About six hours drive, or a short flight, west of Kathmandu, Pokhara is the third largest city in Nepal and one of its major tourist attractions. Located in the foothills of the Annapurnas, Pokhara is picturesquely sited on the edge of Lake Phewa (Phewa Tal) with beautiful mountain views.
Pokhara is the base for many treks in the Annapurnas, and offers good accommodation in a range of budgets. The Lakeside district has many excellent restaurants, bars and shops, while the old market in the heart of Pokhara is a lively place to explore. A boat trip on Lake Phewa is a great way to relax and enjoy the beautiful settings, while a sunrise visit to Sarangkot offers excellent mountain views.
The landscape around Pokhara is pockmarked with deep gullies and caves. The Seti river that flows through the city is often enclosed in a narrow canyon with sheer sides, while the tributaries of the river suddenly vanish underground. Devi's Falls about 2km from the city centre is a famous waterfall where a river empties into a deep cave, which can also been viewed from underground if you explore the depths of nearby Gupteswar Cave.
Pokhara's original lakeside resort hotel, Fishtail Lodge sits on a peninsular jutting out into the lake with stunning mountain views.
Located on a ridge above Pokhara, Tiger Mountain is a luxurious retreat and an ideal base to relax and explore the beautiful surroundings.
Time: GMT +5.45 hours
There are several airlines flying to Nepal via the Middle East with flight times of 10 to 15 hours depending on the length of the stopover.
Language: Nepali is the official language and there are many other minority languages. English is widely spoken by people involved in the travel industry.
Required for British citizens, can be obtained on arrival at the airport.
There are no compulsory vaccinations.