Photographer's Note

I often refer to hard work I witnessed in Nepal but this is the second upload showing an elderly local man enjoying a lazy afternoon… :-)

In my last post I described two alternative routes to walk to the World Peace Pagoda from Pokhara. On my last day in the Pokhara Valley I hired a boat to cross the lake Phewa and walked up a steep path leading to the top of the mountain ridge surrounding the lake.

Near the top, by the path, is the Lychee Team Rooms, a café and a guesthouse. I stopped there for a cup of kagati ciya (lemon tea) and to photograph the panoramic views of the lake from above. I could not understand how that place could serve as tourist accommodation. It’s quite a walk away from the town and there is no road for vehicles (even as small and light as motorbikes) to reach it. The owner of the place explained that if you book a room and let them know the time of your arrival, they will pay for a boat to bring you across the Phewa and then will carry your luggage up the steep path all the way to the guesthouse. So no lazy afternoons for them during the tourist season. But it was December and they didn’t have many guests.

“Why don’t you stay for one night?”, he asked.

I explained that it was my last evening in Pokhara and I was leaving the next morning.

“Maybe next time”, I added.

“Everyone says ‘next time’”, he didn’t sound very convinced. He was right. During my second stay in Nepal, 15 months later, I concentrated on the parts of the country that had been affected by the earthquake in April 2015. I never visited Pokhara again.

Maybe next time.

Additional photos in WS.

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