Historically, this city was an important stop on trading routes between India, Tibet and China, accessed only by foot until the late 1960s. Today Pokhara is one of the major jumping off points for those starting or returning from trekking and hiking expeditions in the Himalayas, particularly the Annapurna region. The city is known for its stunning scenery which includes Lake Phewa, Fishtail Mountain and the Annapurnas, best seen from the World Peace Pagoda overlooking the lake. The Seti River and its tributaries have formed a series of beautiful gorges and falls that can be explored close to the city.
Pokhara is a blend of ancient and modern, with many medieval temples and stupas standing amidst more recent structures, and donkey caravans of goods from north of the Himalayas arriving occasionally to the city’s impressive market district. Thousands of Tibetan refugees fled to the city in the 1960s and have since developed the modest mid-century camps into well-established suburbs.