The Fulbari Resort and Spa

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Pokhara, Nepal
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Visual Spendor Oasis May 11, 2011
Stayed here for a week+, a 20 minute cab ride outside of Pokhara on a corner cliff alongside a glacial canyon. Beautiful views of the Annapurna Himalayas in the mornings when the sun hits there peaks. The Gurhka bar is very cool, good service,spacious,fireplace lots of comfy seating. This place is very large and the grounds are beautiful to walk around and out to the observation deck on the canyon edge. Excellent pool area for cooling off and chilling. The buildings and artwork and architecture are beautiful,brickwork like you might see in Durbar Square in Kathmandu. There is a casino upstairs open in the evenings, I didn't go in but visited the Slot machine area downstairs. I went in and you give the attendant money and then they give you credits on a machine. I had some US whichh they said they would exchange so I asked how many Rupees for $50 and was told about 2000 which was a rip as it should have been closer to 3200-3500. I showed the agent my currency calculator and said forget it, then the boss came over and we talked,he upped the amount closer but at that point I walked. So be careful or have some extra rupees with you. The resort has limited spotty Internet you can get in the lobby area for a small charge and an access number. The skype worked great on my I-phone from there. There is an outside dining area deck to dine at along with an inside restaurant and room service. I was told this is the only 5 star location in Nepal and it is impressive. Built about 10 years ago by a very wealthy countryman its already showing some wear and tear and from the climate and less than a full complement of staff it was designed for. This place can accommodate large groups. I was with a couple of teams of Habitat For Humanity volunteers and it was a fun atmosphere. I could see it as being quite lonely by yourself unless your into peaceful relaxation with someone special. The other guests were all local and well off by there dress. The front desk can be challenging so have your reservations made in advance. Check with a local agency and contact the hotel directly yourself, there can be a significant differences in prices. I had to add on an extra night and the evening staff charged me about $179, my friend extended during the day and got our group rate of $80. I was able to get it adjusted but not till the next day when the "manager" was in and my friend and I showed him the different charges. Nepalese people are quiet and calm and you will not help yourself by getting upset, be pleasant and persistent. Most places in the countries I have visited impart very little if any discretion to there employees to fix things especially if its money related. This place is an adventure to get to and you go through town down narrow streets then neighborhoods into a valley road along the canyon. The road really doesn't exist its totally cratered out and you are often leaning over towards the canyon whichh has no guard rails. After bumping along for awhile you see this incredible building with iron gates, whichh are closed at night to get in. At the entrance the porters dressed in Gurhka outfits bow to you as you enter, its pretty cool. At nighttime you have to negotiate in town or Lakeside to get here. Lakeside if the place to go to for entertainment,food and meeting fellow travelers. Came back in the evening one night and the cab driver started reaching around locking the doors as we entered this dark valley area. I said "bandits" he said yes, they live in the valley and come up in the night and have attacked and robbed people on the road there. Once at the Hotel the car is checked and then the gates are opened to let you in. The rooms are nice and ask for a end room canyon side facing the Himalayas. You'll have a balcony to sit on and the Himalayas in the morning will take your breath away at sunrise. The air conditioner control does not work and the temperature is set to what they feel is cool, it works but its not what most people might expect. Again this is Nepal and electricity and the related have to be very expensive. Mini bar in the room, prices overall not that bad, two bottles of water are replaced each day, for the room and to brush teeth etc. If you only use one, take your full bottle and put it in the drawer or they will only give you one the next day. It was hot when I was there and I went through a lot of water. If you decide to go I don't think anyone overall would be disappointed, but 5 Star Nepal is not 5 Star, New York.
Entrance road, hard to describe ho…
Coming through entrance gate
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Gurhka Bar
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