Tuesday, 27 December 2016
This is probably the most famous of the many lakes in Nepal but not necessarily the most beautiful. However, it is easily accessible and lies in the beautiful city of Pokhara. It is famed for the reflection of Mt. Fishtail (Macchapucchre as the Nepalese call it) on its waters during clear days. There is a small island in the middle with a temple of “Jal Barahi”. If you cross over from the jungle of souvenir shops, restaurants and hotels called Lakeside to the other side you get to the base of a hill, the summit of which is adorned by the Peace Pagoda. You might want to try the grill fish at the only restaurant at the foothill. The hike up the hill to Peace pagoda is short but steep. The view of Pokhara and the surrounding mountains from the top is really good. You can hire boats (both traditional and pedal) with driver or without one to enjoy boating in the lake. But be sure to ask for life jacket when you hire one.
Traveling gives us the opportunity to disconnect from our regular life. You get to forget your problems/issues for a few weeks, it can also help you figure things out that you would not have understood without the distance traveling can give you. We all have crazy schedules, work and a family to take care of, going away alone or with some friends can give you distance and perhaps even make you realize how important these people are for you. Like the saying says: we never know what we have until we lose it.
Another great benefit is the relaxation you get to do. It’s nice to live life to its fullest and enjoy a stress free time with yourself. Going on vacation lets us recharge our “batteries” by disconnecting us from our regular life. When we come back we feel invigorated and we are happy to be back in our day to day routine. It’s a very good stress remover that has a lot more to give than most people are willing to accept.
Traveling increases our knowledge and widens our perspective. To view new customs, different ways of living is fantastic for the mind. It gives us a new perspective about life and especially our life, it can help us change some of our habits or even create new ones. When I travel I usually make it a point to try new food, some cultures don’t have fries in their diet and they are all skinny, others use spices to give taste and not oils or fats. Discovering different values and ways to get by in life is really interesting. You also need to visit exotic new places and discover what this wonderful world has to offer.