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Pokhara Travel Guide

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Lake Phewa © Mario Micklisch

Pokhara is the third largest city in Nepal, serving as the gateway to the Annapurna region. Known more for beautiful lakeside settings and panoramas of distant Himalayan peaks than its historical sights and culture, it's nevertheless a pleasant urban destination.

Phewa Lake is the second largest lake in Nepal. It's a picture of serene beauty as brightly painted wooden boats drift across the reflections of icy summits. It has become a popular base for some of the best treks in Nepal, as well as the main centre for white water rafting and kayaking trips.

Pokhara divides into two parts: the bazaar and the lakeside. The actual town or bazaar of Pokhara is set back from the lake, while the lakeside has become the main tourist and entertainment zone, brimming with bakeries, international restaurants, shops, souvenir and craft stalls, bookshops, hotels, and guesthouses.

The city provides a peaceful place to relax before or after tackling the mountains or the rivers, and there are plenty of excellent shops supplying the necessary equipment for trekking expeditions. The city is a favourite for visitors to Nepal as a relaxing break from the temples, noise, and bustle of the Kathmandu Valley.

There are ample opportunities for swimming, boating, and fishing, or lazing on the sunny lakeshore before the magnificent backdrop of some of the highest mountains on earth. Begnas Lak is quieter, cleaner, and more peaceful than the larger Phewa Lake

Pokhara is a short way out of town and has a few hotels on its banks. Buses leave for Pokhara from Kathmandu every 15 minutes or so, and it is easy to get around once there. If you don't want to walk, then hiring a bicycle or a scooter is a fun option.

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