Traveling — but in lockdown, part 2

We’ve reached the detention center, the place where the logistical drama is taking place

Alright, let’s keep going!

So, we had to wait for 2 hours as planned and we were waiting to be rescued. However, the contact that was supposed to be there was undergoing childbirth and wasn’t available. So, his subordinate was in place, who wasn’t able to manage things that well.

The Hill Climb begins!

Nepal’s border is on the flatlands and my home is located in the hills, and so as a part of the journey, the car has to do a very long hill climb to Kathmandu valley. So, the drive went pretty smooth until the slope began, we had a good dinner on the way and after getting a much-required emotional rest, we were about to fall asleep.

The car that we used for the journey

Top of the Hill — Sindhuli

We went through several checkpoints, and all of them went through smoothly. Administratively, we weren’t blocked from here on out, and we were going up the hills on the extremely bumpy road.

The place where we were stuck, completely dark, and random signboard preaching religion
  1. Our flight nearly got canceled and was delayed
  2. The idiot threw my suitcase in a pile of muck
  3. I have no clue whether all my expensive equipment still work
  4. Had to wait 5 hours for some stupid paperwork
  5. Wasn’t able to find water for 10+ hours
  6. Hadn’t eaten for 18+ hours
  7. Hadn’t slept for almost 2 days
  8. Got stuck at the checkpoint and had our license taken away
  9. The car got damaged mid-way of the drive
  10. The brake fails. Now? Seriously?

The downhill journey starts!

I didn’t call up my dad this time. I just messaged him that we are going ahead, and we had no brakes. He never replied to that message. Off we went.

6 am driving scenes from the car

The final climb to the valley pass!

My dad called up telling us that he was halfway near the pass and asked about our location, but due to the phone fiasco we hadn’t moved an inch, so I told him we were 40kms from the destination, and we should be able to make it, it’s 7 am now, only 2 hours until the deadline.

The fog was so thick that we couldn’t see the huge cliff from the window despite being so close to it.

The reunion & rush to the valley

Just as we met and our greetings were over, I looked at the clock, and to our horror, it was already 9 am. We had already passed the deadline for entry to the valley.

Casa dolce casa

Ending notes

Thank you so much for reading till the end. This was an extremely long and hectic story, but I hope that you enjoyed being a part of it. For the sake of completeness, here is a final map of everything about the whole trip.

The whole fiasco — in a diagram
Our family, united for our father’s birthday! 😁

Epilogue

Oh? You thought it was over? 😂

The violence that was going on, while I was sleeping.

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Samridh Tuladhar

Samridh Tuladhar

A computer engineer, with a passion for cheap, affordable & environmentally friendly automation and utter disdain for paperwork and waiting.