One of the most popular tourist destinations in Nepal, Pokhara is known for its amazing view of the snowy mountains and glistening lakes, paragliding, zip-lining, and much more. International tourists and many Kathmandu residents flock to Pokhara for weekends and holidays, and on New Year's Eve. Some of the sites we recommend visiting in Pokhara are Fewa Lake, World Peace Pagoda, Sarangkot, Davis Falls, and Gupteswor Mahadev cave.
Because many of the attractions are not too far from each other, a few can be visited in the same day. Crawl through Gupteswore Mahadev cave in the morning and make your way up a hill on the southern shore of Fewa Lake to the World Peace Pagoda afterwards. In the evening, stroll through Lakeside, the area along Fewa Lake, to take in the variety of restaurants, shops and plenty of scenic spots to view the lake.
In northwest Pokhara and at an altitude of 1600m, Sarangkot offers panoramic views of the Himalayas. Traditionally known for its breathtaking sunrise vista, Sarangkot has recently become recognized as the place to paraglide and zip-line in Nepal. Sit back as the wind takes you where it may over the terraced hills, which have the Annapurna mountain range on one side and Lake Fewa on the other. There are many companies, such as Everest Paragliding, to paraglide with. For those who would like to be closer to the ground, zip-lining offers just as much of a thrill. Traveling at 120 kph maximum speed for the 2 minute, 1800 meter long ride that also features a 200 foot vertical drop, zip-lining is a true adrenaline rush. HighGround Adventures has special offers available for students, groups and other discounts available also. To book your ride, visit their website.
Don't miss Pokhara on your trip to Nepal. Most upscale and higher starred hotels are on the southern and south-eastern fringes of Pokhara where there are more open lands and therefore unhindered view of the mountains. Lakeside hotels are right where the busy nightlife of Pokhara takes place. Some accommodations in one of the most happening valleys in Nepal are Hotel Barahi and Hotel The Kantipur.
Source: Wikipedia.com; highgroundnepal.com
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