3 Reasons to Love Pokhara

Posted on Jun 20, 2014 by maxbarnard_3 under Travel Tips

Tags: trekking, paragliding

For those traveling to Nepal, it has to be said that Pokhara is one of those destinations that leaves an indelible mark on any of those lucky enough to experience her majestic beauty and her array of activities.

Friendly people, great lakeside restaurants, breath-taking scenery and an endless list of adrenaline activities make traveling to Pokhara a trip to remember and simply the best stop in Nepal.

 1) The People 

During my time in Nepal I met some wonderful people. In kathmandu I met a friend for life, trekking in Langtang I met some of the most welcoming people on the planet and in Chitwan our tour guide was infinitely friendly.

It was my time in Pokhara, however, that episomises just how warm the Nepalese locals are.

My 2 friends and I decided to rent a pedalow and have a relaxed day on Lake Phewa, in the sun, doing circles and stopping here and there to learn how to fish, when we were approached by a colorful boat in the distance.

As they got closer we saw about 7 guys, around our age, smiling keenly in our direction. They were local Nepalese guys, just doing exactly what we were doing, out on the lake having fun and enjoying the scenery.

Unlike alot of countries I have visited my friends and I felt no apprehension or skepticism towards the group. They were in no way trying gain anything out of us or use us in any way.

We spent the rest of the day on the lake together, drinking local wine and teaching each other how to fish, exchanging songs on the guitar and many, many stories. Needless to say we met up with them later for drinks.

2) The activities

So I mentioned Phewa Lake as a place to go boating, fishing and general bathing in the beautiful Pokhara sunlight, but I haven't mentioned the copious amount of other appealing activities on offer in Pokhara.

Firstly, Pokhara is the place to be if you want to go paragliding. Atop of a monumental mountain overlooking the city, there are many different companies all providing the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go paragliding over the perfect scenery. Lake Phewa, the languid town to the side and the backdrop of mesmerizing mountains just makes for the perfect aerial glide.

Another unmissable activity in my eyes would be to hire a motorbike/scooter and drive around the whole city, in particular up the mountain to get the scintillating views over the city and to the famous nearby town of Sarangkot that also overlooks the lake.

3) The Scenery

The scenery throughout Nepal is quite simply unrivaled around the globe and it is in Pokhara, the starting base for tours of the Annapurna Circuit, where you get to witness some of the finest landscapes and scenery in the world.

At ground level Lake Phewa always manages to look so absorbing, whether it's in the intense sunlight, the incredibly romantic sunset or the mysterious hours of dusk, it's beauty is pure and captivating.

Then from Sarangkot and the drive up the mountain, or from the position of the paraglider, the views will make you speechless, like they did me.

The views will undoubtedly prepare you for the rest of Nepal, a country I couldn't put more emphasiz on for people to go and visit and bare witness to the majestic beauty that it contains. 

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