Our eagerly awaited week-long road trip didn’t get off to the best of starts. Our driver started the engine as we stood waiting to load the car with suitcases and it made a very disturbing strange noise, and belched black smoke from the exhaust. Three hours, 2 mechanic visits, 30 phone calls, three trips, and one replaced air filter later…we loaded the car and left quite a bit behind schedule. I was grateful that it wasn’t something more serious, but the late departure meant that we hit some traffic on the way out of Kathmandu, but even that wasn’t too bad. And the prospect of driving out of the dusty congestion kept us going as the city disappeared quite quickly turning into a two lane highway up and out of the valley.
I enjoyed our drive. Nepal is so much more than Kathmandu’s chaos and trekking. It was my first real chance to see villages without garbage, small town life, farms and farming towns, and the Trisuli river which ran with us on much of the journey.
The scenery was interesting and varied and the towns ranged from pretty and agriculturally charming to dusty, dirty transportation hubs. I tried to capture a little of each as we flashed through it all on the 4-5 hour drive to Bandipur – our first stop for the night.
To be continued