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Morning in Pokhara

And a couple of lost gems from Chitwan

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Before moving on to Pohara, I "lost" a couple of photos from Chitwan and our Journey from Chitwan. Fortunately "lost" does nor REALLY mean lost, just misplaced in many gigabytes of pixels!
I have mentioned the terracing of rice and other crops. This terracing can progress well up a mountainside. THIS is what I mean!

And while this appears (and IS) grand in scale, what we saw of harvest was definitely done on a small scale -- lots of work and little automation. Whether it be rice, hay, or anything else, the harvest, transport, and storage was definitely old school.

And one last lost view of Chitwan before we head out again:

We finally worked our way by bus from Kathmandu (the largest city in Nepal) to Pokhara (the second largest city). We stopped along the way when we saw something interesting. We saw quite a few very large bamboo swing structures. These were in high use and high demand and certainly had the best view of any swings I've ever seen. Bob took a swing. Alas, I didn't manage a good photo of that glorious sight.

Pokhara (at least the part where tourists hang out) was very European. This is the launching point for treks in the Annapurna Circuit. It is also home of a beautiful lake, which is even more beautiful at sunrise. We had the opportunity to take a boat across the lake for some nice sunrise views of the lake and another boater who was doing some pretty artistic paddling for the cameras.

Pokhara was also our first real look at the Himalayas, including Annapurna. The Annapurna peaks are climbable and, like Everest, have their own base camp. Everest itself is further uprange from where we were. Unless you are a lot sturdier than my father and I, it is accessible only by daily morning flights.

Posted by wangard 14:08 Archived in Nepal Tagged pokhara

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