When: December 2014 Temp 5-15C
Leica M Monochrom, 50mm APO summicron, M240 35 summilux, Sony A55 70-400mm
Our final day in Nepal, saw us take the longer route around the side of the mountain range separating Kathmandu from the south….it was still pretty mountainous though and very scenic.
We were contemplating staying the night on kathmandu or going on to Nagarkot, one of the scenic spots in Nepal. We were told (erroneously!) that it was ‘just an hour’ from Kathmandu….that hour turned into 2 hours and this was after a 5.5 hour drive to get to kathmandu. We had hoped to get there to shoot sunset over the Himalaya but clearly we weren’t going to make it in time… neveretheleess we pressed on; it was a bit scary driving up the narrow mountain road with sheer drops…in the dark. At least we couldn’t see how far we would have dropped…..
Pulling into the Fort resort at 730pm was a huge relief after the long day. The Fort was one of the very first resorts built in nagarkot with stunning views of the Himalaya. We were given cottages with lovely views. After dinner, I wanted to shoot the mountains by starlight….
After an hour or so of shooting the sunrise, a quick breakfast and it was time for some birding. As I only had an hour or so before heading down the mountain to catch my flight, the birding had to be done around the hotel itself. There is actually a decent amount of greenery on the slopes leading down from the hotel terrace down…..so that’s where we headed.
Was the effort to make it to Nagarkot worth it? An unequivocal yes! My only regret was that we only had 12 hours there. The Fort Hotel is a perfect venue for viewing and shooting the mountains; the birding was an unexpected bonus….in some ways better than the lowland viewing because of the magnificent backdrop of the Himalaya. it doesn’t get much better than this!
This is my last post of 6 on my ten day trip to Nepal, a destination with a difference.
Acknowledgement: Nishant Shah for helping me identify the birds