“Sitting on a mountainside in Parvati Valley, eating traditional Indian food while watching the sun go down behind the snow capped mountains.”
India. I’m so not done with you yet, but it’s time to move on.
Travelling is not easy. I have all these posts about these great places and beautiful things to do, but for those who haven’t traveled before be sure you know it’s definitely not the easy path. Packing up your life every few days is tiring, and I swear every time I throw my pack on my shoulders the damn thing gets heavier.
You’ll have places where the bed is comfy and days where it’s wooden boards under your thin mattress, when the shower is cold or not at all, or there’s no loo paper (majority of the time there’s no loo paper, take your own or do it Indie style). Sometime’s there’s a bug in your food, or what you ordered compared to what you get is completely different.
I don’t know how anyone sleeps on the bus and I can usually sleep anywhere. But if you’re lucky you’ll end up smoking with the bus driver and drinking free chai at four in the morning, and that’s a memory you’ll never forget.
I also won’t forget having a fine for no helmet on the scooter, which was the large amount of 200 rupees, or $2.28 NZD. Cheapest fine I ever had.
I’ve even had a friend say they traveled on a train and woke up with a kid’s hand in their pocket.
It is not as glamorous as the photos or the description I wrote at the beginning of the post; I haven’t mentioned that on the mud path to the restaurant I almost slipped on my ass couple times, that I will only find out later if that meal had bugs in it or not, that my view is obscured with someone’s washing and I know when the sun goes down it will be freezing and… shit I forgot my torch.
I am still on a mountainside in Northern India, I can see snow on the mountains and the setting sun. The culture is beautiful, I’m yet to meet people more friendly than here and the food is delicious.
India, I’m so not done with you yet…
On the mission from Kasol to Nepal with Isabel and Kerr, we decided to keep it cheap, and there really is a way to travel a lot cheaper in the country if you’re willing to catch the local buses and take a bit longer. This is a little breakdown of what we did;
Kasol to Bhuntar: 50 INR
Bhuntar to Kulllu: 15 INR
Kulllu to Haridwar: 14 hours and 600 INR (versus the 1200 rupees it would’ve cost)
Haridwar to Bhajanpur: 8 hours 317 INR
Bhajanpur tuktuk to the border: 100 INR
So we bussed to the border in two days and for under 2000R, I think we did pretty well and the stay in Haridwar was a good way to see real India. We were often the only westerners around and it was all the more intense and crazy beautiful.
Welcome to Nepal!