Hiking, climbing, biking, and bird-watching are all popular in and around Pokhara, but it is impossible to visit the city without admiring the serene waters of Phewa Lake, the second largest body of water in Nepal. For striking views of the jagged Annapurna Mountains rising high above the Pokhara sky-line, rent a rowboat and paddle out to the western or southern banks. Pokhara is situated at the base of Macchapuchere, the Fishtail Mountain, and when gazing up at it from Phewa Lake, it resembles a perfect pyramid.
Pokhara isn’t especially famed for its architectural history, but there are several significant temples in and around the city. The newest addition, ‘Peace Pagoda’, was completed in 2000 as a joint venture with Japan. Situated on a ridge overlooking Phew Lake, it boasts expansive views over the region, best enjoyed early in the morning or during the red-orange light of sunset. Trekking to the pagoda is a half-day excursion that leads through teeming forests and past the crashing waters of Devil’s Fall. The setting on top of the ridge is phenomenal, well worth the effort and a favourite location among Hindu and Nepali film-makers.