Pokhara, Nepal, January 2017: Nepal is like a drug I guess, some kind of an addiction. Its no surprise then that I’ve ended up here in Pokhara once again, the third year running and about the 6th visit. I shall be here until early April before heading off to South Korea, Malaysia and Thailand.
So why Pokhara and particularly in January?
No Tourists:: Well, that’s not strictly true. A handful of hardcore trekkers are in town but not enough to say the place is overrun with marauding Westerners (as will be the case later) and thus January then is considered the low season.
Climate: its the perfect time of year – cool and cozy by night, warm and sunny by day with zero humidity.For those of us with Northern European origins the place is positively tropical! Yes, that depletion of vitamin D we have endured the last few months can be quickly replenished along with a nice tan!
Cheap: Without doubt Pokhara is among the cheapest destinations on the planet and rolling up in January one has the pick of accommodation with the benefit of some discounting. Stay a few weeks or like me, 3 months it it can be cheaper still.
Quiet: If like me your not the party animal you once were then good news – its all over early. yes, by 11 PM they’re all packed up and in bed or huddled around little fires as the temperature drops to about 5 Deg C. So, if your not a big fan of boom boom base raging all hours of the night then Pokhara is a great place for some great sleep.
Scenic: Pokhara has a Lake, is close to hills and within a weeks hike of the Annapurna mountain range. If like me, your not into long arduous hikes up mountains but would still like to see those snow capped peaks then Pokhara in January is the place to be. Plenty of clear days offering stunning and dramatic mountain views – best observed early mornings before city pollution takes effect.
Clean: Yes, its true. Amazingly for a developing nation the place is pretty clean, not perfect but at the same time they’re not wallowing in piles of garbage. Its fair to say third world governments on the whole pay little attention to garbage disposal policies, but the folks here in Pokhara have a pretty good grip on the situation.
So, for a relaxing stay, with outstanding value for money come on over to Pokhara and enjoy some stunning scenery.
NEXT: How I got here and a breakdown of the costs so far…..