Pokhara

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With breathtaking scenery, adventure activities, and accommodation and food choices in abundance, Pokhara ticks all the right boxes when it comes to a spectacular tourist destination. Lakeside Pokhara stretches along the shore of a peaceful lake where you can enjoy a colorful paddle boat ride. You can have a clear view of the majestic snow-capped mountains from the lake, and possibly even from your hotel bed if you select the right ones. In addition to this, Pokhara is also the home to a flourishing adventure sports industry. It has one of the best paragliding venues on the globe and is surrounded by white-water rivers. Also, there’s an enthralling museum dedicated to world-famous Gurkha soldiers. Above all this, Pokhara is the gateway to the world-famous treks in and around the Annapurna range and beyond.

Pokhara has a moderate weather throughout the year, however from December to February, temperature can drop to freezing point. It also receives fine amount of rainfall every year. May to September are the rainy months, where July is the most heavy rainfall season. Pokhara receives the most amount of rainfall all over Nepal because of which it is also called ‘the wettest city of the country’.

The perfect time to visit Pokhara is from October to March if you want to enjoy clear mountain views and there are fewer rainy days. However, if you want to enjoy cultural shows and food at the Pokhara Street festival then 28 Dec- 1 Jan is the time to go!!

There are a lot of thrilling and exciting adventures that Pokhara can offer you. There is a wide variety of water-sports, cycling options, scenic flights and many more exciting activities that you can get involved in.

You can experience the thrill of an awesome zip-flyer that is launched from from Sarangkot and drops 600 m over 1.8 km achieving a speed of 120 km/h. Also, you can bungee jump from a 70 m tower. For those who enjoy scenic flights, there are different clubs which offer exhilarating ultralight flights around the Pokhara Valley. The clubs also offers paragliding and ultralight plus paragliding packages.

On the Phewa Tal (lake), you can paddle around on a boat. If you are into kayaking then you can enjoy that as well. You can also arrange white-water rafting trips for yourself. Also, there are various shops at the lakeside to hire quality mountain bikes to go for short or extended mountain-bike rides. If you are interested in experiencing Pokhara’s refugee settlements and learning about Tibetan culture, traditional foods and medicine, and the contemporary life of Tibetan refugees in Nepal then Tibetan Encounter can arrange long-term home-stays and overnight tours to Jampaling Tibetan Settlement.

If fishing is something you enjoy then you can rent a fishing rod and other required instruments from the shops around lakeside and go for your catch in the lakes. For the golf lovers, there are two world class golf courses in Pokhara that will make your stay in this city more interesting. On top of all this, Pokhara acts as a transit for the spirited trekkers. The city offers so much to see that one cannot resist going on short hikes around the city streets for refreshment.

Pokhara is a place of stunning natural beauty. Refreshing green forests, deep gorges, breathtakingly beautiful waterfalls, emerald blue lakes, caves, hills and rills dominate this place. If you want to be refreshed and relaxed and to discover the mysterious creations of nature then Pokhara is the place to be.

There are a few lakes that are a must-see when you go to Pokhara which includes Fewa lake, Begnas lake and Rupa lake. The serenity and beauty of these water bodies will surely blow your mind. If that is not enough then the highest lake on Earth, Tilicho, lies at 4949m. Also, the deepest gorge in the world is the Kaligandaki vally. In addition to this, Devi’s fall (also known as Devin’s or David’s) is an awesome waterfall lying about 2 km south-west of Pokhara airport. Here you will be able to enjoy a thrilling sight of water flowing with top velocity. And if you love exploring caves then there are plenty in Pokhara. One of them is Gupteswar Gupha(cave), a sacred cave, that lies 2 km from Pokhara airport on the Siddhartha Highway leading southwest from the city. Others include Mahendra cave and Chameri Gupha(cave). Mahendra cave is the largest limestone cave and Chameri Gupha is located nearby it.

The other places that you must visit when in Pokhara include:

  • World Peace Pagoda
  • Bindabasini Temple
  • The Old Bazaar (Ganesh Tole and Ram Krishna Tole)
  • Matepani Gumba (Buddhist Monastery)
  • Cultural Museum
  • Mountain Museum
  • Tibetan Refugee Camp
  • Mahadev Cave
  • Barahi Temple
  • Sarangkot Sunrise tour from where one can have beautiful sunrise view and Panoramic mountain view (3 mountains above 8,000 m. can be seen)

Pokhara is famous for night entertainment. Lakeside, where all the tourists hang out, is the best nightlife spot in Pokhara. It has the largest number of hotels and guest houses and filled with elegant bars, disco dance clubs, pubs with pool tables and restaurants. Pokhara also has an amazing live music scene, with some very talented local musicians playing both local and international music. If you want relaxed, sit-down, acoustic stuff while you eat, then there are some restaurants that provide you with exactly that kind of soothing environment. And when it comes to live music, there are really three main contenders which are Busy Bee, Club Amsterdam and The Blues Bar. If you visit Pokhara during Christmas to New year, then will be able to witness some amazing night festivals at the Lakeside and enjoy with an awesome crowd.

Pokhara used to be one of the most important trading routes that existed all the way from Tibet to India, way back in 17th century when it was a part of the famous Kaski Kingdom. Many such mountains that still stand around Pokhara still hold the ruins from such medieval times. Gurung community has most population in Pokhara and hills around.

Almost all major airlines fly planes in and out of Kathmandu and from there you can take a cab to reach your hotel in Pokhara.
By land, Pokhara can be reached in 6 hrs. by bus or car from Kathmandu.

A majority of accommodations in Pokhara are clustered around the Lakeside close to the Phewa Lake. Also, there are a dozen of guesthouses that make up the Sarangkot uphill region and offer a pollution free stay among the hills under budget. However, one might have to walk uphill after dropping from the cab as these guesthouses are not accessible by car on four wheelers.