One of the famous lakes in Pokhara, the Begnas Lake is the second largest lake in the valley. This freshwater lake is quite a crowd puller for its beautiful natural surroundings. On a clear day, at the foothills of the Himalayas, the lake waters reflect the surrounding mountain ranges and the clouds that resemble cotton balls creating a stunning view. One may choose to take a leisurely stroll on the banks or rest for a while listening to the sounds of the lake waters and the melodies sung by the birds. Those seeking to get closer to nature and absorb the enchanting vibe amidst dense forests in the Pokhara Valley must visit the Begnas Tal.
Apart from being the second largest lake in Pokhara Valley, it is also the third largest lake in Nepal. Begnas, the twin of Rupa Tal, is the largest of the two situated to the south-east of the valley. A dam, Khudi Khola, built on the western stream regulates the level of the lake water providing enough for irrigation purposes in all the seasons other than the monsoons. The swamps around the lake have been converted into lush green paddy fields, and some sections of the water body are used for fish farming. The waters from the lake help the locals earn a major chunk of their livelihood.
The picturesque beauty of the location makes it an apt attraction for holidaying and rejuvenation. One may go for a long boat ride or go paddling solo in the calm waters and explore every nook and cranny of the lake as they admire the magnificent snow-dusted Himalayan peaks. The lake has several resorts and guesthouses where tourists can stay for as long as they want and breathe in the freshness in the air and enjoy the stunning view of the valley and the Begnas Tal.
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