Things to do and to see here

WORLD PEACE PAGODA (SHANTI STUPA) Those who stay at or visit Peace Dragon Lodge are within striking distance of one of Pokhara's most notable places to see, the massive Buddhist Stupa called the World Peace Pagoda, a symbol of peace containing four huge images of Buddha. Japan, Sri Lanka and Thailand were instrumental in its construction and the wonderful plot of land was donated by a generous local Gurung whose bronze statue looks toward the stupa. From here one can enjoy magnificent views of the Annapurna range and the town of Pokhara.

FEWA LAKE Also spelt Phewa Lake or Phewa Tal is Nepal's second largest lake; its length and distance are not easy to measure because of its shape, but some say it is roughly 5 km x 4km, though I personally feel that may be an exaggeration. At its deepest point it is 47 metres. There are some lovely walks around the lake, numerous eateries and souvenir shops along the eastern shore, called Lakeside, with some tranquil hauts further along. BOATING on the lake is a popular pastime; the wooden boats are brightly coloured and charges are reasonable, with or without an oarsman. Indeed one of the ways of reaching Peace Dragon Lodge is by boat (followed by a 30 minute trek up through the forest up a pretty good path where you can usually see monkeys). In the last couple of years a handful of 'pedaloes' have also been available for hire, taking 6 or 7 people, making them eminently suitable for families. From the far side of the lake, below the Lodge and Stupa, are some wonderful mountain views and it is easy to 'feel' part of the scenery with the mountains reflected in the lake.

BARAHAI TEMPLE is situated on a small island in the lake just offshore from Lakeside. Your can take a single trip to the temple island for about 150 nrs, or you could of course drop by there on your journey over to the Lodge. This can be a tranquil spot, but at other times, especially during the festival of Dashain, it is bursting at the seams with worshippers and many enthusiastic locals swim in the surrounding waters.

SARANGKOT On the opposite side of the lake from the Lodge and Stupa, Sarangkot is a highpoint at 1592m with some great views of the Himalaya, though from here one sees either the mountains or the lake, not both together as one does from Peace Dragon Lodge. Sunset from Sarangkot is, I feel, particularly good and it is from here that paragliding takes place.

PARAGLIDING

More will eventually follow on our new site at www.peacedragonlodge.com

Phewa Lake, Pokhara
Rowing boats wait at Fewa Lake side
Alongside Phewa Lake, Pokhara
Bell at Barahai Temple on Fewa Lake
There are now a few pedaloes on the lake

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