Introducing Begnas Tal & Rupa Tal
About 10km southeast of Pokhara, a road leaves the Prithvi Hwy for Begnas Tal and Rupa Tal, two gloriously serene lakes that receive few foreign visitors, despite their proximity to Pokhara.
It’s a peaceful spot and the mountains of the Annapurna Range are brilliantly reflected in the still waters. Boats can be rented for a leisurely paddle on the lake for Rs 200 per hour.
Rupa Tal is reached via a 3km hike along a trail that winds uphill from the bus stand in Begnas Bazaar. It’s much more isolated than Begnas Tal but the surrounding countryside is delightful and you can stay at several laid-back teahouses on the ridge overlooking the lake.