Pokhara is the third-largest city in Nepal, but it ranks second to attract visitors. It is perched on top of the imposing Annapurna mountain range at almost 900 meters above sea level. This charming city has been attracting adventure seekers and tourists from all over the world due to its relaxed atmosphere and magnificent natural beauty.
With several beautiful lakes and the spectacular fall of the back of the Himalayas, it is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Tourism is the economic backbone and has helped this city to prosper. The city is also the perfect base and starting point for hikers who want to explore the world-famous Annapurna Circuit.
However, for the less active, nature-loving traveler, the place may offer the ideal setting for that much-needed relaxing getaway. On the surface, Pokhara might look like any other picturesque city invaded by modernity due to the influx of tourists, but in reality, it is much more. It presents an interesting mix of old and new.
At one point, visitors can see mule trains following the ancient trade routes found on the outskirts of the city, and then at another time, they will see bustling and vibrant districts like Pardi and Baidam, which are filled with modern hotels, bars, and restaurants that welcome strangers to this strange land.
Pardi and Baidam, also known as Lakeside and Damside, have become a popular destination because it lies on the shores of picturesque Fewa Lake. This lake is immense and reflects, in an almost perfect placidity, the peaks of the snow-capped mountains of the Himalayas.
You can go boating and fishing in the lake, but for the less avid sportsman, a drink, a friend, or a book in one of the cafes overlooking the splendid body of water is a satisfying alternative. With the many natural attractions on-site, Pokhara offers plenty of recreational opportunities, from adventure caving, river rafting and jungle safaris to paragliding and micro flights – the daring will never be bored. Just know where to go and a travel agent can organize it for you.
Those who envisioned a slower-paced vacation should not worry. In addition to the large open spaces, the city has a rich and colorful heritage. Tourists can participate in a number of cultural activities by visiting the city’s numerous temples and museums. They can also sightsee and explore further in other Tibetan villages.
In Pokhara, there are many trails to walk, many lakes to see, more hills to climb, many views to admire, and then there are gorges so deep that I want to know what’s underneath.
But sometimes resources are limited, especially time. So for those who don’t have the time or energy to do everything, but still want to see the entire city, a must-see is the Sarangkot Lookout, which has the most amazing panoramic view of Pokhara and its postcard-like countryside.