Majestic mountains and peaceful pagodas
Oh man.. Where to start with Pokhara? We originally booked just 2 nights but instantly added 2 more after seeing the lakeside and feeling the incredible kindness in what is still the most amazing hotel we have stayed in. Pokhara is a beautiful town 7 long hours away from Chitwan. On a clear day if you are lucky the Annapurna range is reflected in the lake and can be seen surrounding the town. Unfortunately we caught overcast days but it didn't stop is from exploring!
Our first quest was to hire a boat to go across the lake and take the hour long hike up to the Peace Pagoda. The hike was fantastic-going through tiny villages that provided spectacular views of the lake. At the top was a beautiful temple that was pretty crowded with school kids. After wandering around we found a cafe with a view and shared a pot of the best masala tea I've ever had!
Afterwards we decided to walk down in search of "Davis Falls", a place I had seen pictures of but had no idea how to find it. In true Nepal form, we found just one sign to guide us and the rest of the directions we got from locals as we crossed our fingers that they understood us. After a couple hours we found ourselves in the city. Crap. Surely we had passed the elusive falls. We were approached by a young boy who assured us the falls were just down the road... Yay! After a few blocks we were greeted by tons of tour buses and vans-a sure sign we were in the right place. The falls were very crowded but for a good reason. They are small set of falls that go into a seemingly bottomless cave. Exhausted from our unexpected long journey we grabbed a cab back and cozied up for some Nawari food.
Two days later we were ready to press our luck and hope for clear skies to watch the sunrise over the Himalayas from a nearby hill called "Sangrakot". Once again directions were vague. Something about getting a cab at 5 am, driving almost all the way up and walking 15 minutes or so in the dark to a viewpoint. 15 minutes turned into a very steep and confusing 40 minutes. We were close to sunrise and not at the top but had found a great spot to enjoy the view alone. It was nothing short of breathtaking. Fishtail mountain was right in front of us in all its glory as we watched more and more of the Himalayan range become visible as the sun rose. THIS is what being in Nepal is all about! After it warmed up a bit we got directions to the top and enjoyed the magnificent view. We had opted for a one way cab ride so we could hike down. It was super steep and at one point we had to trade an orange for directions. We passed a couple people headed up and I felt pretty sorry for them! Once we got to flat ground and the lakeside path we were surprised to see it was 11 am... we had been gone 6 hours!
After some coffee and breakfast we tucked in for a nap in or cozy room. The rest of the day was spent leasurly walking the town and drinking more great coffee.