Pokhara is the second largest city of Nepal. It is close to the Annapurna mountain range so is a popular destination for backpackers, trekkers, and other tourists. My girlfriend and I visited in November and fell in love with an area called Lakeside. We developed such a deep bond with the place that we decided to come back.
This blog series will be taking you through my time in Pokhara from April 9th-April 17th. This is the third entry in the series. We decided to take a spontaneous trip to Chitwan so that part of the adventure is also covered here, albeit in far less detail.
Wednesday 13 April
Thursday 14 April
7pm. I had a photo for this one but have been advised it might be unwise to post it publicly. It was from a drinking game we were playing which I invented which, personally, I think is amazing. While I appreciate this game might seem a bit weird, I have faith that everyone else is just as evil as me at heart so I’ll share it with you. Basically, you go through your friends list on Facebook and every 3 people, you choose 1 to live and 2 to die. The other person then has to guess who you chose to survives. If they are wrong, they drink. If they get it right, you drink. Simple game but it’s pretty fun trying to work out who the other person would keep alive – both out of the people closest to them (as Facebook displays closest friends at the top of the list) and out of random people.
And so, with heavy hearts, we bid Pokhara farewell and set off into the unknown flat lands of the Terai. Specifically, we were headed for a guest house just outside of Chitwan National Park, the first national park of Nepal. It was established in 1973 and became a World Heritage Site in 1984. In sharp contrast to the valleys of Kathmandu and Pokhara, the Chitwan area is completely flat, very hot and humid, and contains a huge jungle full of a wide range of animals. It is probably not my most natural or comfortable place to be, but I figured it was a once in a life time opportunity, so I should definitely check it out.
The photos I took in Chitwan were not taken as disciplined as once an hour like in Pokhara because I spent most of the time there just sweating and trying not to suddenly blacken and turn into a a bag of kettle chips. I don’t want to make it sound like I didn’t enjoy it; I absolutely loved it. Here are some photos.
Friday 15 April
Saturday 23 April
Thus concluded the trip to Pokhara and Chitwan. Two places that will forever have a special place in my heart. I’m lucky enough to have the opportunity to be in Nepal until August and I will be taking full advantage so maybe I will post more of these kinds of blogs in the future. Over the next week, we will be back to the normal schedule (Wednesday and Saturday) and then I am off to do Annapurna Base Camp which is going to be insane. I will be covering that in the same fashion as this series. See you on Wednesday!