6th November 2014 – Pokhara, Nepal
The hippies and hikers merged nonchalantly here.And toasted each other over some thukpas and pegs.But I am neither a hippie, and I can’t even hike out of my own home.I am told, that I am more efficient with 2 wheels than with 2 legs.
I like Pokhara already. It has this sleepy, lazy touch to it, which appeals to me a lot. But there is one problem. I cannot stay here for more than a couple of days.
That’s because Pokhara is a hiker’s town. It is the base for beginning treks to the Annapurna base camp, and other major hiking circuits in Nepal. And the streets were adorned with shops selling or renting hiking gear. If there is one thing I don’t do, it is hike. I was never built for that, and I simply don’t have the patience for it. I actually feel more comfortable with the wheels of my motorbike, than my own legs.
Hence, I had to protect myself from all the temptations of other fellow travellers who kept persuading me into hiking one of the common trek routes. So, I stuck around near the Fewa Lake, which has some amazing views to be enjoyed in the early morning and around sunset. And I kept visiting most of the restaurants, cafes and bars in the Lakeside road, which is the road that runs parallel to the Fewa Lake.
Day one of staying away from a hike = successfully completed.