Pokhara is the second largest city in Nepal. It is a resort town built around Lake Fewa, and is surrounded by magnificent mountain views of the Annapurna Range. It is also a tourist town, but off the main road...
This is the Pokhara we love. Walk the back roads off the beaten tracks and see the greenery - the lazy meander of the roads lined with mossy stone fences and moms and schoolkids walking under the hot noontime sun.
The view from Mike's Breakfast. In the morning we sit here enjoying a world class breakfast (with tasty bottomless coffee) and watch the action.
Looking over to the Peace Pagoda on the top of the hill across the valley.
From the rooftop outside our penthouse suite ($6 a night) we admire Machhupuchare (aka Fishtail Mountain) and watch the many birds flying by.
And we enjoy a glass of wine as the sun sets.
Enjoy the tourist services in excellent restaurants. They have everything from Korean to Italian here. French food, Middle Eastern food, Indian, Tibetan, Thai, German, Japanese... you name it.
Leika sleeps on her porch.
Rent a bike, pet a friendly dog.
Watch some cute kids play on a tractor.
Fishtail Mountain is always a joy to catch sight of. It has a dramatic shape.
These ladies are going home from shopping.
Pokhara does have it's touts and tourist baiting -- i.e. 'shopping, Madame?' 'Just look at my store.' etc. but we have found that just walking off the two main tourist streets cuts that to almost nothing. It is a charming town with water buffaloes roaming the streets, polite school children, temperate weather, a gorgeous lake, mountain views, any kind of food you can imagine. It is also home to many great signboard artists. Shree, Shahi, Santosh, Jit Gurung, and many more are all located in Pokhara. There is not much of an art scene here, but I am trying to locate a venue to have an art exhibit featuring these signboard artists.
More tomorrow. Any questions, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org