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Best Things To Do in Pokhara

The best things to do in Pokhara are centred around multiple leisure and adventure activities. Lying in the lap of the Annapurna range, this city is an abode for trekkers and nature lovers. The spectacular view of the Annapurna circuit and the Seti Gandaki river flowing through the city creating several canyons adds a serene touch to the region. The Phewa Tal is famous for the World Peace Pagoda which attracts many travellers.

Along with the mountain ranges, Pokhara valley is home to eight lakes which is why it holds the name ‘city of lakes’. Most famous among all is the Phewa lake for its boating activities. Other lakes to the east of the valley are equally enchanting like the Begnas lake, Rupa lake, Maidu lake and Dipang lake, etc. Due to the presence of so many water bodies, the underground of Pokhara is porous favouring the formation of several caves in and around the city.

One of the highlights of this region is the elegant architecture of a number of temples and gumbas. The Radha Krishna Temple is a treat to the eyes during the evenings lit with diyas and lights making it glow like a charm. The Tal Barahi temple is a must visit place due to its location on the island in the middle of the Phewa lake.

Pokhara offers its tourists culturally and regionally enriched museums like the International Mountain Museum, Pokhara Regional Museum, Ethnographic museum and the Annapurna Natural history Museum. The flora and fauna of Pokhara is undoubtedly exceptional and well-preserved with an extensive collection of butterflies.

 The local cuisine offers mostly Tibetan and Indian dishes with the main relish till date being the momos. Listing all the best things to do in Pokhara,  it is no wonder that it has earned one of the top tourist positions in Nepal.

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Attractions

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Landruk

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.
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Phewa Lake

Witness the second largest in Nepal the Phewa Lake and it one of the must visit places in Pokhara. You can enjoy some of the best boating rides in this lake and at the same time it also lets you witness some quite moments sometime in the late afternoon. You can also see some beautiful fishes in the water which is another attraction in this places.



Highlights
: The water is so clear that you can also see the reflection of Mount Machhapuchhre and Annapurna range.

Prices
: Entry Free. 

Best months to visit
: October
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The Begnas Hiking

On a cold morning, the Begnas hiking can bring warmth to your heart! One of the most popular hiking trails in the country, this place is well known for its lakes and stunning seal trees. The forests here are perfect for short breaks and walks, whereas the view of hillsides is simply breathtaking.



 Highlights:This particular trek has open meadows, Sundari Danda ridge and small lakes that you would love to experience. The old schools and older buildings in the region make up for an interesting discovery.

Location
: Pokhara.

Things to keep in mind
:The trek is short, but you are recommended to carry the right kind of items with you. Don’t forget to carry fleece jackets, hiking shoes and socks to prevent cold from getting through your feet. Carry small first aid box, a reusable water bottle and sleeping bag if you plan on staying in for the night.
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Pokhara Trek To Australian Base Camp

Enjoy hot breakfast in Pokhara and then embark to the Kande, where you will begin your short trek to Australian Base Camp. The 1-2 day tour will take you to the beautiful hill top that has striking natural views of Nepal. The trail here is steep, but it is all rewarding. The majestic views make the physical discomfort feel better!



Highlights:The trek goes beyond mountain beauty and scenic wonders. The village itself near the base is quite attractive and you will be surprised to see a stunning amount of slate roofed houses here. Meet people, talk to them and discover the culture of Nepal while the natural beauty works as a backdrop.

Location
: Kande.

Things to keep in mind
:This is a short trek and you don’t have to carry a number of options. However, don’t forget to carry disposable or non-disposable water bottles, a small first-aid kit and a sleeping bag.
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Dhampus Trek

A classic trek in Nepal, Dhampus Trek covers scenic beauty and gives you the opportunity to a land that’s inhabited with such wide diversity of people. The spectacular scenery in the background, the stunning Mt. Mchhapuchare range makes the small trek quite rewarding experience.

  

Highlights:The Dhampus Trek follows short stretch of woods, perfect for those who would like to discover nature. The mountain view point is completed with the views of ethnic Gurung Village. The trip, which begins for Kathmandu usually follows a hike to Sarankot hilltop and then panoramic views of Annapurna range.

Location: Dhampus Village.

Things to keep in mind
:While the trek is short and easy, it is recommended that travelers carry their water bottles, come with right kind of equipment and gear. Don’t forget to carry sunglasses as well as winter clothing with lots of sunscreen as trekking can lead to sunburns.
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Trek From Pokhara To Sarangkot

Some of the greatest views of the Annapurna Himalayan Mountain Range can be seen here. The white clad mountains appear to be dressed in pink early in the morning, while an orange shadow casts upon them at the dusk.

Highlights
:The trek is designed to be short and sweet, with steady climbs so that even the introductory level trekkers can enjoy it. The trek also follows through a non-descript village, where anyone can experience cultural joys of meeting new people or they can get permission to enjoy paragliding and similar activities.

Location
: Pokhara.

Things to keep in mind
:Booking a tour may seem easy. And it is. But before leaving, make sure that you check out the weather in Nepal. If it is cold and windy, ensure that you get torches, right clothing equipment, hiking shoes and socks. Bring snacks with you and carry water bottles. Carry daypacks and sleeping bags as well.
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Bindyabasini Temple

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
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Old Bazar

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

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What You Should Know More About Things To Do in Pokhara

  • What are the best things to do in Pokhara?

    Below mentioned are the best things to do in Pokhara:

    •  Mountain Climbing

    The high mountain ranges here, offer the best hill-top views. The most prominent of these, is Macchapucchre. It is a fish-tailed peak, dazzling like a snow-covered needle in the sun. Climb these mountains for a most adrenalizing experience 

    • Peace Stupa

    The Peace Stupa is a pagoda that houses four statues of Buddha, symbolic of the Four Great Sights. It is open to people of all races, regardless of religion, race or sexuality 

    • Adventure Travel

    Pokhra is replete with splendid options for adventure tourists, including trekking, hiking, paragliding, river rafting, canyoning, water abseiling and the special Ultralight motor gliding.

    • Davi’s Falls

    Known for their scenic beauty, these resounding cascades make for an excellent venue for water abseiling.

    • National Memorial Museum

    Pay a visit to the National Memorial Museum and get acquainted with the rich history of the Gorkha race.

    • Kashikot Village

    Get tutored on Organic farming in the ancient Kaskikot village, known for its rustic and tribal way of life.

  • What are the adventure activities to do in Pokhara?

    Climb the mountains in Pokhara for a most adrenalizing experience. Their rugged nature makes them conducive to adventure sports. The most prominent mountain here is Macchapucchre. Alternatively, you can travel to Sarangkot, a high-altitude village, which is a famous Paragliding spot here. It also provides breathtaking views of the horizon. Other adventure sports include trekking and hiking, of course. Annapurna Base camp trek and Upper Mustang trek are the best options. The Pokhara Lumbini Chitwan Mountain Biking tour, is a well known biking package which takes you on a sensational ride across the rugged terrains of the Himalayas. Additionally, Zip Flying, is an adrenaline-inducing activity and Pokhara is famous for the highest zip flyer in the world. You can also try Bungy Jumping at the same place. Other natural delights in Pokhara include its Lakes. Hire, sail or row a boat on the Phewa Lake. Explore the bat caves of Mahendra Gupha, a limestone marvel, studded with elegant stalactites and bulky stalagmites. Try Waterfall Abseiling at the lush, Davi’s Falls, that meanders through caves and underground tunnels. Another popular adventure sports here is the Ultralight Flight Motor Gliding, which lets you float and fly around like a bird, offering mesmeric views of the Pokhara environs. It lasts half an hour and goes at a speed of 90 kmph.

  • Which are some famous campsites near Pokhara?

    The Annapurna foothills, Sarangkot, Poon hill and the Upper Seti river camp are some of the most common camping places in Pokhara. It is one of the best weekend getaways that fit the budget within Rs 1500 to 2000. These campsites include all kinds of adventure activities including kayaking, canoeing, water abseiling, rock climbing and canyoning.

  • Which are the most adventurous places for trekking near Pokhara?

    Annapurna Base camp trek and Upper Mustang trek are the best options for trekking in Pokhara. The Poon Hill trek is also revered by hardcore adventure tourists. A lot of hikers consider Macchapucchre a daunting mountain to scale as well.

  • Where can I do mountain biking in Pokhara? Which are some popular routes?

    The Pokhara Lumbini Chitwan Mountain Biking tour, is a well known biking package which takes you on a sensational ride across the rugged terrains of the Himalayas.

     

    Some of the most popular routes are the Annapurna Circuit biking tour and the Upper Mustang biking tour. The region has a lot of mountain biking companies that rent bikes, helmets and other essentials for the ride. The most common route is from Pokhara to Lo-Manthang. Costs about Rs. 1000-1500 per person.

  • Where can I enjoy zip flying in Pokhara? How much will it cost?

    Zip flying, is an adrenaline-inducing activity and Pokhara is famous for the highest zip flyer in the world. The base is located at Sarangkot. The zipflyer here boasts a drop of a massive 600 m!

  • Where can I try paragliding in Pokhara? What are its charges?

    Paragliding again is best enjoyed at the high-altitude village of Sarangkot.

     

    For foreigners, the costs are as follows:

    Short flight: Rs. 10,000/person for a 25 min experience.

    Long flight: Rs. 15,000/person for 50 mins.

     

  • Which are the places to go for bungee jumping in Pokhara?

    It is the highest water touch bungy in the world and jumping is done from a tower at a height of 80 meters, from which you dive into a pond which is 18 mt. deep.  

    The most popular venue for the activity is Bhote Koshi. Sarangkot is also known to provide the same.

  • Where can I do ultra flight in Pokhara? What are its charges?

    Ultralight flying is a breathtaking way of watching over the Annapurna mountains and provides a jaw-dropping view of the scenery underneath 

    The ultralight aircraft can fly over the Pokhara valley at a speed of 50-90 km per hour. It is offered by the Avia Club Nepal, Pokhara Ultralight and the Fishtail ultralight 

    Charges depend on nationality and type of flight. There are 4 categories of flights:

    • Fly For Fun, which uses an Open Aircraft.(Duration: 15 min, ChargesRs. 7,500-8,500)
    •  Glory of Mt. Fishtail, uses an Open and Closed Aircraft.(Duration: Half an hour, Charges: Rs. 13,500-15,000)           
    • Mountain Sky Trek, uses an Open and Closed Aircraft. (Duration: An hour long, Charges: Rs. 23,500-25,000)
    • In The Heart of The Himalayas, which uses a Closed Aircraft. (Duration: 90 min, Charges: Rs. 31,500-33,000)

     

  • When is the best time for river rafting in Pokhara? Where can I enjoy this sport?

    The best time for river rafting in Pokhara is October to Mid-December and then March through early May, as extremes of weather are avoided.

     

    Upper Seti River and Trishuli River are the best venues for river rafting. The cost is Rs. 5000/person.

     

  • Can I do canyoning in Pokhara? Is it safe to do it there?

    Yes, you can do canyoning in Pokhara. The season for canyoning is between September to June. The canyoning zone is located in Ghalel Village of Kaski District.

     

    It is considered safe due to high care and trainer supervision and sport administration at the sites.

    Hence, a lot of care is gone into maintaining its tourist reputation of being most visited and preferred adventure place in Nepal.

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