Every journey has an end, so did ours. After checking out from our hotel in Bhaktapur, we went straight to Khatmandu to catch our plan. We did not really have a specific agenda in Khatmandu, except maybe to buy the famous ‘Laddu’, the Indian snack that Putu had been talking about since the first day!
Laddu is a ball-shaped sweet served for festivals or family events such as weddings and births. For you who claimed as kids from the 90’s, you may recall it as the yellow little balls that Rahul feeding Anjali on their wedding in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. Yes, we know you watched it, haha!
Before heading to the airport, we were discussing our last meal in Nepal. We told Kumar to take us to a cheap restaurant as we ran out of Nepali Rupee. Kumar nodded like he already got a place in mind. Along the way, we passed through a very nice hotel called Dwarika’s Hotel, a luxurious type of hotel which was quite a rare view during our trip in Nepal. In only a second, Feliks somehow managed to check Trip Advisor and found out that the restaurant in Dwarika’s Hotel has a good rate. Suddenly, the rest of us agreed that our last meal in Nepal should be memorable and we decided having the last meal there.
We told Kumar to turn around and heading to Dwarika’s Hotel. I can see on his face that Kumar seemed confused, as we said earlier that we wanted a cheap restaurant but rather we asked him to take us to an expensive restaurant.
Right from the entrance, we can feel the luxury in such an authentic setting. They have a proper heater system (quite rare in Nepal!), covered seat, and a complete set of fine dining utensils on the table. Basically, it was like heaven compare to most of places we had our meals in Nepal. We were so excited and a bit curious on how expensive this restaurant was. It turned out, the price was not THAT expensive, it was still cheaper than 5-star hotels in Jakarta.
As always, we invited Kumar to also have the meals with us. But for this time he clearly looked nervous when seeing the menu. Maybe because he knew that we were sort of short of cash, but we’ve told him that we use credit card anyway, so he shouldn’t worry with the money. I got to admit that the prices maybe 4 times expensive compare to our ‘normal’ meals in Nepal.
We ordered like all recommended foods in the first page of the menu, trying to look careless about the price since this is our last meal in Nepal. Meanwhile, Kumar awkwardly ordered a set of ‘momos’ (Indian dumpling),which was the cheapest meal in the menu, without a drink! We were like “come on! What if you’re choking yourself! You need to order a drink”. But he politely refused to order any. To be honest, I was kind of regret telling him that we were short of cash and put him in such an awkward situation. We should just order a decent meal for him instead, of course with a drink, but we didn’t . 😦
It was a really delightful restaurant, very exclusive, a bit expensive, but worth the money and experience. The place was great, foods were delicious, and the waiters were friendly. Dwarika is very recommended if you want to experience a fine restaurant in Nepal. We also met a waiter who did his internship in Grand Hyatt in Jakarta. Sadly, the first thing he told us about Jakarta is how devastated he was with the traffic in Jakarta. Well, we could not agree more!
Done with our meals, we finally got ready to go to the airport. Having used to the crazy traffic in Jakarta and experienced a couple of missing flights dramas (such as Padang), we were kind of paranoid and asked Kumar to take us to the airport early. Before that, we stopped by at a store selling Laddu. We bought ourselves boxes of Laddu for ‘oleh-oleh’.
That made usarrived at Tribhuvan International Airport two hours early. We were saying our last goodbye and thanks to Kumar for accompanying us during our trip. We also took our last group photo at Nepal at the airport. Special thanks to the inventor of Monopod, we can take a full team pictures without the awkward moment asking stranger for a help.
Once I entered the airport gate, there was like a flashback memories of our journey since the first day. The day we arrived in Khatmandu, the time we climb 500 stairs in Pokhara, the canoeing near crocodile in Chitwan, exploring the exotic Bhaktapur, and many other unforgettable memories. We promised ourselves to come back someday, especially to hike the Himalayas.
It seems to be a perfect last memory of Nepal. We thought we will fly back home peacefully without any dramas. But what happened exactly far from our thought…. (ra)