Pokhara City is one of the most popular tourist places in Nepal. It is also one of the second largest cities in Nepal. It lies in the Annapurna mountain range and has many places to see and offers numerous outdoor activities including the Everest base camp trek. You can take an adventure trip to this city and also enjoy sightseeing at this place. After visiting Kathmandu, people visit this place as it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Nepal. For its scenic view, of the lush green, golden and silvery shadow of sun and moon on the mountains, pristine lakeside river, it is a haven for trekkers and adventurers.
You can take a holiday at the foothills of the Annapurna Mountains in Pokhara city and enjoy taking walking and trekking trials in and around the city. You can also go mountaineering, shopping in the streets and bazaars of Pokhara City, get the spectacular view of the vegetation and the landscape view of the city. There are many places of eatery, clubs, and bars sprawling the streets of the city. This is the place where you can relish complete recreational activities. Visit lakes, temples, historical monuments, and places of amusement when you visit this city.
The temple comes with its own beauty which makes the temple a beautiful place for tourists.Location: Situated at a height of 3000 ft. above sea level and dedicated to Goddess Bhagawati, this is one of the oldest temple in pokhara valley. Highlights: Situated on a hillock near busy old bazaar of pokhara, this wonderful religious landmark has immense natural beauty and is worshiped by Hindus and Buddhist alike.Worshipers flock to this place to perform animal sacrifice especially on saturdays. you can clearly observe beauty of Machhapuchhere/annapurna Himalyan range from this Temple. Prices: Enty is free. Difficulty Level: Easy. Best time to visit: February
The bazaar lets you witness some mysterious alleys and courtyard which might not have witnessed before. The brightly clad locals of Kathmandu lets you see many Gurkhas and Sherpas. Highlights: Shop for some fruits vegetables, fruits, spices and stunning wares made of brass, copper and bronze. You can also view some temples and shrines which is likely to make Old Bazaar worth a visit. Best months to visit: October to March. Price: Entry Free
A quiet fresh water lake in kaski district of nepal that changes colour depending on the season. it is the second largest of the eight lakes in Pokhara valley with a maximum depth of 10 meters. Location: It takes about 40 minutes by bus from Pokhara to reach the lake. Not far from the maddening crowd but extremely clean and quiet. Since it is visited comparatively less, the original beauty is undisturbed. The lake supports irrigation and fisheries. Water level in the lake is regulated by a dam constructed in 1988 as it fluctuates with season and because of use for irrigation. Pressure of increasing human population is forcing conversion of swampy area into land for cultivation.Highlights: Boating, fishing and swimming are some of the activities you can indulge in, the bonus being surrounding green mountains. Price: There are whole lot of hotels around to suit different budgets but the entry to this lake is free. Difficulty Level: Medium, you can easily try your hands on boating. Best time to visit: October
Gurkha Memorial Museum
The amazing Gurkha Memorial Museum talks about the contribution of the Gurkha soldiers which had later joined the Indian army. The museums will definitely leave you jaw dropped as you will witness the Gurkha uniforms which is displayed in the museum. One can also view the bravery medal which they have won in the past. Highlights: You can also view the service Khukri which is the traditional Gurkha knife used during the war times and the museum is only open from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Price: Rs 100-200 and an extra of Rs20 for the camera. Best time to visit: October is the best month to visit the place. Location: Pokhara Nepal.
Seti Gandaki (Seti River)
If you are a trek lover then you shouldn’t miss the chance to take a dip into the Seti Gandaki. The name “Seti” has been derived because of the white color which is the result of the limestone rock base. Highlights: You can enjoy the scenic view of the village of Jhijirka where you will also find a small guest house under construction. The Seti Gandaki joins the Trisuli river which will give you an opportunity for hiking. Location: It is 5 hours from Kathmandu by tourist bus. Best time to visit – September to December and February to June. Prices: If you are planning to raft to this place, ideally you will be charged US$50 per person.
Annapurna Butterfly Museum
If you have always loved to catch butterflies when you were young then Nepal is a land to witness some beautiful looking colorful butterflies. The small museum has housed wide variety of Butterflies which will fill you with a wide variety of knowledge. Every single minute that you spend in this museum is all worth it. The interiors of the museum is quite earthy which makes it a delight for most of the visitors. Highlights: Don’t forget to see Corman Birdming which is the largest butterfly of Nepal. Prices: Entry is free. Best time to visit: Post monsoon is the best time. Location: Prithvi Narayan Campus at Bagartole.
Enjoy panoramic, spectacular views of the valley with the Landruk Trek. The trek usually starts from Ghandruk Village or the River Camp, depending on the option of the tour that’s chosen. This particular trek offers some incredible nature views that will leave an indelible imprint on the heart. Highlights:When the fog is lifted in the region, you will experience a nature rendezvous that you wouldn’t have imagined before. The small clearing, nestled with the forests and incredible mountains is a must have. The Landruk village itself has farming terraces that will instantly capture your heart.Location: Ghandruk Village.Things to keep in mind:This is a moderate trek that can be undertaken by beginners and trek lovers alike. Just ensure that you don’t carry items that cannot be disposed easily or could harm the environment. Don’t forget to carry sunglasses and sunscreen along with water bottles.
It is the fourth highest peak and is connected to Annapurna South, thereby creating a strong south wall. You have to take the Annapurna sanctuary to start the trek upto Hinko. Location: Annapurna Range. The Himchuli Peak has allowed you to witness some of the most beautiful sights. This peak is rarely climbed by mountaineers because it is also prone to avalanche. Best time to visit: August to November and March to May. Difficulty Level: High, the trek is not however difficult but the dangerous part is the frequent rock falls which makes the expedition difficult. Prices: $ 2490 USD
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The trekking was very good. Also as we had a small group all the arrangements were good. As we did not expected more snow it was fun walking in snow for full day to reach the ABC. The view was spectacular at the base camp and got quiet good photos. Guide/Porter was very co-operating and helped us a lot while walking in the snow (as we did not had proper shoes to trek in snow :) )
"Amazing experience overall"
One of the best experince of my life, paragliding in the beautiful Pokhara
This trip was fantanstic, I would have never seen this city with several viewpoints. Really Thankful to this amazing guide!
The entire activity is a little tiring, but it is surely an unforgettable experience and highly recommended
Awesome experience. Everything was great. Right from booking till execution. Looking forward to book future activities through thrillophillia ????
The trek was really good, there’s lodges in the whole route , you can carry less for the trek, the view of trek is awesome , the guide and porter are helpful
This sightseeing trip included lots of interesting places to see. Although its a one day tour but during my stay it was raining heavily & the guide there was kind enough to split this trip into 2 days for me.
The trek was exhilarating! Since we went during off-season/ monsoon season, it was not as crowded as every one told it generally is. We were just two women in our group, and the guide and porter were very helpful and friendly. However, we felt the communication could have been more proactive from the vendor agency. But the arrangements came together in the end, so no issues.
Thrillophilia's rating for difficulty level is apt. This trek is not for anyone who doesn't work out on a daily basis. But as the trek gets difficult, so do the rewards, in terms of the views.
Overall, it was everything I wanted and more, I loved the experience of the trek and had no difficulties along the way. I wanted a thrilling and difficult trek, full of breathtaking moments, filled with peace and quiet, so I got that and a sense of being close to heaven and the gods!
All were exceptionally good Driver was punctual and trustworthy Best memories as far as your services are concerned
People Also Ask About Pokhara
You can take a flight to Kathmandu in Nepal and take a car ride or a bus ride to the Pokhara City. This is city can also be covered by foot.
Carry a passport with you all the time and also photocopies of all the travel documents.
When you visit temples and other places considered sacred and holy, avoid wearing short dresses and sleeveless tops.
Always remove your footwear when entering temples. Also, in a few temples non Hindus are not allowed.
Always trek in groups and take guided treks and camping.
Carry all the camping and trekking along with you as it will not be provided at the camp and trekking sites.
Get sufficient amount of rest before you start trekking and ensure that you are physically fit.
Do not accept drinks from strangers at the bars or leave them unattended.
You must always take care of your belongings when you travel in crowded places.
Do not remain in clubs or bars after midnight, as you will be detained by the cops.
Get warm clothes and other winter gear so you stay safe in the cold weather.
April and summers are the best time to visit this city.
Avoid taking bus rides as much as possible as there have been prone to accidents.
Do not drink in public areas or streets. Drinks are available in bars and pubs. You cannot take liquor outside the city as it is considered illegal.
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Umpteen adventure activities
You have many options for adventure and water sports activities in this city. You can go on treks in the Annapurna region, go boating and canoeing, white water rafting, kayaking on the lakes and rivers of this city. You can also take lessons in learning these activities. You can also go mountain biking in Sarankot around the Phewa lake. Paragliding is also one of the popular activities that you can do in tandem and take lessons to do the same.
Caves, lakes, and museums
You can visit Phewa lake, Rupa Lake that has unspoilt waters, Begnas lake is tranquil and peaceful, Dipang lake has wild lotuses and swans, and a beautiful scenic view. There are also many viewpoints in and nearby Pokhara. You can visit the World Peace Pagoda Stupa which is at the hilltop, from where you can get a clear view of the Annapurna mountain range. Enjoy the views at Sarangkot, including the sunrise and sunset. If you want to see a herd of hanging bats, visit the Chamare Gufa - Bat cave. Opposite to the Devi Falls is the Gupteswar Mahadev Cave that is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The Gurkha Memorial Museum is a memorial dedicated to soldiers. Click to have a detailed look about the Annapurna base camp trek.
Reiki, yoga, and meditation classes
There are umpteen centers in Pokhara where you can take ayurvedic massages, learn reiki, yoga, and other spiritual healing classes. Learn hatha yoga in the serene beauty of the mountains and greenery. There are many resorts attached to these centers where you can stay.
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Outdoor activities and sightseeing
The view of this city is spectacular when you visit any place while trekking or sightseeing. There are also many viewpoints present that give a splendid view of the mountains and nature. This is a haven for adventure and nature lovers. Trekking and many other options are available for tourists who come here for adventure and outdoor activities.
Shopping, nightlife, and massages
You can get the best of massages that rejuvenate your body and relieve you of stress. You can go shopping at the bazaars for souvenirs, artifacts, clothing, jewelry, fabric, spices, and more. There are umpteen options for eating, drinking in hotels, bars, and clubs. You can only party till midnight in most of the clubs and bars.
You can visit Kathmandu, Lumbini, and the Annapurna Sanctuary and take treks here at the hill top and get the most of your travel to this city. Lumbini is 8 to 9 hours journey from Pokhara and is the birth place of Lord Buddha. At Lumbini, you can visit the temples, stupas, museums, lakes, and go sightseeing on bikes. You will find many mid range to budgeted hotels in Lumbini. There are many places near the border of India that you can visit from Pokhara City in bus rides. Kathmandu is a city valley which you can visit for numerous temples and adventure sports. You can attend their local festivals and also take up flight seeing, getting a top view of the mountains. You can also visit the Riverside Springs Resort that is 100 kilometers from Pokhara City.
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