To have a view of the glorious sunrise from Sarangkot (1592m), Pokhara was listed in itinerary of our college trip. So, we got out of the hotel we were staying at near the lakeside in the morning. I was still half asleep while an hour long bus ride took us to the starting point for the hiking. When we reached there, it was quite dark and after a couple of minutes we started climbing up the steep hill with a hope to watch a magical and beautiful sunrise from the summit of Sarangkot hill. It sort of was race to the peak against much revered sunrise as I didn’t want to miss it just because of my slow pace.
After much huffing and puffing and taking very short breathers in between climbing the endless stairs, we had arrived at the top to witness the infamous sunrise. It was still dark when we got there but the scene I was looking right in front was like something that came out of an animation movie except with much more grandeur.
The valley below shrouded in thick blanket of misty clouds with only a few lights on the road illuminating gently in the pitch black, I was speechless. I just kept looking at it without uttering a single word while setting this moment in my memories as one of the best. And I knew at the back of my mind that the big one was coming soon enough.
The moment of truth, everyone on the spot was gazing at just one direction (not the British boy band One Direction!) as the sun came up very slowly taking its sweet little time. The sunrises would be what magic are made of, that would explain why everyone was so spellbound. This was a certain proof enough for the saying “Art imitates Life”. Well, it does! Otherwise, from where would artists get their boundless inspiration to paint the sunrises filled with such wonder and light?
There were a lot of oohs and aahs coming from everyone watching and lots of mad clicking sound from cameras as the colorful light from the sunrise hit the Himalayas. How can I describe the sight of the Himalayas especially Mt. Fishtail (Machhapuchhre) when the sun engulfed it into its morning light?! Spectacular or magnificent would that be enough?! Well, you have to see it to believe it. All the warm and sunny feels from this little event locking in my heart, I said my farewell and headed back down for next leg of our trip with the others.
So, if you are planning to visit Pokhara make sure to you don’t miss out on this sunrise from Sarangkot!