“Wonderful and safe trip!”
During my arrival, the travel manager and his company driver waited for me and welcomed me, personally looped a garland over my neck.
As my trip was a quite low budget one, I stayed at a 3-star hotel. All facilities were there, only no internet computers. TV was not provided at some of the hotels too, but I came to see places of interest and not to watch TV programs so it was not much a worry to me. The only gripe was the power supply would trip every night at around 8pm.Hot water was heated using solar cells and stored at a giant water tank, so do save water when not needed. The temperature over there varies greatly, so at daytime can reach around 30 degrees celsius with slight rush of cold air, but during nightfall temperature will drop to 3-6 degrees celsius. Prepare for cold weather. Breakfast at morning, a simple ala-carte menu ordering style.
The management there gave me a sim card to call him if any matters or queries arise or if you wanted a new adventure. The card have a limited amount.You got to top up if you need more data to surf net and check mails. Planned trip details was typed and printed out, a copy for you to refer to . Payment has to be made in advance (refer to their website),
In the morning the manager personally welcomed me again and helped me did currency exchange for a good rate. I passed him my passport and waited at the hotel lounge and he came back a few minutes later with the exchanged currency. I went via a personnel vehicle fetched by the company's driver. No air condition was turned on (frankly you don't need). The air was dusty. Road was bumpy due to potholes everywhere, I hope Nepal transport minister get this sorted out throughout the whole of Nepal. Pokhara trip from Kathmandu took around 6 hours of bump ride, so prepare yourself if you are going there. There is a personnel guide to bring me to places stipulated from my tour package. Did para-sailing at Pokhara, it was one of the best things to do at Pokhara!~ You will not regret it! Wanted to catch sunrise Mountain view at Sarangkot but weather was bad.
Went back to Kathmandu and there's another tour guide to guide me along and tell me stories at places of interest. They are a helpful bunch of people and he also prevented me from being conned by street sellers!
On the 2nd last day, the manager asked me out at evening for a complimentary dinner (with cultural dances) by the company. Such thoughtful plannings and gestures!