Trip to Shravasti...no no we made it to Nepal!!

by Gorky Sinha September. 24, 2017 4415 views
Shrawasti!!

Shrawasti!!

My friend Amulya told me about a city called ‘Shravasti’ which is close to his home town Gonda. He mentioned it as an interesting place and worth exploring. On the weekend, Amulya and I geared up to start our interesting trip. We first reached Gonda.

Sunday morning, Amulya's mom packed food for us and Amulya being very particular about the comfort took pillows and placed them on the seats of the car, and we began our journey to Shravasti! Shravasti is one of the district of Uttar Pradesh, India. A place associated with the life of lord Buddha, it is 175km from Lucknow. From 6th Century BC to 6th Century AD, it was the capital of Kosala Kingdom. People say mythological king Sravast founded this town.

On the way to Nepal from Shravasti... we stopped our car raced in back gear to take this click. Kids Coming back from school!

On the way to Nepal from Shravasti... we stopped our car raced in back gear to take this click. Kids Coming back from school!

While exploring Shravasti the beautiful town, we met a guy who started talking to us and told us a little about the place and then he casually mentioned that Nepal border was very near. Amulya the navigator immediately opened the google maps and found out that Nepal was just 231km from Shravasti (5hrs drive). We looked at each other and smiled, and soon we were on our expedition to Nepal border.

On the way to Nepal from Shravasti... we stopped our car raced in back gear to take this click. Kids Coming back from school!

On the way to Nepal from Shravasti... we stopped our car raced in back gear to take this click. Kids Coming back from school!

Kids playing in the water- on the way to Nepal

Kids playing in the water- on the way to Nepal

While driving to Nepal we both realized that travelling to a destination is very similar to our life. It's not about the end (destination) you reach, it is very important to enjoy the journey. This travelling fills our life with pleasure and sweetness. During our travel to Nepal, we met people on the way, found kids playing in the bayou... I was enthralled and hardly noticed how much time it took to reach Nepal. I asked Amulya how much time it took, he took out his watch and said within four hours.

Tilottama River!

Tilottama River!

Now the trip which was to Shravasti in the morning was converted into trip to Nepal. On the border, done with the bhansar(paperwork) for the car we entered into Nepal. If you enter Nepal from Krishnanagar, after the border check post there is left turn into the market. On the first Chauraha( crossroad) there is a beer shop on the left. If you have not exchanged currency(INR to NPR) till now you can do it at the beer shop.. We were told at the custom office that we could do anything in Nepal except ‘driving when drunk’.

In the evening we reached Butwal, booked a room in a hotel called "Hotel Hariyali". Butwal, a large town situated at the bank of river Tinau, 240 km west from Kathmandu. It is also a gateway to Pokhara, another beautiful tourist place in Nepal. After having dinner, we took a stroll in the Batauli bazaar (market) before sleep.

View from the balcony of the Hotel Hariyali- Butwal.

View from the balcony of the Hotel Hariyali- Butwal.

Early morning, we started for Pokhara another city in Nepal. The journey was beautiful, we were driving on a road surrounded by the mountains. I was so lost in the beauty of Nepal that I almost forgot where I belong to. I enjoyed walking barefoot too in Nepal. Nobody was there to tell what to do and what not to. I was a free soul wandering and breathing the unfettered air of Nepal. No matter that small country which recently got struck by earthquake, might be once called the hub for drug smuggling... with poor education system..., Nepal knows well how to live and accept things in the present. People were so patient and confident. They could tolerate delays, problems and sufferings without becoming annoyed or anxious. It looked like nobody was in a hurry. They might not look ambitious enough but they have that patience and appreciation for small things in life.

Kids were hiding under the truck - Nepal (Krishnanagar)

Kids were hiding under the truck - Nepal (Krishnanagar)

On the way to Pokhara, we reached Madan Pokhara where we trekked to FM radio station. Established in 1998, was the first community radio station in Nepal.

Community Radio Center- Madan Pokhara Palpa, Nepal.

Community Radio Center- Madan Pokhara Palpa, Nepal.

As we had no time, we couldn't make it to Pokhara. We had to reach back to our office on Tuesday morning... So, we left our incomplete journey to start again in future. We came back with beautiful memories packed in our hearts.

Road to FM Radio Station, Madan Pokhara Nepal.

Road to FM Radio Station, Madan Pokhara Nepal.

Nepal ... TO BE CONTINUED...

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Neal Panton 1 year, 11 months ago

Man I was in Nepal in 1991 unbeknownst my camera was underexposing Velvia which was not recoverable. Thank you for posting places I visited they reminded me what images were left in my mind's eye so many years ago.

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Gorky Sinha Replied to Neal Panton 1 year, 11 months ago

I am happy that my photos reminded you of your trip ... Thank you

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Helen Hooker 1 year, 11 months ago

Such wonderful writing and glorious photos!

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Gorky Sinha Replied to Helen Hooker 1 year, 11 months ago

Thank you !

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Gorky Sinha Replied to Helen Hooker 1 year, 11 months ago

Thank you!

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Swarnab Saha 1 year, 11 months ago

Very interesting seriers ,thank you for sharing

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Gorky Sinha Replied to Swarnab Saha 1 year, 11 months ago

Thank you!

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Em Gregory 1 year, 12 months ago

Enjoyed this.

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Gorky Sinha Replied to Em Gregory 1 year, 12 months ago

Thank you

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Heike 1 year, 12 months ago

Fantastic pictures and really interesting story ! Bravo !!

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Gorky Sinha Replied to Heike 1 year, 12 months ago

Thank you !

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Ram Ya 1 year, 12 months ago

Wonderful series, Gorky!
I loved the human elements and the smiles you have captured. Most of these go to my curations here on PB.
I like the way you told your story as well. It makes me want to travel again!

p.s. Do you mind if we share this on our official FB page facebook.com/photoblog?

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Gorky Sinha Replied to Ram Ya 1 year, 12 months ago

Thank you ! I am glad you liked the story and photos ... I am happy if you will share the blog on the fb page .... 
And sorry for reverting late.

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Camellia 1 year, 12 months ago

Beautiful pictures and wonderful story to go along with it. Love the #6. Thank you for sharing.

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Gorky Sinha Replied to Camellia 1 year, 12 months ago

thank you!

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Amulya Upadhyay 1 year, 12 months ago

#6 Baba...! You nailed it....(goosebumps)

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Gorky Sinha Replied to Amulya Upadhyay 1 year, 12 months ago

Thank you bhai

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Piyush Srivastava 1 year, 12 months ago

Beautiful .....

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Gorky Sinha Replied to Piyush Srivastava 1 year, 12 months ago

thank you !

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Priyanka Bhandari 1 year, 12 months ago

Your work is highly appreciable, immpressable and have a great vision further.... Best wishes

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Gorky Sinha Replied to Priyanka Bhandari 1 year, 12 months ago

Thank You !

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Gaurav Upadhyay 1 year, 12 months ago

#2awesome

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Gorky Sinha Replied to Gaurav Upadhyay 1 year, 12 months ago

Thank you!

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Aayushi Sinha 1 year, 12 months ago

The lush green hills look so wild and so stark and so very beautiful that I want to tag along!! 😊👌

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Gorky Sinha Replied to Aayushi Sinha 1 year, 12 months ago

You Are Welcome!

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