Aboard the six hours bus journey from Kathmandu I was excited to reach the town of Pokhara. I read quite a lot of positive feedback about this town, ranging from clean guesthouses (with guaranteed hot shower) and wide range of good restaurants. Apart from that, the main reason why I was really looking forward on reaching Pokhara is because it is the jumping point for most hiking in Nepal.
On one of the unplanned stop over that we had due to the bus having flat tires, I was standing patiently waiting across a small store selling snacks and drinks when this generous Nepalese grandma offered me a sit and called all his grandkids to attend to me.
The kids are quite happy to see several foreign faces, I guess it is very seldom that a bus carrying mostly tourist often stopped on their shop, since it is a known practice for most bus operators to do stop over only on they chosen “affiliated” stores or canteens.
With nothing else to do but to wait for the bus, I spent a few minutes playing with the kids and allow them to use my camera and in return I ask them to take a photo with me and flash the “V” sign I learned to do so well in Japan.
I wanted to sleep during the journey but seeing the mix of sceneries along the road was relaxing enough. It feels good to finally be out in the open once again, even as colourful and fascinating city like Kathmandu can be too much sometimes.
At around 3pm, the bus finally reached the tourist bus terminal of Pokhara. Since I prearranged my hotel and hiking when I was at Kathmandu, there was a free pick up car waiting for me.
I decided to spend the rest of the afternoon strolling along the Lake side area of Pokhara where concentration of hotels, guesthouses and other businesses are located.
Misty afternoon is best spent gazing at the waters of Phewa Tal. The line of violet color boats (sponsored by telco company called Ncell)and the illusion of endless lake water and small mountains along the horizon is so beautiful that all I wanted to do is sit and stare until the sun disappears.
Tomorrow is Day 1 of hiking along the Gorephani-Poonhil trail, Wish me luck.