"A matter of perspectives" Pokhara Tip by josephescu

Pokhara, Nepal: 38 reviews and 71 photos

  lake shores opposite Pokhara
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      lake shores opposite Pokhara
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  • Pokhara - temple on a small island - Nepal
      Pokhara - temple on a small island
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      Pokhara - the lake
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  • lake shores opposite Pokhara - Nepal
      lake shores opposite Pokhara
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  • Pokhara - the lake - Nepal
      Pokhara - the lake
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For many travelers to Nepal, Pokhara is one of the most wanted destinations ? base-camp for the Anapurna, for various other treks or sporting activities, from paragliding to rafting?.but for my first visit to Nepal, Pokhara meant only?.killing some hours between two buses:

a lake row with an awkward oar boat on a somewhat cloudy weather, an island temple, endless bargain for Tibetan bracelets and necklaces made of Iak bones, stretch the feet and treat the hunger on the first terrace we came across on the main street, a curfew and?the beginning of a nightmarish bus ride to Tansen....via Mugling :-))

Despite the few tourist numbers in Nepal those days, Pokhara between X-mas and the new year was bustling with tourist groups, and with its numerous cafes, restaurants, loud music and cars all along its main street, this touristy resort reminded me of the watering and climate resorts in Prahova Valley in the Carpathians, suffering from uncontrolled tourist development. Don?t get me wrong ? Pokhara is a small town located in a magnificent setting - lake, wooden hills and snowy peaks, fresh air and nice parks?.but it was too touristy and artificial for my taste. I would probably have had another perspective on this town if I had splurged for a weekend in one of the nice villas with a view, on the other side of the lake.

To do justice to Pokhara, I should recommend going there for the sporting and trekking opportunities?.and if you don?t like the crowds, try and avoid the week-ends and the hotels on the main road.

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  • Written Mar 9, 2007
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