We said our tearful goodbyes to our home-stay families, but happily and giddily looked forward to exploring Nagarkot on highly anticipated Mini X-Phase. At 11:00 AM we all got on the bus, and departed for Nagarkot with viewing the snow peaked Himalayas at the front of our mind. After just an hour on a bumpy uphill road, we rolled up to The Hotel At The End of The Universe (yes, that’s actually the name) where we would be staying for 3 nights. After a full day of beautiful hiking in Nagarkot, and a long night of not much sleep due to a bachelor party in the room next to us…. woke up at 4:00 AM to watch the sunrise over the himalayas.
Leaving The End of The Universe at 4:15, we took a short 20 minute walk down the road to a lookout point that we drank tea at the previous day. Because we arrived at around 4:45, though we maybe got there a little early, we were luckily able to see the sunrise completely from beginning, to end. The sky went from pitch black with stars and a luminescent full moon, to slowly developing a light orange tint. We continued to watch as the sky changed colors, shape and form. Throughout the whole experience, the feeling of “This is one of the most beautiful things I will ever see”, came 100% when we saw the first snow peaked mountain jutting out above the light cloud line. Over time, more and more peaks began to show themselves, changing the glow of the sky into a brighter and clear mixture of gorgeous oranges, blues, and reds.
This experience was so powerful, not only because we were coming from a long but life-changing 3 weeks in Patan, but because there was this everlasting feeling that life can have so many pathways, and I was beyond grateful to be in this amazing place with people I had recently just met, looking at something I had been dreaming of seeing for more than a year. Finally, I was face to face with the breathtaking himalayas, meditating watching mountain after mountain show themselves to us with a beautiful blue sky behind them. The snow there, just proving to us, “yeah, we’re the himalayas”.
After watching a blazing red sun escape up behind the clouds, we went to a nearby tea shop for early morning milk tea and coconut biscuits, putting the finishing touch on a morning to be remembered for our whole life. The pictures won’t do it justice, but we’re gonna give it a shot. haha
These are Mason’s pics.