Pokhara

thumb|400px|The Annapurna Mountains above Pokhara's Phewa Tal lakeshore.

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World Peace Pagoda (Shanti Stupa)

Opened in 1999 on top of a hill just south of Phewa Tal, the Stupa is the first Peace Pagoda to be constructed in Nepal and offers great views of the Annapurna Mountains, including Fishtail, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, and Annapurna III. This is a great place to watch the sunrise or sunset over Pokhara. The easiest way to get there is to take a taxi to the base of the Peace Pagoda (NPR1000 return, including waiting). If you want to go on foot, you must first get to the southern side of Phewa Tal, either by walking around the lake or rowing across the lake. Then take a very steep hike through the forest (watch out for leeches during the monsoon) or from the road that passes Devi's Fall, turning right at the end of Chhorepatan. To hike to the top: From the small fork road behind the bakery in Damside, go south 200 m, past a few hotels to the road bridge over the big canal. Go southwest along smaller road to the cable bridge over the creek, notice the "peace" sign on bridge anchor cement. Cross, then go up steps to rite, hence main walking trail to left along rice fields. 200 m to a small temple and water tap. Notice another peace sign and arrows pointing zig zag up behind tap. Follow the zig zag trail through the forest to steps and continue up them to the top of the ridge spur, follow the trail markers (notches in the tree trunks) wherever things get confusing. Follow the large trail through lovely forest with monkeys at times. Warning: there have been reports of a few robberies. Reach forested ridge top at a mudhole/saddle, hence trail crosses over to north side, through more nice forest. Look for tree markers. gradually up until you reach open main ridge, within sight of Peace Pagoda. A few small cafes and a hotel here, then steps up to top. It should take around 35 min from the hotels near the road bridge over the big canal.

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Sarangkot

The perfect pre-trek warm-up. Head up Sarankot in the late afternoon, and be prepared as it's steep and hard work. You can rent a motor bike for under NPR700 and take yourself to the top. The road is rough, but traversable. Great views, spectacular images and a great way to get a taste of what it's like to be trekking.The Sarangkot south slope trail is a challenging run/polewalk workout. Go north through Lakeside about 5 km, through Kare, around corner to SediBogar village. Park bike/moto at the Caravan Restaurant, which is the last spot to buy water & snacks. Follow stone road 1+km directly north towards Sarankot's forested slopes, past houses, to school. Don't try to ride a motorbike or bike up this road, too rocky. road ends to rite (east) of school, follow trail behind, east (right) into seasonal creek gully, then 100 m up it trail goes off a bit to left and soon the grueling stone steps begin. Take water. Follow steps all the way, follow the arrows carved into stones where confusing, cross 3 new jeep roads but stay on stone step trail, way up you'll come out on the jeep road along north to Kalipani and Naudada villages at a restaurant/school 3/4 of the way up, follow road 100 m left to parasail jump off, then continue up obvious steps to Sarankot village, with hotels/cafes/shops, and up cement steps to lookout tower. Morning views are best. This trail takes at least 52 min from the bottom at Caravan park spot. Knee jarring descent takes 40 min, or possible to take taxi or even hitch a ride in a parasail truck going down.

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Backstreet Academy

An alternative tour experiences platform, they enable locals to offer authentic and unique activities to tourists such as cooking classes in a local's home, marble carving workshops, Batik Painting, making your own recycled bags, even a sculpture class where you learn to create your own miniature sculptures from a master craftsman in Pokhara. A social enterpise, they work with many underprivileged people who either serve as hosts or facilitators. The facilitators will pick you up from your hotel and translate for you. These facilitators are usually young students looking for work to pay for their education or orphans looking to transition into society. Transport is provided for most activities in Pokhara. A great way to interact with local people and take in the culture and have something memorable.


Hotel Da Yatra Courtyard

Neo-classical 4-star hotel located in the heart of downtown lakeside: Cozy, comfortable, spacious rooms. All rooms are sound-proof. 24-hour front desk, lift service with 2-sides glass to capture views of aquamarine Lake Phewa, sacred Varahi Temple, World Peace Stupa and Queen Forest and other rolling hills. Outdoor garden bar, water-fountains, roof-top terrace, patio and cozy restaurant. Serves world class beverages, exotic cocktails and mocktails till late night. Fooday's Restaurant on premises. Free parking, free Wi Fi in room and all public areas. Gift-shops, shoe-shine machine and 24-hour security. Approximately a 2-minute walks from the lake-shore road. 100+ pax meeting hall with state-of-the-art sound system and necessary equipment.



Parahawking/Vulture Restaurant

The population of certain species of vulture has collapsed in many parts of Asia due to vultures eating dead cows that have been injected with a drug that helps the cows in old age but poisons the vultures when they eat them after their die. A charity has established a hospice for cows coming to the end of their lives. They look after the cows but ensure they don't have any of the drug that kills the vultures. When the cows eventually die they are given as food to the vultures. Trips are arranged to view such early morning vulture feasts. To find out more visit Blue Sky Paragliding.

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Kahun Dharahara

Kahun is the second nearest hill close to the city. At the top of Kahun there's a view tower locally called "Kahun Dharhara". You can get there by bus, motorbike or cycle. Hiking also shouldn't take more than 2.5 hours to reach there from Ranipauwa. A spectacular view of "Annapurna range" could be seen straight from the tower. The Pokhara valley could also be observed as well.The environment is peaceful at the top,you should shop and carry required items either from the valley itself or from the local shop in Kahun as there are no shops, cafe or hotels available at "Kahun Dharhara"

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Asian Teahouse

Located along the main road through Lakeside on the opposite side from the lake. The only way you'll find this place is to look out for the handwritten sign sitting at the end of the alleyway that the restaurant sits in. Or by looking for a large shop named 'Almonds'; directly under this sign is an arcade that you walk through and it is at the end on the left. The food is great, huge servings and the food in the area. The family that owns the restaurant is friendly, hospitable and informative.

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Peace Dragon Lodge

Located within 4min walk from the World Peace Pagoda and enjoying what is probably the best view in town, overlooking Phewa Lake and the mountain range stretching from Daulaghiri to Himal Ganesh, between them the Annapurnas, Fishtail (Machhapuchhre) and Manasalu. All tastefully-furnished rooms are en suite with solar powered hot water and 24-hour back-up power. Magnificent rooftop restaurant. With Western and Nepali co-owners. Internet connection available.

SLEEP   —  +977 61 621182 —  Map


Hotel Pokhara Inn

Completed in summer 2012, this 5-storey hotel provides rooms with full western bathrooms, comfortable mattresses, television sets, Wi-Fi Internet access, lock boxes and northerly views of the Himalayas. The hotel's driver can provide transport around town when needed or to/from the airport. The hotel's generator provides electricity when the local power goes out. Air conditioned rooms are also available at a slightly higher rate.

SLEEP   —  +977 61 465398 —  Fewa Lake, Pardi

The New Pokhara Lodge

On the shores of Pokhara's largest lake. Sufficiently set back from the main road to guarantee peace, quiet & privacy, there are just 16 rooms, all with attached tiled toilets and 24 hours hot and cold water. Standard rooms with attached bath, and deluxe room with bath & air-con available. The lodge is built around one of the best gardens in town. Offers free very high speed Wi-Fi internet up to 10 Mbps.

SLEEP   —  +977 61 464990 —  Map

Phewa/Fewa Lake (Phewa/Fewa Tal)

One of Nepal's most beautiful spots, Phewa Tal is surrounded by a combination of monkey-filled forests and high white peaks. The reflections in the mirror-like water in the early mornings are impressive. Hire a boat and row yourself across the lake, or hire a local to do it for you - there are some fine times to be had on this lake, even in the middle of the night.

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The Fulbari Resort & Spa

Nepal's only 5-star resort located outside of the capital. About ten minutes from the airport and offering unfettered views of the surrounding Himalayan ranges. Alongside the hotel is a former glacial canyon and the Seti-River gorge. Facilities at the hotel include four restaurants, one bar, a spa/health club, golf club and a casino.

SLEEP   —  +977 1 446-1918 —  Map

Crown Hotel

A friendly, family-run place that is handy for paraglider pilots/students as it is very near some of the paragliding schools. The rooms are fine and the atmosphere mellow. Be aware that there have been reports of a fake website for this hotel, that shows real pictures of the hotel but is rumoured to lead to fraudulent bookings.

SLEEP   —  Map

Hotel Monal

Very reasonably priced hotel with decent sized rooms. It has a nice courtyard, and a lot of socializing going on between guests. The Australian woman who manages the place is very friendly, helpful, and lives on premises. The Wi-Fi is pretty bad and the staff just tell you to use a neighboring hotel's Wi-Fi.

SLEEP   —  Central Lakeside

Trekkies Guesthouse

A clean quiet little place in a rural like setting, yet only a short walk from the main road. The family running the guesthouse are helpful and friendly, the owner Bhadra is also an expert trekking guide. Meals and laundry services are provided, along with a roof top view of Phewa Tal and free Wi-Fi.


Natssul Korean Restaurant

Located next to Lakeview Resort towards the tourist bus stand end of town, this is an outdoor garden restaurant run by a Korean couple and serves authentic Korean dishes. Recommended are Vege Bibimbob Hotpot, Beef Bulgogi stew and pork skewers. Free Wi-Fi and the complimentary side dishes are lovely.

EAT   —  +977 61 229198 —  Map

The Pavilions Himalayas

A recently opened (as of 2015) eco-resort with great service and comfort. Villas are peppered in the rice fields above the infinity pool looking at the mountains. As its off-grid the resort relies on solar panels and bio-gas for lighting and cooking, and the organic food from the farm next door.


Hanging Garden

This is one of the outlets of the famed Fulbari Resort and a one of its kind restaurant in Nepal because of its design and location. It is located at the end of the cliff facing the Seti river gorge. It offers a breathtaking view of the Seti gorge below and some of the best meals in Pokhara.

EAT   —  Map

German Bakery (3)

Another location of this popular bakery chain. This one is especially good if you're walking into town from the airport or on your way to or from the hike to the World Peace Pagoda. Several tables, free Wi-Fi, good breakfasts including honey curd muesli as well as the usual bakery items.

EAT   —  Damside

Sampada Inn

An attractive recently opened (as of 2015) hotel in traditional Nepali design with engraved windows and brick work. The rooms are unique with exposed Nepali brickwork, natural wood furniture, etc. Free Wi-Fi. On a quiet street and 2min walk to the lakeside area. It is family operated.

SLEEP   —  +977 61 462817 —  Map

Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge

Eco-lodge situated 30 minutes out of Pokhara has stunning mountain views, home cooking with local and organic produce and 18 rooms. An infinity pool, and a range of massage, yoga and meditation therapies. Expert local guides escort walks exploring local culture, flora and fauna.


Begnas Lake (Begnas Tal)

Out of town and away from the hustle, Begnas Tal is quiet, clean and peaceful. There are a few basic hotels nearby and the odd refreshment shop. The walk along the road leading to Begnas Tal is fascinating; the seasonal rhythms of daily life in the country make great images.

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Dhiki Danda

One of the hills that provides a closer view to the Himalayas. Located on the north of Mahendra Cave, one can reach there hiking 2-3 hours all the way through Armala. The trail is about 5 km from Mahendra Cave. Beautiful scenery can be observed form the top.

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Hotel Mountain View

Lakeside, near Basundhara Park. Family-run hotel with clean, peaceful rooms with lake view from the rooms and hot shower facility. Arrangement for trekking to ABC, Ghandruk, Ghorepani, and many places on demand. Air, bus tickets booking facility.

SLEEP   —  +977 61 465281 —  Map

Hotel Diplomat

A nice family-run place with friendly owner. All rooms have recently-installed (as of 2015) fixtures, silent generator, double beds. Mattresses are above par and visitors can sit on the roof and enjoy the views over the lake and mountains.

SLEEP   —  Lakeside

Bistro Caroline

Sister branch of the upmarket KTM restaurant with a garden on the lake and stylish interior. Offers a good selection of French and continental food. Possibly the best wine list in Pokhara, expensive but the toilets alone are worth it.

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Purna Yoga Retreat Centre

Purna Yoga Retreat is residential centre for yoga and meditation offering 1-21 day courses. 10 en-suite rooms, and a large and spacious glass-walled yoga hall with panoramic views of Pokhara, Phewa Lake and surrounding hills.


Fewa Paradise

This restaurant stretches from the main road to the lakeside. Great for breakfast and lunch overlooking the lake. In the evenings they have nightly cultural music and dance shows between 19:00-21:00.

EAT   —  Lakeside

Pokhara Thakali Kitchen

Authentic Thakali meals (including Daal Bhat) served on a large platter with several different curries. One of the best places to eat in Pokhara if you're looking for authentic regional dishes.


International Mountain Museum

Displays about the people living in the Himalayas, of the 14 highest peaks and their most famous expeditions. Also includes some exhibits from other mountain areas such as Slovenia and Japan.

SEE   —  +977 61 460742 —  Ghari Patan

Banana Garden Lodge

Khahare, north of lakeside, started in early 1990s is one of the most popular budget guest houses in town. Its slight elevation gives the most spectacular views to the lake. Run by a family.

SLEEP   —  +977 61 464 901 —  Map

Hua-Han

Excellent Chinese restaurant, famous for its Kung Pao Chicken. Prices are comparatively high, and the interior indicates that it caters to customers better dressed than the usual trekker.

EAT   —  Map

Devi's Falls (Patale Chhango)

Spectacular, especially after heavy rains. Devi's Falls plunge into a cave and disappear into the earth. The name is from a Swiss couple who were washed away (or fell in) and drowned.

SEE   —  Map

Pokhara Java

Nice and cosy coffee place, that serves breakfast, sandwiches and different varieties of coffee. Their set breakfast includes eggs, toast, hash browns and espresso coffee for Rs 195.

EAT   —  9846043980 —  Map

Tushita Organic Restaurant

Serves Japanese food, sea food; specialist in sushi. Also offers Nepali food. Grilled fish, steak, pizza, herb wine are popular dishes. Delivery service for groups larger than 4.


Wooden coffee House

A lovely little place with outdoor seating in the sun, serving excellent coffee. It's set up by a joint Dutch-Nepal non-profit organization, helping single women with children.

EAT   —  Map

The China Town

Restaurant and bar that serves typical Chinese food, especially sweet & sour dishes. Fresh and locally grown/caught duck, fish and chickens. Also, a food menu for vegetarians.


The Silver Oaks Inn

Four-storey hotel with nice views and a shady, colourful garden. Clean rooms. Good views from balcony or rooftop. Traveldesk and big lounge/restaurant. Free Wi-Fi /desktop.

SLEEP   —  +977 61 462147 —  Lakeside-6

Oxygen Lounge Bar

Its a great place located in the centre of lakeside with beautiful view of lake and mountains from the garden of the bar. Live band every night, and late night camp fire.

DRINK   —  +977 980 410 3258 —  lakeside

Rupa Lake (Rupa Tal)

One of the more remote lakes in Pokhara with limited accessibility and hence more serene and unspoiled compared to the other lakes. A must visit for any nature lover.

SEE   —  Map

Tara's Vegetarian Kitchen

A lovely small budget restaurant with a friendly proprietress. A great western-style breakfast with excellent hashbrowns; try the specialty dish, Simi Nariwal.

EAT   —  Map

Dipang Lake (Dipang Tal)

Beautiful lake where you can find wild lotus and wild swan. It is located about fifteen minutes walk from Sisuwa, the city centre of Lekhnath municipality.

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Hotel Nirvana

Big airy rooms - some with mountain views. Lovely garden and great rooftop area for sitting and enjoying the views. Good breakfasts, Wi-Fi, helpful staff.


Rupa View Guest House

Located on Pachbhaiya hill, which separates Begnas and Rupa lakes. Run by local family. Most of the food items are grown in the garden and purely organic.


Sacred Valley Inn

Tourist favourite since 1998. Great location in Lakeside. Lovely airy rooms - some with balconies. Delicious breakfasts on the roof with amazing views.

SLEEP   —  +977 61 46192 —  Map

Emon Cafe

This restaurant and bar has nightly live music upstairs with indoor and balcony seating. Cheap beer. Nice rooftop where they have a camp fire at night.

EAT   —  Map

Gurkha Memorial Museum

Museum dedicated to the famous soldiers from Nepal. You can observe here the various historic uniforms, their famous knives and the different flags.

SEE   —  +977 61 541966 —  Map

Gupteswar Mahadev Cave

Contains a large stalagmite venerated as a representation of Shiva; two caverns: one the temple and the other leading to a spot near Devi's Falls.

SEE   —  Map

German Bakery (1)

Similar to the other German Bakery locations. This one is attached to the Boomerang Restaurant so customers have the use of free Wi-Fi and tables.

EAT   —  Central Lakeside

Hotel Castle Resort

Small, resort-style accommodation with a faux castle on a small hill overlooking Fewa Lake with ten rooms, heated swimming pool and an Irish pub.

SLEEP   —  +977 61 461926 —  Map

Butterfly Lodge

Helpful staff, reasonable prices, big rooms with some of their profits going to the Butterfly Foundation charity. Also, they can arrange tours.

SLEEP   —  +977 61-461892 —  Central Lakeside

Pleasant Home Hotel

Nice budget hotel with friendly owners and decent NPR500 rooms. TV, mountain views with balconies and secure parking. Quiet and rarely full.

SLEEP   —  Lakeside Pokhara

Punjabi Restaurant

Authentic Indian vegetarian curries and breads. Another in a list of excellent places to eat in Pokhara if you like good quality curries.

EAT   —  Lakeside

Lake View House

Nice family-run guesthouse. Just 4 rooms, nice garden, view of the lake, 2 shared bathrooms, hot shower. Homemade food by request.

SLEEP   —  Map

Sun Welcome

Small family run place 5 min north of the main strip, a few spots up from Newari. Cheap and delicious. Open all day, can even BYO.

EAT   —  Lakeside

Raniban Retreat

A lodge on the top of a mountain near the World Peace Pagoda, offering what may be the best views in the area, 420m above town.

SLEEP   —  Map

Third Eye Inn

Lovely renovated hotel with clean comfortable rooms and amazing views from the rooftop. Same management as Sacred valley Inn.

SLEEP   —  +977 61 463705 —  Pahari Marg

Paragliding: Tandem flights/lessons/parahawking

Don't miss soaring around Lake Pokhara and the Annapurnas with Lammergeyer eagles or huge Gryffon vultures to guide the way.

DO   —  Map

Peace Dragon Lodge & Restaurant

Serves a good range of Nepali, Indian & Western dishes and light snacks. Prices are moderate, and the views are stunning.

EAT   —  +977 61 621182 —  Map

Coffee Culture Cafe

Various types of espressos, and other hot and cold drinks. The only completely dedicated organic coffee shop in Pokhara.

DRINK   —  +977 61 525587 —  Map

Baba Lodge

Fine meals in a great outdoor dining area overlooking the "Damside" end of Phewa lake. Gynendra will make you welcome.

SLEEP   —  Map

Hotel Garden

A modern, comfortable hotel with great, friendly staff, roof-top view, free Wi-Fi, orchid garden restaurant and bar.

SLEEP   —  +977 61 463681 —  Pokhara Damside

Di Di's Cafe

Fast wifi, outlets for ethernet cables and power access, power is always on. Run by a very nice Nepali family,


Green Peace Lodge

Sedi Bagar, Lakeside. One of the finest views over the lake, great sunset. Busy throughout the year.

SLEEP   —  +977 61 462134 —  Map

El Sol Spanish Restaurant

Good and cheap Spanish food cooked by a Spanish chef. Pleasant and with a slightly hippy atmosphere.

EAT   —  north Lakeside

Cafe Fusion Restaurant & Bar

Chilled beer, variety of wine, spirits and soft drinks such as smoothies, cocktails and mocktails.

DRINK   —  Lakeside

Hotel Yeti

. Draped with flowering vines. Clean, quiet, free Wi-Fi, nice garden. Modest breakfast available.


Monsoon Cafe

Lovely cafe to enjoy breakfast or lunch. Fabulous desserts, quiche, baked potatoes and sandwiches

EAT   —  +977 61 461792 —  Map

Bullet Basecamp

A Dutch-Australian run establishment. Situated a little away from the touristy strip of Pokhara.

DRINK   —  +977 980 838 5970 —  Map

Perky Beans

Popular place to eat, good breakfast, chapati wraps and renowned 500 ml shakes and smoothies.

EAT   —  Map

Busy Bee Cafe

A beautiful outdoor garden bar, with Pokhara's best rock & roll acts on stage around 20:00.

EAT   —  Map

German Bakery (2)

There are at least three German Bakery locations in Pokhara. This one is take away only.

EAT   —  North Lakeside

Hotel Meera

Provides clean and spacious rooms for about USD30. They also have a great restaurant.

SLEEP   —  Map

Blue Diamond Restaurant

Good western style breakfasts for NPR180, good Nepali Khanna (Dhal Bhat) for NPR130.

EAT   —  Lakeside Rd

Clay Oven

Nice and cheap restaurant over looking the lake. Nice sizzler meals and USD3 pizzas.

EAT   —  Lakeside

Pushpa Guesthouse

Popular and friendly guesthouse in good location just off the main lakeside road.

SLEEP   —  +977 61 465902 —  Lakeside

Octagon Guesthouse Pokhara

A small family-run place. Pretty octagon-shaped building, hospitable owner.

SLEEP   —  Lakeside

Moondance

A popular place to eat, and although the prices are high so is the quality.

EAT   —  Map

Machhapuchhre Guesthouse

Free Wi-Fi, kitchen & dining room in hotel, views to lake and mountains.

SLEEP   —  +977 61 621751 —  North Lakeside

Chamare Gufa - Bat cave

This cave is famous for the bats that can be seen hanging by the walls.

SEE   —  Map

Everest Steak House

Offers steaks so large they can only be eaten by a minimum of 3 people.

EAT   —  Pokhara

Once upon a time

Italian and Indian Cuisine, very old restaurant in Pokhara. Free Wifi.

EAT   —  +977 61 461881 —  Lakeside

Amrit Guest House

Lakeside; nice little hostel that has both dorms and double bedrooms.

SLEEP   —  Map

Koto Japanese restaurant

luxurious Japanese restaurant with excellent Beef Teriyaki and sushi.

EAT   —  Map

Pokhara Steak House restaurant

Speciality for all kind of steak dishes, sirloin, ribeye and T-bone.


Tushita Sushi Bar

Local speciality "Sushi Bite with Delight" and Himalayan herb wine.


Top Lonely Guesthouse

Guesthouse with nice view. Wi-Fi and attached bathrooms available.

SLEEP   —  +977 981 7114260 —  Kharare Pokhara

Lonely View Lodge

Small family based guesthouse with beautiful view to Lake Fawe.


Lemon Grass

Nice restaurant with lake views on the north end of Lakeside.

EAT   —  north Lakeside

Nanohana Lodge

Clean and well-managed, just off Lakeside Rd (Baidam Rd).

SLEEP   —  +977 61 464478 —  Lakeside East

Friendship Restaurant

A small place that is deservedly popular with the locals.

EAT   —  Map

Angle Hotel

Lakeside. Quiet, family-run, clean rooms and hot shower.


Once upon a time 2

The new restaurant offers Italian and Indian cuisine.

EAT   —  +977 61 461881 —  Lakeside 6

Mike's Breakfast

Pokhara branch of the famous KTM restaurant.

EAT   —  Map

Sweet Memories Restaurant

Nice and cheap food with friendly staff.

EAT   —  north Lakeside

Cafe Fusion Restaurant & Bar

Food from every corner of the globe.

EAT   —  +977 61 466141 —  Lakeside

Babita Organic Cafe

Great value food including momos.

EAT   —  Map

Jazz Cafe

Great pizzas, less great pasta.

EAT   —  Map

Olive Cafe

Nice food in central Lakeside.

EAT   —  Lakeside

Hotel Travel Inn

Good cheap hotel on Lakeside.

SLEEP   —  Lakeside

Hearts & Tears Motorcycle Club: Motorbike Tours & Lessons

Learn to ride custom bikes

DO   —  Map

Godfather Pizzeria

Great oven baked pizza.

EAT   —  north Lakeside

Mahendra Cave

SEE   —  Map


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