Pokhara to Phedi
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April 29th, 2010 – by: sookeldoo
We stayed in Rising Sun or Rising Moon Guest House, attached to Peace Eye. Clean rooms, occasional hot showers, lovely views of mountains & fields.
The political strike that caused so many facilities to close encouraged us to leave town on 3 May & head for the hills. We walked to Phedi along deserted streets - deserted from business activity, cars, bikes, rickshaws - but full of tourists walking to their trekking destinations, children playing soccer, children following trekkers, asking "what's your name? where you from? your first time in Nepal? got any sweeties?" No school open for the kids who were having a wonderful time.
The long, hot, shelter-free walk enabled us to slowly see the culture of the area - which on our way back in a taxi quickly whisked past without a thought. Lots of different businesses with wares out the front - lots of slate, rock, timber all stacked by the road, open for inspection. Women & children gathered under a tree, offering umbrellas for sale. As the shops were closed due to the strike, there were no opportunities to compare prices & they sold us a broken umbrella with holes all over it for 100rp. We later found brand spanking new ones for 200rp. Power to the opportunist.
We sheltered on our first night, after walking for about 4 hours, at the Tibetan Refuge Camp, in the Jangchup Choling Monastery. The nicest, cleanest room & beds we'd had in Nepal. We missed dinner & breakfast the next morning, failing to follow instructions. Fantastic, beautiful view of snow capped mountains.
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