Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Slowing Down in Pokhara

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

“Imagine a perfect triangular mountain, capped by snow and buffeted by the icy winds of the Himalaya. Imagine a millpond calm lake, perfectly reflecting the snowy peaks. Now imagine a village on the lakeshore, thronged by travelers and reverberating to the sound of ‘om mani padme hum’ from a hundred shops selling prayer flags, carpets, masks, singing bowls and CDs of Buddhist mantras. That’s Pokhara.” (lonelyplanet.com)

If the Himalaya are the rooftop to the world, then Pokhara has prime position on its front porch, from where it rocks away contentedly beneath the serene guard of the Annapurna mountain range.” (lonelyplanet.com)

The name of the town itself sounds excitingly exotic: Pokhara, with its hard ‘k’ and trilled ‘r,’ conjures mystery and adventure, a combination I find hard to resist. And when I caught my first glimpse of this Nepali town, I knew that it's my kind of place.

Still dizzy from rushing from one temple to another in psychedelic Kathmandu Valley, we flew to Pokhara where we got our bearings back.  Its soothing, laid-back atmosphere gave us the perfect reason to stay, slow down and practically do nothing.  Unhampered by the fetters of a guidebook or an itinerary, we were free to lose our way in the old village; we had time to go around on foot instead of public transport; we could afford to take pleasure in the daily power outages by idling our time in the balcony, watching the Himalayas play hide and seek with the clouds. It is in Pokhara that I realized that it is really more satisfying to have an unhurried experience of one place than a rushed taste of several. 

Lakeside, where we whiled away the time, is settled along the serene waters of sparkling Phewa Tal

8 comments:

Kayni said...

wow...i think my next trip won't involve a lot of trains or swinging from one town to another. i'd really like a slow and do nothing trip.

Angeli said...

kayni, do you feel at times like you need a vacation after your vacation? sometimes i do. nakakapagod kasi. that's why slow, lazy travel can be truly rewarding. :)

Loree said...

I love slow, lazy travel but my husband is the complete opposite. I always need another vacation after visiting any place with him. BTW thanks for the book suggestion.

Arti said...

Its beautiful! Must have been a heavenly experience for sure. Himalayas have always fascinated me and I can never get enough of them.
Have a lovely day Angeli :)

Ramesh Ghimire said...

Hello Namaste I am Ramesh from Hotel Splendid View Pokhara. Thank you very much for your review about Nepal
Ramesh Ghimire
Hotel Splendid View Pokhara Nepal
Ph. 00977-9856033231

Angeli said...

you are welcome, ramesh. we truly had a great stay at Hotel Splendid View. :)

Ramesh Ghimire said...

and Thank you very much for your review on the Tripadvisor.It is just published today. hehe

Ramesh Ghimire said...

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