Left pretty early this morning to get to Pokhara. City of lots of lakes. About a four and a half hour drive. It is the second largest city of Nepal and a very popular tourist attraction because of trekking and mountain views. The journey itself was fairly uneventful. We passed some interesting small villages. The Banyan tree seemed in all these towns to be a central talking/meeting place for the village elders. Lots of green, lush vegetation and hilly and overtaking, especially of lorries was quite difficult. When we reached Pokhara in the late afternoon, it started to rain quite heavily with thunder and lightening. We couldn't make the mountain walk because of the weather. Remarkable how different the outskirts of Pokhara was to the inner tourist part. There was a sudden and dramatic transformation from disorderly, busy bustling streets to tranquil boutique like quaint shops, catering for tourists. For information - and we did pass it has the largest recruiting and training centre for Gurkhas in Nepal. Our map for the journey.
Elegant flats on the outskirts of Kathmandu. Some videos below: Click to watch street video 1 Click to watch street video 2 Click to watch street video 3