THE ROAD TO POKHARA
DATE: 11 MARCH 2017
On Saturday morning we started our drive to Pokhara around 8 am with Ramesh at the wheels. Our guide for the trip, Raj, was picked up along the way a few minutes later. Once we left the city, Ramesh took a short cut through a village to avoid the dusty main road. After may be 20 minutes, we were back on the main road to Pokhara again. This road runs along the hillside, fairly narrow, winding and not so smooth. It is the only road that connects Kathmandu and Pokhara, and as expected it is a busy highway congested with lorries and buses.
Just passed the Trishuli Bridge in Mugling we broke the journey for a lunch break at Marshyangdi Fish Corner. We were served heapfuls of rice with freshwater fish (cooked like the Malaysian Asam Pedas), vegetables, fresh salad, dhall and pickle.
It was a scenic drive with views of terraced hillsides, villages, farms, rivers and white peaks in the background. There had been a protest that day and at some point we were travelling under police escort. Along the way, we were stopped and delayed twice due to some unfortunate incidences between the locals and some travellers.
The distance between Kathmandu and Pokhara is only 200 km, but it was nearly 4 pm when we checked in at Hotel Pokhara View, Lakeside-6 near Fewa Lake. Ramesh had to drive back to Kathmandu the same evening. That would have been a daunting task for me, but I guess he is able to handle it.
On our return journey to Kathmandu on Wednesday, we stopped the driver, Sumo, several times to take photographs at scenic or interesting spots. A popular activity is river rafting. Though it was the dry season and the river was rather shallow, we spotted a group rafting along the Trishuli River. This is one scenic drive (the Kathmandu-Pokhara route) I’d recommend if you happen to be in Nepal.
SCENIC JOURNEY VIDEO:
My words will not do justice to the gorgeous countryside and the simple life of the humble Nepalese people. Thus, below is a gallery of photographs Nik and myself snapped along the way.