.

It's not a normal tea but Baba Tea!!! :D

Baba in Nepal is like a monk in thailand but living in a different way. Most of babas have long hair, dreadrock, have moustache. Sometimes we hardly know how the real they look like. I met many Babas at Pasupatinat Temple in Kathmandu. They wore Baba dresses, orange or red dresses. Make up with white powder and have the red spot which calls Tika in the middle of their forehead. Everyday they visit and bless homes and get some coins, rice or food in returns.

About Tika, not even the Babas put it but many Nepalsese have do it too. There has places in town for Naplaese to pay compliments to Hindu god and have tika for them to mark the red colour on forehead signifying commitment to a spiritual ideal. The colour red is significant.

Baba Trekking office
Red represents Shakti  which means strength. Some believe, symbolizes the far more ancient practice of offering blood sacrifices to propitiate the Gods - particularly the Goddess Shakti. Now they put an end to actual sacrifices and offered gifts instead but the colour red remained. It is believed, symbolizes love :)

Back to Baba, but Dhruba Baba doesn't wear Baba dress. He is Baba but doesn't look like Baba at all. He didn't visit people home and didn't ask for money but he has his own businesses. One is Nirvana and another one is trekking tour. I admired what he did. He adopted four kids and will do it more and will have his own orphans home to take care about 20-25 kids. I really love to talk with him.

Before he became Baba, he was a person who loves the cities.

Lost Horizon
He lived and worked in Thamel for many years and ahhh... as you know Thamel is a crazy place. But time changed, life changed. Now he focuses on his kids and tries to do better thing for Nagarkot. He shared me a lot of experience and shown me how nice Napal is. He asked me to stay here for one more night after known that we will leave Nagarkot today, i can say that besides the beautiful Nagarkot, he also was the one who changed my mind. When one has met good friends, why one has to leave them so quick, right? I agreed to stay here but will asked my friend after he woke up but i know he would say yes too. Baba asked me to see his office and to show me around Nagarkot. Yeah, sure. Why not?

Baba trekking office has an information for serving people who wants to trek.

Leaving Bagtapur to Nagarkot
He took many people to Everest. Sure, if i want to go, he would say yes to lead me there immediately. After opened his office then he took me to the north of his place. "Where will we go?" He said, Fantastic place, you'll see. 

Baba took me to Lost Horizon guesthouse, it belongs to his ex boss, a place that we can see the magical view in Nagarkot. In front of me is Himalai!!! He said in winter we hardly have to trek to Himalai because we can see the whole of it from here. But in rainy season like this, it's cloudy so it's not that nice. But for me it's not that bad, thanks Baba for taking me here. Another guy who takes care of Lost Horizon came with Welcome lemon grass and Nepal fruit which i can't remember the name. It's smaller than little finger, red-pink colour. We can eat the whole of it even its stone which is very hard but Baba told me to chew it to exercise our teeth.  Sour and spice. 

I went back to guesthouse, friend's still sleeping. I asked him if he wants to stay here or move. He said yeah yeah ... stay here. Ahhh, i bet you did say that!! Great.

planisphere says:
i read this for the second time, and it's much funnier now. hahaha nothing changed here eh? lolz. and yes, Dipa is very beautiful.
Posted on: Dec 26, 2007
newtampo says:
But it was fun, on the roof. You should try!!! :)
Posted on: Jun 13, 2007
siamesekiwi says:
You're crazy to sit on the roof!!! LOL Good view you got eh? :D I love the colour of TIKA and also its meaning. I agree with you that Dipa is beautiful.
Posted on: Jun 12, 2007
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On the way to Nagarkot
On the way to Nagarkot
First Ducha shop in Nagarkot
First Ducha shop in Nagarkot
That was my favourite chair
That was my favourite chair
Hahaha, they really love to know a…
Hahaha, they really love to know …
My beautiful Dipa.
My beautiful Dipa.
Sunrise
Sunrise
Its not a normal tea but Baba Tea…
It's not a normal tea but Baba Te…
Baba Trekking office
Baba Trekking office
Lost Horizon
Lost Horizon
Leaving Bagtapur to Nagarkot
Leaving Bagtapur to Nagarkot
Bus boy
Bus boy
on bus roof
on bus roof
Nagarkot view
Nagarkot view
A little castle.
A little castle.
Nagarkot houses
Nagarkot houses
Our bus from Bagtapur to Kathmandu
Our bus from Bagtapur to Kathmandu
First dog i have met here
First dog i have met here
Nice Family
Nice Family
His nephew took this photo for us,…
His nephew took this photo for us…
This one is better :D
This one is better :D
We are family! Do i look like them…
We are family! Do i look like the…
The way to Nirvana
The way to Nirvana
This guy was so friendly. He asked…
This guy was so friendly. He aske…
In Nagarkot
In Nagarkot
As you see ...
As you see ...
I was laughing while taking this p…
I was laughing while taking this …
People were interested in him much
People were interested in him much
Two nationalities but one thought
Two nationalities but one thought
A place for Hindu people
A place for Hindu people
I was thinking to sleep on a field…
I was thinking to sleep on a fiel…
Nice place to stay overnight
Nice place to stay overnight
Goats!!!
Goats!!!
I ate their meat :(
I ate their meat :(
Toilet
Toilet
Dipas sister-in-law. Shes 18 yea…
Dipa's sister-in-law. She's 18 ye…
Nepalese potters!
Nepalese potters!
How come!
How come!
Second shop we stopped
Second shop we stopped
Nice toilet :)
Nice toilet :)
Someone died that morning haha
Someone died that morning haha
A room at rooftop
A room at rooftop
Our room
Our room
Neighborhood
Neighborhood
Lost Horizon
Lost Horizon
Nirvana view
Nirvana view
Neighborhood
Neighborhood
Neighborhood
Neighborhood
Just woke up
Just woke up
My bed
My bed
Me!!!
Me!!!
Nagarkot
photo by: RJawad