Famed for its beautiful and peaceful lakeside location with a stunning panorama of the snow-capped Himalayas behind, Pokhara is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a few quiet days. On account of its proximity to the mountains it is also the main starting point for day walks or longer treks up into the Annapurnas.
- Relax and contemplate the stunning views of Machapuchare’s fishtail
- Head out for a cruise on Phewa Lake in a brightly painted doonga boat
- Watch the setting sun turn the snowy peaks gold at Sarangkot
- Hike up to the World Peace Pagoda – the perfect warm up for a longer trek
- Get an incredible bird’s-eye view of Pokhara and beyond from a paraglider
Pokhara was part of a once vibrant trade route extending between India and Tibet. To this day, mule trains can be seen camped on the outskirts of the town, bringing goods to trade from remote regions of the Himalaya. It is now a large, sprawling town, but the old part of Pokhara is still a delight to wander around to see some of the temples dating back to the 17th Century and the Newari houses with their decorative brickwork and ornate windows.
The town is the gateway to the Annapurna mountain range and there is a huge variety of treks that can be enjoyed ranging from just a few hours to many days. It’s possible to stay in local ‘tea houses’, go camping or enjoy the luxury of a few beautiful lodges.
Pokhara is also the adventure capital of Nepal and there is a huge variety of activities to enjoy such as white water rafting, lake cruises, paragliding, bungee jumping and zip wiring. After a busy day of adventure you can then come back to the lodge and enjoy some unforgettable sunsets over the Himalayan peaks stretched out before you including the unique Machapuchare – Fishtail Mountain.