Via a Travel Agent in Chhetrapati we had organised a modern air-conditioned bus to take us the 200klm's to Pokhara. We had to be at the 'bus station' (which is actually just a strip of otherwise public road called Kantipath) at 6.30am ready for the bus to leave at 7.00am.
Well, not only did the bus not appear, many of the touts attached to the other Bus Companies pretended there was no such bus. A good opportunity for said touts to encourage us to take their bus instead.
By 7.20am we gave up, paid for the trip all over again and took a crappy, non air-con bus instead. The road between Kathmandu & Pokhara is a disgrace - I know this is a poor Country but it has received enough foreign aid over the decades and has such a low employment rate that I'd have to imagine that this infrastructure should be in much better shape than it is. It is actually worse now than it was 20 years ago! Many people feel justifiably annoyed that the new Maoist Government is proving to be no better than the previous useless lot.
Anyway, we are now in Pokhara at a new Hotel called the View Point which overlooks the Lake (if you go out onto the balcony and practice a bit of Yoga). I (Ken) got sick immediately and have not left the Hotel room since we arrived early yesterday afternoon. Desley is not feeling 100% either.
After the bus trip we decided we would fly back to Kathmandu when we are ready to leave but Des checked and the baggage limit is 15kg each - less than we are carrying of course. I say it every time - you really need to carry very little when travelling in these places - a pity I don't take my own advice.
That's it for now - off to take some more Mersyndol.