Pokhara – The Hippies Hideout

I fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara in a small Yeti Airlines airplane to start my trek in the Annapurna. The view of Pokhara, Phewa Lake and Annapurna range from the airplane is striking.

Pokhara is a beautiful, quiet, lakeside town, where – if you are adventurous – you can try to live the hippie life as in the past, even if for few ephemeral moments.

Pokhara is also the residence of a large number of brave British Gurkha soldiers (Nepalese soldiers that served in the British army).

Walking alongside the Phewa lake, the street is full of shops and restaurants for tourists, many Internet coffee places and currency exchange houses.

Renting a paddle boat in the morning on the Phewa Lake is a must. In the middle of the lake is a small temple. The lake is surrounded by mountains. You will meet fishermen in colourful boats and locals going to the temple.

If you travel alone, as I was, you can be approached by shady characters. It is not a bad thing, if you want to know more about life in Nepal or try a thing or two. I would never know that is possible to have a joint in a bar in Pokhara. I like the homemade drink Roxi, and the street guy knew where to find it. After few drinks, we became friends!

What I tried

  • Cutting my hair in a hairdresser shop. The barber used only scissors, and, through hundreds of very fast “chop-chop” movements, I was done!
  • Marijuana from Himalaya, and I was happy!
  • Roxi, the traditional Nepalese drink made from millet – and I was happy again!

Date: October, 2010

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