Travel Blog-Day 13
This is a blog about my 36-day trip through Nepal, India, and a little bit of China. I’ll make one post roughly every week until it’s all finished.
Day 13: Gorakhpur-Kushinigar
Got into Gorakhpur at 9am. Went to the bus station, which was easy enough, for the trip to Kushinigar. I was told the busses for Kushinigar were at the end of the road. Halfway, a bus tout stopped me and asked where I was going. When I said Kushinigar, he said this was the bus. I asked “how much”, he looked into the air and said 50rs. I kept walking. Got to the end of the bus “station” It’s not really what we in the West would consider a “station”. It’s a road filled with busses, that’s it! Well, at the end of the “station” there was the bus for Kushinigar. It was 37rs.
Instead of a two-hour ride, it really was three hours, because of all the road construction, which seems to be going on everywhere I’ve been.
I get there, I find Café Yama, which Lonely Planet recommends if you need any help or have questions. A Mr. Roy is the owner. I walked in, hadn’t slept all night; it’s burning hot. I must’ve looked horrible. I asked if he knew anywhere I could stay? He recommended the Chinese monastery next door. The Tibetan monastery was being renovated and had nothing. I went to the Chinese monastery, found a Vietnamese monk (why Vietnamese I don’t know) and got a room. A pretty good room too. Other than the Vietnamese monk, I am the only person here. As far as I can tell, and Mr. Roy thinks this is true, I am the only Westerner in Kushinigar right now.
I had lunch at Café Yama. Mr. Roy’s wife made Tibetan Thukpa (noodle soup of sorts) for me. It was the best I’ve ever had. I went to my room, took a nap, awoke at 7pm, went and had a sprite, came back and went to sleep.
Map of Kushinigar
Thai Stupa at Kushinigar