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Known as the jumping ground for the best trekking in Nepal, the Pokhara
Valley lies 200 kms. west of Kathmandu, enriched with gorgeous lakes and
surrounded by picturesque mountains.
Pokhara has always been a favorite among tourists visiting Nepal, to
get away from the hustle and bustle of the capital to a peaceful setting,
to relax by the lake side or take a hiking trip around the valley, with
routes available to suit everyone's needs, ability and preferences.
The valley is about 35 minutes abroad a plane, on about six daily flights
available from Kathmandu or about 7 hours drive on a luxury bus. The city
itself is divided into two zones - the lakeside and the bazaar area. The
lakeside lies around the Phewa Tal, where most of the hotels, restaurants
and tourist stores are concentrated. It is a place to relax before and after
a long trek around the Annapurna range. One can just rent a boat and spend
the whole day in the lake, sunbathing.
As the jumping grounds for trekking, the stores around the lake carries
all the necessary equipment needed for such trips, plus it is a good place
to buy souvenirs to take back home. Pokhara also has the immigration office,
one of the two in the country from where trekking permits can be obtained
and visas extend.
Pokhara has some interesting sites with religious significance like Varahi
temple in the middle of the lake and Binde Basini Temple in the city, atop
a small hill. Like the Tibetan camp in Kathmandu, Pokhara has its share
of settlements, where Tibetan arts and handmade carpets can be shopped.
Another one of Pokhara's attraction is the David's Fall. The best way to
see the valley is pedaling on a rental cycle.
Around Pokhara Valley
The areas around the city offer some excellent hiking opportunities, with
the valley on one side and snow-capped mountains on other, indeed a paradise
for nature lovers.
The most famous short route of all, the place overlooks the valley and
an excellent place to view the mountains on the north. Just a couple of
hours walk from the heart of the town, Sarangkot also has places to stay
Beside the Phewa Lake, few kilometers away from the city, lies the Rupa
and Begnas Lakes, a place to visit for the ones yearning to get away from
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