Air travel cancellations and delays
Maybe a danger or warning tip??? I may just duplicate it there...
Pokhara Airport's relative lack of technical infrastructure and a nasty ridge/hill to the south in the flight/take-off path, makes the airport very prone to cancellations due to bad sight conditions, fog, rain etc. Sometimes they use the weather argument to cover up technical mishaps and no info available-situations as well.
Just bank on this - don't think you'll be able to connect with an international flight out of Kathmandu the same day.
Calculate the delay hours, and perhaps opt for the bus or taxi to KTM instead.
While in Pokhara, trekking is a must. Unfortunatelly my time was short and i couldn't do it, wich was very disapointing...i'm sure i'll return to do some trekking, for sure !!
Pokhara has a very nice weather and it's quite nice to relax, even if you're not on trekking, its a nice place to visit.
As i said before, stay a night in Sarankot, there's regular buses going up and down, everyday, ask for directions, the prices were tottaly cheap, around NR$ 20 / night (at the time, rate was US$ 1 = NR$ 75) for a simple but clean room.
Begnas Tal lake.
Less visited by tourists and a beautiful oasis of peace, the Begnas Tal lake is located 10 kms southeast of Phokara. We were the only visitors besides some local women practicing Nepalese dances in a an open construction near the lake shore. A perfect place to enjoy a half day on a rowboat or just relaxing under a tree.
On your way up to the view point, don't ignore Sarangkot Village. There are some pretty houses and terraced fields, and lots of friendly locals to sell you food and drink, and trinkets should you want any - there are lots of local handicrafts to choose from, the yak's wool blankets in particular are lovely (we didn't buy one from here, but did get one from Lakeside later!).
Pokhara - once is not enough
"A beautiful place"
Pokhara is only a 22 min flight from Kathmandu, but it feels like a different world. It is tranquil, serene, friendly, beautiful and a lot more.
The Anapurna Mountains create the most beautiful backdrop for this popular city. The setting is further complimented by Phewa Tal (Lake Fewa), a mirror for the snow-capped mountain peaks.
People are very friendly and welcoming.
Once is not enough, I will have to go back, as I did not get the chance to do and see everything I wanted to.
We stayed at the Lakeside, Hotel Fewa, which contributed to the wonderful time we had in Pokhara.
"What to do and see"
Take a relaxing boat ride on Phewa Tal and enjoy the beautiful scenery
Sarangkot at sunrise for an experience you will not easily forget
Enjoy the nightlife in Pokhara (although everything stops at 10h30 - 11h00)
Visit Devi Falls
As I said, I need to re-visit, as there are many things I still need to do and see, like trekking, the World Peace Pagoda, The International Mountaineering Museum, and Bengal Tal, to mention a few.