After out trek we decided to spend a week relaxing in Pokhara. After 3 nights at the lake side, the main tourist area, we moved to the Nar-bis hotel in Happy Village at the end of the lake. The name of the village is quite suitable as it is really a place to be happy 🙂
It is a 45 minute walk away from the lake side so perfect for the much needed post-dinner digestive walk!
The Nar-bis hotel is brand new (5 months old), the rooms all have lake view and the owner Santos and his family, who run the place all on their own, very kind people. There is a roof top terrace and all this at 23$ a night (with breakfast!) as it’s off the main tourist location – but so much more quiet and relaxed! We definitely preferred this than seeing only tourists around us.
I highly recommend staying there, you’ll be away from the hustle and bussle, will enjoy have the most serene views on the lake, the World Peace pagoda and on the paragliders gliding down from Sarangkot and landing just nearby. Go down by the lake to enjoy stunning sunsets. Last tip if ever you decide to stay at the Nar-Bis, book the Standard room as there is no difference whatsoever with the Deluxe room which we booked, all the rooms have the same set-up.
Below you can see a few impressions of Happy village and our hotel; but also the food market and some street art in the city (plus the best sandwiches if you are fed up of rice and Dal bhat)
Happy village is also the perfect starting point to Sarangkot, a famous viewpoint from where you can see the Fewa lake, Pokhara and the Annapurna range.
We decided to hike up there for the sunrise. This meant waking up at 4 and starting our ascend at 4h30 – it was actually too late to catch the sunrise at 6. As someone we met the day before told us the ascend takes an hour (I dont know if he was super fit or if he never actually did the hike…) and on top of it we took a wrong turn, we only arrived at 7h30…
On the way up we meet Pokhar, a 10 years old boy who did “guided” us for the last 20 minutes of the ascend, he was actually begging for some money, walking with us and challenging us on which path to follow… so instead of just giving him the money Randy told him that if he wanted some money he would have to walk with us to the top, where we paid him a good tip and a coca cola, a nice little kid, smart who reminded us of the Slam dog millionaire movie character “Jamal”.
Here a few tips if you want to hike to Sarangkot (plan at least 2h for the ascend):
- From Happy village go direction lakeside and turn left when you see the sign for the pony farm, there is also a small sign “way to Sarangkot”
- Continue up the hill all the time, if you see a sign for Yoga and Sarangkot to the left ignore it and continue direction Annapurna guest house
- At one moment you will see a large white building on your left – don’t do the same mistake than us and only look at your feet^^ after this building you will see a small stone wall with in graffiti written “way to Sarangkot” –> we didn’t see it and continued straight so we ended up being wrong, taking way more time and getting our feet wet as we had to walk where there was no way 😀
- From there you will walk a hundred meter in the grass which might be confusing as you don’t see a way but just go up and soon enough the stairs will start
- Now just climb up the stairs and once you reach the village you will see the signs or ask once you reach the village
Even though we were too late for the sunrise, the views are still stunning and the fact that there was a yoga class held at the same time made the whole scene even more lyrical and picturesque. And both the ascend and descent offers great views on the Pokhara valley. For those who don’t feel like hiking (it’s a brutal workout on the way up by the way) you can still go by taxi for 2000 rupees for a return trip plus the wait.
We finally got back at 11am completely famished (we didn’t take food,thinking it would be an hour only haha) – I think I never looked more forward to breakfast and a nap afterwards^^
The other days we just relaxed, wandered around and took the time for some errands we needed to do. We just left Bangkok after a 3 day stopover (serious eating and shopping 😁) and have arrived in Myanmar…
Talk soon about our first impressions on Myanmar!