The most beautiful place in the world
Pokhara Travel Blog› entry 9 of 32 › view all entries
January 7th, 2008 – by: nicoleah
I realized this morning that the reason I've been feeling sick (very dizzy, headache, tired) was due to the altitude sickness. I forgot that can happen. So once I realized it I began deep breathing and drinking more water and it seems to be mostly gone now. This morning I got up very early for some reason, so I wanted to walk in Thamel. I started out of the KTM Guesthouse to find that Thamel was completely closed which was surreal given how busy it was hours earlier. So instead I read in my room until it was time to head for the airport.
Once I got to the airport it was filled with touts and one grabbed my bag out of the taxi and walked it to the door of the airport. He then demanded $20 for walking 100 feet. I refused and gave him a very small amount and someone else grabbed my bag and walked it the 10 feet to the airline counter and asked for $20. I got pretty mad and yelled at him and luckily he went away. After customs, touts are not allowed so it was finally peaceful. Waiting for the same plane was an Alaskan couple I'd met briefly at the Delhi airport and they said that the touts at the airport are impossible to get around and that I handled it correctly. It was still frustrating! Our flight for Pokhara was delayed, but for some reason it wasn't listed on the departure screen and we couldn't understand the Nepali instructions so it was constant confusion.
Once on the flight it was a completely different story. It's a short thirty minute flight and from take-off to landing you get spectacular views of the Himalayas. I made sure I was sitting on the correct side so I would get the best views. I took so many pictures I nearly ran my battery out! It's just incredible.
After landing at Pokhara I took a taxi up to Mala Devi Village where the paragliders land.
Rajendra took me on a four hour ride in his rowboat and told me everything about Nepal. We rowed across the lake and stopped for a Fanta at this beautiful little restaurant before rowing back to Green Peace. He invited me to go to a bar to watch his friend's band play that evening so we agreed to meet up for dinner later. He was very helpful in helping me find everything I needed in town. We had dinner at a nice little restaurant called Tea Time where I had fresh fish from the lake. We then went to the bar and played pool up until an hour ago. (I lost pretty badly).
I hope I can get some of the pictures loaded so you can see this place. It's completely beyond description, I love it!
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