For the Nepali holiday of Tihar, we traveled to Pokhara. Pokhara sits on a lake by the same name and like everywhere outside of Kathmandu, it is an absolutely awesome place to chill. You can take boat rides on the lake, do a little caving, visit the World Peace Pagoda, go hang-gliding, para-sailing, hiking, trekking in the Annapurna range… We didn’t get to do all that, but we will definitely be returning to Pokhara and the amazing family we stayed with who adopted us as members of their family during the Bhai Tika ceremony.
The Cataract and the Caves
Lake Pokhara is fed by mountain rivers that converge and create an underground cataract that empties into the lake. Underground in the caves there are ancient shrines but no pictures are allowed. It’s wet and humid and hot, all in all a great little caving experience.
Like any lake, Lake Fewa is relaxing, but the absence of motorboats makes it even better. The only noise that interrupts the day is the occasional ultra-light that flies overhead. It’s cheap to rent a paddle boat and spend time on the lake. You can even pay someone a couple bucks to do the paddling for you. In the morning it is an outstanding place to sit and have your coffee and breath. As an added bonus, there’s even a modest night life along the lakefront in Pokhara.
On the last day of the Tihar festival, brothers and sisters paint special 7 colored tikas on each others’ foreheads. The family that we stayed with in Pokhara invited to take part in their ceremony since their own bothers and sisters could not be there. At the end of the ceremony we were welcomed as members of the family and are now expected to return every Tihar we possibly can.
Does this tika make my nose look big?