Pokhara is one of the best tourism hubs in Nepal. It is the base for trekkers undertaking the Annapurna Circuit. Located 200 kilometers west of the capital city Kathmandu, the altitude of Pokhara varies from 827 meters in the southern part to 1740 meters in the north above sea level. As the Pokhara city is home to Annapurna range, lakes, many medieval era temples and old Newari houses visiting this place add more excitement to your tour. It is the best place in Nepal which will take your breath away with its natural beauty. It is the best place for chilling and relaxing whether you have returned from the trek or long bumpy bus trip.
10 Best Things to do in Pokhara City
There are many things to do in Pokhara, but if you have limited time, then here are some of them that you should not miss while you are in Pokhara. Here we go.
Tandem Paragliding Flight
Paragliding is one of the best things to do in Pokhara. Paraglide in Pokhara falls under the one of the world’s best paragliding locations. This adventure activity provides you with the jaw-dropping aerial view of Pokhara city, Phewa Lake, and colser view of the Annapurna Himalayan range, Machhapuchhre, Lamjung Himal, and Hiunchuli. Paragliding is done from Sarangkot which is a popular destination for viewing sunrise and sunset. It is about 1800 meters above sea level. You can either hike or take approximately 45 minutes to drive from Pokhara city to Sarangkot. This 25-30 minute para flight can be the most enthralling and memorable experience of your lifetime. You should not worry about the photos and videos because the paragliding pilot takes a GoPro with them to capture all the views on the camera. Starting from the top of Sarangkot this beautiful adventure will end by landing near the bank of Phewa Lake.
Visit the Tal Barahi Temple
Tal Barahi Temple is a two-story pagoda temple, which is also known as Lake Temple or Barahi Temple situated in the Kaski District. The first structure is made of stone and has a thatched rooftop. It is the Goddess Durga temple of Hindu which is on the small island on the southeast section of the Phewa Lake. You can reach this island with the help of a boat, where you will get a full religious atmosphere and is surrounded by beautifully carved patterns. This place is mostly popular for the first time visitors to Pokhara.
Hike or Drive to the World Peace Pagoda
World Peace Pagoda is the best place to visit in Pokhara. You can either hike or drive, cycle to reach there. There is another adventurous trail for hikers by crossing the Fewa Lake with a local boat and then climbing uphill through a local village, which takes an hour. World Peace Pagoda is also known as Shanti Stupa. It is a Buddhist pagoda-style monument on the Anadu Hill, which was built by Nipponzan-Myohoji monk Morioka Sonin with the help of local supporters under the guidance of Nichidatsu Fujii. This stupa was built as a symbol of peace. Situated at the altitude of 1100 meters above the sea level, Peace Pagoda will bless you with the panoramic view of the Annapurna range, Pokhara city, and Fewa Lake.
Watching Sunrise and Sunset from Sarangkot Hill
Sarangkot Hill is famous for its majestic sunrise and sunset view. It is a must-visit place for those who are planning to visit Pokhara. Besides that, Sarangkot is famous among the paragliders. Located at the altitude of 1800 meters above sea level this hill will bless you with the panoramic Himalayan views. You will get a chance to enjoy the sun-kissed Himalayas of the Annapurna region, including Mt. Macchpuchhre, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Manaslu. These Himalayas seem like they are giving a peck on your cheek as they look to be close to you from this hill. There are many hotels and restaurants, so you should not worry about returning back to the city. You can stay there and enjoy the sunset and feel the fresh and soft air passing through your face.
Visit Davi’s Fall
Davi’s Falls is a popular waterfall of Pokhara, which forms a tunnel of water after reaching the bottom. This waterfall is named as Davi’s fall because a swiss couple went swimming, but the women drowned in a pit because of the overflow of water. Recovering her body after 3 days in river Phusre, her father wished to name it David’s Falls after her but changed into Davi’s Fall. This small gorge is a fun place to explore, which is 500 feet long and 100 feet deep. Most of the Nepalese call it “Patale Chango”, which means “underworld waterfall”. After exiting the gorge, water passes through a Gupteshow Mahadev or “cave beneath the ground”, which is also the source of water to Fewa Lake.
Exploring Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave
Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave is the longest cave in Nepal (2950) meters which is located close to Davi’s Falls on the other side of World Peace Stupa. This cave was discovered in the 16th century by some local men. They also discovered many shrines and statues dedicated to Lord Shiva and other Hindu deities within this dark cave. It is dark inside the cave though there is a series of small light bulbs. After walking 40 or so meters down you will pass through small statues and shrines and come across the main shiva temple. In this cave, you are not allowed to take any photos.
Stroll Along Phewa Lake
Phewa Lake which is also known as Baidam tal is located in the south of Pokhara valley. This lake is classified as a semi-natural freshwater lake. You can rent a boat and roam around the Phewa lake. It is the second-largest lake in Nepal after Rara Lake in comparison to Nepal’s water bodies. There is Tal Barahi Temple in the central part of the lake, which makes it the most popular and visited lake of Nepal. Covering an area of the 4. 43-kilometer square this lake is 742 meters above the sea level. The depth of this lake ranges from 8.6 meters to 24 meters. You see the majestic reflection of Mount Machhapuchhre and other peaks of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna range on its surface.
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Go Ziplining in Pokhara (World’s tallest and longest)
If you are an adventurous person you must try zip-lining and bungee jumping in Pokhara. The zipline has an initial of 56 degrees, a total length of 1800 meters, and a vertical drop of 600 meters. Located in the most beautiful place on the plane, Pokhara Zip lining is the tallest, longest, and the steepest zipline in the world. You will be able to experience 180-degree panoramic views of the stunning Annapurna ranges as you soar at over 100+ kilometers an hour. It is located at Sarangkot about 30 minutes ride from Lakeside.
Bungee Jumping in Pokhara
Located at a Hemja which is 20 minutes ride from Pokhara Lakeside this bungee is Nepal’s first and only tower bungee. These adventurous jump sites will offer you a spellbinding view of the Himalayas, the hills, and the river which will take your breath away. This is a 75-meter vertical drop with 3 seconds of free fall.
Night Life of Pokhara
If you are fond of good food, music and obviously some dances then there are lots of pubs, clubs, discos, lounge, restaurants, and cafes at Pokhara lakeside. Busy Bee is the most popular and happening pub in Pokhara. So, if you are fun of live music and DJ session, then a Busy bee is the place to be. Other pubs like The rolling Stones Bar, Irish Pub, Dunga Restaurant is also famous.
So, these are the best things to do in Pokhara. I hope this article gave you some ideas about the things that you should not miss while staying in here. If you have only a day in Pokhara, then do check out our article on 24 hours in Pokhara.
How to get to Pokhara?
To get to Pokhara, you can either take a 30-minute flight or 6-7 hours drive from Kathmandu.
What is the best time to visit Pokhara?
September to November is the best time of the year to visit Pokhara. The sky will be more clear and you can see the unobstructed view of the Annapurna Range.
Is Pokhara safe to travel?
Yes, Pokhara is safe to travel but you need to take a precaution for your safety. There are some cases that solo walkers being mugged while trekking up to the World Peace Pagoda from across the Phewa lake and around Sarangkot.
Which mountains can you see from Pokhara?
Being home to Macchapucchre (Fishtail) and Annapurna range, you can see the Himalayas within a few miles away. Mountains like Annapurna, Macchapuchre, Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, Himchuli, and so on can be seen.
What is Pokhara famous for?
Pokhara is famous for Phewa Lake, Begnas Lake, Rupa Lak, Annapurna mountain range, boating around the lake, sunrise from Sarangkot, adventurous sports like paragliding, zip-lining, ultra flight, sky diving, bungee jumping, rafting and gateway to trekking around Annapurna and Mustang region.
Can you see Mt. Everest from Pokhara?
No, you cannot see Mt. Everest. You can only see the Annapurna range. Whereas Mt. Everest can be seen from Kathmandu valley you need to climb to Chandragiri Hills.
How many days do you need in Pokhara?
3-4 days is enough for Pokhara. During this period, you can easily travel to all the major tourist areas.
Which is the best Kathmandu or Pokhara?
Being the capital of the country, Kathmandu is quite chaotic. But Kathmandu is full of Durbar Squares, temples, and climate here in Kathmandu is better than Pokhara. Pokhara is very peaceful and less polluted than Kathmandu.
Where is Pokhara?
Pokhara lies in the hilly region of Nepal. Situated in the western region of Nepal, Pokhara city is the second-largest valley of Nepal after Kathmandu.
How far is Saragkot from Pokhara?
Sarangkot is just 45 minutes drive from Pokhara lakeside. Or you can go for 2 n half hour hike above on the ridge. Sarangkot is a popular mountain vistas and sunrise spot. From there you can see Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri, and Manaslu range.
Which is cheaper Kathmandu or Pokhara?
In terms of food, Pokhara is very expensive than Kathmandu. So, it will be better to dine in budget restaurants or cook yourself.
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