Pokhara, Nepal – The Ultimate Place For Relaxation

Pokhara, Nepal

Photograph courtesy of Angeli C. Picazo (November 10, 2012)

Pokhara in Nepal is the ultimate place to go if you want a vacation filled with relaxation. I have travelled different parts of the world but nothing beats Pokhara with its spectacular snowy peaks, majestic greenery and serene lakes. The majestic Annapurna is the perfect backdrop for the major lakes, Phewa, Rupa and Begnas. Pokhara owes its popularity to the enchanting Phewa Lake with the thriving resort town that is the destination of many tourists. Visitors who want to enjoy the bewitching beauty of Pokhara can stay at hotels with their own restaurants, bars and boutique shops. We rented a boat to visit the famed temple of Barahi that is located right in the middle of the lake.

In recent years, Pokhara has gained a lot of popularity among adventurers, who want to paraglide or trek on the mountains of Annapurna. Annapurna is where some of the most popular treks are offered but instead of the long trails, we chose the shorter treks on the Annapurra Conservation Area that were offered for amateurs trekkers. Annapurna is one of the most dangerous mountains and it is only for professionals. The town of Pokhara serves as the starting point for the treks that offer a lot of cultural experience.

Trekking the Annapurna Conservation Area is easy because there are villages along the way with incredibly diverse scenery of mountains and lowland villages. The entire trekking area is inhabited and the villagers were friendly and helpful.

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Photograph courtesy of Angeli C. Picazo (November 10, 2012)

Why is the house round? Built from stone and clay plaster, round houses are claimed to survive earthquakes and other disasters. According to the villagers, round houses are warmer and stronger to withstand winds but accommodating modern furniture and appliances will be a problem. Each year, the round house is repainted in time for the Dasain festivals that are held in late September or early October. In preparation for the festival, every home is cleaned, repainted and decorated so that the house will be blessed with good fortune. However, building of round houses is now becoming a lost art.