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The Wayfarer Diaries: On Foot To Bahundanda

1800 hours, 22-02-2018, Bahundanda, Lamjung District, Province No. 4, Nepal :

A few hours ago at Ngadi, the rain stopped and the sky started to clear out. After having chowmein and a lot of tea, we were ready to head towards Bahundanda on foot. Our journey from Ngadi started on a gravel road, with the waters of the river Marsyangdi collecting in the reservoir of the dam nearby. The green waters gelled in brilliantly with the lush green forest that reached right till the banks. As there was no traffic on the road, the sounds of the birds chirping all around us echoed in our ears, cheering us up at every step.

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It would be fun crossing this bridge across the wide waters of the Marshyandi River; Photo: Abhinav Kaushal

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Marshyandi River calmly flowing across the valley; Photo: Abhinav Kaushal

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Terraced fields of mustard along the route; Photo: Abhinav Kaushal

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Banana trees are found in abundance in Nepal, in cultivation as well as in the wild; Photo: Abhinav Kaushal

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Approaching a typical village nestled amongst the mountains; Photo: Abhinav Kaushal

After hiking for about 2 hours on a gentle ascent through fields and settlements along the way, we reached Bahundhanda, revealing the valley on the other side. As the rain had stopped, the clouds also started to disperse, revealing the view of a huge snow clad mountain with fresh snow shining on the jagged mountain face. Looking at the beautiful views around us, we decided to stay here itself at “The Superb Mountain View Guest House”.

As this time of the year is an off season, very few tourists travel in these parts in the cold. It seems like we are the only ones present here. Though the guest house we are staying at is on a ridge, it is comforting that it isn’t windy. So we are sitting outside in the garden, enjoying the mountain weather, with clouds clinging to the mountain tops, giving a sneak peek once in a while of the snow clad mountains that lie beyond.

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An old house made of bamboo, mud and wood, although the roof is remade using tin sheets; Photo: Abhinav Kaushal

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Our accommodation at Bahundanda; Photo: Abhinav Kaushal

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Praying for good weather for the coming days; Photo: Abhinav Kaushal

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View from our accommodation at Bahundanda; Photo: Abhinav Kaushal

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Time for relaxation after the nice walk to Bahundanda; Photo: Abhinav Kaushal

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