Sunrise, shopping & sunset

Pokhara Travel Blog

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Sunrise over mountains with Pokhara in the foreground
We caught a taxi from Birethanti to Pokhara, picking up another trekker we'd met along the way. Shared stories, shared contacts, promises to catch up in Kathmandu. We returned to the Peace Eye Guest House, greeted by the manager at the gate who burst out laughing when he saw us. I guess we looked a bedraggled mess. They had stored our extra bags in a room with other people's excess baggage (no charge) & gave us back our previous room. This time the room looked like luxury. We crashed for about 30 minutes, then showered & went out to get some dinner, reconnecting with old faces, more stories & updates on the effect the strike had on the town while we were gone.
Sunrise over Pokhara & Phewa Lake
No ATM access, limited meal options, most stores closed. The hills were a much better option.
We bought a lot of trinkets, catching up on retail therapy. We connected with Daughter's friends from her travels in India. We visited Sarangkot to see the early sunrise over the Annapurnas.
We walked the Phewa Lake.
It became virtually impossible to catch a taxi or bus again because the walking was so good. Everywhere was something different. Even all the shops that seemed to sell the same wares - the merchandise, the atmosphere (usually without power), the charm & attitude of the sales people, "Where are you from? I have a brother/uncle/cousin who lives there. You are my first customer today. It's bad for me to let you go without making a sale. What's your best price? Would you like a cup of masala tea?"
After a few days we decided it might be a better plan to return to Kathmandu in case of a further strike, because we had planes to catch & didn't want to miss them. We booked a bus. The plane fare to Pokhara cost approx $90US. The bus fare back cost $4.50Aus.
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