Through the bus window
My 6-hour bus journey from Kathmandu to Pokhara was interesting, fun and quite terrifying at times. Although taking a plane is an alternative worth considering for those who are pressed for time, if you are not suffering from a motion sickness and want to see more of the countryside or you simply travel on a tight budget it is the best option to make your way to the Western Hills.
Prithvi Highway that connects two cities has an opinion of the world’s riskiest roads. I was able to see some its dangers through the bus window. Leaving the Kathmandu Valley behind was a huge relief as it meant that all the extreme ascending and descending of the bus was not turning my fellow passengers faces green any longer. By then everyone got used to the steepness of the hills and either emptied their stomachs into disposable plastic bags or like myself, accepted the fact that it will be a bumpy ride.
We were passing by small towns with its lively shops and peaceful temples, overtaking other buses with locals travelling on the roof and going through picturesque villages. Very often the roadsides were full of people selling a variety of fruits. Whenever the bus slowed down due to the traffic jam, someone appeared near the window trying to sell us some sort of snacks or refreshments. I was only tempted by Nepali tea taking to my heart the advice I received in Kathmandu that I should stay away from the street food. I only regret I could not take pictures of some of the road signs and posters, the colours, design and typography were incredible.
The lakeside gem
By the time I arrived in Pokhara I was fairly tired but the stunning views had an uplifting effect on me. I dropped off my backpack at the hotel and grabbed my camera to make the most of a scenic Phewa Lake. Sadly on that particular afternoon the view of the Himalayas, Annapurna and Manaslu ranges was obstructed but even without seeing the peeks I admired these spectacular surroundings. I recommend taking a boat to Tal Barahi Temple located on the lake and enjoy few peaceful moments looking at the kayakers and rafters against the setting sun.
After a long flight from Barcelona via Doha, a busy day in Kathmandu and the Prithvi Highway experience I decided to have another one of sweet and spicy teas and end my day with an evening walk by the lakeside. Posting cards, buying souvenirs and exploring Pokhara’s bars with live music had to wait until I was back from my trek.