PHOTO: Colorful Wooden Boats on Phewa Lake in Pokhara, Nepal

Colorful wooden boats on Phewa Lake in Pokhara, Nepal

Pokhara is the second largest city in Nepal as well as the second most popular tourist destination in the country. I’ve visited Pokhara at least ten times over the years and it offers much for tourists, but for me the city’s most impressive sight has always been the colorful wooden boats on Lake Phewa. The boats in the above photo are available to rent for the day, with or without a man to row. From the center of the lake, on days when skies are blue, boaters are treated to a spectacular view of the Annapurna Himalayas reflected into the blue-green waters.

A short distance away, at the end of Barahi Path (road), another cluster of colorful wooden boats line the shore of Lake Phewa. These somewhat larger boats ferry groups to a small island in the center of the lake that is home to the revered Barahi temple. Devoted to the Goddess Durga, this temple is worshiped by both Hindus and Buddhists. The boats make a complete circuit of the tiny island before rowing up to a dock where passengers disembark. Many visitors make a day of it on the island, praying for health and good fortune, enjoying a picnic lunch, and feeding the fish that flock to the shore under the protection of the goddess.

Considering a future visit to Nepal? You’ll want to check out my Essential Travel Guide for Pokhara, Nepal, which is updated regularly.

PHOTO: Colorful Wooden Boats on Phewa Lake in Pokhara, Nepal

19 thoughts on “PHOTO: Colorful Wooden Boats on Phewa Lake in Pokhara, Nepal”

  1. exactly Barbara, It’s been more than 5 times that I visit Pokhara n every time feels like something is left for next trip.

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  2. Nepal looks so beautiful and this post shows that Nepal is a worthy tourist destination. This country has many places which are amazingly beautiful. Thanks for sharing this post this is really very nice and amazing.

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  3. This photo is gorgeous… It’s not even the beautiful boats, it’s the whole scenery. I’m in love with it!
    I hope I get a chance to visit and see all these myself
    Great post 🙂

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  4. Amazing Barbara. I had no idea Nepal looked like this; I see big mountains of course but more stark terrain. Some of my readers live in Pokhara; would be cool to visit and see them. And to see this inspired lake. Loving those boats too.

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