Finally! After years of dreaming of it, I made it to Nepal! I arrived at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport a quarter to 1pm on board Thai Airways from Bangkok where I spent the night after taking a morning PAL flight from Manila. The flight was pleasant and smooth and an empty seat was between me and another passenger. I finally got to watch “It” courtesy of the in flight entertainment. The movie wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be. As we neared Kathmandu, the Himalayan peaks became visible from the right side of the aircraft. It was cool using the camera function of my in flight screen as I could see the mountain peaks right in front of the plane as it maneuvered to slowly descend to the runway. It must have been such a beautiful sight from the cockpit.
At the arrivals area, it took about 45 minutes to line up to pay for my visa fee and to then to line up at immigrations to get my visa on arrival and get stamped in. By the time I got out of immigrations, my luggage was already going in circles at the carousel. Several luggages were scattered on the floor waiting for its owners who were undoubtedly still in the long and slow lines inside.
Found the airport pick-up I booked with the hotel and we drove through the traffic, uneven, and dusty streets of Kathmandu. It took about 30 minutes to get to Avalon House located at a quiey side street off Leknath Marg and just across the tourist ghetto of Thamel. The hotel was gonna be home for the next 5 days before I head to Pokhara.
Had a late lunch of fried rice and a plate of momo, Nepalese dumplings at Gilingche Tibetan Restaurant at Thamel.
Welcome to Nepal!