There's a Small Hotel
In a town with little variation between lodgings, Hotel Fewa gets full marks for its rustic mud/stone cottages set right on the lake. A long-time favorite, the cottages with loft make for a memorable stay, and include a fireplace and Buddhist motifs.I've stayed in several of these lakefront cottages, but this time I got to try a new one. It's more modest than my room at the Kantipur Temple House in Kathmandu, but this place has its own unique charms.
Here are two shots of my first floor living room:
Up the ladder we go -- to my bedroom in the loft. As you see, the hotel maid had not yet arrived:
...with a view down to the lake.
But the restaurant's setting has always been the real magnet for me. I often sit here for hours, savoring the view -- the closest I’ve come in my life to experiencing real serenity.
It was especially clear and beautiful this morning, after yesterday afternoon’s freak storm with thunder, lightning and high winds.
I'm ready to dig into my omelet and drink the first of several cups of coffee.
Looking across the table, I enjoy the view:
During earlier visits, after the school kids had arrived, the water buffalo would show up for their morning swim and bath. They’d amble slowly down the main street of Pokhara, turn onto the lane leading to Mike's and the lake, and head into the water. Sadly, the recently completed public pathway has cut off their access to the lake.