Kathmandu – Pokhara
4 October 2014-5 October 2015
Hello again backpackers!
How are you doing? Share with us your latest location. We are here waiting for the right time to fly and explore again. You don’t know how important it is for us to fly and document. As for now, Fadza is busy with FIAP & Capra Hircus capturing moments in life of other people & I am here busy designing kids clothes I call Kidd Company.
In this post, I will tell you how beautiful it was the journey to Pokhara and Pokhara itself. We literally had our eyes glued to the scenery.
But first, I’m going to tell you a little bit more of what we did in Kathmandu before we left to Pokhara.
So we met a Singaporean friend of ours who at that time was working on his assignment with Singapore Museum to achieve the Gurkhas who is also very familiar with Nepal to take us around Thamel. By familiar, he knows places in Nepal and he speaks basic Nepali language. Boy we were amazed.
First stop, OR2K Restaurant. Located at Mandala Street, Thamel to be exact. They served scandinavian-middle east food and we tried OR2K Special Breakfast For 2. One word, satisfying.
We simply love the environment and ambiance. The crowd were mostly Europeans. Some of them looked tired which we bet they just got down from hiking and some of them are pretty normal energetic people.
We basically sat there for hours just to get our spirits on by throwing questions to our Singaporean friend, Zakaria Zainal about hiking up to Ghorepani.
After the long Q&A session, we took a stroll at Thamel street for the last time before we head down to our Guesthouse and rest for the long bus journey to Pokhara the next day.
We stumbled across our first Stupa at Naghal Tole. It wasn’t the biggest Stupa but it is still something we haven’t seen before and we find it interesting. Colourful flags , pigeons everywhere and locals praying. How amazing?
Did we mention that the locals are pretty cool? Every time Fadza had his camera up, they’ll be posing and smiling for the camera. We bet they are used to it.
So here we are back at Thamel Street. We were both hungry from the long walk from Durbar Square with Zakaria and we had coffee together too at the Himalayas Coffee near the Square.
Chick ‘N’ Falafel
Don’t you just love street food? Here we tried their chicken wrap and fries just for the sake of trying everything we could while in Kathmandu. You should do too if you come across this one.
Kathmandu at night.
Journey to Pokhara.
Woke up at 5am and walked to the bus station where we took an 8 hours bus ride to Pokhara. We left Avalon Guesthouse accompanied by Jagjit, our “Superhuman Nepali” a.k.a porter. He guides us from Kathmandu to Pokhara and up to Ghorepani.
We stopped somewhere in the middle of the Prithvi Highway for lunch and guess what we had? We had our power booster Dhal Bhat. Consist of white rice, vegetarian dhal, vegetarian curry & poppadom (Nepali call it “Pappad”).
We saw a stall opposite the road and thought of trying something new. So we tried the Nepali Bread. It was delicious. Looks like a doughnut tastes like miracle. Never ever miss the chance to try it when you come across it in the future.
So here we are in Pokhara. A peaceful town full of hikers. It’s chillier here in Pokhara than in Kathmandu. The air is also cleaner than Kathmandu. It’s a beautiful place to relax and unwind before the torture of climbing the mountain begins.
We arrived at approximately 4pm and the first thing we did was walked straight to Baba Guesthouse and checked in. After checking in, we took a walk to the famous Pokhara Lake. The scenery is to die for. There were people canoeing, relaxing and simply there to enjoy the view.
Load shedding is a must in Nepal. We had a few load shedding time in Kathmandu at 6pm as well in Pokhara. We asked the locals why is this still happening? They just said that Nepal is big and they don’t have enough power to supply electricity 24/7. At 730pm, the generator kicked in, and Pokhara is lighted up again.
We had our early dinner at the Guesthouse and went straight to bed. We needed a good rest before tomorrow where the hike starts.
Our next post will be on our hiked up from Nayapul to our first stop Thikedunga. We hope you enjoyed this post. Sorry again to keep you waiting. We promise to work on the next post as soon as possible.
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p/s: Fadza is still working on his book on Nepal.
Photographed by Fadza Ishak
Re Narrated by Nina Zainorin