Luxury holidays in Pokhara

Sitting pretty in a Himalaya-hugged Nepalese valley, lakeside Pokhara’s polished surfaces hold a mirror to its lofty, snow-capped neighbours. The city guards the way to the heart-hammering (and calf-crunching) Annapurna Circuit, but if Herculean hikes aren’t enough to spike your adrenalin, there’s mountain-biking, rafting and bungee jumping to please the pickiest adventurer. Not up to conquering Everest’s cousins? Never fear – take a walk of a more mellow nature to the World Peace Pagoda, then potter about Phewa Tal in a playfully hued paddle boat.

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When to go

October to March is the prime time to go – drier days make for happy hiking, plus the clearest mountain views. In April, you can join the festivities ringing in the Nepali New Year.

Getting there

  • Planes

    It’s just a 30-minute flight to Pokhara from Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport, with Himalayan views as the in-flight entertainment.
  • Automobiles

    Nepal’s rugged terrain can make driving slow-going. You won’t be able to rent a car to drive yourself, but private cars and jeeps complete with their own chauffeur are available for hire.