After arriving in Kathmandu from Biratnagar, we were welcomed with Kathmandu being closed (bandha). After we got off our plane and got our suitcases, we were told that Kathmandu was closed. Luckily, we happened to be the first people that a very kind taxi driver approached. He told us that we didn’t have much time to make it out of the Airport so we half-heartedly loaded our luggage onto the taxi. The driver navigated us through a big traffic jam of cars trying to leave the airport. Outside the airport, I saw a sight to be beheld. There were over 100 police officers shoving cars away from the road to clear it. Many YCL (Young Communist League) members were attempting to throw rocks and beer bottles at outbound cars. Luckily, we escaped unscathed. As I saw those events unfold, I thought about how tourists and visitors would think of Nepal. I was kinda disappointed at the behavior of people in my home country. Hopefully, It’ll get better. Due to the dangers of driving on the main road that day, our taxi driver used a series of small hidden roads to get us back home. When we arrived home safely, we were very thankful and breathed a sigh of relief.
After getting some rest and spending some time in Kathmandu, we got ready to drive to Pokhara. We drove along with my uncle. As we drove on the “highway”, I saw the real natural beauties of Nepal. Along the road, one could see majestic mountains, valleys, hills, and waterfalls as far as the eye could see. The “highway” that we traveled on was actually very well paved compared to Kathmandu’s roads. After a four hour drive (luckily, we didn’t get caught in traffic), we arrived at our hotel in Pokhara. I couldn’t judge Pokhara just yet because it was very dark, so I just anticipated the best. The hotel was very nice and clean. Unfortunately, we got drenched in rain on our way to our room. The following day, we started our sightseeing in Pokhara. Our first stop was the famous and well-acclaimed Devis Falls. It was raining all day and we were soaked. Luckily, the rain intensified the force of Devis Falls. The view was spectacular. One could wonder where all that water goes, as it just disappears under your feet. After seeing the falls, we bought some Umbrellas (they were very necessary). After wandering around the city, looking at the beautiful white Seti River and some temples, we went canoeing in Fewa Taal Lake. We took a trip around the beautiful lake. It was a very clean lake, unlike what most people had said. We took some pictures and gandered at the views. Afterwards, we grabbed some Lunch at the Fewa park restaurant. Let me tell you, that place is terrible. If you are in the Pokhara area, don’t eat there. As our final destination, we visited the Bindhyabasini temple. Upon completing our prayers, we headed over to my dad’s friend’s house for dinner. We enjoyed our time there and had a nice meal before we left. We went back to our hotel and fell asleep after a long (and wet) day.
The following day, it was time to leave. Before we left, we thought about visiting the famous Fulbari Resort just outside of Pokhara. Unfortunately, due to Nepal’s poor signage and lack of street names, we weren’t able to locate the resort. We decided to stop looking for it as it would be a waste of time. Our drive back to Kathmandu wasn’t as pleasant as when we came to Pokhara. Slow trucks and slow drivers plagued us and it took about five hours to get in Kathmandu. Unfortunately, Kathmandu was even worse. We were stuck in a traffic jam for about one hour before finally making it back home. My trip to Pokhara was a very enjoyable experience. Pokhara was much cleaner and a lot prettier than most cities in Nepal. It was definitely a place worth visiting and I would go back again.
TO BE CONTINUED…