Summertime is usually associated with ocean-front beaches, all-inclusive resorts, and laying on lounges by a pool with colorful cocktails. For many, this is an ideal way to spend a vacation which, however, overshadows an unconventional way to have fun and relax- in a lake town.
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Swimming in cool, clear blue waters can be more pleasant than dipping in the warm sea swamped with seaweed. Missing out on lake town holidays is equivalent to missing out on some of the best boating, sailing and paddling opportunities.
Lake towns are also less crowded and much cheaper than ocean retreats. Consider spending a week or two in a quintessential American lake town without breaking the bank and having even more fun because you can participate in adventurous activities such as hiking, zip lining, diving, and kayaking.
When it comes to outdoor recreation and even beachside relaxation, America's lake towns have what you need. These charming locales - from Maine and Vermont to California and Alaska - boast some of the most stunningly scenic landscapes in the entire country.
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Pokhara is the one of the most beautiful city and second largest tourist destinations in Nepal. It is popular as "City of Lakes". Pokhara city is connected with all the major cities of Nepal with land transport. Regular flights from Kathmandu to Pokhara are the fastest way to reach Pokhara. Pokhara is famous for sightseeing and mountain views.Phewa Lake, Begnas Lake and Rupa Lake are some of the major attractions. The mind blowing views of Annapurna range to the north of Pokhara including Annapurna I and VI, Annapurna South and Machhapuchhare gives you an amazing feeling. When the sun rises, you can see the reflection of the mountains in the lake, truly a photographer's paradise. This is one of the few places in the world to provide such a dramatic view in a sub-tropical setting. Pokhara is also the gateway for most of the treks in the Annapurna region, including Annapuna Base camp and Upper Mustang.
PLACES TO VISIT IN POKHARA
Davis Falls: Spectacular, supernatural and unusual, Davis falls plunges into a cave and disappears into the earth.
World Peace Pagoda (Shanti Stupa): Built about 16 years ago atop a hill overlooking Phewa Lake, the Stupa offers a great place to see the mountains and the sunset over Pokhara. It can be accessed by hiring a boat across the lake and following a pretty good track upward, climbing up through the forest (but watch out for leeches during the monsoon) or by foot from the road that passes Devi's Fall, turning right at the end of Chhorepatan.
Sarangkot Hill: It lies at the altitude of 1592m. This hill sits north of Pokhara overlooking the valley and Fewa Lake. Just a short scenic hike through small villages and jungle from the main tourist area of Pokhara, or a 30 minute drive can get you there. Sarangkot is a beautiful village best known for its view of sunrise, where on a clear day you can see an unobstructed view of the Himalayas of Dhaulagiri 8167m, Manaslu 8163m and Annapurna 8091m and, in the middle of the Annapurna range, the Machhapuchhre 6993m (Fishtail). The best sunrise, beautiful green hills, terraces of rice and the beautiful view of Pokhara valley can be seen from Sarangkot Hill. It is also the takeoff spot for paragliding, ultralight flight and Zipline.
Mahendra Cave: Mahendra Cave is a famous cave located in Batulechaur, the northern end of the Pokhara city.
Chamare Gufa - Bat cave. It is another cave located some ten minutes away from the famous Mahendra cave. This cave is famous for the bats that can be seen hanging by the cave's walls.
Gupteswar Mahadev Cave Another cave famous for its religious importance located in the southern end of the city, Chorepatan. This cave has a shrine of Hindu god Shiva. The water from Davis fall flows into this cave.
Boating: Just hire a boat and go out in the water for a day.
Paragliding: Don't miss soaring around lake of Pokhara and the Annapurna with Lammergeyer eagles or huge Gryphon vultures to guide the way!