Set high in a ridge above the scenic Pokhara valley and the beautiful Phewa Lake, the breathtaking location of Raniban Retreat is without doubt one of its chief USP(unique selling point). Situated in an idyllic location the resort offers tourists in Pokhara a delightful and comfortable stay in its well furnished 4 standard rooms and 12 tented camps (with attached bathroom). It lies at an elevation of 1492m, about 7km(1 hour drive/30 mins hike from Phewa lake) from the main town. A stay at this beautiful resort allows you to enjoy panoramic views of the snowy Machhapucchre, Annapurna, Manaslu & Dhaulagiri and savor the enchanting sight of the pristine Phewa Lake and the valley floor stretching below. As the World Peace Pagoda lies just a stone-throw away from the retreat, you can walk down and explore it or take a short hike and explore the surrounding villages. The resort’s restaurant menu may not offer a varied choice but the food they serve is tasty and prepared hygienically. Raniban Retreat also has a bar, a terraced garden, spa and wi-fi facility. If you are looking for a restful stay (away from the usual tourist crowd), amidst natural and tranquil setting than Raniban Retreat is where you should head to.
Standard room (pic courtesy : Raniban Retreat)
Inside a tented camp (pic courtesy: Raniban Retreat)
World Peace Pagoda, Phewa Lake & Pokhara valley as seen from Raniban Retreat
Nepal government is planning to develop and operate cable cars in Pokhara under the public private partnership (PPP) approach. The proposed cable-car venture will run from from Phewa Lake to World Peace Stupa, Pumdi Bhumdi stretching 1.5 km. The government has already invited expressions of interest (EoI) from eligible national and international firms for development and management of a cable car service in Pokhara valley. At present the only cable car service in operation in the country is the Manakamana Cable CarService which ferries pilgrims to the hill top shrine of Hindu goddess ManakamaMai in Gorkha.