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30 Things to do in Pokhara

 
  • If you are running short of things to do in Pokhara then there is a possibility that you don’t know Pokhara so well. Pokhara provides many trekking expeditions for people who are looking for one. If you are looking for some good food you can definitely try the Krishna’s kitchen which serves some amazing homemade tofu with homemade vegetables and herbs.

     A natural glimpse of the what Pokhara was before can be best viewed in old Pokhara which is surrounded by beautiful architecture. But if you are looking for some peace then it is best to sit by Phewa Tal lake and absorb yourself in the beauty of the nature.

    Here are some of the best things to do in Pokhara:

  • 01Paragliding in Pokhara

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    Flying in the air like a bird is everybody’s dream. If you want to experience the same feeling, we have come up with a superb paragliding experience in Pokhara. The adventurous trip is going to leave you truly jaw dropped. It is considered to be one of the commercial locations for paragliding.

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    Highlights
    : The best thing would be to book a cross country tandem flight which is definitely not going to disappoint you.

    Price
    : Rs 7500 to Rs 11000.

    Difficulty Level
    : High, generally most of the risks are involved during the take-off and landing times.

    Best time to visit
    : September and June are the best months for this adventure sport.
  • 02Pokhara Trekking

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    Trekking in Pokhara is not just fun but extremely thrilling too. Pokhara has come up with some of the most beautiful treks which has a culmination of both adventure with some jaw dropping and awe inspiring scenic beauties too. The treks are quite beautifully adorned with rich flora and fauna which just adds to the beauty of the trek.

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    Highlights
    : Some of the best terrains for trekking would be Ulleri, Ghorepani, Poon Hills, Tadapani and Chomrung are some of the popular choices for trekking.

    Best months to visit
    : March to June and October to November are some of the best months for trekking.

    Difficulty Level
    : High, although one has to be physically fit to complete the trek.

    Price
    : $500 would be sufficient for a 4 day trek which is inclusive of a night stay in a hotel in Pokhara.
  • 03Skydiving in Pokhara

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    Amidst the hectic schedule it becomes almost impossible for you to feel the freshness of the air. Skydiving as an experience will leave you not just thrilled but at the same time will leave you with some fond memories which will be hard to forget.

    Highlights
    : Mount Everest is however, the best place for skydiving. Mount Everest is the best spot for skydiving as it lets you witness the colossal mountains. However, one can also witness the west of Phewa Lake is also ideal for skydiving.

    Best months to visit
    : October.

    Prices
    : USD 5000 per person.

    Difficulty Level
    : High, prior consultation of a doctor is required.
  • 04Zip Flyer Pokhara

    Let your dream of flying in the air come true. Witnessing the natural beauty of the rich flora and fauna will make you feel truly blessed. It will truly be an awesome experience for you to be a part of such exhilarating ride which will also allow you to be a part of some of the most beautiful and breath taking views of the natural trails.



    Highlights: Sarangkot, provides you the steepest, tallest and fastest zip flying experience. It allows you to witness some of the jaw dropping and awe inspiring views of Annapurna, Machhapuchhre Himalayan range and Pokhara city too.

    Prices
    : Rs 5890 per person.

    Difficulty Level
    : High, The person should be above 14 years of age and must weigh between 35 kg to 125 kg.
  • 05Kayaking

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    Get closer to the waters by experiencing Kayaking in Pokhara. An escape from the city life into the nature. The white water quite beautifully lined against the sandy beaches and campfires under the stars are just some of the few natural beauties which one can enjoy.

     

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    Highlights
    : You can do kayaking alongside the Upper Seti river which is both short and sweet trip for kayaking. You can also go for kayaking in Kaligandaki river which plunges through the Himalayan river.

    Price
    : The price would range from $130 to $140.

    Difficulty Level
    : Medium, one should be well versed with Kayaking or else can take the help of trained professional for the same.

    Best time to visit
    : November and March.
  • 06Canyoning & Canyoneering

    An expedition which will leave you completely thrilled. It will let you enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the calm and serene waters. The journey of canyoning will leave you with the best of memories. You will have the chance to get really close to nature and will come across some of the unknown places which you would have never seen or known.

    Highlights
    : Chitwan is considered to be the best place for canyoneering in Pokhara.

    Best time to visit
    : November and December.

    Difficulty Level
    : High, it involves travelling through rugged terrain.

    Prices
    : $85.
  • 07White Water Rafting

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    Meet the gushing white waters as it will give you a chance to encounter the wild rapids. The challenging task of getting into this untamed waters will let you have some sweet and memorable adventurous experience. You can also witness the natural greenery of the nearby places.

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    Highlights
    : Seti river is however the best place for white water rafting.

    Difficulty Level
    : High, if you are not professionally trained then the best thing would be to take the help of a trainer.

    Prices
    : The price of white water rafting depends on the number of days. It is $51 per day approximately in Pokhara.
  • 08Camping

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    Just move away from the match stick model of staying in a five star hotel and experience the natural way of living with the nature. The camping experience will let you experience the natural trails. It will also have the voice of the animals at the background.

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    Highlights
    : If you want to camp by the river side Seti river is the best place for camping.

    Best months to visit
    : March and April are the best months for camping.

    Prices
    : USD$1500 for a 12 to 15 day trek.

    Difficulty Level
    : Medium, as you need to have a minimum level of fitness for bearing the extreme weather conditions.
  • 09Fishing

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    Fishing can be truly enjoyable experience. It will also give you an opportunity to spend some quiet time alone along with nature and indulge in fishing. You can get some of the best fishes which is hard to find anywhere else.

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    Highlights
    : Phewa Lake can be the best fishing spot for fishing enthusiasts.

    Best time to visit
    : Post monsoon which is October and November are the best time for such an expedition.

    Prices
    : The prices are made on hourly bases $165 to $200 for six passengers.

    Difficulty Level
    : Easy
  • 10Mountain Biking

    Pack your bags and get ready for some real adventure on road. Just ride on your bike and explore some of the unexplored places. You can get a chance to view the beautiful sunrises and sunsets which makes the experience even more beautiful for riders.



    Highlights
    : Pokhara mountain bike adventure will show you all the trails which you might not seen before that will truly leave you inspired. However you can also go for the Kathmandu valley which is an equally adventurous spot.

    Best time to visit
    : February and April are one of the best.

    Prices
    : 600 USD.

    Difficulty Level
    : High, this is indeed a vary dangerous activity and should only be tried after an regress training
  • 11Hand Gliding

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    Have the thrilling experience of riding a plane yourself, be your own pilot with hand gliding. You can get an opportunity to experience the beautiful mountains and lakes like a free bird. If you have tried this one, we are sure that it will give you a chance to have a look at some of the forbidden places too.

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    Highlights
    : Sarangkot is the place for these flights to take off for all the hang gliding experiences. You can simply have a majestic view of monasteries, temples and mountains.

    Best time to visit
    : November and December.

    Difficulty Level
    : High, weather is an important consideration for hang gliding and many professionals say that hang gliding is more about the attitude than the skill sets.

    Prices
    : 113 pounds.
  • 12Pokhara UltraLight

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    Have you ever had the opportunity of flowing in the wind, if not? Then it is time to try this beautiful experience of trying the adventure sport Ultralight. It allows you to witness the virgin beauty of the nearby mountain, lakes and natural greenery.

     

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    Highlights: You can book the Phewa Lake in Pokhara.

    Best time to visit
    : Early Autumn to early spring is the best time. This exhilarating sport will leave you completely thrilled.

    Difficulty Level
    : High, you can get trained by professionals to make it easier for you.

    Prices
    : 5180 per person
  • 13Paramotor in Pokhara

    Be the king of the skies and fly like a free bird with Paramotor in Pokhara. You can have the chance to see the magic of the natural mountains and lakes which makes it the best sport of Nepal. It is just the next version of paragliding and is a little tough too.



    Difficulty Level
    : High, for your safety there is a trained professional who will accompany you.

    Price
    : If you want a basic 5 day course it will be of Rs 30,000.

    Best months
    : October through May.
  • 14Stand Up Paddle-Boarding

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    If you are given a chance to paddle in the ocean all by yourself, wouldn’t it be exciting? Although it takes a little bit of exercising and muscle pull but you wouldn’t realize it as you will be totally absorbed in the amazing adventurous ride.

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    Highlights
    : Phewa Tal Lake will be an ideal location to try the enjoying ride of Stand-up paddle boarding.

    Best time to do
    : May and June is the best time for this sport.

    Difficulty Level
    : High, you might find an initial level difficulty to balance the stand up paddle.

    Prices
    : $300
  • 15Rent A Bike

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    When walking is not an option and you don’t need guide to explore the places then the best thing to do would be to rent a bike. As you take a ride through the unwinding roads, it will let you see some of the most amazing places and will leave you with experiences which you will never forget.

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    Highlights
    : You will find a good route to ride a bike in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

    Prices
    : Rs.1000 to Rs 2000.

    Difficulty Level
    : High, the roads of Nepal are not easy to ride, hence you have to be a lot careful while driving.

    Best time to visit
    : December to February
  • 16Visit Sarangkot

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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.

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    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
  • 17Pokhara Shanti Stupa

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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.

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    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.

    Prices
    : Entry is free.
  • 18Phewa Lake

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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 places.

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    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
  • 19International Mountain Museum

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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.

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    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.
  • 20Begnas Lake

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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.

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    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
  • 21Barahi Temple

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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.

    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.

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

    Location
    : It is located in Pokhara 33700.

    Price
    : Rs 510.

    Difficulty Level
    : Easy
  • 22Gurkha 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.
  • 23Bindhyabasini Temple

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    In the serene and calm waters of the lake of Pokhara, you will find this beautiful looking Bindhyabasini Temple. It is one of the oldest temple situated in Nepal with the idol of Godess Bhagwati. And an amazing boat ride is just an additional advantage along with it. While visiting the place you can even enjoy the spectacular view of the Himalayas.



    Highlights
    : It is one of the foremost Shaktipiths of western Nepal and all the rituals are strictly followed as per the Hindu culture. If you are lucky enough you can get a chance to witness a nice Nepalese wedding.

    Location
    : Pokhara-Baglung Highway.

    Price
    : Entry is free.

    Best months to visit
    : October
  • 24Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave

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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.

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    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.
  • 25Seti Gandaki (Seti River)

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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.

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    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.
  • 26Devi's Fall

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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. The cascading waterfall secretly comes and meets the cave which makes this fall a must-watch in Nepal.

     

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    Prices
    : Rs 30.

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

    Best time to visit
    : Monsoon is the best time to visit.
  • 27Annapurna Butterfly Museum

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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 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.

     

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    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.
  • 28Shree Gaden Dhargay Ling Monastery

    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.

    Location
    :
  • 29Mahendra Cave

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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.

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    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
  • 30Old Bazar

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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.

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    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