The Park Village Resort: Serenity in the Foothills
September 14, 2008 (Kathmandu, Nepal)
A boy with a luggage compartment in a bicycle with an errant tourist in tow - the stone path on which they ply is shaded by a canopy of trees and shrubs. I am writing this a few feet away, safely ensconced under a pavilion of chairs in a pond. Feeding the fish felt like a 'runaway bonus'.
In consonance with the season, I took the opportunity to pay homage to the Gods. "Buddham Sharanam Gachyami." The walk was delightfully enlivening - the city would also feel supported by a few of these lamp posts that gently dot the pathway. The gazebos reminded me of my childhood. But I could not summon the courage to go in and recollect. It was like a visual opera of pines and playfulness.
We do not usually associate calm or tranquility with the sound of gushing water. This, however, is an expression that best fits my senses finding serenity as the pool water splashed into a waterfall in the midst of this 'ecological system.' I use the term 'ecosystem' very liberally.
The Park Village Resort is spread across six acres of land in the foothills of Shivapuri National Park near Kathmandu City. A resort person describes it as a "classic example of the nature-tourism synergy." The resort does strike me as an almost complete universe of green flora. I spotted an eagle flying overhead. The lush hills draped with sinewy clouds seemed a fitting home for this winged protector.
As we ate...