It’s 5:30 AM on a Saturday, a time when most people would be fast asleep and even the early risers would just be out of bed. But one place which was in full action was the Airport and us, a group of 7 from Chennai were aboard flight 6E 244 to Lucknow, starting our first leg of a 14 day trip with a goal, wish and prayer to visit Mount Kailash, the abode of Lord Shiva.
To talk a little bit about this trip, it is said that one can never be an uninvited guest of Lord Shiva. Nobody can go to Kailash unless they have been called. And to go there, one goes through 3 countries, climbs up 15000 Feet and stays in the bitter cold, with an air of uncertainty about what would happen next.
We landed in Lucknow at around 11:30 AM and were greeted by 2 cabbies who were assigned to take us to Nepalgunj, a place on the borders of Nepal. (The border in subject refers to just 2 barricades being placed and a couple of officers standing and watching out)
We faced our first roadblock right away at the airport. We were 9 of us now(2 people joined us at Lucknow) with 15 days worth of luggage with only 2 cars for us. We then communicated with our operator who fished out another car from the city an hour later.
Finally, at around 1:30 we started our journey to Nepalgunj, stopping on the way at a Small Dhaba a couple of hours away for lunch, where we had some amazing Tandoori Roti and different Panner subjis.
Another couple of hours later, we reached a pillar saying “Welcome to Nepal” and witnessed a drastic change in the quality of the roads(No questions which way was the drastic change). That’s the only way we knew we were in Nepal.
Just 5 KM into Nepal, we reached our hotel, a nice and comfortable stay which also offered free Wi-Fi (What more could you ask for). Here, we met our operator and 4 more people who would be part of our group (Including one person who is doing the trek for the 8th time)
We were briefed about our plan of action for the next day, where we would have to take a Flight through the mountains to a place called Simikot and then a helicopter into Hilsa, on the border of China. This could however be delayed depending on the visibility in Simikot and at this time, we were also told that there were already 2 planeloads in the queue who were supposed to go on Saturday, but were in denial.
Did we go there? Or were we too made to wait in Nepalgunj? I don’t know it yet. Let’s find out in my next post. 🙂
ॐ त्र्यं॑बकं यजामहे सु॒गन्धिं पुष्टि॒वर्ध॑नम् ।
उ॒र्वा॒रु॒कमि॑व॒ बन्ध॑नान् मृ॒त्योर् मु॑क्षीय॒ माऽमृता॑त् ।
“He who has divine fragrance, who makes men powerful and full of plenty; Him we worship, the three-eyed Rudra. As easily as a ripe berry falls from its stalk, release me from death, and let me not turn away from immortality and enlightenment.”