MY JOURNEY TO POKHARA
Pokhara is approximately 204.5 km from Kathmandu. In order to explore Pokhara more, I decided to go straight to Pokhara from Kathmandu airport.
I took the 8:45 AM flight of Flydubai from Dubai to Kathmandu and I arrived at around 3 PM in Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. I have a Philippines passport, so I can get a visa on arrival at the airport. It was easy to get a visa from the airport as they have electronic registration machines that read your passport, take your photo, and prints out your completed form to be submitted to the immigration cashier.
I paid USD 25 for the 15 days visa. You can also pay it with other currencies such as EUR, CHF, GBP, AUD, CAD, HKD, SGD, and JPY. I just have USD with me always just in case I needed it.
It took me 2 hours to get my visa, to pay for my visa and to get my bag. You need loads of patience in queuing at the immigration as there are lots of travelers and there is only 3 staff at the immigration cashier.
As soon as I got out from the airport, I took a taxi from the airport to Kalanki Bus Park and I paid around 700 rupees. I didn’t want to haggle because I was tired. Haha. The tourist bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara leaves every 7 AM every day. It was already 5 pm so I have no choice but to take the local bus. It was pretty cheap, I only paid 600 rupees.
I arrived Pokhara at 1:30 AM the following day. Haha! I know, it was a shitty journey, but I slept during the entire bus ride. I sleep a lot, it’s a gift. I think there were 2 stops for eating and for restroom breaks but I was asleep, so I didn’t go down from the bus.
As soon as I arrived Pokhara, I took a taxi to Pokhara Youth Hostel where I’m staying. It’s a nice hostel near Phewa Lake and the staff is very accommodating, they exceeded my expectations.
CHILLIN' IN POKHARA
I never really liked hiking. It’s not really my thing but most of the travelers that I met in Nepal went up hiking at Annapurna Circuit, Poon Hill, and Kanchenjunga. As for me, this is what I did in my holiday in Pokhara:
1. Watching the sunrise in Sarangkot
2. Enjoying the Boat ride at Phewa Lake
3. Enjoying amazing views of the Himalayas
4. Visit Barahi Temple
5. Drinking beer near the lake
6. Watch the sunset over the lake
If I had a few more days, then I could have tried the paragliding or ultra flight. Maybe next time, I’ll come back to Nepal for sure. It was fun traveling to Pokhara even though I traveled alone. I met lots of amazing people with diverse backgrounds and they had lots of stories to tell about their adventures in the Himalayas. Maybe one day, I’ll be brave enough to hike up there.
Thanks for reading and I hope you will put Pokhara on your Bucket List! It’s really worth it! : )