One of the great things about having no plan is that I can go where I want when I want. My original plan was to stay in Kathmandu and Bhaktapur for the entire trip to Nepal, and focus on photography in those places. (EDIT: Did anyone catch how ridiculous that sounded? LOL) Well, I changed my plans and headed across the country to a town named Pokhara, which is a small hippie town where most of the trekking in the western Himalayan range starts from. It sits on a pretty large lake (second largest in Nepal) and is simply gorgeous. I wasn't planning to come here, but so many people kept talking about it so I figured why not?
I came down with a pretty nasty head cold a few days ago upon arriving in Bhaktapur, and haven't been doing much photographing as a result. In need of some clean air and a breather, I decided to cut my time in Bhaktapur short and take a crammed 10hr van ride over potholes that would make the ones in Chicago blush. It was awesome (seriously). The drive was gorgeous.
Anyway, I'm getting a little R&R here in Pokhara, but had the urge to get out and shoot some photos of life in some of the small villages down the road from the city. I did some "scouting" today from the air as I paraglided off the top of a mountain nearby (also a pretty cool experience....) and we landed in a village just west across the lake. I walked back there after getting back to Pokhara, just as the sun was setting.
Tomorrow morning early I head back to the place where we launched from for paragliding. There is a great view of the Annapurna Range from there and I'm going to try to get a nice panorama of the mountains in the early morning light. But for the meantime, here's a couple shots from the walk (and some from this morning). Enjoy!