Pokhara, the beautiful city of Nepal addressed with different subtitles as “The City of Lakes and Ponds” and “Town of Mountain Ranges”, signifies its eternal natural beauty. The city sprawled with the mighty ranges, pristine lakes, soothing environment, gripping scenic views, and a lot more makes it’s a tourist hub in Nepal. The tourist attractions and interesting things can do here satisfy any type of traveler wishes. Simply, Pokhara is a fantastic tourist destination with full packed joy, entertainment, adventure, love, and peace. Here is everything about Pokhara to know in detail before you fly to Nepal.
In Nepal, Pokhara is the second largest city in Gandaki region located at an altitude of 827mts. All over Nepal, Pokhara is considered as the tourism capital due to abundant sources and attractions. From here you can spot out the spectacular views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Manaslu which are the three main highest mountains in the world. Especially, due to the Annapurna Circuit trek, the fame of Pokhara was doubled.
When we look into the back days of Pokhara. It was a crucial trade route between India and Tibet. From different villages near the Himalayas, people used to sell or exchange goods in this center. Also, this place is home to Gurkha warriors. Historically and in point of tourism, Pokhara is a worthy place to visit and to explore different shades of tourism in Nepal.
Tourist Attractions in Pokhara
When it comes to the tourism of Pokhara everything is surprising and interesting. Numerous viewpoints, caves, lakes, and many things attracts the tourist’s heart. Enjoying the tourism of Pokhara in a warm and chilling atmosphere with awe-inspiring attractions really sense fascinating and joyous.
1. Phewa Lake
The first place everyone like to visit in Pokhara is the Phewa or Fewa lake. It is the major attraction of the city. The surroundings of the lake circled with snow-capped mountains and lush greenery seem to be very beautiful and attractive. A small two-storied pagoda style temple known as the Barahi in the middle of the lake is a key attraction. Boating to this temple is a wonderful experience to enjoy the pleasing atmosphere of the lake surroundings.
2. Gupteshwar Mahadev Cave
Gupteshwar Mahadev Cave is one of the best places to visit in Pokhara. It is located beneath of Davi’s falls. Due to ahead of Davi’s falls, the cave is always wet with flowing water. The attractions of the cave mean nothing but temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. For Hindus, this place is a good pilgrimage site. Some adventure thrillers like to trek through this cave so if you are interested better carry torchlight and a good pair of shoes. Mahendra Cave and Chamare Gufa-Bat Cave are the other popular caves in Pokhara.
3. Davi’s Falls
Davi’s falls are the popular waterfalls in Pokhara. It was located just above the Gupteshwar Mahadev Caves. The way of the waterfall flowing is very interesting and strange. Water from the falls reaches to underground tunnel directly and travels to somewhere below to the ground. Once one woman in 1961 drowned into the tunnel. Her name only came to the falls as Davi’s falls. However, be cautious at this site.
4. World Peace Pagoda
Stupas are the great marks to symbolize the value and importance of peace. In Pokhara, one such important place is the World Peace Pagoda also known as the Peace Stupa. It was located an altitude of 1000mts high. This site is very important for Buddhist pilgrims. From here you can catch the mesmerizing views of the entire Pokhara city, Phewa Lake, and the Himalayan mountains. For sunrise and sunset viewing, this Stupa is one of the best places.
5. Bindabasini Temple
At the hilltop at an altitude of 3,000ft Bindabasini temple looks stunning and great in deep white color. This temple was dedicated to Goddess Durga. The locals believe that she is the protector of the Pokhara. During Dashain festival, the glory and charm of the temple double with utmost celebrations. Views from this temple are mind-blowing and speechless.
6. Begnas Lake
Very close to the Annapurna range, Begnas Lake is a serene lake with beautiful surroundings. Begnas Lake was recorded as the third largest lake in Nepal. For a pleasant and relaxing mood, visiting this lake is the best thing to do. The still and clear waters of the lake and mirror images of surrounding mountains on the waters seem to be wonderful. Boating or Canoeing on the waters of the lake is a good thing to enjoy the tranquility of nature.
After visiting Pokhara if you miss Sarangkot is a big mistake in your complete trip. For the panoramic views of Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhare, and Annapurna II mountain ranges, Sarangkot is an ideal destination. Moreover, sunrise and sunset views from this viewpoint are marvelous to find out such splendid views. Trekking or hiking to this viewpoint is also a very interesting and funny thing to take part.
8. International Mountain Museum
If you are interested to know about mountaineering and its history this museum in Pokhara is a fine place to visit. Here you can find all the details and facts of mountaineering, habitation at the Himalayas, and a lot information about different mountains. The major attraction of this museum is exhibiting the highest peaks in the world. For trekkers and mountaineers, this museum is a good place to explore. Other famous museums of Pokhara are Gurkha Memorial Museum and Pokhara Planetarium and Science Center.
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Things to do in Pokhara
With no doubt, Pokhara can name as the land of adventures. From easy to the toughest, different types of adventurous acts in Pokhara will fulfill the hearts of adventure thrillers with a number of options. Just have a look at what they are to live in and enjoy the adventure.
1. Trekking or Hiking
In the mountainous region, trekking or hiking are the usual adventurous activities everyone takes part. The conditions and environment of Pokhara are very favorable for these. Especially, trek to Annapurna range made these activities regular and common. So as per your physical fitness you can choose the best route for trekking or hiking trails. From Pokhara, you can trek to Poon Hill, Mardi Himal, Annapurna Base camp, Muktinath, Mustang, and etc. Crossing through heights and staying in villages and many more things in trekking make you enjoy a lot.
2. Zip Flying
Zip-line in Pokhara is the world’s steepest, fastest, and tallest one. For this act adrenaline rushers mostly like to visit. The Zip-line starts at Sarangkot at 1625mts high and ends in 960mts high in Hemmja. Just think how it will be dropping from extreme to low. While you are in Zip-fly you will go through Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhare, Lamjung Himal range, and the beauties of Pokhara valley.
It is the present craziest and popular activity in Pokhara and Nepal too. Mainly from Sarangkot paragliding trips will start because it is the highest viewpoint in Pokhara. You can take paragliding with a pilot(known as Tandem flight) who controls everything and it is the best also. Through paragliding, enjoying the views of Pokhara and passing over different peaks make you stuck in amusement. In everyone’s life paragliding trip is must-try or at least once.
4. Water Sports
A number of lakes, rivers, and ponds in Pokhara favors numerous water sports. The kick and joy in water sports can’t find in any adventurous activities. Rushing in force waters and feeling the cool breezes and everything is awesome and enjoyable. Whitewater rafting, canyoning, and kayaking are the water sports can take part in Pokhara. For serene seekers, Boating and Canoeing in still waters are the best acts to do.
Not only these but also several adventurous acts in Pokhara entertains the adventure seekers. The remaining list goes with hand gliding, sky diving, para motor, bungee jumping, mountain biking, para-hawking, ultralight flight, seti river rafting, and some others. With this, you can understand Pokhara is a delight for adventure thrillers.
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Best Time to Visit Pokhara
Pokhara climate is sub-tropical type and due to higher altitudes, the climate also not too harsh. Overall Pokhara is a good destination to visit all around the year but better to avoid in rainy season means between September to November.
- For a clear and gentle environment with greenery and warm weather means in between March and May months is the best time.
- Those who love to enjoy the hot climate and for the adventurous activities, in between June and August months is the right time.
- If you love to experience the chilling cold climate of Pokhara in between December and February months are the best.
How to Reach Pokhara
By Air : From Kathmandu airport, you can directly take a flight to Pokhara. So just in a few minutes, you can reach the destination from Kathmandu to Pokhara.
By Bus : Distance between Kathmandu and Pokhara is nearly 250+ kilometers. So through regular buses or taxis, nearly 5 to 6 hours will take to reach Pokhara.