This time I am back to show you How I spend a day in Pokhara. Well, it is not far which is just a maximum 7 hours drive and 25 min flight from Kathmandu. Spending 7 hours drive to Pokhara is not a good option when you have very limited time and a busy schedule. Based on my personal experience, I am going to so you the beauty of Pokhara that I enjoyed in just 24 hours.
Pokhara is regarded to be one of the main tourism centers of Nepal which is 200 kilometers west of the capital Kathmandu. The altitude of Pokhara varies from 827 meters to 1740 meters above sea level. Pokhara is the gateway many trekking destinations that fall under Annapurna Conservation Area like Annapurna Circuit, Mustang Trek, Mardi Himal, Annapurna Base Camp, and so on. Similarly, out of the ten highest peaks in the world three of them Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I, and Manaslu are within (24 to 56) kilometers of the valley. From every corner of the Pokhara valley, you will see the beautiful Annapurna Range including Mt. Macchapuchre (fish tail),
Besides that, Pokhara is also called the city of lakes. You can enjoy a boat ride on Phewa Lake, Begnas Lake, and Rupa Lake. While boating you can see the majestic Annapurna Range. It is also home to different caves, like Bat cave, Mahendra Gufa (Cave), and Gupteshowr Gufa. Likewise, the most popular Davis Falls also lies in the Pokhara valley. You can also hike to the World Peace Pagoda, which lies in the south of Pokhara Valley. It is also popular for adventurous sports. Or, you can hike to Sarangkot, a hill station to see the unobstructed view of the Annapurna Range early in the morning. Apart from that, there are numerous temples and gumbas which serve as a combined place of worship for Hindus and Buddhists around Pokhara valley.
Planning Your Perfect Day
Pokhara is the second city with many facilities and not much more different than Kathmandu. Pokhara is famous for boating, trekking, rafting and to see the Himalayan range and lakes. It is one of the beautiful places where you can admire the gift of Mother Nature. From adventure activities to relaxing activities there are many things to do in Pokhara. If you are an adventurous person you can do bungee jumping, Paragliding, Zip flyer, Mountain flight. Whereas if you want to relax in Pokhara you can do yoga or meditation with the majestic mountain view, do boating in Phewa or Begnas lake, and drive to Sarangkot for the stunning view of Sunrise and Sunset over Annapurna range.
If you have very limited time in Nepal and want to spend 24 hours in Pokhara, here is an ideal itinerary for those 24 hours to spend in Pokhara (completely based on my personal experience).
SPENDING A DAY IN POKHARA/24 HOURS IN POKHARA
Me and my friend, two of us planned this thing unexpectedly. At on point, we were talking about Pokhara, and next, we were already backpacking out things to get ready to Pokhara. This is the complete itinerary of how I enjoyed my day in Pokhara.
6 am- Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara
As per our plan, we went to Kalanki and took a micro for Pokhara. It was a 6 hours ride from Kathmandu and the scenery was so beautiful. You can also use the tourist bus, as it takes 7 hours to reach Pokhara and is pretty safe as well. If you don’t want to waste your time to reach then you can take a flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara which takes a maximum of 25 minutes.
12 pm- Touch Down Pokhara
Around 12 pm, we reach Pokhara and had a Thakali lunch as soon as possible as we completely ignored food from the highway and we were starving. Then, the day was very clear and the environment was so clean that we were able to see Annapurna Range along with Macchapucchre around 25 km away from our eyes. We decided to go for boating in Phewa Lake as we have enough time.
2 pm; Paddle around Phewa Lake Pokhara
We hire a boat and paddle to Taal Barahi temple first as it is the most famous temple of Pokhara which is located at the middle of Phewa Lake. After that, we took a boat to roam around further that took us to village settlement or restaurant across the Phewa Lake. We got to know this area is popular for fish and we had it with a couple of drinks as the weather was so warm. If the weather is hot you can also swim in this lake, but it is better to ask your guide before diving, they will recommend you the best place to swim because there are many unsafe areas in this lake.
4 pm to 6 pm- Back to Lakeside and enjoying happy hour
After 4 pm the weather of Pokhara will be quite chilling and some of the Pokhrali people told us not to boat after 4 to the wind and small tide waves. So we came back to the lakeside area and roam around to see the busiest roads of lakeside. This time you could see lots of people.
Evening time is best to walk around Lakeside. You can enjoy some snacks with a perfect view of the Lake and hills. You will be aware of many early evening happy hour deals at bars and restaurants along the shore after spending some time near the lake.
8 pm- Enjoy the Nightlife of Pokhara
We, went to the hotel to freshen up ourselves and to get ready to roam around the streets of lakeside. The nightlife of Pokhara lakeside is nonetheless than the time square of New York city (Please, do not mind my figure of Speech) . It adds more enjoyment to this trip. The music coming from different restaurants from the lakeside, laughter, and friendly international and national tourists, various shops, clubs, and so on. So we took a pizza before entering to Busy Bee cafe which is the most popular restaurant or pub in Pokhara and live music starts there at 7 pm in the evening. Busy Bee Cafe is the most happening place in Pokhara. Finally, after having a couple of beers we went there and to my surprise, the place was really very cool and happening. It seemed like I was on a different planet. The restaurant is full of international and national tourists and they were really enjoying good music and food. Trust me do not forget to try Pizza and Blue Angle cocktail if you are planning to go busy bee. Though Pokhara is not like Kathmandu for late-night clubbing, you can catch some music at lively bars like The Rolling Stones, Irish Pub, Trisara, and so on. It was raining and we were there till 3 am in the morning.
**You will be able to get any kind of cuisine from Nepali to Korean to Israeli, Italian, and Northeast Indian.
6 am – Majestic view of Sunrise over the Himalayas
To get the majestic view of sunrise over the Himalayas you need to get up early and get a taxi up to Sarangkot. We did that too. Sarangkot is a renowned place for the panoramic Himalayan views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and Manaslu as well as down on the city of Pokhara and Phewa Lake. Situated at the altitude of 1600 meters above the sea level Sarangkot has also become a hotspot for paragliding. It is the best idea to reach the top of the hill by private vehicle or taxi, enjoy the beauty of the sunrise over Annapurna Ranges. Before finalizing your wake-up time you must check the local forecast to avoid the rain.
8 am – Breakfast with a Perfect View in Lakeside
After coming back from Srangkot, we decided to have lunch in the lakeside area. There are a number of places to have your breakfast in Pokhara Lakeside which will make your mouth water. You can enjoy your breakfast at your hotel or at cafes in the Lakeside area such as Machhapuchhre Organic Coffee, Himalayan Java, and so on. So, we choose to have breakfast in the small hut type of restaurant and the food was good. I like their pancakes a lot. So, we kind of had breakfast with a view. It was one hell of a view. Sunlight over the lake shining bright like a diamond will surely take a breath away. You will find all kinds of restaurants from Western-style to more traditional Nepali. So you choose your breakfast which suits you best.
11 am – Paraglide over Sarangkot
We want to add a little adventure to our 24-hour vacation. So, we planned on doing Paragliding as nobody in our group has done before. With the help of my friend, we booked Paragliding and head to Sarangkot again. Sarangkot is the best place in the world to try the adventure sport Paragliding and to get majestic views of Annapurna ranges. Sarangkot Paragliding is certified by the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal so you should not worry about your safety. All the pilots are well trained and experienced ones. This flight lasts between 20 minutes and half an hour, which will reward you with the stunning view of Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Hiuchuli and Mt. Fishtail. And you will call yourself lucky when you can see the unobstructed view of the Himalayan Range, Phewa lake, and entire Pokhara city from up top. You can also get different gliding experiences like Tandem Flying, with a pilot and Cloud Buster where you can enter the clouds. You will get good photos and videos because guides usually take a GoPro with them.
1 pm – Having a Nepali Lunch
It is normal, after Paragliding, you might get a little hungry to satisfy your hunger. It is better to try the Thakali Khana set in the best Thakali Ghar of Pokhara. By this time, we were starving again and planned to have Thakali food in one of the restaurants of Pame. Pame lies in the north-east of the Pokhara Lakeside and 5 to 10 min drive from busy lakeside. It is very peaceful and sitting over the shade of big trees, enjoying the cool breeze of Phewa lake and having luck will give you the taste of heaven while living. They will provide you with a set of food, including locally grown buckwheat, barley, millet, rice, maize, dal, pickles, ghundruk, and ghee. You can make a choice of vegetarian and non-vegetarian over this set. If you don’t want dal-bhat-tarkari you can also get Momos and Thukpa in these kinds of restaurants.
2 – 2:30 pm- Davis Fall
As we have around a couple of hours left to enjoy the Pokhara as our flight back to Kathmandu was around 5:30 pm. So, we went to Davis Fall (waterfall) and Gupteshowr Mahadev Cave before leaving the city. As we don’t get time to go to Peace Pagoda, we used that time for Paragliding. Peace Pagoda is situated on the top hill of the south-east region of Pokhara. You can see it from the lakeside and it’s not that far. The view from Sarangkot and Peace Pagoda are quite similar.
5. 30 pm- See you soon Pokhara
Eventually, it was time to say goodbye to Pokhara and promised myself to come back again. We could also take a night bus back to Kathmandu; but do not want to long and tiring bus ride on our way back home.
It is the most memorable trip of my life. Even though it was a day in Pokhara, but did a lot of things that people usually do in 2-3 days in Pokhara. One thing is true, once you reach there, you surely do not want to be back to your normal routine. And sometimes a day trip is better than a 2-3 day trip.
If you have only 24 hours to spend in Pokhara these are the places you must not miss. If you have more time there are a lot more things to do in Pokhara.
How many hours does it take to reach Pokhara from Kathmandu ?
Via road, it takes 6-7 hours to from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
Can we take a flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara?
Yes, you can take flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara and it takes 25 minutes to reach Pokhara.
Why is Pokhara famous?
It is home to Annapurna Range including Macchapuchre, Phewa Lake, Begnas Lake, boating, rafting, night life, hill station, and adventurous sports like bungee jumping, zip flying, Paragliding etc. It is also gateway to treeking around Annapurna Region.
Is Pokhara city safe for international tourists?
Yes, it is very safe place for both international and national tourists. But precaution is highly recommended if you are traveling solo or hiking around isolated places of Pokhara.
Which mountain can you see from Pokhara?
Mountains like Annapurna Range, Macchapuchre, Himchuli, Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, and others from Pokhara.
Can I see Mt. Everest from Pokhara?
No, you can not see Mt. Everest from Pokhara. Mt. Everest is seen from Kathmandu.
How many days is enough for Pokhara visit?
If you want to have relaxed time in Pokhara them maximum 3 days is enough. If you have less time than 2 days is very enough in Pokhara.
Which is better Pokhara or Kathmandu?
Climate wise Kathmandu has the best among all cities of Nepal. Kathmandu is very polluted and crowded, but Pokhara is very peaceful and chilling. The Himalayas seen from Pokhara is quite near to the Kathmandu valley.
Which is the best season or time to visit Pokhara?
You can visit Pokhara throughout the year. But September to November is best as it will be less warm and the sky will be clear and you can see the unobstructed view of the Annapurna Range.
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