Day 13 Trekking ABC in Nepal

Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) - 07 to 21 October 2013
L-R: Lim Min Heng, Lim Ka Tin, Song Poh, Shahrul, Ching Neng Bin, Wong Kok Seong, Tan Kim Chan - We rented the bicycles for R100 each to cycle around the Lakeside.


Day 13 (19.10.2013) free day in Pokhara

The day was a free day and the first thing we did after hotel breakfast was to go out and rent a bicycle to cycle round the Phewa Lake. We visited the Devi’s Fall first and later the Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave. We cycled back to hotel and returned the bicycle and went for lunch.

After lunch we walked around the lake visiting the boat jetty and walked along the esplanade to the end and then walked back on the main street of Pokhara. We did some shopping here which found are cheaper than in Kathmandu. Apparently most of the outdoor apparels are mainly produced here in Pokhara.

Along the main road, to my surprised I met my sister Ching Bee Geok in a shop with her friends who were on a vacation tour in Nepal. This is like one-in-a-million chance of a lifetime to happen 3,400km away from home. We were so happy to see each other and were introduced to all my trekking friends.

Sleeping: The Lake Side Retreat, Pokhara – US100 a room

The R20 entrance to Devi's Fall - full of souvenir shops at great prices if you can bargain.

And that was how it got the name.

A must place to visit, but do not expect much and the compound lacks maintenance. These waterfalls are simply a fast running river flowing into a large cave.



The sound of the gushing waterfall is thunderous. It can be scary to see the gushing waterfall dropping 100 ft into the cave.



The Buddha statue at the compound.
The main street along Devi's  Fall.

This nearby cave is another attraction across the street with a R100 entry fee.

Long line of people walking down the spiral stairs into the cave below.

And places like this Elephant Shrine where you have to climb and bent over with the muddy water still dripping water.
The Holy Cow Shrine at the other end of the path.


The cave is very dark, wet and muddy with hundreds of stairs. About 500m underground water flow - this is the view of the backside of the fall when you get to the bottom of the cave.


Phewa lake and water sports is the main tourist attraction of Pokhara city and the north shore of the lake has developed into a tourist district, commonly called Lake-Side, with hotels, restaurants and bars catering to the tourists. The water from Phewa Lake outlet is used to generate electricity. The Phewa Power House is located about 1.5 km from the southern part of the Phewa Lake.


Phewa Lake is located at an altitude of 742 m (2,434 ft.) it covers an area of about 5.23 km2 with an average depth of about 28ft.



Devotees seen taking the boat to the Taal Barahi Temple which is situated on an island in the lake.

The street vendors at the boat jetty.


A Cindian look of a beautiful Nepali girl at the boat jetty.

A photo with a Nepali family by the Lake side.
A photo with the Nepali girls in tradition dress by the Lakeside.




A camel ride for visitors at the esplanade.


I was told that the boy is collecting the camel's urine to be used as medication.

Along its eastern shore of the Lakeside is a thriving resort town of hotels, restaurants, bars and souvenir shops that allow travelers to relax and enjoy.

The houses at the end of the esplanade on the eastern shore.

The main shopping streets of Pokhara.





This funny shop-house at the end of the esplanade on the main street.
Along the main road, to my surprised I met my sister Ching Bee Geok in a shop with her friends who were on a vacation tour in Nepal organized by El Sol Travel & Tours Sdn Bhd. 54B (1st Flr.), Jalan Desa Bakti, Taman Desa, 58100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Tel: 603-7984 4560  Fax: 603-7984 4561Website: www.elsoltravel.com.

(L-R) Ching Neng Bin, Ching Bee Geok, Ho Teik Suan, Mary Chia.  ---  This is like one-in-a-million chance of a lifetime to happen 3,400km away from Malaysia. We were so happy to see each other and she was quickly introduced to all my trekking friends.
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Annapurna Base Camp Trek- Expression of Nature itself

2 comments:

  1. From trekking on foot in the gruesome mountain paths to cycling at the lowland (like back to civilization), the feeling must be immensely exhilarating! Honestly speaking, taking bath at the Davis/Devi's Fall vicinity is certain suicide. Once again, you had captured some good looking younger ladies in their Nepali or Hindu attire. They're all good looking beings. Great to meet some one dear thousand miles away from home country. You sure it wasn't prearranged to bump into each other?

    Regards,
    Alan Kok

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  2. Francis Liew Shun Teck27 January, 2014

    Dear Ching,
    It's been a while since I last communicated with you. My yahoo-mail had been compromised a while back. Please use this gmail address if you wish to reply. I have been admiring your ABC write-up ever so often and the beautiful photographs taken during your sojourn there. This year I shall be going in October but the visiting Itinerary is very different from that of yours. I would like very much to travel the route you took. I would be most grateful if I could have the email address of the tour agency who arranged your visit to ABC. Thank you.

    Wishing you and your family, "Gong Xi Fa Xai!" and more happy adventures on the road.

    Regards,
    Francis

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