After the arduous Kathmandu to Pokhara ride for a full day, we finally reached our final destination in Nepal. It was starting to get dark when we set off to look out for a place to stay. We reached a certain hotel that bagged the coveted title of being the best hotel in the area, thanks to a certain online travel guru, but we weren’t treated well by the staff so we sped off right away. Our feet then led us to Hotel Orchid, our lovely home in Pokhara.
And so we scoured the alleys near Phewa Lake to search for a nice play to stay for two nights. The quest ended when we found ourselves right outside a fenced garden of Hotel Orchid (as if our feet led us to this haven), the name aptly fits the atmosphere of the place.
We entered the lobby and were greeted by this friendly and pleasant guy (like he’s waiting for us the whole day), we were dead tired but returned his kind gesture. A firm handshake followed the customary introduction and then I was stunned upon knowing that the guy who warmly received us was actually the owner of the hotel, Mr. Janak Karki, pretty amazing.
The gracious host immediately booked us for that night without a doubt and then assisted us on our baggage and literally ushered us to our room. That’s personal service at its best.
And just like on cue, he immediately left us after we settled and assured that all of the staff (including him) are available should we need anything at any time.
The room is spacious with a huge queen-sized bed, dresser, T.V., air-conditioning unit (that we didn’t use at all) and a veranda. The en suite toilet and bathroom has the basic amenities with hot and cold shower (check rates).
Carla, wake up, now please!
Just come here!
By the sound of his voice, I know that it's something urgent. I was still rubbing my eyes off and trying to wake myself up when I followed him on the veranda. From the looks of it, it seemed like something monumental was happening, I just didn’t know what it was. I gazed at my buddy’s thrilled eyes which were focused on something, somewhere and then he pointed on to the mountain ranges.
And then I saw it, the snow-capped Himalayas. And then I froze.
Realizing that I needed to capture this moment I hurriedly went back inside the room to get my camera. I rushed back to the veranda, aimed my camera into the Himalayas and then boom, it was gone. I was dazed, confused and let the moment lingered for a few minutes.
I never dreamt of seeing the alpines at that time (the sky was hazy) and seeing it right outside our room was an added surprise, truly remarkable.
|And then a surprise...|
|The lovely owner Mr. Janak Karki|
|Pot of Nepali milk coffee|
|Carbo-loading buffet breakfast|
Hotel Orchid Pokhara (book online)
Shiva Mandir Magra, lakeside-6,
Contact Numbers: (+977) 61.466.697 | (+977) 61.466.706
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org