Pokhara valley is one of Nepal’s most idyllic cities. Its natural beauty and charm continues to inspire poets and songwriters for many years now. The mountains, caves, gorges, rivers, and lakes have been poetically linked to wide range of state of human emotions. It is Nepal’s largest city from where three of the over 8000 meters high mountains can be viewed at a close proximity for almost eight months a year. Rising from an elevation of 700-1100 meters the nature gifted caves, lakes, gorges, and canyons fascinates any nature lover.
Halt on the drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara for the breathtaking cable-car ride to the Manakamana temple, or even stay over for whitewater rafting on the Trishuli river. In Pokhara, stay if you can in a lakeside hotel. In any case, go for a long boat ride and see the peaks reflected in the Phewa Tal. To truly make the acquaintance of the peaks, you must go to Sarangkot for the sunrise. The Annapurna massif lights up from end to end, with the Machhapuchhare (Fish-Tail) in front, before the morning haze swallows them up. You can spend the rest of the morning in the International Mountain Museum; or in the Mahendra and Gupteshwar Caves, the Shweti gorge near the former, and the tunnel from the latter to the Devi Falls.
The best thing about Pokhara is its ambience: mountains, lake and people interact in a setting of relaxed charm and serene beauty.