Before opening your eyes in the morning, when the sky is starting to get lighter, you first hear the birds. They’re chirping and chattering in the trees, hopping along the pathways and flying over the rooftops. At dawn when only the farmers and yogis are up to start their day’s work, you’re greeted with a special silence that’s only interrupted by the sounds of nature. In the fields below Infinity Resort’s Pokhara Yoga School a few cows graze lazily, and call to each other every now and again. Sometimes they help the farmer sow his rice seeds, but mostly they live life at a very leisurely pace.
This is the pace of life for many inhabitants of the Sedi Heights Valley, tucked away between two hills just outside of Pokhara’s tourist district, called Lakeside. Some neighbours further down the road from the resort can often be seen sitting outside their family home, sipping on tea and chatting. Despite many different generations of the family all living together in one house, they seem to have a “the more the merrier” approach when it comes to company. They greet passersby with a hearty “Namaste!” and warm smiles. Sometimes they even invite you to join them to drink some chai.
While it’s easy to find friendly faces and somebody to chat to in or around the resort, there are also plenty of spots to find solitude in the vicinity. If you put on some trainers and take a short walk, you can easily find yourself in a lush green forest up on a hill, or in a quiet cafe corner in Lakeside. You can also visit a Buddhist monastery with a golden Buddha statue that serenely watches over the lake.
If you’re looking for a longer walk and some Himalayan views you can head out to Sarangkot village, which takes about two hours. There you’ll find breathtaking views of the snow-capped Annapurna mountain range. These views are at their best at sunrise or sunset, so make sure you set out with enough time.
However you choose to spend your day, at the end of it you can always come back to the peace and comfort of Infinity Resort and Pokhara Yoga School. Here you can sit back and relax by the poolside and watch the sun go down, or meditate in the garden or on the rooftop to finish off a day of exploration and contemplation.