Windows phone development is very confusing due to various flavors and versions of Visual Studio. I was confused whether to use 2012 or 2013, express vs professional and on top of that there are various templates to confuse you even more.
After deciding to take stab at 2013 professional version of Visual Studio I couldn’t figure our how to create a project for Windows Phone 8 since by default all the projects were targeted only for windows 8.1. I instaleld Visual studio 2012 Express with Windows 8 SDK but even then it didn’t help much.
After spending almost 12 hours I found out that it was because Windows 8 SDK was not selected while installing Visual Studio 2013.