- Encounters with locals
- Hiking / Trekking
- Extreme Sports
- Place or Religious Monument
Since it was made easier to reach, Pokhara has become one of Nepal's major tourist stops.
I particular liked the calm, peaceful atmosphere here when I visited. This is a very pretty town located in a quite superb setting. The reflections of the mountains in the waters of the lake in the morning are quite wonderful to see. And the views of the Annapurnas themselves, providing a backdrop to the lake, are also quite superb. These jagged, sharply defined, snow-capped summits attract hikers here in large numbers. Pokhara is the ideal base from which to organise a trip into the mountains, and there's something available for all levels of experience and ability. From the seasoned mountain climber to the basic hiker, everyone will be able to find something to enjoy here. For example, I particularly recommend the very easy walk leading from the far side of the lake to the summit of the hill. The views of the mountains and over the lake from the top are wonderful. Instead of returning via the same route, it's actually possible to sail back across the lake by boat.
There are many sporting activities available in and around Pokhara. As well as the classic hikes and mountain biking, how about a flight in a microlight or paragliding? It's even possible to fly alongside birds of prey with the latter option. Though it's quite expensive, it is a simply unforgettable experience.
*Following the powerful earthquakes that struck Nepal in April and May of 2015, the country is gradually being rebuilt. This article was written before the natural disaster occurred.
Pokhara is a town of around 250,000 inhabitants, situated on the eastern bank of Phewa Lake, the second largest lake in Nepal. The tourist part of town sits on the bank, on which a dyke has recently been built to guard against flooding. You'll find shops of all sorts, restaurants, bars and guest houses, which line the main street that forms the tourist area of town. It has a pleasant, laid back atmosphere.
Pokhara's surroundings are full of interesting sites, so it's worth spending a few days in the area. To the north of town, the Sarangkot hill has stunning views of the Annapurnas range. On the southern bank, you'll find a trail that leads to the peace pagoda, once again boasting magnificent views. If you fancy doing a short hike, you can head to Panchasee - an easy way to stretch your legs! Pokhara is a must-see during a trip to Nepal.
*After the devastating earthquakes that shook Nepal in April and May 2015 the country is slowly getting back on its feet. This article was written before these catastrophic events occurred.
Perhaps it was also the welcome that we received in the town that left me with a disagreeable impression. When you are touring the Annapurnas, even if it's on a motorway, you spend a lot of time alone, or nearly so, thinking, meditating, observing, being quiet and admiring... We had hardly arrived in Pokhara, and for the first time in our trip to Nepal, we were told that for reasons of security the town would be closed for three days, beginning the next day.
So we went off on our bikes to try and find out what was the attraction of this so-called oasis, without success, feeling hassled by the need to be quick, completely the opposite of the normal tourists who come here to relax, or just to enjoy being near this big lake right in the middle of the Himalayas. So we left it without any regret, with the memory of the the mountains we had made the effort to surmount still fresh in our minds.
*Afterthe powerful earthquakes that hit Nepal in April and May 2015, the country is rebuilding itself little by little. This article was written before the disaster.