Gods smile on Pokhara
Nov 25, 2016-
Every time I travel to Pokhara from Kathmandu, I am bowled over by its scenic beauty. The air is somehow fresher and there is so much greenery. Pokhara with its mountain ranges, lakes, waterfalls and caves is a beauty that you can’t take your eyes off. As soon as you enter Pokhara, you are welcomed by the Fishtail Mountain, the Annapurna range and the Dhaulagiri range. The view is arresting because, unlike Kathmandu with its fog and dust, Pokhara has clearer air. On cloudless days, you can see the mountains look upon you from their towering heights. There is hardly any pollution, although motor traffic has increased greatly in the past decade.
Up until 2006, I had been a resident of Pokhara from my childhood. Here, I spent my teenage and adolescent years. But it was only when I relocated to another city that I started to realise that I had been taking the advantages of living in Pokhara for granted. Because Pokhara is relatively small, it is easy to navigate the city on foot. Everything is within walking distance: the supermarkets, the hospitals, all kinds of shops, cafés, restaurants, schools and colleges. The city is a famous tourist destination with Lakeside being the dominant attraction.
Lakeside lies on the shores of panoramic Phewa Lake which is spread over 5.23 square kilometres. At the middle of Phewa Lake is Barahi Temple; and to reach it, you have to take a delightful boat ride. On clear days, you can boat across the lake with the view of the mountains stark white against a blue sky. You can view the green hills each towering above the other. Further, you can see the reflection of the grand mountains on Phewa Lake. You can walk on the Lakeside, enjoying the sights, and it is just such an amazing experience. I regret the fact that when I was a resident in Pokhara, I overlooked its charms. It is even prettier in the late evenings, under the soft glow of lamp posts and the carefully and creatively built restaurants and shops. Here you can dine on Indian, Mediterranean, Continental, Nepali
and other cuisines. There are also live music shows and entertainment.
I used to go to school in Pokhara, and later did my higher secondary education there as well. But I had to part from this city, and now I am living in Kathmandu; but Pokhara is like a mother’s loving embrace that lingers in your memory and in the depths of the heart. The social ambience here agrees with the temperament of the city: friendly, graceful and ever so welcoming. I know that no matter where I go and for how long, I will always come back to this amazing city because you can never remain too far away from your motherland.
Published: 25-11-2016 08:25