Essay About My Town Pokhara
Nothing excited me more than going on a Visit for the first time.
“But can you do it?” questioned my friends, surprised and curious. But I was excited though it was first time, would somewhat torment me a bit. Born and grown up in Kathmandu, the only places I’ve visited so far are Hetauda, and the list ends there. However, I didn’t want to bracket myself in the comfort cocoon.
The tour kicks off
An early morning bus from Kathmandu took us towards Pokhara. We had coffee there at near road, which eventually turned out to be memories, because the price was much more than we expect. After 4 hours of staying in bus, we reached Springlite Restaurant and Hotel for a vegetarian lunch that actually melted in the mouth. Maybe we were hungry!
Then it started drizzling. When it poured, I started feeling better and thus my pace sped up. I started running (read walked fast).Tired, Twelve hours of trek, and we finally reached our Shelter: Saroj Mama's Home where we were to spend the night. We were welcomed with a Lemon Tea. The hospitality in Mama's Home was amazing.
The next day
Sunrise. The next day at 5:51 am was something you wouldn’t want to miss when you’re in this Pokhara. We headed towards Sarankot. But every time we asked a local shop vendor how far our destination was, he would say, “Another one hour.” One hour would go by, and we would ask again, and another “another one hour” was the answer. We just stopped asking and focused on our walk. That was memorable! While returning back we couldn’t stop ourselves rendering Taxi, which was we didn't offered in the morning. Ha ha...
The tips of the mountains are the only thing lit, and as time lapses, everything becomes more visible, and the village sarankot appears flawless. A warm cup of tea, a good book, Pokhara and the Annapurna Range – that’s what I thought!
Our trip was a 3 Night stay program. So we had to trek down to visit more place. , staying at least more days would be ideal.
After lunch, around noon again, we started heading up to Buddha Gumba, and it was lot easier than trekking up to sakankot because this time we hire a taxi for a whole day.
The very next day we hire a bike for whole day. I am lucky that my friend doesn’t have driving license, I can enjoy every speed of bike, wow! Driving bike average speed over 50 KMPS in the highway of Pokhara.
Located some 10 km southeast of Pokhara, the serene Begnas Tal is already a popular destination, we headed for that. Furthermore, the scenic and tranquil area of Begnas Tal was memorable although we didn’t do boating there.
Pokhara was not just a place but also an opportunity to reconnect with nature in the lap of the Annapurna Range. Three out of the ten highest mountains in the world can be viewed very closely from Pokhara. It is also a base for trekkers undertaking the Annapurna Circuit. The mountains, the hills, lakes, and the smiles all have left me with a soft corner for Pokhara, my first trip with friends.
I can’t wait to visit again!Next time will more enjoy because it will obviously “Ghandruk”. I will say “Ghandruk was as exciting as I thought it would be, and I feel great that I trekked and saw what I saw."
Pokhara is the one of the most beautiful city and second largest tourist destinations in Nepal. It is popular as "City of Lakes". Pokhara city is connected with all the major cities of Nepal with land transport. Regular flights from Kathmandu to Pokhara are the fastest way to reach Pokhara. Pokhara is famous for sightseeing and mountain views.Phewa Lake, Begnas Lake and Rupa Lake are some of the major attractions. The mind blowing views of Annapurna range to the north of Pokhara including Annapurna I and VI, Annapurna South and Machhapuchhare gives you an amazing feeling. When the sun rises, you can see the reflection of the mountains in the lake, truly a photographer's paradise. This is one of the few places in the world to provide such a dramatic view in a sub-tropical setting. Pokhara is also the gateway for most of the treks in the Annapurna region, including Annapuna Base camp and Upper Mustang.
PLACES TO VISIT IN POKHARA
Davis Falls: Spectacular, supernatural and unusual, Davis falls plunges into a cave and disappears into the earth.
World Peace Pagoda (Shanti Stupa): Built about 16 years ago atop a hill overlooking Phewa Lake, the Stupa offers a great place to see the mountains and the sunset over Pokhara. It can be accessed by hiring a boat across the lake and following a pretty good track upward, climbing up through the forest (but watch out for leeches during the monsoon) or by foot from the road that passes Devi's Fall, turning right at the end of Chhorepatan.
Sarangkot Hill: It lies at the altitude of 1592m. This hill sits north of Pokhara overlooking the valley and Fewa Lake. Just a short scenic hike through small villages and jungle from the main tourist area of Pokhara, or a 30 minute drive can get you there. Sarangkot is a beautiful village best known for its view of sunrise, where on a clear day you can see an unobstructed view of the Himalayas of Dhaulagiri 8167m, Manaslu 8163m and Annapurna 8091m and, in the middle of the Annapurna range, the Machhapuchhre 6993m (Fishtail). The best sunrise, beautiful green hills, terraces of rice and the beautiful view of Pokhara valley can be seen from Sarangkot Hill. It is also the takeoff spot for paragliding, ultralight flight and Zipline.
Mahendra Cave: Mahendra Cave is a famous cave located in Batulechaur, the northern end of the Pokhara city.
Chamare Gufa - Bat cave. It is another cave located some ten minutes away from the famous Mahendra cave. This cave is famous for the bats that can be seen hanging by the cave's walls.
Gupteswar Mahadev Cave Another cave famous for its religious importance located in the southern end of the city, Chorepatan. This cave has a shrine of Hindu god Shiva. The water from Davis fall flows into this cave.
Boating: Just hire a boat and go out in the water for a day.
Paragliding: Don't miss soaring around lake of Pokhara and the Annapurna with Lammergeyer eagles or huge Gryphon vultures to guide the way!