Lonely Planet review
Phewa Tal is the travellers’ focal point in Pokhara, and is the second largest lake in Nepal. In contrast to the gaudy tourist development of Lakeside, the steep southwestern shore is densely forested. The lush Rani Ban, or Queen’s Forest, gives the still waters a deep emerald hue. On clear, calm days, the Annapurna mountains are perfectly reflected in its mirror surface.
You can take to the lake in one of the brightly painted doongas (boats) available for rent at Lakeside. Many people walk or cycle around the lakeshore – the trek up to the World Peace Pagoda affords breathtaking views over the tal and the mountains beyond.