Our last few hours in pokhara

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Breakfast at Sacred Valley, Pokhara

The deep Devis Falls Spectacular Devis Falls

We had our breakfast served up on our balcony again. Ian and I both had scrambled eggs on toast followed by a bowl of muesli between us. We found previously that one bowl of muesli easily fed both of us.  Jeremy chose fruit salad and cheese toasties.

 

Devis Falls

Yuba at Reception booked a taxi for us and we set off for Devis Falls which was not far away. We had seen lots of water falls in Bhutan so I was expecting something similar here. It was far more spectacular than any of us had imagined. Water from Lake Fewa drains into the falls. The water disappears way down into a sink hole and then re-appears 500 metres away.

We were really glad we visited the falls Ian and Jean at the falls

 

 

 

On July 31 1961, a Swiss couple, Mr. and Mrs. Davis, were bathing at the falls when the wife was swept away by a sudden wave of water. It took a while for her body to be recovered. The name of Devis Falls was derived from her surname Davis.  The water disappears so far down you can’t see the bottom. It’s just a deep dark hole. Mist rises up from the water down below.

 

The Dam

Ian had read about a dam that was worth looking at. It was close to Devis Falls so the taxi driver took us there. The gates were locked but our taxi driver spotted someone inside the gates so he hopped out of his car and beckoned the fellow over. This young fellow opened up the gates enough for us to get in and we had a quick look around ourselves. We didn’t see anyone else there except him. We took a few photos and were able to find the young fellow again and give him a bit of cash for helping us out. Seems the dam was built in 1984.

 

 

The dam gates The dam gates
Dam at Pokhara Beautiful area of the dam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The beggar boy tries his hardest

I think the heat plus my Chronic Fatigue were getting to me a bit so once we got back to the hotel I decided to sit out the front under the trees with a lemonade. Jeremy and Ian decided they wanted to go shopping.  Whilst they were gone a young lanky lad wandered in to the hotel grounds. He was in his teens. He walked towards me and handed me a piece of laminated paper. On the paper it stated that he had no tongue and therefore couldn’t talk. It explained his family situation which involved brothers and sisters born without various limbs etc.

 

Just how many hotels, guest houses and inn could be up this alley way? How many hotels could there be?

It was a begging letter and it had the Government of Nepal stamp on it so I guess it was quite legal. How could I not give this boy some money. It broke my heart. I found him 500 Rs and he noted it in a book and I had to sign the book alongside my donation. Just prior to his arrival a group of trekkers had returned to the hotel from a trek somewhere. They were all busy patting each other on the back and giving their guides gifts. It was quite a celebratory occasion. The young lad stood next to them and they all ignored him. Despite him wanting to show them his paper they all turned their backs on him and behaved as if he didn’t exist. He stood there for so long. He turned to me with a look of hopelessness. He shrugged his shoulders and walked off. This darned country is so polluted. Could pollution in some form be the cause of all the damaged babies his mother had borne? The air is not clean. Rubbish of all types is burned freely, exhaust fumes pervade and choke your lungs. It brings tears to my eyes every time I think of this poor boy and all the other deformed people we came across in Nepal.

 

The damaged suitcase

The men arrived back. Jeremy had bought some nice presents for his girlfriend Tanya so he showed them to me. We enjoyed the food so much at Sacred Valley we decided we may as well have lunch here before we headed off to the airport. I was worried about my large blue suitcase. I say “my” suitcase but it was borrowed from Tanya. It was rather large. That was the reason we took it with us. However, we kept finding it was a nuisance when we had to put it into a taxi with the rest of our luggage. Most times it simply didn’t fit inside the car and had to sit on the roof – with nothing to secure it, I might add. The roads are very bumpy in places and I had visions of the suitcase flying off and then a truck flattening it as it hit the road.  I didn’t want this to happen on the way to Pokhara airport. Because it had been handled so roughly the corners were wearing and I was concerned the zip wouldn’t work for much longer on one particular corner. We would have to buy Tanya a new suitcase when we got home – that’s how bad a shape this one was now in. Anyway the taxi arrived and with great relief we realized we would be able to fit the suitcase in the boot along with the rest of our gear.

 

Next page - We fly back to Kathmandu

 

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