Phewa Lake, the second largest lake in the kingdom, is the center of all attractions in Pokhara. This enchanting lake is an idyllic playground. Brightly painted wooden boats and sailboats are available for boat rides. The eastern shoreline of Phewa Lake, popularly known as Baidam, consists of a seemingly endless strip of lodges, restaurants, bookstores and souvenir shops. The the splendid view of the mountains, especially when the still water reflects the peaks, creating a double image, is simply breathtaking. Pokhara has not only become the starting point for the most popular trekking and rafting destinations in Nepal, but it is also a place to relax and enjoy the beauties of nature, including Phewa Lake. Pokhara is part of a once vibrant trade route extending between India and Tibet. Even today, mule trains can be seen camped on the outskirts of the town, bringing goods to trade from remote regions of the Himalayas.