I woke up at 6am. I was lethargic and earnest in my cot. It was raining heavily outside. I was sceptical if the rain would stop and be sunny all day for a hike. The rain stopped at 8am and I could see the smiling sun. I was pleased and started from Satdobato where I booked a bike using a popular app called PATHAO, which provides good service of pick and drop on a bike with low-priced charges. The assembly point was Budhanilkantha Temple. It is a Hindu open-air temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The main statue in the temple is believed to be the oldest stone carving in Kathmandu Valley.
We sat at a stall for tea and some samosas; we had to get some energy for a five-hour hike. We reached the Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park gate in half an hour where we were advised not to make noise which disturbs the wildlife in the wilderness. We hiked up in about three hours. The forest was creepy, we passed across a water fall and a bizarre creature made an exasperating sound all the way. The weather condition was decent at the base but as we hiked up it started getting cold and at one point rained heavily for few minutes. We reached Nagi Gumba and it started pouring. We met few monkeys and gave them bread, which they really appreciated.
We sat down for some time, walked around the monastery, and had a chat with the nuns there. Everyone had a good time inside the national park. Dipak kept us amused all the way up and down with his lovely hip-hop. We became his chorus singer all the way up and down. The hike was a memory and a moment to cherish. I had never met few of the PAHAD alumni and this was an opportunity to meet them face to face. Most of them have completed their class twelve and are waiting for their grades. I wish them all the very best and hope that they come with flying colours in their board examinations.
By Sandeep Sada, NPF Country Coordinator