Pokhara is considered to be one of the most popular tourist destinations of Nepal and serves as a base for trekkers undertaking the Annapurna circuit through the Annapurna conservation region of the Annapurna ranges. Ghandruk is well-known for trekking purpose; it’s an essential stop on the short Ghandruk trek as well as a fixture on other longer treks in the Annapurna Himalaya, such as the Annapurna circuit. It’s easily accessible from Pokhara through a combination of road travel and trekking. Now, let me say something about our trip to Ghandruk.

DAY: 1                                                               

It was cold and beautiful morning when our journey began. Everyone was excited about this trip. I could sense the mixed feeling of strange awe, thrill and curiosity however, with adventure in the back of our head, we hopped into the bus. It was basically 12 hours journey all together. During the trip, we had loads of fun. We had happy morning meal along with dance, music, jokes and laughter. We could sense that Ghandruk wasn’t far. We took bunch of pictures which now are not only confined to cameras but are also inerasably imprisoned in our memories. Then we headed for our next journey ‘’Ghandruk’’. But it wasn’t easy. There were lotta obstacles awaiting us. Despite the difficulties, we didn’t let anything come across our sense of adventure.

The cold December fog and mist suffused a smoldering smokey winter feel. It was heaven on earth. We all rejoiced the panoramic view and finally came the Ghandruk Homestay. We changed our clothes and went for barbeque. It was about 1:00 when we all went to our rooms for a deep sleep.

DAY: 2

We woke up at around 6:00 AM and something was there to welcome us ‘’Machapuchre mountain’’ This was a sublime beauty. Deep in my heart I thought it was a dream. I wish I could stop time and be there eternally. After enjoying such a divine view, we all got ready and went to tea garden which was a bit unexpected. There were 100s of stairs which we had to climb. it wasn’t easy but still all of us accomplished it. After reaching the garden we returned. I could feel those grasses smiling. We went to our homestay we tried to taste of Gurung culture. In a while we were all cladded in ‘Gurung Costume’’ we all were happy for being able to experience Nepal’s one of the unique cultures but our journey wasn’t over for second day. We went to museum and we learned a lot about Gurung culture. The museum was made by Harimaya Gurungs. We observed many things in museum which were full of knowledge and information we were not aware of before. Then, we made our way back to Pokhara and it was a joyous journey as well. After four hours we reached our destination Pokhara, ‘The New World Hotel’. In Pokhara we went boating there and spent a night over there. All programs were held at night; we sang, we danced and so many other interesting things. And we all went to our rooms for a deep sleep.

DAY: 3

We woke up at around 5:30 am in the morning and grabbed some tea and snacks as breakfast. After that, we all went to ‘’Gupteshwor Mahadev’’. It is an ancient beautiful cave. We spent some lovely time in and around Devi’s fall. The day was interestingly memorable. After a couple of hours, we went to bus and we travelled for some three more hours in the bus. Upon reaching ‘Siddha Baba Cave’, we ventured on an hour walk which turned out to be a bit risky yet funny and thrilling. The cave is believed to have historic and mystical vibes. In nutshell, the trip was just extremely adventurous and we were able to behold nature, culture and lifestyle of people all at once. We were all intoxicated by the crude and raw beauty of Mother Nature.

Soniya Chand

Grade: 9

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