Pokhara Journals

Reach for the sky in Pokhara

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A November 2001 trip to Pokhara by Ozzy-Dave

Pokhara and surrounds Photo, Pokhara, Nepal More Photos
Quote: Pokhara is Nepal’s oasis. Saluted by weary trekkers and embraced by jaded travellers, this peaceful, atmospheric, lakeside town serves a menu of leisure activities and meditative diversions to a backdrop of the world’s highest mountains. Here, the days can easily roll into weeks …

Reach for the sky in Pokhara

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Overview

Pokhara and surrounds Photo, Pokhara, Nepal
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Pokhara greets visitors with a sunny smile and cosmopolitan confidence that immediately sets the benchmark for relaxation. Discovered by the hippie culture of the 1970s, the town has adopted that psyche as its own, and even today the legend survives, albeit a little tamer.Against a canvas of 26,000-foot mountains, you’ll hear plenty of Bob Marley; smell acres of ganja; taste everything except dal bhat; and enjoy extraordinary cultural diversity.1. Slip off your shoes in one of Pokhara’s hilltop monasteries and join the locals in a celebration of Buddha.2. Visit with the Tibetans in Tashi Palkheil village, and discover life as a refugee.3. Reach for the sky...Read More

Pun Hill Guesthouse

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Hotel

Pun Hill Guesthouse Photo, Pokhara, Nepal
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You won’t find the Pun Hill Guesthouse mentioned in any guidebooks. Word of mouth, repeat business, and traveller recommendations keep this top-shelf mid-range property occupied through Pokhara’s tourist season. Here’s why:Reach for the skyThis morning, like every other for the last three days, I woke at 5am. This time I wasn’t disappointed. Rose-coloured light teased the shutters to our room, promising that elusive, memorable sunrise.Camera in hand and loaded with new film, I hurdled the stairs to the rooftop two at a time to be greeted with the best kind of smile. The entire eastern Annapurna range emerged from its slumber as the rising sun glowed salmon, kissing the peaks wit...Read More

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Pun Hill Guesthouse
Peaceful Road
Pokhara, Nepal
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The Peace Pagoda and the Marijuana Man

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Attraction

The Peace Pagoda and the Marijuana Man Photo, Pokhara, Nepal
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50 years in the makingLazing in the morning sun on the lawn of the Pun Hill guesthouse, Karen and I chat with a new friend, a schoolteacher from Sydney.It’s his fourth visit to Nepal and our first, and the topic turns to worthwhile local diversions."The Peace Pagoda is visible from the end of the road," he points."It’s a good walk to the top and the views will be excellent today. You know, it took ‘em 50 years to build that thing."The pagoda was the brainchild of a disillusioned Japanese man, Nishidathsu Fuji, whose mission to spread the word of peace brought him to the birthplace of Buddhism...Read More

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The Peace Pagoda and the Marijuana Man
Above Phew Tal
Pokhara, Nepal

SOS Children's Village - Chhorepatan

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Attraction

SOS Children's Village - Chhorepatan Photo, Pokhara, Nepal
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Foreign aid is a wonderful thing when it works. On this trip to Nepal, we had the privilege to witness this wonder in the best possible way – its effect on orphan children.SOS Children’s Villages was founded in 1968 by an Austrian man, Hermann Gmeiner, to improve social infrastructure and facilities in needy areas and to realise his dream: that one day all the world’s children would have a home.We visited two villages in Nepal: one in Sanothimi, near Bhaktapur in the Kathmandu Valley, and this one in Pokhara. It was an emotional experience, one best left to a ...Read More

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SOS Children's Village - Chhorepatan
Damside
Pokhara, Nepal

The Nepal I Love

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Attraction

The Nepal I Love Photo, Pokhara, Nepal
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Pokhara’s natural beauty is awesome, but linger a while and you’ll discover an abundance of cultural attractions that enhance the atmosphere of peace and relaxation.Leave your shoes at the doorNyeshang Korti Monastery occupies a hilltop east of the main centre. On most days around 4pm, the monastery gathers for prayers and we are invited into the temple to sit with the monks as they chant.Wide smiles greet us and, barefoot, we step through the orange-curtained door. Intricate patterns of flowers decorate the walls and colourful brocade ties spill from the ceiling, tumbling down carved columns. Incense wafts through the gompa as the monks chant. Cymbals crash, bells ring,...Read More

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The Nepal I Love
Various locations in the town district
Pokhara, Nepal

Tuesday's Bus

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Story/Tip

Dressed to impress Photo, Pokhara, Nepal
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Tuesday’s Busby Dave Underwood Wednesday morning was fine and cool. The sun emerged from behind the Annapurna mountain giants with authority, casting a warm glow over Pokhara. Today we'd travel to Bhaktapur, near Kathmandu, to stay with friends before leaving Nepal. It would be an eventful journey. Nepal is a land of contrasts with a range of transport options to match. We had travelled in buses with holes in the floor, in dugout canoes, on elephants, in rickshaws, and in tiny three-wheeled minibuses that sound like lawnmowers. But today Nepal would find a new experience for us - a parting gesture, a memento. At the bus park, people milled around a collect...Read More