|Phewa Tal, Pokhara|
Pokhara Sub-Metropolitan City is the third largest city ofNepal after Kathmandu and biratnagar respectively with area 55.22 km2 andpopulation of 264,991  inhabitants and is situated about 200 km west of the capital Kathmandu. It serves as the headquarters of Kaski District, GandakiZone and the Western Development Region. Pokhara is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Nepal. Three out of the ten highest mountains in theworld — Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I and Manaslu — are situated within 30 miles(linear distance) of the city, so that the northern skyline of the city offersa very close view of the Himalayas. Due to its proximity to the Annapurnamountain range, the city is also a base for trekkers undertaking the AnnapurnaCircuit through the ACAP region of the Annapurna ranges in the Himalayas.
we agreed to meet Durga at 2pm, for the boating trip. we went back to our room at Yeti Hotel. a nice budget hotel, but a bit far from the lakeside town centre. the surrounding was great, it even has a small garden, where you can have your breakfast there. (we did on the next morning..hehe)
|The Balcony/Common Area|
|Buddhist Praying Flags - owner dia penganut buddha|
|In front of the room|
|the small garden|
|the hotel info-board|
it was 1pm already and we went out looking for lunch. not much info about halal restaurant/food that i managed to gauge. apparently, none so far. we walk along the road and made stops at any decent-look eateries, reading the menu etc. upon deciding where to eat. 'ah...this is the moment to start eating fish or practicing vegetarian', i said to myself. hehe.
The Restaurant - bile la plak waiter dia enterframe..
|You are connected!|
i ordered nepalese vegetarian set, while friend was having the fish-fried rice. oh..the orange juice was too sweet for my taste, btw.
|Nepalese Veg. Set - Rice, Dhal-baat, Spicy Chutney, Pickle, Yogurt & Dhal Cracker (Papadom)|
#tabahla aku nak jadi vegetarian next few days neh...
|Fish Fried Rice|
Phewa Tal ...
we went back to the hotel, and saw Durga already waiting for us. we went back to the room as i wanted to bring my camera bag and tripod etc. to the lake. i asked Durga, how far is the lake-side from the hotel. he said it was just a short walking distance. we just followed him, and he walked quite fast, and we were always left behind, not only just because of his pace, but because we walked leisurely, taking pictures etc.
finally, we arrived the lake-side town..and it was quite big and lively..i mean there were lot of shops selling trekking gears, souvenirs and also eateries.
|Pokhara Lake Side Town|
|Pokhara Lake Side Town|
after almost 30 minutes, we finally arrived at the Phewa Tal lake side. it seemed a busy day there as we saw a lot of local tourists etc. waiting the turn to get on to the boat etc., while the street vendors all over the place. but it was not that hectic, and i still could stomach the ambient. i didn't do any survey on the things sold there, as Durga seemed on a rush, asking us to decide on the boating trip etc.i thought we had to row the boat by ourselves, but i was relieved to know that there was option to hire a rower.
the prices for the boating are as below, and we took option 2 and paid extra for the life jackets.
|Locals waiting for the boat trip to the temple|
|Temple on the island in the middle of the lake|
#tak payah kot nak sibuk2 join orang nk feeling2 neh. hehe
|Our guide - Durga|
anyway, the view was not that impressive as what i thought i.e. with the mountains as background etc. , due to the hazy/misty air of the lake.it was gloomy day at the lake.in fact, it was raining (lightly) as we left the place. but the tranquility, at least beat everything. i mean...only the sounds of the rower paddling the boat, and sometimes the birds, filled the air, and let us dwell in our own moment.
#okeh. sgt feeling.#kadang tu bunyi orang ramai2 pegi temple memecah kesunyian gaks.
|a lone boat in Phewa Tal|
|The mountains are missing... Phewa Tal, Pokhara|
we done with the boating, and then told Durga that we'd be staying for a while and going back to the hotel by ourselves. he seemed ok (of course..as didn't have to babysit us..). i saw the colourful boats, and reminds me the trademark-photo of Phewa Tal (Lake), that everybody...i mean everybody with cameras loved to replicate. so did us. hehe. but because of the weather and view weren't that good, i was not quite satisfied with the outcome. yes..i did set up the tripod and shooting with my ND, but the gloomy day didn't do justice on the hardwork. ouch.
|Boats at Phewa Tal, Pokhara|
you can opt to rent the boat from 'independent' owners too. , but it is better to go at the counter etc.
|Boats for rent - Phewa Tal|
R&W entry on sight seeing and losing sight gave me a nudge, and recalling my moments during this trip. how and why some people decided to be at a strange land longer etc. i saw few westerners, wandering at the lake side, seating and enjoying the calmness of the lake, having a chat with the locals etc. eavesdropping - some of them had been in pokhara for weeks.probably this is about staying within the sight. :)
i was greeted by a tibetan lady who was selling the hand-made jewellery/accessories, and i made a stop and was actually plan to take her pictures and the artwork she was selling. but i bargained more, we had a long chat. a friendly old lady, and she could speak and understand english, and shared with us a bit about her stories, as a tibetan refugee, selling stuff etc. we bought keychains from her in the end. i insisted to take her pictures and the artwork, and she had no objection etc. she was happy to meet 'nice' people like us, as she quoted. (we only bought 2 cheap keychains actually...not much to please her materially.)
#tak prasan nice okeh.
we left her and walked toward the other side, and saw there were few stalls selling food and drinks actually. but we didn't stop, as it started to rain, lightly.
|Stalls at the lake side, Phewa Tal|
we made our way back to the hotel, passing the lake-side town again. ah..i made a stop at one of the shops that selling the trekking gear, and bought a reversible fleece (North Face) for 799 rupee (rm27). it was darn cheap! and the quality, despite obviously a fake/grade AAA copy, was excellent and served me well for the next few days.
Pokhara Halal Food Land
do you believe in destiny?
hehe. we found the Halal Restaurant in Pokhara! btw..we didn't stop for dinner as we had to go back to the hotel to meet Durga for the briefing on the trekking. we ate here few days later, after coming back from the trekking trip.
anyway. here are some info and tips about the place.
1. it was recently opened, as told by the manager. i think he mentioned just 3 months, hence explain the un-popularity of the place on the map etc.
2. if you want to go here, try to find Lake Way Mini Mall. the restaurant is inside the building.
|Look for this place - Lake Way Mini Mall|
|Pokhara Halal Food Land|
|Inside the restaurant|
|Inside the restaurant|
Dinner at Bella Cafe, Pokhara
we left the town, and met Durga for a briefing on the trekking program for the next few days. it turned out not as my expectation. i mean i thought he was going to share us the route, check our equipment etc. as that was what i read from others experience. it should had been a full briefing or something, but despite, Durga was just shortly told us about tomorrow's plan, then asked us what do we want to know etc. hmm..well we did ask him about the clothes , the sleeping bag rental etc. but he just left me with the impression that, we should've known things etc. when i asked about the porter etc. as i was worried that he'd be the one carrying the bags etc. , he just told me not to worry about those logistics matters etc. fine then...
#pakcik neh satu suke main redah masuk bilik dengan kasut2 dia. aishh.
done with briefing, and we went out again for dinner. but since the halal restaurant was a bit far from our hotel, we decided to eat at Bella Cafe, which located just stroll away from the hotel. in fact it was started to rain that night, so we didn't want to go far etc.
dinner was good, especially in cold weather. but this time, i decided no dhal-bhaat. instead we ordered fried-rice and add-on vegetable curry and plain omelette to accompany.
|Candle light dinner la plak...@ Bella Cafe|
|Sejuk2 minum ice lemon tea .. @Bella Cafe|
|the fried rice, the omelette and the vegetable curry|
it was raining in Pokhara, perfecto...
#tidur dengan lena menunggu hari esok...