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All the elements of a postcard vibrant complementary colours of yellow boats and blue waters of the lake reflecting the clear sky, complete with green hills on the horizon. The cherry on the cake is, of course, the lady in red, not just any lady in red, but one in a traditional dress and paddling in a boat, the colour of her oar matching the canopy of the pedalo in the middle distance. As if that weren稚 enough, the 田louds you can see just above the horizon are not clouds but snow-covered peaks of the Himalaya

Having said all this I don稚 normally upload 菟ostcard photos to TE (I do take them though; they sell much better than the so-called 田reative ones). But this is Nepal, a country I have a bit of a special relationship with, and a country that deserves a special and thorough mention, now the world has forgotten about the devastating earthquake in 2015. Also, this is Begnas, and if you search for that little town on TE you will only find two photos: one by ashess (who lives in Nepal) and one by ChrisJ.

Needless to say, I was the only western tourist there. It is surprising, considering how easy it is to reach from ever so popular Pokhara, situated only some 15 km away. For less than 10 dollars you can hire a taxi and arrive at this perfect lake 15 minutes later.

I, of course, did not travel by taxi. I chose to go by public transport, not just for the price (20 cents) and the longer journey (45 minutes) but because I wanted to see how local people travel and I was keen to try a 途eal Nepali bus. It is a kind of experience you never forget (I wrote a whole page in my travel diary about it; it was my first ever trip like that, later followed by many others in Kathmandu Valley): bumpy, draughty (with windows AND the door permanently open during the ride), with most exciting entertainment of watching our driver overtaking other vehicles (every 2 minutes or so) in the manner that almost guarantees a collission. Certainly keeps you at the edge of your seat (if you have one) and biting your nails. But one of those miracles we did survive.

The WS is dedicated to Gert who, having seen my photo of tourist buses, thought that aspect of life in Nepal might have changed. It has not.

NOTE:
This part of Nepal has not been affected by the 2015 earthquake. It is ready and waiting for tourists, just as it was in December 2014

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