Every time I visit Pokhara I am stunned by its sheer beauty and pristine charm. Pokhara is my homeland where I spent most of my childhood. I graduated from high school in this picturesque place. Whenever I am living away from my hometown, I am nostalgic for its beautiful view, fresh air and friendly faces. Pokhara is a metropolitan city in the Western region of Nepal. It is a valley cradled amongst mountains and hills with meandering rivers. It is a major tourist destination due to its panoramic views. Once you enter the vicinity of this city, you are greeted with magnificent views of the mountains. The Dhaulagiri range and Annapurna range tower majestically over the green valley. For someone who has been living in Kathmandu for years, the greenery of this city always takes me by surprise.
Pokhara is the city of lakes. There are several lakes in Pokhara and the prominent ones are Fewa Lake, Rupa Lake and Begnas Lake. Among these lakes, Fewa Lake is by far the most beautiful lake. Nestled on a little island on Fewa Lake is the Barahi Temple. For a small charge, you can go on a boat ride on this lake. The sunlight reflects on the lake and glitters and the mountains smile upon us in the reflection.
You can walk on the Lakeside enjoying the sight which is an incredible experience. I regret the fact that when I was a resident here in Pokhara I overlooked its charms. Lakeside is even prettier in the late evenings, under the soft glow of lamp posts hung upon the creatively built restaurants and shops. You can dine here while enjoying the live entertainments. Other attractions of Pokhara are Davis’ Fall which is a beautiful waterfall and Buddha Stupa. Then there is Sarangkot which is a towering hill that offers a magnificent view of Pokhara from its hill top.
Motherland holds a special place in our heart because it is the place where we grew up. Childhood is a golden period of time where we create long lasting memories and find our feet. We struggle with juggling school, home and budding teenage years in our motherland. My memories are highlighted with the love and affection with beautiful Pokhara. I remember times spent with my family and relatives in my maternal home in Pokhara. I remember the years throughout the seasons in this city. All the childhood years are connected to the memory of growing up in this beatific city. I may part with this beautiful city, but it will always hold a place in my heart.