It’s good to have new alternatives when traveling to, from or in Nepal. If I had to say what the worst part of living in Nepal is I’d have to say it’s the road/transportation issue. Well, you can’t get to India without going by airplane, private taxi or bus. Of the buses, please take my advice and only take a ‘tourist’ bus. The local buses are not well maintained and do not always stop often enough for the female passengers. This is particularly so for the night buses.
Of all the places in the world to volunteer, I don’t think you can find a better one than Nepal. Notice these benefits compared to other countries:
1. A tolerant populace.
2. The local people genuinely want to know you. Nepal has recently been added to the ‘World’s friendliest countries.
3. The government, including police, are kind to tourists.
4. Violent crime toward tourists is almost non-existant in most places in Nepal.
5. Nepal is one of the least expensive countries to travel to.
6. There is a genuine need just about anywhere you look for help. You should not pay a private company (or NGO) for a volunteer placement in Nepal. However, you should be prepared to pay from $5-10 per day for food.
7. The weather in the Kathmandu Valley, outside Kathmandu City, is mild and with fresh air. Chitwan makes an excellent volunteer experience in the winter time, otherwise, you’ll need to worry about things like it being too hot and malaria.
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Sunday, May 6, 2018
Pokhara is one of the best cities to see in Nepal, a welled planned city with proper roads and clean environment, with some of the best scenic views all around. Traveling about 200 km from Kathmandu you can reach to this beautiful destination.
As I write this article there are few buses with enough petrol to run. Yes, there is gas being brought in, but in such small quantities that even the rescue helicopters are not flying. I’m fortunate to be in a farming village in the Kathmandu Valley because few buses are bringing supplies to anywhere. They are so packed people are riding on the roofs and hanging onto the back. There aren’t many on the road anymore and we are just waiting for someone to make all this craziness go away. This picture was taken in 2012 during another fuel crisis, but this time the cars and motorcycles are just parked and abandoned for miles.
October 25, 2015 update: We have been told the border to China will open on Tuesday, but please keep up on the news. If the deal falls through this is what you can expect:
It seems most Nepali were able to get back to their family’s village for the Dashain festival in spite of the current fuel crisis. Our hilltop is alive with families enjoying this most special festival. We have this giant festival swing for both young and old alike to enjoy. Swinging on it during this festival will keep you young and I can testify to that. I’m feeling younger already.
Many people were left homeless and alone after the devastating earthquake April 2015. When I look out from the window of the bus we can see many temporary camps with tarps and aluminum shelters along the side of road. This week we went to a camp in Bhouda to distribute some clothes for new born babies. Imagine being born in Nepal during this time, or being suddenly a single mother due to entire families being swept away.
People often remark on the lack of infrastructure in Nepal and I agree. Sometimes even finding a clean toilet can be a problem. I’ve learned a few tricks during my 5 years in Nepal this is one of them.
First, you can ask to use the toilet anywhere and no one ever seems to mind, however you will find toilets locked in many businesses. Someone will be happy to provide you with a key.
You will come upon some toilets that are monitored by a woman who sits there and expects 5-20 rupees per use. Sometimes these toilets are a bit cleaner, but not always.
If you’ve lived in a tourist destination you will appreciate this discussion. I lived in Florida, US, near the ocean for many years. It was nice, but even though I put up with the monsoon and lived there all year the tourists crowded us out during the best parts of the year. Seriously, the beach was like a big party with blankets spread out for as far as the beach allowed. Yes, we complained about them and even had jokes about them. Do you know what a ‘god damned tourist’ is? It’s one that comes from ‘up north’ and brings his family and stays. I was one of those.
One of the most enjoyable things about Nepal is going around a corner to see the majestic, snow covered mountains. Dhulikhel is one of the best places to catch amazing glimpses for quite a ways in this area. There is another reason to plan to spend a day or two here, particularly if you are from the US. Dhulikhel is home of the Kathmandu Teaching Hospital, Dhulikhel. This modern facility is the place to go if you need dental work. Even for Europeans, the tooth cleaning is usually under $5. I’d suggest booking a guesthouse in Dhulikhel for a few days enjoying the views and getting your teeth cared for. There is also an eye department where you can get your eye glasses or contact lens prescription. The exam price was well under a dollar and I bought a pair of reading glasses that came with about 6 magnetically attached sun glass lenses in a variety of shades, perfect for anyone who needs glasses. The sun-glass lenses have UV, too, for only $24. http://frugaltravelsnepal.blogspot.com/2014/05/dental-values-in-nepal-seriously.html So enjoy the lovely views, rest up from your flight and get whatever medical issue looked at. As a side note, any tests are completely private. They do not even ask for your ID. If you are worried about a particular issue the Kathmandu Teaching Hospital is a great place.