After nine days in Nepal we finally came back home last night at 4 in the morning. I still haven’t really decided how I will post about our trip so I will just start at the beginning . . .
We arrived in Kathmandu on the 17th. Our plan was just to hang out around the hotel near the airport because the next day we were flying to Pokhara. For those of you who like maps here is one to help you get your bearings:
So as you can see that’s India to the south and China to the north (well, really its Tibet to the north but Tibet is now part of China). If you can find Kathmandu that’s where we flew into and kind of north-west from there is Pokhara. Now its either a 6-8 hour drive on side of the mountains. We’ve heard that the drive is pretty terrifying so we opted for the 40 minute airplane ride instead. But, back to Kathmandu. After arriving we met Dinesh who runs his own trekking, hiking, sight-seeing, tourism company called Osho. He showed us around the Thamel area of Kathmandu and we scheduled to have a full day tour of Kathmandu when we would return on Christmas. We then headed over to our hotel – the Hotel Maharaja Palace:
Now don’t get me wrong – the people who ran the Hotel Maharaja Palace were so kind, our night there however was a bit difficult. In Kathmandu the power goes out a lot – well all of Nepal the power is constantly going out. Sometimes its for 5 minutes, sometimes its for hours. Well this night the power went off numerous time for many hours and the generator wasn’t strong enough to keep the heat going – or maybe the heater was broken we never really figured that out. So with it going down to 35 degrees Fahrenheit we were very very cold. We put on a ton of layers and shivered through the night. I don’t know if you can tell in the picture but we only had that one pink blanket to sleep with, not extra sheets or blankets and I’m not really sure when they were last washed. It was a bad night to say the least. Also, Kathmandu is really polluted. Because it is in the valley and is a city of 1 million, the pollution from cars, kitchens, and burning garbage cannot make it over the surrounding mountains. It’s really difficult to breathe the air and there is trash everywhere – in the road and clogging the rivers. So the next morning we were happy to be on our way to Pokhara:
After arriving in Pokhara we were taken to our hotel the beautiful Hotel Landmark Pokhara. It was a warm welcome after Kathmandu – the air was clean, the lake was beautiful, and the hotel was gorgeous.
We decided to walk down by the water and scout out the lakeside area. Plus it was 1:30 in the afternoon and we were ready to find a place for lunch.
The mountains, forests, and lake were a such a wonderful sight for these sore desert eyes.
After walking around for a while we found this great organic cafe. Scott got black tea and a muffin (the generator was out so that meant no coffee), and I got rosemary tea with a cinnamon roll (of course the cinnamon roll was not as good as my grandma’s – after all of my travels I can confidently say that she has the best cinnamon rolls on the planet!!).
We then went back to the hotel to just relax and slow the day down. The sunset was pretty great.
After eating and relaxing we of course had to grab some local brews for a taste test!