Phhhhewww! After a long journey starting at 3:30 AM in a taxi from our hotel in Bodhgaya, to a 5-1/2 hour train ride, to a crazy ride in a “Magic” tuk tuk (a large version of a tuk tuk that makes constant stops picking up random passengers along the way) that broke down half way to the airport, to another jam packed Magic tuk tuk, to a plane, then to another plane, we finally landed in Kathmandu at 11:30 PM.
It was nice to arrive late in the evening when the roads were quiet and the crowds were small. We found a taxi and made our way to a guest house in the tourist district of Thamel. Luckily it was a short night since our room was pretty disgusting (pee stains all over the beds) and very cold. We hunkered down in our sleeping bag liners and hoodies until we could get out and about to find better accommodations. Our next find was much cleaner and allowed us to take a nice hot shower before heading out to explore.
First, we visited Durbar Square, a short walk from the hotel. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage site and is undergoing much renovation due to the 2015 earthquake that shuddered many of the ancient temples and buildings. There was a fun market to browse through on the way to the large square bustling with people and small shops loaded with yak blankets and sweaters, copper pots & pans, clothing and handicrafts.
While we were out and about, we spoke with several people who all recommended we visit Pokhara, a mountain town about 7 1/2 hours northwest by bus. It sounded like our kind of “outdoorsy” place, so we made a plan to go the next morning. It was a nice ride allowing us to see some of the country life along the way.
When we arrived, we found our hotel which was located just across the street from the beautiful Phewa Lake, surrounded by the majestic Annapurna Mountains. This was the gorgeous scenery we had been waiting for! We headed straight for the lakeside and strolled along water taking it all in along with some much needed deep breaths……and a couple of beers!
The next day, feeling recharged, we hired a boat and took off across the lake to a trail where we hiked up to the World Peace Pagoda. There were very few people around and the hike was beautiful! The skies cleared and we were able to watch the paragliders as we made our way up the mountain. At the pagoda, it was relaxing to find some friendly cats to cuddle and remind us of home.
At the end of the day, we made our way back for another nice stroll through town before finishing the evening with a nice dinner on the lake. During our time in Pokhara, we realized our journey was quickly coming to an end and it was time to splurge and have our one last BIG adventure……
So, with that, I will give you a couple more pictures and keep you in suspense until my last post….. coming soon!!!
Cheers, Love and Hugs!!!