Pokhara is the second-largest city in the Hilly region of Nepal. It is situated in the western region of Nepal which is 203 Km west from Kathmandu Valley. Pokhara is also known as the gateway to the Annapurna Region Trekking. This is a city where you can spend your holiday easily for a week.
Best Things to do in Pokhara
Pokhara is a beautiful city where different outdoor activities can be done within a short period of time. Almost all the tourists who visit Nepal don’t want to miss this city. Pokhara is the city of peace. There are lots of the best things to do in Pokhara such as Paragliding, Bunge Jump, Ziplining, Ultralight flight, and many more.
Following are the best things that you can do in Pokhara:
Tandem Paragliding Flight
Pokhara is one of the best places for paragliding. Tandem Paragliding Flight is the best things to do in Pokhara. It is very interesting to paraglide from the top of Sarangkot enjoying the view of lakes and beautiful mountains surrounding Pokhara valley. The flights last nearly 25 minutes and take off from the Sarangkot where you will often see a large number of parachutes during your flight. This could be the best and interesting journey ever had. For a perfect flight, you’ll be flying tandem, so that be sure to affectionate towards your pilot.
Visit the Tal Barahi Temple
Among all, Visiting the Tal Barahi Temple is the best thing to do in Pokhara. Tal Barahi is situated on the lap of Phew Lake. Tal Barahi Temple is located in the middle of Phewa Lake. You need to go through the boat to visit this temple. Going through boat clicking the beautiful picture really makes your heart amazing. This temple is mainly dedicated to the Hindu god Barahi. It is a belief that she is another the boar incarnation of the god Vishnu.
Hike or Drive to the World Peace Pagoda
You can either hike or simply drive to go to Peace Pagoda. World Peace Pagoda is one of the best places to observe the view of the whole Pokhara valley and Annapurna ranges. You can either hire a boat from Phewa lake to the trailhead or hire a vehicle. If you go through boat then you will hike across the forests leading to peace pagoda with cool air. This pagoda was built by Buddhist monks in the order of the Japanese Nipponzan Myohoji. It is counted as the 80th peace pagodas worldwide.
Watch Sunrise or Sunset from Sarangkot Hill
Sarangkot is the most visited place as compare to other places in Pokhara. You can either hike 2-3 hours or take a vehicle to reach Sarangkot. The trails lead you through lovely forests and the stone forming a rough path. Mainly, this place is famous for its sunrise. Early in the morning, you will see the amazing sunrise view and a stunning view of Annapurna and Machapuchare. This place rises right above the Phewa lake. For the stunning and fantastic view, you need to go early in the morning. Watching sunrise and sunset from the top of Sarangkot is one of the best things to do in Pokhara.
Visit Davi’s Waterfall
The outflow of the Phewa Lake forms a small stream passes through a narrow gorge forms a waterfall. This gorge is about 50 to 100 ft deep. In 1961, Mrs. Devi, a Swiss tourist who visited Nepal accidentally falls in the waterfalls so that it is named Davi’s falls. It looks very dangerous when you get inside the small Gorge. This place is also very fun to explore and also the best things to do in Pokhara.
Exploration of different Caves
There are three famous caves in Pokhara that you can explore during your holiday. They are:
- Gupteshwor Cave
- Mahendra Cave
- Bat Cave
Gupteshwor Cave is considered as the cave of Lord Shiva temple. This cave is at located Pokhara Municipality 17, Chorepatan at Siddhartha highway, 2 km away from Pokhara Airport. An entrance fee for tourists is Rs.100 but Rs.50 for SAARC nationals per person. This cave is very good for an educational tour, religious and research tours. Mainly, students are visiting this cave. More than 6,00,000 international and domestic tourists visit this cave. According to the astrologer, Nir Bikram Paudel, on Dec 1992 he dreamt that someone told him to manage this cave with Lord Shiva. The following day, he found the same location where he saw on this dream. Gupteshwor Management Team has provided electricity facilities inside the cave. The path inside the cave is so narrow.
Mahendra Cave is located in Pokhara Municipality,16 Batuley Chaur, which takes 2 hours by walking or 30 minutes by taxi from Lakeside. Adhero Bhuwan is the old name of the Mahendra Cave. According to the local people, when the tiger killed the cattle while chasing the tiger they found this cave. After the visit of King Mahendra, this cave was named Mahendra Cave and started to preserve. This cave 200 meters length. Every year more than 4,00,000 international and domestic tourists visit this cave. The entrance fee for tourists is Rs.150 and for SAARC nationals is Rs.80 per person.
Bat Cave is known as “Chamero Gufa” in the Nepali language. It is situated near the Mahendra Cave. It is located a few kilometers away from Pokhara Valley. You can go by bus or by hiring a public vehicle. This cave is near a forest where there is a narrow exit. Those who are nature lover, they can observe different types of limestone. Some of the rocks found in this cave look like an animal: Tiger, snake, and elephant. We recommend you visit this cave in the spring season. The bats inside this cave are of 11 types out of 51 in Nepal. The entrance fee for tourists is Rs.110, SAARC nationals Rs.60, and Rs.50 for Nepali.
Stroll Along Phewa Lake
Phewa Lake is the second largest lake in Nepal which occupies around 4.42 square Km. This lake is situated near the lakeside. The water of Phewa Lake welcomes you to explore all around the lake through a small wooden boat. Similarly, boating on the Phewa lake is the best thing to do in Pokhara. You can also explore the bookstores, stores, restaurants, museums, and so on. You can observe the beautiful and stunning view of Himalaya’s reflection of the pure water of Phewa lake. Some of the tourists are interested to swim in this lake with their own risks. It is also possible at your own risk.
Half or Full Day of Mountain Biking
There are several trails and routes where you can explore Pokhara through Mountain Biking. You can have a half-day or full-day of riding to explore Pokhara or to know about your stamina and skills. You can explore around Phewa Lake as well. Riding through different routes makes you feel amazing. From the top of the hill, you can observe different types of Himalayas with cool air.
For observing something unique in Pokhara, you can try Ultralight flight. You can take this flight from Pokhara Airport. You can observe the Panoramic view of the Annapurna Ranges from this Flight. You can explore the whole Pokhara Valley. The speed of this flight is 50-100 Km/hr. Its maximum altitude is up to 5,000 feet.
Exploration of International Museum
Among all, International Museum is the most tourist attraction destination in Pokhara. This museum is made in 1995 with the help of the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). This museum is made for preserving the major and minor records, evidence related to Himalayan Expedition. After the 9 years of research, this museum was opened for the public. It looks much more interesting to know about the different cultural dresses, old Nepali equipment, pictures of different mountains, and so on. Visiting the International museum is one of the best things to do in Pokhara. Those trekkers who want to know about the past evidence of the Himalayan expedition they mostly visit this museum. This museum has its own sample mountain of Mt. Manaslu to climb, the 8th highest mountain in the world located in Pokhara.
- Visit & Shop at Tashi Ling Refugee Camp
- Bunge Jumping and Ziplining
- Hot Air Ballon
FAQ about Pokhara
Can You see Everest from Pokhara?
No, we cannot see Everest from Pokhara. But you can have a mountain flight to see Everest. It is the only one option to see Everest.
Does Pokhara have International Airport?
Recently, there is no International Airport in Pokhara but the construction of an international airport is going on. It will be opening soon and hope to take a flight from 2021 onward.
How Far is Pokhara from Kathmandu?
Pokhara is 203 Km far from Kathmandu.
How to Reach Pokhara from Kathmandu?
There are two options to reach Pokhara from Kathmandu.
- Pokhara-Kathmandu flight
- By tourist bus
- By private car