Pokhara is one of the most popular tourist destinations and the second most visited city in Nepal. It is famous for its tranquil atmosphere and the beautiful surrounding countryside. Pokhra lies on the shores of lovely Phewa Lake. Three out of the ten highest mountains in the world can be seen from Pokhara (Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Manasalu). The iconic Machhapuchre (“Fishtail”), with its distinctively pointed peak, has become the icon of the city.
As the base for trekkers who make the popular Annapurna Circuit, Pokhara has developed many interesting sightseeing opportunities. Lakeside is the area of town located on the shores of Phewa Lake. The place is full of interesting shops and sidewalk vendors. On the south end of town, visitors can catch a coloured wooden boat to the historic Barahi temple, located on an island in the Phewa Lake.
On a hill overlooking the southern end of Phewa Lake is the World Peace Stupa. From which a spectacular view of the lake, city, and Annapurna Himalayas can be seen. Sarangkot, a hill on the southern side of the lake, offers an exquisite dawn panorama of green valleys framed by the snow-capped Annapurnas. The Seti Gandaki River has created spectacular gorges in and around the city. At places it is only a few meters wide and runs so far below that it is not visible or audible from the top.