Pokhara, City of Adventures
Known as the jumping ground for the best trekking in Nepal, the
Pokhara Valley lies 200 kms. west of Kathmandu, enriched with
gorgeous lakes and surrounded by picturesque mountains.
Mt. Annapurna as seen from Pokhara
Pokhara has always been a favorite among tourists
visiting Nepal, to get away from the hustle and bustle of the capital to
a peaceful setting, to relax by the lake side or take a hiking trip
around the valley, with routes available to suit everyone's needs,
ability and preferences.
The valley is about 35 minutes abroad a plane, on about
six daily flights available from Kathmandu or about 7 hours drive on a
luxury bus. The city itself is divided into two zones - the lakeside and
the bazaar area. The lakeside lies around the Phewa Tal, where most of
the hotels, restaurants and tourist stores are concentrated. It is a
place to relax before and after a long trek around the Annapurna range.
One can just rent a boat and spend the whole day in the lake,
As the jumping grounds for trekking, the stores around
the lake carries all the necessary equipment needed for such trips, plus
it is a good place to buy souvenirs to take back home. Pokhara also has
the immigration office, one of the two in the country from where
trekking permits can be obtained and visas extend.
Pokhara has some interesting sites with religious
significance like Varahi temple in the middle of the lake and Binde
Basini Temple in the city, atop a small hill. Like the Tibetan camp in
Kathmandu, Pokhara has its share of settlements, where Tibetan arts and
handmade carpets can be shopped. Another one of Pokhara's attraction is
the David's Fall. The best way to see the valley is pedaling on a rental
Around Pokhara Valley
The areas around the city offer some excellent hiking opportunities,
with the valley on one side and snow-capped mountains on other, indeed a
paradise for nature lovers.
The most famous short route of all, the place overlooks the valley and
an excellent place to view the mountains on the north. Just a couple
of hours walk from the heart of the town, Sarangkot also has places to
stay and eat.
Beside the Phewa Lake, few kilometers away from the city, lies the
Rupa and Begnas Lakes, a place to visit for the ones yearning to get
away from the crowds.