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Pokhara and how to get here

Pokhara is located 200 km (124 miles) west of Kathmandu and it the second most important tourist area outside Kathmandu. Its population of around 170,000 makes it technically the third largest city in the country, but in terms of economy, most consider it the second. In most people's eyes, for beauty it certainly ranks 'number one'.

Pokhara used to be an important trading post between India and China, now it has become the main hub for trekking and mountaineering in Nepal. The area's beauty makes it a great favourite with tourists; some stay a week or more for there is plenty to see and to do, whilst those who are trekking for several days, probably doing the famous 'Annapurna Circuit,' tend to spend a couple of nights here to relax before and after their trek.

Pokhara can be reached by plane, taxi, microbus or bus. The internal flight is from Kathmandu's domestic airport, just a few minutes' walk from the international one. There are several different flights a day, with various airlines. Costs vary but are usually +/- 95 US dollars in each direction and the journey time is 30 minutes. In good weather, the views are stunning.

A taxi can be more economical if there are two or more people, and the journey provides an interesting way to travel through magnificent scenery in a few hours. Usually a taxi will usually get you here in 4 - 6 hours, depending upon traffic hold-ups.

A microbus journey costs about 450 nrs one way and most of the passengers in the usually cramped 16 seater will be Nepalis, but this is generally faster than the bus. Of the bus companies, Greenline is one of the best tourist buses and costs around 10 US dollars each way. All drivers stop en route for refreshments.

A good contact for travel between the two cities is Benchmark Tours and Travels Tel: 014444229 (Kathmandu) or 061461982 (Pokhara).

Transport from the airport to Peace Dragon Lodge can be arranged for a nominal fee of $7 each way, or energetic visitors may prefer to trek up. A nice way to arrive is to cross the Fewa Lake by boat and then hike up to the Lodge through the forest, or ponies are usually avaitable if reserved in advance. (Our own porters can always take care of your heavy luggage.)


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