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Perched on a ridge above the pristine Phewa Lake and the picturesque Pokhara valley, Raniban Retreat, set at an altitude of 1,492 metres, offers panoramic views of the mighty Annapurna range. Its tranquil setting away from the tourist crowd makes it an ideal base to relax either before or after a trek through the foothills of the Annapurna range. The retreat features 12 simple yet elegantly furnished lodges with some offering direct views of the mountains and the others offering either a partial view of the mountains, the Pokhara valley or the grounds in which the retreat is set. Facilities include a restaurant that serves Nepalese and international cuisine, a bar and a meditation room. The secluded location means access to the retreat is through a dirt road followed by a climb of nearly 400 steps. Alternatively, the more active guests have the choice of taking the hour long trek from the Pokhara Valley through the World Peace Stupa to the Raniban Retreat.

Please call 020 3813 2966 for more information or to make a booking.

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