Come visit Pokhara to explore and experience its natural beauty.
Nepal, though a small and developing country, is a tourist destination with enormous tourist potential and its rich natural resources allure people. Kathmandu being the main for the cultural heritage of Nepal, Pokhara exceeds in its natural beauty and is Nepal’s base for adventure. The adventure town, Pokhara offers many popular and vibrant trekking routes such as Ghorepani poonhill, Mardi Himal, Khopra Dadha, Annapurna Base Camp and many more. Undeniably, Nepal justifies its identity as an ideal mountain tourist destination as it has successfully carried out innumerous tourist activities such as mountaineering, hiking, adventure, sports tourism, etc.
Pokhara not only exceeds in its natural beauty and adventure, Pokharelis, also notably has its specialty in its hospitality. In consequence, it has become one of the most tempting tourist destinations with the perfect combination of incomparable beauty of nature and the mystery of culture. Pokhara is also known as seven wonders of lake, as this city consists of seven beautiful lakes namely; Dipang Lake, Begnas Lake, Rupa Lake, Maidi Lake, Khaste Lake, Gunde Lake, and the most popular Phewa Lake. The three highest mountain; Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I and Manaslu is within (24-56) km of the valley.
When visiting Pokhara you might have question about what to do in Pokhara? What are the things to do in Pokhara? Here are some top things to do in Pokhara.
- Boating in Phewa Lake
Phewa Lake is the freshwater lake as well as the second-largest lake in Nepal. It is the most popular and is the center of attraction on Pokhara. It is the only lake to have a temple Tal Barahi temple at the center of the lake which seems like a small island. The breathtaking views of mount Annapurna peaks, the lakes and magical form of Mount Machhapuchre reflected in the Phewa lake are the commendable features of Pokhara that have fascinated numerable tourists.
The majority of people who visit Pokhara, probably have not missed visiting Phewa Tal. There are many activities that can be done in the Phewa lake which attracts most tourists. Among them, the most popular and common activity is boating. One can row a hired boat across the lake or visit Tal Barahi situated in the middle of the lake. Besides that, the eastern bank, known as baidam; most popularly known as Lakeside, is the number one choice of the travelers for their stay where most of the hotels, restaurants, and handicrafts shop are located. Walking on the lakeside even during the evening is fun. The lake is best suited for boating and especially photographing the scenic mountains.
Travelling is all about adventure. Want to join in some adventurous activity? Book your seat in Pokhara for Tandem paragliding and experience the amazing Annapura mountain view from the sky. It is a great opportunity to witness one of the best sceneries flying cross-country with the birds. The flight takes from Sarangkot Hill 1500m to Pokhara 800m and lasts from 20 to 30 minutes, depending on weather conditions. Worried as it’s your first time for the paragliding flight? Keep aside your worries and just enjoy and relax the epic scenery and breathe the mountain air. A certified pilot flies with a passenger sit in the harness that is attached to each other. It also offers a chance for acrobatic flying before landing beside the lakeside. A calm scenic float or an acrobatic tumbling routine, it’s your choice, you just tell your preference to your pilot.
- Hike or Drive to World Peace Pagoda
World peace pagoda is also known as Pokhara Shanti stupa is a Buddhist pagoda-style monument that is a popular destination of Pokhara, situated at an altitude of 100 meters. To reach to the World Peace Pagoda, you can either drive or take a short hike to the World Peace Pagoda and its main viewpoint and enjoy views of Pokhara valley and Annapurna Himalayas. Also, one can reach to World Peace Pagoda by crossing Phewa Lake by a local boat and then climbing uphill through villages which take about an hour.
- Visit Sarangkot
Sarangkot, popular for tourist attraction, located at an altitude of 1600m is prominent for its panoramic Himalayan views as well as Pokhara city and Phewa lake. People visit mostly during dawn or dusk for sunrise and sunset view over snowy peaks. Sarangkot can be reached by a drive from Pokhara to the top and then approximately 45 minutes hike up to the main view point. Recently, Sarangkot has become a popular location for paragliding.
- Bungee Jumping
Experience bungee in Nepal at Pokhara city and get across your fear. One of the top things one can do in Pokhara that rush your adrenaline is bungee jumping from 50 to 80 meters height tower. A free fall for 5 seconds in a blitz of pure fear and adrenaline, bounce back and enjoy the rest of the view. The bungee jump site is located at Hemja, 25 minutes away from Lakeside, Pokhara. Apart from screaming till your lungs give out from the thrilling jump, the view of the river and mountains are breathtaking.
- Visit Davi’s/Devi’s Fall
Davi’s fall is a waterfall located in Pokhara. The water forms a tunnel which is approximately 500 m long and 100 feet below ground level. After exiting, the water passes to the “Mahendra Cave” which is also a tourist attraction. Initially, Davi’s fall was named “Patale Chango” which means underworld waterfall. There is a story behind the name “Davi’s Fall”. On 31st July a Swiss couple went swimming but the woman drowned in the pit due to the overflow. After great effort, the body was found after 3 days and her dad named the waterfall Davis Waterfall. Apart from this, there is a wishing pond which is also equally famous among the local as well as international tourists. There is a statue of the god in the middle of the pond where you can make a wish to throw coins. It is believed that if the coin lands on the top of the head of the statue, your wish will come true. So, many visitors try their luck on the wishing pond.
Mahendra cave located in Batulechaur near Pokhara, is a famous tourist attraction. The water of Davi’s fall flows into the tunnel to the cave. The cave got its name from late King Mahendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev. The cave was found by the shepherds of Pokhara and since then the cave has gained popularity.
The cave corridors are completely dark with continuous dripping of water from above. Due to the darkness, artificial lights are provided. There are areas in the cave where some stones connect each other and have formed a peculiar pattern. It is believed that these shapes and patterns represent the Hindu gods. The most interesting part of Mahendra Cave is its exit. There is a narrow exit at the end of the cave from which we can see light passing into the cave. It may be difficult to locate the exit, so for easy navigation guides are provided. We need to bend and might even crawl to exit which is fun and interesting.
- International Mountain Museum
Nepal is well known for the tallest mountain in the world “Mount Everest”. Not only the highest peak, but it also has other 8 peaks. As Pokhara offers many vibrant trekking routes IMM is devoted to the mountains of Nepal and the people who climbed them. Mountain and mountaineering have their own history. In order to preserve the record, document, and evidence of the past and present development of the mountaineering, Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) initiated the establishment of the International Mountain Museum (IMM) in Pokhara.
Inside you can see history, culture, geology, flora, and fauna of the Himalaya. The international mountain museum was established with the objective of maintaining systematic records of successful climbers, geographic flora and fauna and human activities in the range. The shape of the museum roof resembles a mountain skyline to visitors entering the museum.
- Begnas lake
Begnas Lake is a freshwater lake located in Pokhara, Lekhnath. Among the 8 lakes, Begnas lake is the third-largest lake of Nepal and second-largest lake of Pokhara, after Phewa lake. Begnas lake is quiet and peaceful. One can walk around the Begnas lake and enjoy the fresh air. The water level fluctuates seasonally with the amount of precipitation. The water level is controlled by the dam construction.
- Bindabasini Temple
Along with natural beauty, Pokhara also has its cultural value. One of the most popular temples, after Tal Barahi, is Bindabasini Temple. The white pagoda-styled building, Bindabasini Temple is located near the Old Bazaar of Pokhara. Bindabasini Temple is of great importance in the Hindus of Pokhara. The temple is dedicated to goddess Durga, Pokhara’s chosen guardian deity. Animal sacrifices are done on Tuesdays and Saturdays. During the time of festivals, especially Dashain, a large number of believers come to sacrifice at bindabasini temple. Every day, evening aarti is done with great beliefs. The temple is surrounded by a park. Many come and enjoy the pleasant environment, adding to the pleasant atmosphere is the mild scent of incense stick.
Clear off your bucket list visiting Pokhara. Along with the thrilling adventure, Pokhara is a place with natural beauty with a calm and pleasant environment for meditation and yoga.