Pokhara, the 'Tourist Capital of Nepal,' is the second-largest city in Nepal, after Kathmandu. At an altitude of more than 900m, it is one of the highest as well.
The city is divided into two parts - Lakeside Pokhara and Old City. Phewa Lake (or Phewa Tal), a spectacular lake borders Lakeside Pokhara while Old City is the commercial hub. Phewa Lake flawlessly reflects the mountains that border it, making it a breathtaking photo-op and a boating paradise. Charming shops, dreamy cafés, restaurants and pubs that line Lakeside Pokhara compliments the postcard-perfect scenery. The old city houses shops where you can buy famous handicrafts, woodwork and woolwork. Visit the Tibetan Mini Market for one-of-a-kind souvenirs!
Pokhara is cut by the Seti Gandaki River and her many tributaries, which contributes to the unique geography - many gorges and caves even within city limits!
Trekkers throng Pokhara as it is a popular starting point for many treks in the Annapurna Range. The Annapurna Circuit Trek is a challenging trek that is rewarded with striking views of Pokhara valley atop Mt. Machhapuchhre. The Sarangkot trail is a much shorter one, which is perfect for novices.
Pokhara offers paragliding and river rafting to all thrill-seekers. You can take solo or tandem rides, depending on your expertise. River rafting and white water rafting are offered on Seti Gandaki and her tributaries.
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