We had an enjoyable stay in Pokhara. However the weather was extremely disappointing, as we did not see the mountain range at all – not a glimpse. It is supposed to be one of the most beautiful locations in
, but we cannot attest to that! Nepal
|Terraced Fields Toward Kathmandu|
|Team Working the Fields|
This morning we were on the “road again”. We know how rough the roads are so we are not looking forward to the three hour drive to where the Manakamana cable car is located. The
We are beginning to take all schedules and times of drives with a grain of salt. First we never leave at the appointed time and it always takes longer to get someplace than stated! We arrived later than anticipated at the cable car. The car does not run from so we needed to hurry to get up and down before the service stopped for the noon hour. We still have another 3 hour drive before we get to a village east of
Kathmandu, where we will be for the night.
The view from the cable car was wonderful. At the top there were crowds and hawkers of everything. We quickly walked 6 minutes to the temple. On the way we saw goats and chickens for sale; we saw people walking their goats to the temple, and we saw dead goats in plastic bags coming away from the temple. What sights!! We did not linger, and we made it back down on the cable car before they closed for the hour.
Now we are off for
|More Dried Fish|
|Eating Nepal Style - With Hands|
At the Royal Singi Hotel we said goodbye to the Rotarians who have been hosting us the past few days. Arrangements have been made for a vehicle and driver to take us 32 km to Nagarkot – a village at the top of a mountain. Nagarkot only exists because of the views of the
|Local Strip Mall|
|Truck in the Ditch|
|Road to Nagarkot|
|Camp Himalaya Resort|
|Balcony off Room|
We arrived in Nagarkot just before sunset. We did not go directly to our rooms, but up on the roof top terrace. The sunset was beautiful,
AND we did get a glimpse of the tops of several mountains, so now we know they are there!! Thank goodness we scheduled the mountain flight and that it was clear on that day. The best time for the clearest views is between Oct and March. We are hoping for clear skies in the morning however we are not getting out hopes too high.
We had a lovely evening meal in the restaurant. Cal & I often split a meal which we did tonight and then had a dessert.
We asked the front desk for a 4:45 wake up call as that is the time we need to get up to see the sun rise. The hotel offers morning tea on the rooftop terrace while guests are watching the sunrise. However, before we went to bed, we noticed from our balcony a heavy fog was settling in the valley below. Weather would have to really change for a clear sunrise.