Nepal: Pokhara

Nature lovers and hikers alike flock to Pokhara in Nepal. This serene landscape is also a perfect spot to unplug and re-charge. There are eight lakes in Pokhara. Phewa Lake, also called Fewa Lake offers breathtaking views with the Annapurna mountain range as a backdrop. Rent a boat and sail directly to the World Peace Pagoda, or take a taxi. Be aware, either way there is an uphill walk, but it is a relatively easy trail that leads up to the temple.

Pokhara, World Peace Pagoda; courtesy of Nepal Tourism

Pokhara offers something for everyone. While you enjoy the tranquility of Phewa Lake, or a meditative hike, your travel companion can be zip-lining, paragliding, bungee jumping or even skydiving. Phewa Lake offers a fantastic photo opt…with a view over the Himalayan peaks of the Annapurna Massif that reflects in the body of the lake.

Longtime Nepal traveler Michelle Page (due to her business Danger Dogs of Nepal) frequents Pokhara twice a year. “Pokhara, the second largest city is fabulous, with Lake Fewa, a huge lake that is surrounded by the Himalayas. There are no motorized boats, except for emergency vehicles. You can watch the children row their boats to school, families going to market. It is charming.” Find out more about Michelle, in the Stories Section, go to the Art/Photography dropdown. Michelle took the main photo of the post of Pokhara as well as the one below.

Goats Playing in Pokhara; photo by Michelle Page; courtesy of ETG

Pokhara is a consistent starting point for several trekking trails and expeditions in the Annapurna region. More adventurous treks such as the full three-week Annapurna Circuit, which stretches into the historic Mustang region, are available as well as short three-day treks…or take a brief hike to Sarangkot. Other popular tourist spots to visit in the area are Mahendra Cave and Davis Falls, which are in close proximity to each other and an easy walk from the World Peace Pagoda.

There are many more place that you may want to see, so be sure to visit the official Nepal tourism website –


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