Where We Be
|Pokhara is livable and pretty -- this street runs next to the lake and is where most tourists stay
All the hassles of another long travel day dropped
away once we reached our lodgings in Pokhara,
the Sacred Valley Inn. We’re on the ground floor,
towards the back near the garden. There’s very
little noise, and the place is a flower-filled oasis.
There's even wi-fi in the rooms! Our room costs us
$10 US per day. After stowing our stuff, we sat out
front in the garden at the Monsoon Cafe, admiring
all the flowers, and had two sweet lassis, a beer, a
Coke, a cheese omelet, and potato soup with
bread. The comfort food went a long way towards
further improving our mood after a tiring day.
Walking one evening to the far end of the lake, we
were surprised to discover how huge and close
the snow-covered mountains were. One mountain
looked Matterhorn-like, and the others loomed so
high and were so “wispy” in the hazy air that they
looked like cloud creations rather than actual
mountains. They must be truly dramatic in clear
weather during high season in October-November.
It's a comfort knowing the long bus rides are now
behind us. For the next month we'll be traveling by
foot. We came to quick agreement that instead of
spending three days in Pokhara after our trek, we
would spend six, letting go of the small town of
Bandipur in order to give ourselves more R&R
time in this eminently livable town on the lake.
|Views tend to be hazy this time of year in Pokhara, but if you look carefully, you can see tall white-capped mountains rising behind the lake
|Our Sacred Valley Inn offered a lovely little oasis of calm. Nearby were dozens of classy restaurants catering to Westerners (note the ice made of mineral water).
|Robin composed this cool shot of colorful rowboats arranged like petals of a flower
|A rowboat makes its way out towards the center of the lake near sunset