Pokhara Travel Guide

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Pokhara Overview

One of the most beautiful spots in the planet and arguably one of the most popular destinations for travelers to the region, Pokhara is one of the largest cities in Nepal. Nestled in the northwestern corner of the valley from which it takes its name, Pokhara is surrounded by the beauty of the Dhaulagiri, the Annapurna, and the Manaslu Mountains, all of them rising around the city itself. The surrounding countryside is magnificent in every sense of the word with caves, rivers, waterfalls, lakes, forests, and more. The city boasts what could probably be considered the ultimate mountain landscapes in the distance, a perfect backdrop for a high-altitude adventure.

From the beauty of Phewa Lake, surrounded by lush forests filled with monkeys as well as snow-capped peaks, to Begnas Lake, Rupa Tal, or Diapang Tal, Pokhara offers access to plenty of adventure within Nepal. In addition, visitors can experience the simple and peaceful atmosphere around the World Peace Stupa overlooking the lake, or hike up to Sarangkot. Mahendra, Gupteshawar, or Chamare all provide perfect spelunking opportunities for the underground enthusiasts, or one can simply revel in the natural splendor the city provides with such an amazing display of natural beauty at its disposal.

Accommodations within the city range from budget to luxury. This is a tourist destination, after all. In addition there are budget restaurants and gourmet alike both offering traditional Nepalese food and drinks. There are also several lodges available for the absolute experience, or you can enjoy some time at one of the spas in the area. But perhaps the most famous aspect of this city is the Annapurna Trail, which makes its end point in Pokhara. Nearly 70% of all visitors to the city come here specifically to wander through the Annapurna Conservation Area and Mountain Range, offering some of the highest and most beautiful mountains in the Himalayas.

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