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The beautiful lake city Pokhara is the most tourist location of Nepal. There is much more things to do in Pokhara. The city is 200 km from Kathmandu and is available by an all-weather highway and in addition via air. Situated at a height of 830m, the Pokhara city is also called the focal point of adventure tourism and is the door to the most famous treks in Nepal. This charming city of Nepal has a few delightful lakes and offers staggering view of Himalayan tops. The peacefulness of lakes and the heavenliness of the Himalayas ascending behind them make a mystical climate of peace and serenity.
First things to do in Pokhara is go for Sarangkot hill top for sunrise view. The glorious view of the Annapurna Range of the Himalayas including Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I – IV and the grand “Fishtail Mountain” Machhapuchhre are visible from the hill top, which are a standout amongst the most wonderful mountains on the planet. Machhapuchhre for instance, is just 28 kilometers from Pokhara Fewa Lake. The excellence of the city is improved by its lakes — Fewa, Begnas, and Rupa, which have their source in the glacial region of the Annapurna’s. Undoubtedly, the valley encompassing Pokhara is home to thick forest, Rapid River, emerald lakes, and obviously, the world well known view of the Himalaya.
12 Things to do in Pokhara – The Popular Activities
- Sightseeing tours visiting David’s Water Fall + Natural Caves + Tibetan Refugee Camps + International Mountain Museum.
- Boating in Fewa Lake.
- Fishing in Pokhara.
- Hiking to World Peace Stupa.
- Sunrise view from Sarangkot.
- Paragliding (Tandem flight).
- Ultralight Flight.
- Yoga Retreat.
- Nightlife and Entertainment.
- Trekking Around Pokhara.
- Zip Flyer in Pokhara
The Climate of Pokhara is slightly warmer than Kathmandu with daytime temperature hovering around 15 degrees Celsius in winter and 35 degrees in summer. The monsoon season last from mid-June to mid-September is very wet. The fact is that Pokhara records the highest rainfall city in the country. Although the Pokhara is round the year a touristic spot.
Places to visit in Pokhara and Things to do
World Peace Pagoda – Reachable by Hiking / Cycling / Private Vehicle
This is the most famous colossal Buddhist stupa lies on the hill top at the elevation of 1100 m. The shrine on the southern shore of Phewa Lake is a great vantage point for the spectacular views of the Annapurna Range and the Pokhara city. You can get there by crossing the lake by boat and then gently hiking up the hill. Otherwise, you can also go by private van or by cycling which is 7 km from Pokhara lakeside.
This is the most famous religious monument in Pokhara. It is known as Tal Barahi, lies in the middle of Phewa lake. The only way to reach there is by boat from the lakeside. This two stored pagoda temple is dedicated to female god. The manifestation of Ajima, the protecting deity representing Sakti.
Locally, known as a Patale Chhango, is a wonderful waterfall lies 2 kilometers south west from lakeside. An interesting tale narrates that a foreigner named David was naked dipping in the Pardi river. Unknowingly, flood gate dam was opened and swiped him into an underground passage beneath the fall, never to be seen again.
The special things to do in Pokhara is Tandem Flight. Take pleasure in the bird eye sight on this incredible urban center when you try Paragliding in Pokhara. Experience the wonderful air travel just like you fly over the lovely green mountain hills and beautiful lakes while you are experiencing the amazing scene of Annapurna range. The favorite type of the Paragliding is Para-hawking, so you attain fly close to the wonderful birds. Paragliding is a famed activity to do in Pokhara.
The original name of the cave is Gupteshwor Mahadev Ghupa (Cave). It lies 100 meter southwest from the Davis fall. This cave is believed to be 5000 years old is one of the wonderful and largest cave in south Asia. Attraction to be found in Gupteshwor Cave is that as you enter deep inside the cave you can see an idol of lord Shiva which has been formed naturally.
Drop of water continuously dripping from the ceiling of the cave are the attraction of the cave. Once you have passed through the tunnel, you find yourself in a huge open space which is really a huge cavern inside and full of enormous rocks, no track of soil found and only small pebbles scattered everywhere. After few yards of scrambling through the darkness you find yourself on the edge of crystal clean pond and from where you can see the awe-inspiring patale chhango falling right to the top.
Seti Gandaki River Gorge
Flowing right through the city, the boisterous Seti river runs completely underground in the most places. Amazingly, at certain points the river appears hardly two-meter-wide but over 20 meter in depth. Mahendra Pool, a small bridge near the old mission Hospital provides a perfect view of the river’s dreadful rush and the deep gorge made by its powerful flow.
The Old Town of Pokhara
Pokhara traditional bazaar is colorful and so are its ethnically diverse traders. It’s temples and monuments can be linked to the Newar architecture of the Kathmandu Valley. Located about four km from the lakeside, the market’s original charm is still alive.
It is the center of religious activity in the old Pokhara town. It is dedicated to the goddess Bhagwati, yet another manifestation of sakti (the female power). People throng the temple especially on the Saturdays to worship and to sacrifice animals and fowls. The park like ground near the temple has a festive look on Saturdays and other religious functions.
Boating in Phewa Lake
The most popular things to do in Pokhara is Boating in Fewa lake, the second largest lake of Nepal, measuring 1.5 km by 4 kilometers, is the center of all attractions in Pokhara. The enchanting lake is an idyllic playground. Brightly painted wooden boats and sailboats can be rented at the lakeside at a reasonable cost for an idyllic tour around the lake. The water is warm and swimming is pleasant. The eastern shoreline of the lake, popularly known as Lakeside or Bai dam, has seemingly endless strip of the hotels, lodges, restaurants, bookshops and souvenir shops. One of the fascinating thing about Lakeside is splendid view of the mountains including the Fish tail (6993 m), locally known as Machhapuchhare, especially when the still water reflects the peaks, creating a mirror image.
Nightlife and Entertainment
There are not much things to do in Pokhara nightlife other than dining. The town shuts down by about 10:30 in the evening. One can still hang out in bars and pubs in the lakeside area. Some hotels and lodges put up an hours-long nightly Nepali cultural show with dances and songs, which provide a glimpse of the cultural of Nepal and the many ethnic group who inhabit the country.
Boating in Begnas Lake and Rupa lake
The lakes are located about 15 kilometers from Pokhara slightly, north of the highway to Kathmandu. Divided by a forested hill lock called Panchabhaiya Danda. The Lakes offer the perfect nature retreat because of their relative seclusion. The Lakes are also popular for boating and fishing.
This is a large limestone cave situated at about two hours walk north of Pokhara. It was accidentally discovered by shepherd boys in the 50s. It is advised to bring your own torchlight to see the stalactites and stalagmites. However, many of them have been carved out by souvenir hunters.
There is a splendid Buddhist monastery on the Top of the small forested hill above Matepani, east of the Mahendra pool. It overlooks a large section of the Pokhara city. One can be lost with time during the chanting Lamas, colossal guardian images of the Buddha accompanying two other gurus and a prayer house with exquisitely carved columns and friezes.
International Mountain Museum
Inside the museum, there is history of mountaineers and picture of popular mountains lies in the world. As well as, the lifestyles and history of the ethnic groups such as Gurung, Thakali, and Tharu and other ethnic groups portrayed and displayed attractively. The museum has also a sizeable collection of butterflies, insects, birds and models of wildlife as well as samples of various precious and semi-precious stones and volcanic rocks.
Other things to do in Pokhara is Trekking
Pokhara is the starting and ending point for many of the popular trekking routes in Nepal. Longer treks (One to Three weeks long) such as the Jomsom trek, Annapurna Base camp trek and Annapurna Circuit begin here. Pokhara also provides shorter (one to seven days) and leisurely treks around the neighboring hills and villages. The popular ones are:
Ghandruk: The trek is 1 Night/ 2 Days trekking, takes up to the gurung village of Ghandruk and offers great views of Annapurna range throughout, the north west of Pokhara.
Ghorepani Circuit: A 5 to 6 days’ trek from Nayapul through Birethanti to Phedi offers Magnificent views of mountain, forests, birds and glimpse of traditional village life of Gurung and other ethnic communities of western Nepal. The trek is very popular for casual trekkers those who have limited time to spare.
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