Boating and Fishing
Boating and Fishing - Nepal, a river rich country, provides plenty of options for recreational boating. Whether you are fond of rafting in whitewater rapids or just like floating slowly, Nepal provides you with both the options. Boat is a common form of transportation in the lowland of Terai in Nepal where monsoon and floods are very common. This common form of transportation used by local can give the traveler a memorable experience. Floating on a small dugout canoe on the river Rapti of Chitwan National Park or a comfortable boat on Fewa Lake of Pokhara, both have its own style of pleasure. Nepal, a river rich country, provides an array of options for boating. Rivers in the Terai plains and glacier-fed lakes both can be availed for recreational boating. Pokhara in particular is very popular among the tourists.
Phewa Lake in Pokhara is very much liked by the tourists. Baidam is centre of tourism activities in Pokhara. Begnas and Rupa Tal are located in the outskirts of Pokhara. Hiring a boat for an hour for an hour or two, and sailing in middle or to the other side of the water body, is a refreshing experience. Nepal provides some fine opportunities for boating. These range from the glacier-fed lakes up North and down to where the laden rivers ease into the plains of the Terai. Pokhara, 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.
Popular Lake and Rivers for Boating in Nepal
• Phewa Lake in Pokhara
• Begans Lake in Pokhara
• Rupa Lake in Pokhara
• Narayani River in Chitwan
• Rapti River in Chitwan
You can choose to hire a boatman or row the boat yourself. Three types of lakes are available in the lakes: rowboats, sailboats and pedal-driven. Sailboats can both be wooden and fiber-body. Sailboat experience is very rejuvenating when you sail around in breeze. Boating in Pokhara Valley is fun-filled experience whole year, save the rainy season. However, the best time for boating is is between October and February.
Fishing in Nepal
Nepal is an ideal location for pleasure fishing and angling those who have plenty of time and loads of patient then Angling or Fishing could be a very interesting sport for them. Nepal, the world's second rich country in the water resources having numbers of rivers and lakes, is an ideal location for pleasure of fishing and angling. There are some specific ethnic group in the hills and Terai region of Nepal whose lifestyle has been based on Fishing. Bhote, Majhi, Tharu and Machhuwar are some of them.
Betrawati, Indrawati, Karnali, Trisuli and Koshi are some of the major rivers where fishing and angling is possible. In some of River fishing are strictly prohibited but while fishing, fisherman should not forget to take care of some other aquatic species such as fresh water dolphins, Crocodiles etc in the Koshi, Rapti and Narayani River system. More than hundred verities of fresh-water fish can be found in Himalayan Rivers.
Most appropriate season to go for sport fishing on white waters is before and after the monsoon from February till April and October and November. During these times the fishes go upstream to spawn and they consume less food. But locals catch a lot of fish during monsoon as well for their livelihood.