25 Places to Visit in Pokhara, Tourist Places & Top Attractions

Tourist Places in Pokhara

Sarangkot, Phewa Lake, Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave, Devis Fall, Seti River, Gurkha Memorial Museum, Bindyabasini Temple, Annapurna Butterfly Museum, Old Bazar, Begnas Lake, Barahi Temple, Landruk, Himchuli Peak, Pokhara Shanti Stupa, and many more.

From stunning lakes to panoramic hilltops, there is no shortage of places to visit in Pokhara. Whether you are on a romantic getaway or on a family trip , all the tourist destinations here will make you feel welcomed and pampered. The scenic lanes of Old Bazaar and Lake Road are a true paradise for shopaholics and the destinations like the Barahi Temple and the Bindhyabasini Temple can turn out to be the most cozy location for solace seekers. 

Adding even more thrill to your vacation, the tourist places in Pokhara let you indulge in various adventures. Be it the rugged terrains of Mahendra Cave and Bat Cave or the rocky path to the Himchuli Peak, all these places attract flocks of adventure lovers and thrill-seekers. Many other tourist attractions of Pokhara like the Annapurna Butterfly Museum and the International Mountain Museum further load the tourists with knowledge about local topography and nature. 

Here is the list of best places to visit in Pokhara:

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A small village which has its own natural beauty. The best thing about the village of Sarangkot is that it lies in the outskirts of the Pokhara city. Moreover, you will alo get a chance to view the one of the most beautiful Annapurna Himalayan range. You can also view the orange hues along with some beautiful mountain ranges.



Highlights
: The scenic beauty of the place is what makes the village an obvious pick for most of the tourists. It is also an important location for most of the paragliders.

Prices
: Free.

Difficulty Level
: Easy.

Best time to visit
: October
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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 place.

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 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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If you are a strong Hindu believer, you wouldn’t miss the chance to visit Mahendra cave. The cave was named after Mahendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev and has several stalactites and stalagmites along with a statue of Lord Shiva which attracts almost thousands of visitors every year.



Highlights
: You cn also visit the Bat Cave which lies on a ten minutes walking distance from this cave and is also an important tourist attraction.

Location
: Kaski district close to river Seti in Pokhara.

Best time to visit: Avoid visiting this cave during monsoons, however it will be best if it could be done during October.

Prices
: Free of cost
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A spectacular fall which you might have never seen before, the peculiar thing about this fall is that the starting point of this fall where Pardi Khola stream which eventually vanishes in the underground. The most amazing thing about this fall is that you can clearly hear the sound of the water which eventually strikes the fall and it is the most famous tourist places in Pokhara. The cascading waterfall secretly comes and meets the cave which makes this fall a must-watch in Nepal.

Prices
: Rs 30.

Difficulty Level
: High, reaching the fall is however tough.

Best time to visit
: Monsoon is the best time to visit.
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Caves have always been mysterious but the curious thing about this Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave is that it comes with a religious bent too. One of the huge stalagmite is usually worshipped as Shiva Lingam. The peaceful atmosphere of the cave will definitely soothe your senses and will let you introspect a little bit.

Amidst the regular hustle and bustle of the city, it is a good place to spend some peaceful time. If you planning to visit this place it will be advisable for you to carry a torch along as it is usually dark.



Highlights
: The Gupteshwar Mahadev Cave is a combination of Devi’s fall in the upstream and the cave in the downstream, one has to climb down the metal stairs to have a real look. Although it is a bit scary but its definitely worth a watch.

Price
: Rs.50 to Rs.100.

Location
: Chhorepatan. Pokhara.
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The Jangchub Choeling Monastery in Pokhara was set up with the vision and support of the 14th Dalai Lama in the year 1987. At the present time, the monastery is home to about 250 nums who belong to various parts of India, Bhutan, Taiwan, Nepal, and South Korea.

It is run as an educational institute that spreads knowledge in the field of philosophy, poetry, grammar, and many others. Visiting one of the most fascinating Pokhara tourist places, you will come across the intricate design elements on the walls of the monastery and various artworks as well. 

Location: Baglung Rajmarg, Pokhara 33700, Nepal

Timing: Open 24 hours
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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.
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Matepani Gumba, established in the year 1960 AD by the migrated Nyeshang People from Manang in Matepani. Gumba is located on a small hillock in eastern Pokhara City. The best part of this monastery is its beautiful intricate architecture and its picturesque backdrop embellished with valleys and mountains.

The eye-catching wall arts in this monument will surely intrigue art lovers. During your visit to one of the most superior places to visit in Pokhara, you can also spend time with the monks and enjoy their warm hospitality. 

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Landruk

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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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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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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 and it is one of the famous tourist places in Pokhara

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
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If you want to dig deeper into the history of mountains and other mountaineering activities, the best thing would be to take a look at the International Mountain Museum.It has documented some of the important things realted to mountains. You can find some of the hidden mysteries pertaining to Mount Everest.



Highlights
: You can check out the records of several mountaineers like Mr Herzog. It is however one of the must visit place when you are in Pokhara.

Price
: 300 NPR.

Best time to visit
: October.

Difficulty Level
: Easy.
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If you want to witness the only freshwater lake in Nepal, you have come to the right place, Rupa Tal. It is one of the glorious serene lake which will make you feel truly blessed.



Location
: It lies towards the south-east of Pokhara valley. The freshwater lake in Nepal is Rupa Tal which is also the third largest lake in Pokhara valley.

Highlights
: It provides boating opportunity for all the tourists which makes Rupa Tal an important tourist destination for many.

Prices
: Entry is free.

Difficulty Level
: Medium
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Dhampas Peak lies northeast of Dhaulagiri and is not only easy to climb but at te same time will allow you to spectacle some beautiful scenery along your way. The climb commences from Tukuche and makes you see some of the mesmerizing picturesque views.



Highlights
: You can have the best scenic view in the trek route through the Kaligandaki valley.

Best months to visit
: March, April, May and September along with October and November too.

Price
: $1390.

Difficulty Level
: Easy, it is not hard to complete the trek and it is also pretty easy on the logistics part. But you should have an experience for walking on the snow.
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It is a bliss for you to spend some time in Shree Gaden Dhargay Ling Monastery. It is one of the best spiritual places in Nepal and you can spend some time in peace an tranquillity which is going to leave you truly relieved. It is the best way to experience Tibetan style and culture which is going to leave you truly relieved. You might need some tourist’s guidance because of language problem. It has housed some 28 monks and it is not a very big monastery.

Highlights
: A specialized form of chanting by the monks which allows them to produce multiple pitches.

Prices
: Entry is free.

Best time to visit
: October.

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A Pagoda style monument buddhist monument which is located on the hill top of Ananda hill. You have to trek till the top to have the spectacular look of the place.

Highlights
: This trek allows you to have a full view of Phewa Lake and some of the most gigantic mountains too.

Best time to visit
: September to November.

Difficulty Level
: Easy, even the children can do this trek.
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Another tourist destination of historic importance in pokhara valley.

Highlights
: Surrounding lake adds lot of grace to this most famous Hindu temple in Pokhara. Built in 18th century it is dedicated to lord Vishnu in his boar incarnation. The temple has been comprehensively renovated over the years and so the pigeons have decided to make it their permanent shelter. A must visit not only for the religious mind but also for regular tourist.

 Difficulty Level: Easy,

Location
: 10 minutes drive from Pokhara, located on an island in the middle of phew lake, it can be reached by a boat from Varahi ghat. 

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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.
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Pothana

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Trekking is quite an adventure, especially in the mountains and hills of Nepal. One such trek is the trek to Pothana, where you can enjoy glimpse of the luxurious white clad mountains and experience the sky so close to your head.



Highlights:The jungles near Pothana offer such a unique trekking experience. The place is a habitat for wonderful wild animals, birds and butterflies. It is a paradise for trek lovers. What’s more is that the place has a diverse range of population and their enthusiasm to meet and greet people will warm your heart.

Location: Pokhara city.

Things to keep in mind
:Foreigners should get permission from relevant government authorities for this trek. However, if you are travelling with a tour group, you wouldn’t need such permissions. Make sure that you carry trekking poles, binoculars, wash towels and eco-friendly water bottles. Don’t forget to have a sanitizer with you.
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If you are in Pokhara then you simply can’t miss the chance to see the Tibetan refugee camp. The area is beautifully adorned with prayer flags which enhances the beauty of the place. It has housed numerous monks and therefore you can hear the rumbling of the monks chanting their payers. Even many masked dance performances are also held during the same.



Highlights
: You can also enjoy some cultural fests which are held in the Pokhara street during 28th Dec to 1st Jan.

Best time to visit
: January and February as it is the time of Tibetan New year.

Prices
: Entry Free
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A visit to Nepal wouldn’t be complete without this Barahi temple which is quite beautifully nestled on the Phewa Lake. It is the place where deities are religiously worshipped by the people who visit this temple. You can take your own canon and reach the temple and it is one of the famous tourist places in Pokhara.

You can absorb in beautiful scenery which will make you feel that Nepal has a lot to offer. Just soak yourself in the extreme quietness of the place. You can hire your own boat and reach this temple too.

Best time to visit: February, October, November, and December.

Location
: It is located in Pokhara 33700.

Price
: Rs 510.

Difficulty Level
: Easy
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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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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 a 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 are quite earthy which makes it a delight for most of the visitors and it is one of the best tourist places in Pokhara.
 
Highlights
: Don’t forget to see Corman Birding 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.
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Basundhara Park in Pokhara attracts tourists all through the year because of its amazing location close to the surreal lake and one of the main tourist streets. The park is mainly visited by the locals and tourists to enjoy boating tours and fishing activities in the middle of the serene and peaceful ambiance. Tourists can also rent solo boats and take a tour of the lake. 

Location:
Park Sadak, Pokhara 33700, Nepal
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15 April 2019
Excellent
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 :) )
26 October 2019
Excellent
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
30 August 2019
Excellent
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!
"Amazing experience overall"
Unbelievable experience!!! Oh goodness, I was so frightened but I made this. Once in a lifetime experience. I gave a full mark on this.
Nepal has it all being it spirituality, nature, adventure and history! It was fun visiting the summits for the sunrise early morning. The hotels were really comfortable which drained out all the tiredness of the day and freshens us every next morning. It was a fun a trip looking froward for more.
Though we usually travel on own but as it was a sudden plan it needed to perfectly made and executed so we opted for Thrillophilia, and it was on the best decisions we took in our travel history, as there wasn't anything we were worried about.
Very skillful pilot and very special experience. I won't be getting tired doing this adventure again and again. I wish I can have more days in this beautiful landscape.
A great experience I like it. No inconvenience at all. Very best transfers and value for money.
I had done this tour with my family, It was a good experience for us. you give a try on this you would like it definitely.

People Also Ask About Pokhara

  1. Which are the best places to visit in Pokhara in winters?

    1. Himchuli Peak: A winter wonderland for snow lovers, this peak can be only reached by trekking for a few days. Once you reach the top, you will get mesmerised by the panoramic view of snow clad peaks all around and below you. 

    2. Mahendra Cave and Bat Cave: What can be more exciting than caving through the dark and dense formations loaded with dramatic terrains. At Mahendra Cave and Bat Cave, you will be delighted with some of the most thrilling sceneries and chilly weather.

    3. Barahi Temple:
    Beautifully sitting in the midst of the Phewa Lake, this temple is a very popular hindu shrine. Everyday in the evening, the temple conducts aarti which adds more delight to its splendid surroundings. 

    4. Sarangkot:
    Sitting in the outskirts of Pokhara City, this small village is home to numerous hidden treasures in the form of natural vistas. From hill view points to small quaint lakes, this village is a proper scenic abode in itself. 
  2. Which are the best shopping places in Pokhara?

    - Pokhara Trade Mall: Home to numerous top class shops and stalls, this mall is the perfect location to shop for some branded clothes and other items. 

    - Old Bazaar:
    This alleyway is for those people who wish to add a bohemian touch to their daily lives by shopping for some metallic and brass decor items and daily use products. 

    - Nilgiri Shopping Centre:
    From Nepalese noodles, to savoury candies, this place is a perfect destination to shop for local delicacies of Nepal.
  3. What is the best time to visit Pokhara?

    Even after having a pleasant climatic condition throughout the year, Pokhara can be best enjoyed around autumn season, which falls between September to November. Around this time, the scenic beauty is at its best and the temperature is bearable. 
  4. How to reach Pokhara from Kathmandu?

    There are two kinds of travel options available for you if you wish to travel from Kathmandu to Pokhara or vice versa:

    - Air: You can easily find flights which take around 40 minutes to cover the distance between both places.

    - Bus:
    Buses can be easily found around Kathmandu which will take you to your desired destinations including Pokhara. The total time taken to cover the distance between both places is around 7 hours. 
  5. How many days are enough for Pokhara?

    A 2 to 3-day long trip is enough to cover all the famous places to visit in Pokhara and indulge in the array of activities offered here. The first day can be dedicated to sightseeing, followed by the next day indulging in activities and adventures. The remaining day can be spent in the markets shopping for souvenirs and indulging in local food trails. 

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