Nepal Beautiful places Pokhara has a major position by a deep green lake, settling among forested hills with an attractive background of glowing Himalayan peaks. But Pokhara has two characters. Behind Lakeside Pokhara, the one most tourists see, is a spreading trade centre bustling with all the trappings of current commerce but with pockets of old Newari building. Temporarily, back at Lakeside Pokhara, the scene is a chilled-out version of Thamel where traffic fumes have been changed for fresh mountain air and the racing motorbikes for paddle boats.
Lakeside Pokhara offers rest and recreation for many a weary traveller. Whether you’ve just returned from a three-week trek or born a bus trip from hell, Lakeside is the picture-perfect place to recharge the sets. Yet there’s much more to it than an easy-going charm. It also has a booming adventure sports business, and is possibly the best paragliding venue on the world. And, of course, it’s the gateway to the world-famous Annapurna treks in pokhara.