Pokhara, known as the gateway to the western Himalayas and the tourism capital of Nepal, is one of the beautiful cities situated at the foothills and surrounded by the towering peaks including Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Manaslu, and the Annapurnas. This famous tourist destination offers some of the picturesque locations and is a wonderful place to relax and chill from the chaos and stress of a city life. Also named as city of Lakes, this town is a home to surreal Phewa Lake and Begnas Lake which are famous for boating activities and there is no doubt that the reflection of the beauty of the mountains on these Lake overwhelms everyone. People who comes to trek in Annapurna region makes Pokhara as their base. Apart from beautiful lakes, hills and mountains, this living paradise is also famous for scenic adventure activities such as paragliding, trekking, zip line, cycling, and extreme adventure sports like canyoning, rafting, and bungy jumping. Natural wonders such as Davis Falls, Gupteshwar Cave, Bat Cave, Seti river gorge make this city even more attractive to visit.
Things to do in Pokhara
This vibrant town has established itself as the adventure capital of the country. This tranquil town is a perfect antidote for people who seeks adventure, refreshment, relaxation and many more. Some of the things that you can do while you are in Pokhara can be mentioned below.
• Boating in Phewa Lake and Begnas Lake
The most scenic fresh water lakes in Nepal, Phewa Lake and Begnas Lake offer the perfect nature retreat because of their relative seclusion. Boat ride in these lakes has become everyone’s point of interest. You can spend your day on peaceful boat trip across these lakes admiring the scenery and chilling at the same time.
• Hike to Shanti Stupa
Hiking to Pokhara Shanti Stupa or Peace Pagoda can be a nice excursion if you want to sight see the beautiful landscape of Pokhara city and astonishing mountain ranges. Located at the top of Anadu hill, the Stupa offers a sweeping view of the Valley, especially the sunrise and sunset views are remarkable. Those who don’t want to hike can also choose for drive option.
• Bungee jump and paragliding
Bungee jump and paragliding are some of the thrilling activities that guarantee adrenaline rush. The only tower bungee of Nepal, Pokhara bungee is located in Hemja and offers the vertical drop with 3 seconds of free fall whereas paragliding is an exciting 30 minutes’ flight from the Sarangkot that offers the stunning views of entire valley and the beautiful mountain ranges.
• Rafting at Seti river
If you are fond of thrill and adventure, another activity can be rafting in Seti river that you shouldn’t miss. You will love the fun and excitement when the boat rolls down the rapids, take twists and turns and swirls in the whirlpool. The crystal white water of Seti River with the backdrop of gorgeous mountain will definitely leave you with fond memories.
• Sunrise from Sarangkot
One of the most spectacular viewpoints, Sarangkot is a famous spot to witness the mesmerizing sunrise over the stunning mountains including Annapurna and Machhapuchhre. The panoramic view of Pokhara city and beautiful lakes seen from the hill top is awe-inspiring.
• Explore the night life at lakeside
Pokhara provides the combination of nature and nightlife. Night at lakeside here always worth a try. Either you sit around the lake and stare at the stars or have a blast in an open air cinema, live music scene, and sports bars, there is something for everyone to enjoy- especially at night! There are dance bars, lounge, night clubs where you can enjoy, have fun and chat with people from different countries.
• City Tour
While in Pokhara, don’t forget to take a tour of the city. The city is full of interesting natural and cultural spots dotted all over the city. Some of the popular places are Devi's Fall, Bindhyabasini temple, Mahendra cave, Tal Barahi, International Mountain Museum, Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave, Chamere Gufa, Seti River Gorge and many more places.
Accommodations in Pokhara offer a great variety from homestays, guesthouses, B & Bs to boutique hotels, star hotels and luxury resorts. Especially, the buzzling lakeside is the center of tourism packed with numerous options including star hotels, restaurants ranging from local food outlets to fancy western restaurants fitting all budget types. So, what’s your choice - Just name it!
You have many options if you want to travel to Pokhara. Local bus and micro vans as well as tourist bus are operated daily from Kathmandu and other major cities. From Kathmandu, tshe journey takes around six hours. Or you can take a flight from Kathmandu. There are several flights that are operated every day from Tribhuwan International airport. It takes around 25 minutes to land in Pokhara regional airport. There are also several options of touring/travelling once you are in Pokhara. Both public and private vehicles that fit any group size and budget type are available. Or, if you want to explore the city and its vicinity on your own, you can also hike cycle and motorbike.