To say that the three of us landed in Nepal without a plan would be an understatement. The only plan we had in place was – Do what the locals suggest, and figure the rest as we go.
While we stayed at Rajendra’s BnB (see the previous post for link, if you wanna hit him up and stay at his house when you visit Nepal) in Kathmandu, we spent our time just getting to know the place, the people, and the vibe. What we got out of this was that the people in Nepal are extremely sweet and helpful, and the food is a mix of Tibetan, Indian and Bhutanese. A regular meal in Nepal would be Daal, Rice, and Tarkari (veggies). We visited a few places in Kathmandu, and it was a blast.
After Kathmandu, our next stop was Pokhara, where we lived right by the lakeside, which was an absolute dream. Giulia and I were dying to go for a swim, and finally, after months, we got the perfect opportunity. We spent 2 days in Pokhara (sigh. so so good) and 2 days in Dhampus (a village up, up and up from Pokhara, known for its great view of the Annapurna).
These three places in Nepal gave me a good enough idea of what must not be missed at all. Let me list them down, and if you have any more pointers to add on, do write to me so that I can keep them in mind for my next visit. (Oh yes, I am definitely going back)
So when you’re in Kathmandu…
Have breakfast at a local Nepali Dhaba
Visit the Swayambhu Temple
Check out the Boudhnath
Then, this is what we did the next 2 days in Pokhara –
Had a kickass breakfast at Phat Khat
Went bar hopping
In Pokhara, every bar has happy hours, which made us very very happy. This also explains why I don’t have a picture.
Shopped till we dropped
Pokhara is filled with little trinkets to buy everywhere. So you know what I mean. Since I was on a budget, I bought a little anklet (50 NPR) which I am never taking off.
Caught a fabulous performance by Aancod
Aancod (Abe) is a street musician who has been traveling and playing music wherever he can. Now mostly based in Korea, he specializes in looping and making funky versions of well-known songs. He got us dancing like nuts. At some point, we look out on the street and see a fire dancer, almost as if she was dancing along to Aancod’s beats as well!
Swam in the Phewa Lake
After that, you can –
Hike up to Dhampus
Be astounded by the beauty of the Annapurna Range
Make some amazing doggo friends
Cry at the thought of going back to India
I don’t want to add an ugly picture of myself, but you know what I mean 🙁
The best time to go to Nepal is September – October, so I guess I’ll see you guys there!