Pokhara is Nepal's third largest city, located in the country's Gandaki Zone. It is a common starting point for treks through the country's Annapurna region (including the Annapurna Himaland Kaligandaki River valley). Taking a bus from Kathmandu to get here is an option (duration: half a day), but yet easier is avoiding that onerous route altogether and taking a very short flight (duration: around half an hour) in from the capital.
This may be a city, but its primary attraction is clear: the amazing nature all around. Pristine lakes, white mountain peaks, waterfalls, rice paddies, caves... Mix those ingredients up with some temples, pagodas and markets, and you arrive at what is probably what the average tourist pictures when he plans a trip to Nepal.
So all of that is pretty nice, if said with a sense of understatement. But back to Pokhara being a proper city, as that is something which makes life easier for us poor travellers looking for all the conveniences we are used to doesn't it? So, make use of that, and after a long day of exploration, head to the lively road around the lake, pick a spot to eat (Nepali, Korean, Indian or Western, your pick), and then drink the night away all the while having views over the lake. Or, of course, don't do that and make your way into the mountains in the morning instead! [Review by travelindicator]
- Pokhara is a city in Nepal's region of Gandaki. It has a population of 1,000,000, is situated at an altitude of 2720ft and the best airport to fly into is KTM (Tribhuvan, Kathmandu)
- The currency used in Nepal is the Nepalese rupee (NPR)
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