January 2019 – Travelling to Nepal to see out the winter before heading south once again towards equatorial Asia. Please tune in to my random jottings as I venture across Southeast Asia.

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Welcome to Another Random Jotting from Backpacker Paul!

Nepal – Daily Snapshot, Tuesday

Pokhara, Nepal, March 2019: Effortless mountain viewing from the Pokhara suburb of Lakeside. At dusk the surrounding air fills with an eerie quietness as distant mountain mistiness forms. Then the peace is shattered as flocks of birds perched on the jungles edge shrill to claim their roosting spots.

Nepal – Daily Snapshot, Monday

Pokhara, Nepal, March 2019: Head to the hills and take a look at Nepal’s rural life. Monuments and temples, even schools can be found just about an hours hike from Pokhara. Personally, Id take a bus up and hike down!

 

Travel Nepal Pokhara

Travel Nepal Pokhara

Nepal – Daily Snapshot, Sunday

Pokhara, Nepal, March 2019: Bounded by hills to the south and the Himalayan mountains to the north, Pokhara can be described as a sprawling east-west mass along the valley floor. There is little to excite the architectural enthusiast here and after an hour or 2 of urban exploration one feels the need to escape the overwhelming pollution, the constant honking and the seemingly forever locals habit of spitting. Lakeside then is an oasis on the edge of Suburbia. Pokhara downtown isn’t particularly nice, and that’s the brutal truth!

Elevated views of Pokhara from nearby hills… 

Nepal – Daily Snapshot, Saturday

Pokhara, Nepal, March 2019: Fewa lake, a popular destination for Nepal’s domestic tourists and some animals to. Situated on the western edge of Pokhara city and  bounded by Himalayan hills the place boasts some pretty nice scenery. Nice and peaceful weekdays but come the afternoon on weekends the peace is shattered as Nepali families enjoy their leisure time.

 

 

Nepal – Daily Snapshot, Thursday

Pokhara, Nepal, March 2019: I thoroughly recommend flying into or out of Pokhara airport. The road trip between Kathmandu and Pokhara is just about on the limits of most travellers endurance threshold. After 6 years of back and forth, bumping along the Prithivi Highway weaving between the endless lines of construction  trucks and risky overtaking, I’m more inclined to splash out on the $115 plane ticket!

Nepal – Daily Snapshot, Wednesday

Pohkara, Nepal, March 2019: Himalayan mornings, arguably the best time of the day to enjoy some peace and quiet. This morning I woke up at 6 to find the sun was almost above the horizon. By the time I got some tea and fetched my camera, well, just see for yourself…

From the hotel roof, Lakeside…

 

Nepal – Daily Snapshot, Tuesday

Pokhara, Nepal, March 2019: The hills and mountains of Nepal have such a calming effect. The stresses of modern life are dispensed with, at least for a while as the calm and peaceful environment seeps into ones mind. This tranquil setting leaves visitors awestruck and just wanting more!

Sarangkot and Pokhara…

Nepal – Annapurna Avalanche, Bodies Recovered

Pokhara, Nepal March 2019: Sad news from the Annapurna’s this past weekend as 2 persons reported missing last week have been found. The bodies of a Dutch national and a Nepali have been recovered from an Avalanche in the Annapurna region of the Himalayas. This brings the recent death toll to 5 following 3 paragliding fatalities near Pokhara, where there is now a restriction in place for foreign solo paragliding pilots.

https://thehimalayantimes.com/nepal/two-dead-in-manang-avalanche/

Dutch National Body Recovered From Avalanche

 

Nepal -Daily Snapshot, Monday

Pokhara, Nepal March 2019: Flying into Nepal is an adventure in itself! After catching a nap on the overnight Turkish Airlines Airbus from Istanbul, one awakens to an eyeful of mountains. For about 2 hours the aircraft tracks adjacent to the Himalayas from Northern Pakistan through to the final approach into Kathmandu. As the plane descends ever closer to those hills so the air becomes turbulent – better buckle up.

Scenery on the way into Kathmandu…

 

Nepal – Daily Snapshot, Sunday

Pokhara, Nepal, March 2019: The hills surrounding Pokhara are dotted with villages, hamlets and farmsteads. With just an hour or two of hiking one can see how life in the hills is played out – dairy farming, vegetable terraces and of course tourists, all in the shadow of thee Annapurna mountain range.