|Himalayas from our Room|
|Tourist Strip in Pokhara|
Oh, wait a minute, I forgot about the river rafting. It’s quite popular here, as are a lot of the “adventure” activities. We met a couple who had been river rafting on the way between Kathmandu and Pokhara. They flipped twice and the wife lost her glasses. I'll stick to kayaking on Georgian Bay!
Of course the big attraction is that three out the ten highest mountains in the world can be viewed closely from Pokhara. Nowhere else do you see mountains rising so quickly – from 800 metres to over 7,500 metres within a 30-km area. It truly is a wow!
|Lakeside in Pokhara|
|Lake Phewa Tal in Pokhara|
A little further on, we encountered a patrol of five uniformed police, three men and two women, who were scouting the area for the robbers. At this point, my guide kindly, but belatedly, informed me that he knew them quite well because some of the police often accompany him on hikes wearing plain clothes to try to catch crooks. Thanks for telling me now, I thought.
This event occurs at a certain time of the month following a death. They take the flowers to the river, where cremations occur, and cross back and forth on bridges stringing garlands of the flowers over the river as they go. The purpose is to assist the soul of her dead husband to cross over the "rivers of vices." The music was haunting and I stood and watched for a long time as the procession made its way down to the river far below.
|Annapurna South and Fishtail Mountain from our Hotel|
|Close Up of Annapurna South|
The next morning we started our 2-day trek up into the Annapurna Range to get up close and personal with these gorgeous mountains.