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Boating in Nepal


Nepal provides some fine opportunities for boating. The innumerable lakes and reservoirs of glacial and tectonic origin in Nepal proffer fine opportunities for boating. Nepal is a destination for travelers to indulge in recreational boating. For centuries, man has had a fascination with the water. The pleasure of touching water waves while sitting on a boat cannot be described in words. Boating is the prime activity that can be enjoyed by anyone. The views of lush green jungles, hills and magnificent snow-capped mountains made past during boating in clear sparkling blue water makes you feel like being in a paradise. You can leave all your pain and agony and forget hectic and cacophonous life and plunge into the lake for relaxing for a lifetime memory. You can row yourself or just relax and let somebody else do all the hard work for you. Boats can also be had for the whole day, or on an hourly basis.

Mountain lakes like Rara, Phoksundo, Phewa etc., are majestic in extent and beauty. Rara in Mugu district of western Nepal is the country largest lake. Phewa at Pokhara is another equally famous lake. Phoksundo in Dolpa Distric is yet another big lake but is less well known than Phewa Lake due to its difficult approach. Rupa tal and Begnas tal (Pokhara), Gaduwal tal (Chitwan), Satyavati Tal (Palpa), Khaptad tal (Doti), Barhakunetal (Dang), Surma Sarobar (Bajhang) and Tilicho tal (Manang) are some of other well-known lakes of Nepal.

The lakes of Nepal are famous for their crystal clear water, scenic backgrounds and the adventure activities that they offer. Out the above-mentioned lakes the finest ones are Phewa, Begnas and Rupa.

Pokhara’s Phewa Lake is the most popular destination for travelers wanting to indulge in recreational boating. It is the second largest lake in the kingdom and measures roughly 1.5 by 4 km. Its eastern shore, also known as Lakeside or Baidam, is the center of tourist activity in Pokhara.

Begnas and Rupa Tal are located 15 km out of Pokhara at the end of a road that turns off the Kathmandu highway. Both these lakes offer some splendid boating opportunities. Phewa, Begnas and Rupa Lakes were all part of the body of water that once filled the Pokhara valley.