K City to Pokhara

The Au Chews went to Nepal in end April – early May 2013.  This is day 2 of our Nepal adventure!

Despite being extremely tired, we all slept badly on our first night in Nepal.  It started with some annoying guests who came back at 1 am then there were the dogs and more dogs and then the birds (yes BIRDS!!). All of us gave up and woke up at 5 am although we still had one more hour to sleep.  We (esp Jenny) would soon learn that this would be a regular occurrence).

Breakfast was a giant box of bread and croissants which we packed along with us and then it was time to get onto the bus to Pokhara.  TZ and Lama came to pick us up and brought us to the tour bus street? it wasn’t exactly a bus station and more like a bunch of tour buses parked along a road.  The tricky thing is to make sure you get on the right bus.  AU CHEW TRAVEL TIP: Most tour buses to Pokhara leave at 7am so getting there early is important.DSC02011

  While waiting for the bus to set off, we saw lots of hawkers walking up and down the street selling bread, fruits and even hot tea.  One of the guys was selling berries and I was so tempted to go down and grab some cause they looked so good.  Then Jet reminded me about the incredible dust on the street and how the berries were likely to be coated in them as well.  With no place to rinse them, I gave up on the idea.  DSC02010

It was an 7plus / 8 hour uneventful bus ride with some break stops in between. Seeing how we had such great sleep the night before, most of us quickly knocked out on the bus. 

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As we moved further away from Kathmandu, the scenery got greener.

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About one hour away from Pokhara, it started to rain heavily, and then it HAILED! That was a pretty amazing sight.  Little did we know (again!) that is was a sign of things to come.  Thankfully it stopped by the time we reached Pokhara and all we got was the nice cool after rain effect. 

We stayed at Hotel Meera in Pokhara.  Like our other hotel, it was nice and clean, spacious with our own bathrooms.  I don’t know what Jenny is doing here.. or why she is doing it, I blame the long bus journey.

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DSC02049These Buddhist prayer wheels can be found all around Nepal and we saw them mainly at entrances of buildings.  We knew it was good luck to spin these wheels when walking past them (and Jet was really enthusiastic about it) what we didn’t realise was that like most things in Nepal, you only spin it on the right side and with your right hand, not with the left! When La Ma explained it to us much later, we all had a *facepalm* moment. DOH!

We had some R&R time before meeting La Ma for a short walk about and dinner.  No surprizes what we did! Shopping!! It started to rain again so we ducked into a cafe for a snack.  Notice the shopping bags next to Jenny!

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Then it was time to head back to meet La Ma and our porters.  La Ma introduced us to one of our porters of the trip Chandra (the other guy, Dil couldn’t make it) and then it was off to see a bit of the touristy sights and DINNER!

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Lama brought us to see Phewa lake which had a temple in the middle of it which you can rent boats to get to. There were a few options for boat rental including rowing there yourself (!!). As it had started to drizzle again, we went off to get some dinner!.

Lama brought us to his aunty ‘s shop got some authentic local food. Ladies and Gents, consider this a public service announcement.  FISHTAIL MOMO RESTAURANT IS POKHARA’S HIDDEN GEM. YOU MUST GO THERE IF YOU ARE EVER IN POKHARA.

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We started with some Gorkha brand beer with some roasted soy nuts,

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Followed by buffalo mo mos,

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Sukuthi – smoked buffalo cooked with spices.  I still dream of this dish!!

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Buff chilli and chow mien.

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I don’t know why we don’t have any photos of the chow mien but it looks and tastes like our fried noodles.  Au Chew Travel Tip: Pokhara rations the use of electricity in town by having  scheduled power shut downs everyday.  Your hotel should have the schedule available at the front desk.  This is important so you know what time the street lights will go out etc.  That day, the power shutdown was from 6pm to 9pm so we had a romantic dinner by candle light.

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