Pokhara

We had just met our half way mark when we travelled to Pokhara (apparently on one of the worst roads in the world, but we thought it was a breeze compared to some of the roads we'd been on in India)! At half way, we indulged in a few comforts, and Pokhara had plenty of comforts on offer. It was quite obviously a tourist town (we weren't surprised by this), but it is something we once turned up our noses at a little. But at this stage of our journey, we didn't at all mind the lakeside restaurants, the flippin good coffee at the cafe next door, or the mini mart across the road. 

 

Photos by Ben Journee

Phewa Tal (Phewa Lake)

Phewa Tal (Phewa Lake)

Temple on a small island on the lake

Temple on a small island on the lake

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Bunnies at our guesthouse. They became our friends and we were a little sad to say goodbye to them.

Bunnies at our guesthouse. They became our friends and we were a little sad to say goodbye to them.

Only rowboats (no motors) on the lake meant it was wonderfully quiet.

Only rowboats (no motors) on the lake meant it was wonderfully quiet.

 We enjoyed being out doors too! Taking the 'scenic route' walk up to the World Peace Pagoda was an adventure, which included getting a little lost in the forest, leeches (which were fucking foul), and even a far too large snake (also foul). We spent a lot of time on the lake, including hiring a boat for the whole day, pulling up across the lake for lunch, and reading in the middle of the lake in utter peace and quiet with the mountains in the background (just). And we went for a bike ride around the northern end of the lake as well, on the bumpiest road you can imagine. This resulted in a couple of 'John Wayne' walks for the next couple of days.

Footbridge to the start of the Pagoda track

Footbridge to the start of the Pagoda track

This was the clear part of the track

This was the clear part of the track

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World Peace Pagoda (built by the same Japanese Buddhist who built Shanti Stupa in Leh)

World Peace Pagoda (built by the same Japanese Buddhist who built Shanti Stupa in Leh)

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View of Phewa Tal from the World Peace Pagoda

View of Phewa Tal from the World Peace Pagoda

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 The trip up to Sarangkot (viewpoint for the Himalayas) was breathtaking. We chose a perfect, clear morning and the sacred peak of Machhapuchare (Fish Tail) turned on all its glory.

View from Sarangkot lookout

View from Sarangkot lookout

The Himalayas extending into forever

The Himalayas extending into forever

Machhapuchare (Fish Tail)

Machhapuchare (Fish Tail)

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We walked past these kids playing on the way back down the hill

We walked past these kids playing on the way back down the hill

Nepal felt a little bit like a halfway point, which is what it was. It felt like a holiday. It was easy, a little indulgent, and totally relaxing. It was a wonderful place to transition from India, into the beginning of our second half.  

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Sunset over Phewa Lake

Sunset over Phewa Lake

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