At this time of year the sky is usually alive with coloured paragliders, there are very few now. Everyone is suffering. I also see kids sniffing glue on the street something I did not see before in Lakeside. Things have changed due to a disasterous past year. Hopefully tourism will pick up but it is going to take time which a lot of these businesses do not have.
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
This is my last day in Pokhara and a rest day, my only one this trip. I have seen all the children here and it has been so enjoyable. Pokhara itself has problems because of a lack of tourists. Businesses in Lakeside are suffering badly, the stores are quiet and some already have closed. Hotels mostly empty. To rent a store a years rent must be paid up front, the earthquake happened a year ago next month, so that years rent is almost gone. After that I just do not see how they can pay these high rents with no tourists shopping in their stores. I have a friend who is a jeweller and another who owns a gift shop both say the situation is terrible. The only tourists here are young backpackers and they do mot spend money.