There are more things to do in Pokhara than the typical Paragliding, Trekking, or the Peace Temple. Pokhara local market tour and sailing in Pokara Fewa Lake are few of them. So here they are, and I have tried to share my awesome experience.
DAY 4- Morning Pokara local market. Evening boating at Fewa Lake
After a delicious breakfast we moved out from our hotel. The markets in Pokhara sell a variety of exciting, colourful products at very cheap rates (bargaining required), which makes shopping way more fun. Not to mention, Indian Rupee notes of 50,100 and 200 are easily accepted in Nepal. Almost all the markets are opened all days 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Pashmina shawls, Singing Bowls, Khukhri (Gorka Knife) are few things you should buy, so that you can pick your favourite souvenirs easily and take them with you as your tangible Nepal memories.
We spent a lot of time at roadside outdoor Markets. If you like mixing in with the locals this is perfect place to mingle. Outdoor markets sell everything from cameras and film to fresh fruits and vegetables and whisky. You can negotiate down prices to get the best deals. Be sure to take a glance in the side stalls for textiles including handmade rugs and blankets. The Chital market sells everything produced in the villages near Pokhara.
If you get a chance I highly recommend taking a trip into the city and enjoying a walk through of the local market. Located roughly 8-10 minutes from Lakeside and in the heart of Pokhara the local market has everything the entire local people of Nepal need for their homes. From vegetables to dal and bhat and even clothing, housewares and fun toys for children. You will see it all. In the roadside one street singer singing a nepali folk.
You have visited the heavenly temples and stupas, snapped your fingers to the melody of Nepali folk songs, sipped the sweet hot tea or “chaye” and consumed a full plate of dal-bhaat with tarkari (curry). The vivacious culture of this landlocked country has left you in awe, and now you want to clutch these colours of Nepal and take them to your home. Well, thanks to the amazing act of shopping, it’s possible!
After that we went to The Movie Garden. The Movie Garden is a exceptional experience situated in Pokhara’s North Lakeside, the property overlooks Lake Fewa. Guests are filed in on the sloped hillside on steps and various seating that all point towards the big screen. We paid at the bar and ordered our alcoholic beverage – a beer, a hard cocktail to warm us. We got a blanket to huddle.
Now it is our time to sail in Fewa Lake. Fewa Lake is a freshwater lake in Nepal located within the south of the Pokhara Valley . It is the second largest lake in Nepal. The largest is Rara Lake in Gandaki Pradesh of Nepal.
The Tal Barahi Temple is situated on an island within the middle of the lake. Tal Barahi Temple, is the most important religious monument of Pokhara.This two-storied pagoda building is believed to be dedicated to one of the Hindu gods known as Vishnu. It usually gets crowded on Saturdays.
Baidam is that the eastern banks of Phewa Lake also referred to as Lakeside. This part contains seemingly endless strip of hotels, lodges, restaurants, bookshops and souvenir shops. This side is one of the best known tourist areas of Nepal. It is also the starting point of the tour to Fewa.
The Annapurna range on the north of Fewa Lake. The lake is additionally famous for the reflection of mount Machhapuchhre and other mountain peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges on its surface. On a glowing sunnny day the reflection of Himalayas Annapurna and Machhapuchhre on the lake is so lucid that it feels like the white snow capped mountains are floating over green water and the nature lovers are promptly hypnotized.
Boating in small wooden boat is the way to reach the temple unless one is a good swimmer. Boats can be rented on either hourly basis or whole day with or without sailors. A short walk or cycling on the bank of the lake to the western part takes to the place of the origin of the lake called Pame where one can relish cuisine especially based on fish.
On the other hand, the southern part of the lake is encircled by lush green forests, accompanied by chirping of birds and songs of circkets that is more than enough to calm the unsettled modern day mind. Indeed this place of nature’s paradise is where poets and musicians compose a masterpiece.
I visited Fewa Lake during Bengali festive month. There were plenty of food stalls surrounding the lake. I eat a lot of grilled fish and potatoes topped with herbs. After fulling my stomach with yummy food, I chose sailing to the temple settled in the middle of the lake. You might pay for private sailing or join the local people sailing to the temple. Along with others It costs only 100 rupee per person. But we took entire boat at Rs. 600 (including boatman). The temple is quite small and there were a lot of local paying respect. After visiting the temple I enjoyed sitting on the boat as I can feel the cool breeze on my face enjoying the mountain view as well.
It was almost dark after finish sailing. We came back to our hotel early as we have hectic road journey tomorrow from Pokhara to Kathmandu.