Trip Start Sep 21, 2009
213Trip End Apr 28, 2010
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Where I stayed
In a Shack!
I got on the bus and it only took us about an hour but the bus only stopped at Sundarijal which is where the road actually stops. To get to Mulkharka, you have to walk for about an hour.
It was therefore best for me to stay overnight in Sundarijal and walk in the morning. Finding a "hotel" was a little tricky at first as I will learn later that there is only one in the village.
I had stopped at the side view hotel and the waiter there told me that a room was 800Rps. When I got back down to the village, I saw a hotel sign. The guy told me the rooms were about 10mins walk away and that the rooms were 500Rps. It turns out it was the same hotel I'd been to earlier - There are never any set prices here :-)
We walked through the woods to get there and the guy showed me the “room”. It was more like a shack with no electricity or hot water and I knew it would be freezing during the night but I agreed to take it for 400Rps. He said he would put electricity for me but didn’t in the end.
I dropped my stuff and went to have a drink at a local shop. The shop was owned by a mother and her daughter. As I was sitting down, the mother invited me into the back of their shop to watch TV with them - it was absolutely surreal. They wanted me to put on what I wanted so I was there
I went outside for a cigarette where I met a lot of local kids who were playing outside. I went back to the hotel to get some food and then made my way back to the shop.
I went back to the hotel fairly early - 9pm - listened to some music before facing a very cold night. The temperatures probably went down to 2˚C but as I had 2 jackets, 3 T-shirts, a pair of jeans, socks and my shoes on it was not too bad actually!!