Escorted Rail Tours to Pokhara
Discover lakes, mountains, temples and tranquillity in this enchanting Nepalese city
Travelling to Pokhara, a city at the very centre of the tiny Democratic Republic in Nepal is an unforgettable experience in itself thanks to the breathtaking nature of its surroundings. Sitting beside a lake of mirror-like stillness in the shadow of the snow-capped Annapurna Mountain Range, the city occupies a corner of the Himalayan Pokhara Valley steeped in dramatic beauty.
This scenic setting alone justifies travelling to Pokhara; many visitors use the city as a base for exploring the many hiking trails and climbing opportunities offered by the area, but Pokhara boasts an abundance of enjoyable and memorable attractions of its own. Many exquisite and historic temples are located within the city, such as the seventeenth century Bindhya Basini Temple, the two-storey Bhimsen Temple and Pokhara's most famous temple, Varahi Mandir, which is dedicated to the supreme Hindu god Lord Vishnu.
Equally unmissable are Pokhara's fascinating museums. The International Mountain Museum charts the history, culture, geology and wildlife of Nepal's mountains and contains many artefacts and mementos of historic climbing expeditions. The Gurkha Memorial Museum provides an insight into the background of the proud and heroic Gurkhas who have served alongside the British Army for more than two centuries. Two museums, the Pokhara Regional Museum and the Tamu Kohibo Museum explore the ancient cultures and traditions of the indigenous people of the Pokhara Valley.