POKHARA might be the second largest city in Nepal after the capital Kathmandu, but it’s a world away in terms of population, pace and activity. While it has developed a lot in the last decade as tourism has increased in Nepal, it remains sedate and laid back in comparison to the bustle of the Kathmandu Valley.
Enjoying an incredible location by Phewa Lake it also is home to three of the ten highest mountains in the world. Understandably then it’s a major trekking base for those heading out into the ranges of the Himalayas or wanting a quiet breathing space by the shores of the lake where the main hotels and restaurants cluster.
Tourist operators have made good use of the beautiful surrounds and paragliding, mountain biking, rafting and other active pursuits are all offered with a jaw-dropping backdrop of stunning views.
There are plenty of attractions near the town. Boats can be rented and taken out on Phewa Lake, there are two hilltops from which to enjoy the mountain panoramas (Sarangkot and the World Peace Pagoda), there’s the Gurkha Museum featuring a history of the famed soldiers, the nearby Devi Falls and plenty of shops to browse.