Leaving Nepal

With two weeks left on our Nepali visa we considered our options. We had to return Kathmandu to get our Indian visas but what would we due while we waited for them?

We said goodbye to wonderful Pokhara and returned to the chaotic street of Thamel, Kathmandu’s tourist district. We found a cheap hotel with wifi and hot water and began the process. First we printed oddly sized passport photos, typed up a six month itinerary, and completed an thorough online application (we had to list where our parents were born). This would be easy in most places but as soon as you need anything in Kathmandu the power goes out…

Appropriate documents in hand and applications carefully filled out we walked to the Indian embassy early in the morning. At one o’clock my number was called. The man checked my application and waved me to the next window. While I paid my fee I watched Val’s papers quickly reemerge, she had neglected to list her middle name. I was told to come back in ten days. Val enjoyed repeating the process the next day.

Ten days is enough for a short trek, but we felt we’d walked enough. We used the time catch up on the blog, write friends, and sleep in – for once we’d earned the right to be lazy. Our days began with tandoori chicken and ended with rare steak. For a while it was heaven but Thamel’s allure fades quickly.

We fled to Bhaktapur, a charming village of ancient temples and traffic-free cobblestone streets. It was a fantastic, and much needed, break from Kathmandu’s frenetic pace. Our next visit to Nepal will include a more time here.

Back at the Embassy having waited ten days I handed over my passport and was told, “come back tomorrow at 4:30.” We would have the pleasure of yet another visit. We left the embassy for the final time at 7:00pm eleven days after starting the process. We applied for a six month, double entry visa. We received a three months with a single entry. Yoga and meditation both originated in South Asia, and now I know why, the sub-continent demands as much patience and flexibility as you can muster…

 

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Scott Dusek is a freelance writer specializing in travel and photography. He has extensively traveled to over 50 countries. When Scott is not writing you can find him trekking, climbing, or scuba diving.