Located some 200km west of Kathmandu, it is situated at an altitude of 827m from the sea level and directly under the Annapurna mountain range. It is the gateway to the Annapurna region where many a trekker finds his Shangri-La. Pokhara’s spellbinding beauty has been the subject of many travel writers.

Its pristine air, the spectacular backdrop of the snowy peaks of the Annapurna Range and the serene Phewa, Begnas and Rupa Lakes, makes this destination ‘the Jewel of the Himalaya’.

Pokhara is also famous for boating, trekking, rafting and extreme sports like rafting, canoeing and bungee jumping. Despite being smaller than Kathmandu geographically, its geography varies within just few kilometers from north to south.

If you are not looking for some adventures, then Pokhara also offers some of the most scenic locations to relax in. From sitting by the lake reflecting the Annapurna mountains to visiting cultural villages, there’s plenty to enjoy.

Looking for a place to chill out after an epic trekking adventure or the chaos of Kathmandu? Pokhara is the perfect antidote. Here are our favourite things to do in Pokhara, plus advice on where to stay, where to eat, and how to get there.

The ambience of peace and magic this place gives is truly felt by the people who visit here the very first time. Pokhara is a city on Phewa Lake, in central Nepal. It’s known as a gateway to the Annapurna Circuit, a popular trail in the Himalayas.

Tal Barahi Temple, a 2-story pagoda, sits on an island in the lake. On the eastern shore, the Lakeside district has yoga centers and restaurants.

In the city’s south, the International Mountain Museum has exhibits on the history of mountaineering and the people of the Himalayas.

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