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53. Pokhara, Nepal

Whether you take a leisurely walk around the mountain-framed lake or a dive into a heart-pounding white-water rafting ride, Nepal’s stunning Pokhara does not discriminate against your fitness levels – number 53 on our 100 Secret Gems You Need To Know About list. 

Where on Earth is it?

Nepal’s ‘second’ city feels more like a mystical country town, located 200 kilometres north-west of Kathmandu.

Why you need to know about it

Pokhara’s major tourism raison d’être is as a base for the trek-tacular Annapurna Circuit, but it hypnotises you into staying a little longer.

The Old Town, more or less unaffected by 2015’s earthquake, is a superb glimpse of what life was like before the masses (and a few five-star hotels) crept in.

You can go white water-rafting and visit an absorbing Gurkha soldier museum, but a simple walk or cycle around the lake, in the presence of some 8000-metre leviathans, harlequin-hued doongas (boats) bobbing up and down, sums up the perfect day in this altitudinous land.

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