Pokhara is the third largest town in central Nepal, of about 200,000 inhabitants, about 190 km west of Kathmandu. It lies in the Pokhara Valley, by the lake Phewa Tal and at the foot of the Annapurna mountain range. The mountains rise dramatically fast and high up just behind Pokhara â€“ from 1000m to about 7500m within about 30km. Due to that fact, Pokhara has quite a high precipitation rate, in other words, it rains a lot. It is still a very pretty place to go Â though, especially if you love hiking.
From the southern fringes of the city three eight-thousanders (Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Manaslu) and the Machapuchhre of nearly 7000 m can be seen. It dominates the northern horizon of the city and is famous for its Twin peaks, where it also gets it name from (â€œFishtailâ€ in English). Most travelers visit Pokhara to start or end a trek into the Annapurna ranges, the most famous would be the Round Annapurna Trek of 25 days.
Pokhara lies on an important ancient trading route between China and India, but until the 1960s it was only accessible by foot.
You can easily spend a few days in Pokhara, and if sipping Gin Tonics by the hotel bar will not be enough for you, there is a lot of other things to do.
There are some pretty temples in the old part of the town and lots of old warehouses and shops. Only scarcely you will see mule caravans arriving from Mustang. Since China has annexed Tibet, the trade has mostly ceased.
You can shop for some cheap trekking bargains all over town.
You can rent a bike and cycle to the dam or through the old town to the Seti River Gorge. This gorge runs through the whole city and here and there you can find some lookouts where you can see that the river is sometimes that far below, that it is not even visible. There are a few caves in and around town that are worth a visit: Bat Cave, Mahendra Cave and Gupteswor Cave. Hire a row boat to explore the lake and jump in for a swim, but be aware, some spots are a bit dangerous, ask in your hotel or at the boat rental shop where it is safe to stop for a dip. Walk to the World peace Pagoda on the other side of Phewa Tal at 1113 m. It was built in 1996 and offers great views across the lake over the city, the Annapurnas, Manaslu and Dhaulagiri Himal mountain ranges. Do Paragliding and see the fantastic mountains out of the birdÂ´s perspective.
Walk up to Sarangkot Hill at the west of the city, to 1600 m, and watch the amazing sunrise over the Annapurnas.
Relax your bones and muscles and try out a yoga class. Is often the highlight for many people while visiting Â there.
Â To cut the four hour journey short to Kathmandu, you can book a rafting trip on the Seti River. Bring your towel, you will get wet!