This was the tourist bus, supposedly its better maintained, safer but costs more money than the local buses. Most locals can't afford the US$20 fare (one way) to Pokhara. Most tourist places prefer to accept foreign currencies.
Here on a very chilly morning a whole bunch of us were waiting to leave for Pokhara. It was quite dark when I left my hotel, a 5 minute walk to the bus station turned out to be a half hour, I couldn't see the place. We left at 7.30 am.
Some of the passengers walked to the station too but had this guy bring their luggage.
Here we are in Pokhara, a sleepy village. Pokhara is the trailhead for treks to the Annapurna range. There's this beautiful lake and on a clear day, one can see the reflection of the Annapurna mountains in it. But the 2 days I was there, I couldn't see much, just distant views of the snowy peaks. It was still magical. One thing great about the tourist bus is, one can meet a lot of other travelers from all over the world, exchange travel plans and such things. It was great.