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If you are visiting Nepal then you have got to have Pokhara on your itenerary. Pokhara has few attractions which certainly warrants a visit. There is much to do in Pokhara as this is the gateway to the Annapurna circuit but these are for the young and fit guys.

If you are a senior citizen like me or on a short trip sightseeing then your best option is to make a beginning by visiting the Pehwa lake, take a boat and visit the Barhi temple followed by a boat ride to the gurung village and back. Take some time strolling on the banks which are well paved. You many also consider visitng a restaurant on the lake, there are plenty to choose from. If you are lucky you may witness a great sunset here.

The colorful patterns made by the docked boats are worth pausing and taking a look

Don’t forget to take a boat and visit the Barhi Temple

Take some time out, just sit on the bank and watch the beautiful landscape all around

While waiting for the sunset enjoy some tea and snacks. My favorite was ginger, lemon and honey tea

If you are lucky, you may witness a mesmerizing sunset. We did.

You must also plan to visit Sarangkot. From here you get great views of the majestic Annapurna range. You will have to leave your hotel very early to catch the sunrise and prey for a clear morning.

Sarangkot is also the para gliding take off point. If you just want to watch then take a cab and get to the north of Pehwa lake to watch the para gliders land. I enjoyed doing that.

A 30 minute drive takes you to the base of Peace Pagoda. You will have to climb many stairs to reach the Pagoda but the effort will be worth it. From the Peace Pagoda you get a very good view of the Pehwa Lake and the Pokhara town. The day we visited it was pouring hence the visibility was very poor.

View of Pokhara town from Peace Pagoda

Far from the maddening crowd lies the Begnas Lake ( about 14 kilometers from Pokara). Not many people visit here. I for one found this place tranquil and beautiful.

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