Find yourself with only a week to spare and a need to get away for some solitude?
Leave the bustling capital, Kathmandu, for another time and head straight for
Pokhara, a 25 minutes plane ride away. Offering the calm serenity of Phewa lake and
breath taking views of the Himalayas, Pokhara is where one centres herself again as
nature reveals its majesty.
There are plenty of outdoor activities one can choose from in Pokhara. Catch a bus or
hike up to Sarangkot Hill at dawn to watch the Himalayas come to life as the sun
slowly rises above. Paraglide to enjoy a 360° aerial view of Pokhara and let the wind
guide you gently back down the valley.
(Blue Sky Paragliding, Lake Side Pokhara 6 Nepal, +977-61-464737)
With its close proximity to the Annapurna mountain range (a section of the
Himalayas), many usually travel to Pokhara to tackle the famous Anapuna Base Camp
Trek ranging from 12 to 20 days. As time may be a constraint, there are still plenty of
other trek routes to challenge oneself with. Dhampus Trail offers a less touristic and
highly satisfying overnight trek experience, allowing one to trek closer to the
Annapurna mountains and to fall sleep to the songs of the million stars at night.
(Dhampus Hotel Raju Gurung, Dhampus-8, Kaski, +977-61-690690)
Pamper yourself after all the walking and give back to the community by entrusting
your sore muscles into the hands of highly qualified blind masseurs at Seeing Hands
Clinic. Part of the proceeds goes back to the development of more blind masseurs in
Nepal. What’s not to love?
(Seeing Hands Clinic, Opposite Basundhara Park | Lakeside, Pokhara 6, Nepal,
The best time to visit Nepal is from September to November, where autumn ensures
less rain and skies ever so blue. AirAsia X flies thrice weekly to Kathmandu.