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Shree Bindhyabasini Temple

Shree Bindhyabasini Temple

Shree Bindhyabasini Temple, located in Pokhara, Nepal, is a revered Hindu shrine dedicated to Goddess Bindhyabasini. Perched on a hilltop, it offers panoramic views of the city and the Annapurna mountain range. Pilgrims flock to this sacred site to seek blessings and participate in religious ceremonies. The temple's rich history, cultural significance, and picturesque surroundings make it a must-visit destination for both devotees and tourists.

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International Mountain Museum

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Barahi Temple

Barahi Temple

Sarangkot is an amazing place to visit in Pokhara for paragliding. You will get to fly over the vast phewa lake and it is going to be a unique experience. The thrill Himalayans give is a feeling of ecstasy. For sunrise, this is the perfect Pokhara tourist visit place. You will get to enjoy a beautiful morning along with your loved ones. You can also hike up to the heights if that is something you are interested in. Travellers get a taste of the local people and local food.

Location: North East of Sarangkot, Pokhara, Nepal.

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The Phewa lake is a perfect place to visit in Pokhara. You will fall in love with the ambience of this place and it offers a pleasurable experience that you can enjoy with your family and friends. Phewa Lake is a famous Pokhara tourist place.

You can hire a boat, paddle at your own speed while enjoying the warm water below and the gorgeous rays of the sun above your head. You can escape the city life in this serene place. It is best to visit the place during daytime.

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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Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave

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Mahendra Cave

Mahendra Cave

Begnas Lake

Begnas Lake

Chamere Gufa

Chamere Gufa

Chamero Gufa, whose English translation is the Bat Cave is a famous Pokhara tourist visit place. It is known because it is a natural habitat of the horseshoe bats residing in the cave. The bats are all over the walls and the ceiling.

Seti Gandaki (Seti River)

Seti Gandaki (Seti River)

If you are really deciding to visit Nepal, the Seti River is a place to visit in Pokhara that you must visit at all costs. The river water flows directly from the Himalayas, so it is extremely clear and calm. The river is approximately 60 to 80 meters deep. Seti River Gorge is also called a wild Himalayan river. The milky river roaring through it will drag a piece of charm in your deep heart. It has got tourist-friendly surroundings. The flora and fauna across the river are also enchanting.

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Pokhara Shanti Stupa

Pokhara Shanti Stupa

The amazing place of Pokhara Shanti Stupa is situated at the hilly edges of the Himalayas. The place is so silent that you will be able to hear your own breath. Once you reach the stupa, the view is marvellous. You have to climb 500 steps after you reach the stupa, so be prepared to sweat the effort in order to gain the entire satisfaction. When you come to the lake, you can take a boat and have your way through the waters.

Annapurna Butterfly Museum

Annapurna Butterfly Museum

The grounds of the Annapurna Butterfly Museum is located in the premises of a local University named Prithivi Narayan Campus. Once you reach the museum, you will be able to see hundreds and thousands of species of butterflies that you have probably never seen before and it is one of the famous Pokhara tourist places. Not only butterflies, you also get to see butterflies, insects, arthropods. The collection is displayed in different drawers so it is easy for visitors to locate and recognize and learn about them.

Jangchub Choeling Monastery

Jangchub Choeling Monastery

This monastery creates for you the perfect ambience for meditation. It is a nice small place to visit if you are in a hurry. When you hear the monks chanting in the area, you feel you have been purified spiritually. You will also be greeted and treated well by the monks of the area. It also has a lot of paintings which have their own significance. There were also several Buddhist statues. Just enjoy yourself and have a nice time at Jangchub Choeling Monastery.

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Shree Gaden Dhargay Ling Monastery

Shree Gaden Dhargay Ling Monastery

Shree Gaden Dhargay Ling Monastery is a serene and friendly place. You will feel sacred once you are able to hear and experience the prayers. It keeps resonating in your ears and heart. It shall feel an honour to be feeling such a feeling; it will make you feel like you are one step closer to enlightenment. You can also shop in the markets and money spent at the markets is used to take care of the people who reside at the monastery, that is, 140 children and 60 monks.

Big Splash Waterpark

Big Splash Waterpark

The Big Splash Waterpark is fairly new, so all goods are working in perfect conditions. During Monsoon time, this place is a great option. The water slides are amazing for kids as well as adults. The pool is also refreshing to swim and you will enjoy yourself in the shade of sun.

Matepani Gumba

Matepani Gumba

The trek in the place to visit in Pokhara is worth every drop of sweat that you sacrifice. You can walk all the way from the lakeside to enjoy the mystic Pokhara tourist visit. There is a peaceful atmosphere and the hike towards it is tiring, fun and the serene quality that you get surrounding it is satisfying to a whole different level. It is very quiet that you can only see and hear the sounds of nature. The temple is located on the hill so you also get a very nice view of the whole city.

Location: Matepani, Kundahar area of Pokhara, Kaski district in Nepal.

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Bhimsen Temple

Bhimsen Temple

The Bhimsen Temple is dedicated to the God of business and trade, Bhimsen, who was one of the five Pandavas in Mahabharata. It is located just beside the Krishna temple in Patan so you will be able to visit two places in a short duration of time. Only Hindus are allowed to come into the temple. The architecture of the place is absolutely mind blowing. It possesses a rich history and is a very popular tourist attraction. It is entirely magical and spiritual, such is the power of the aura of the temple.

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Basundhara Park

Basundhara Park

Basundhara Park is a place to visit in Pokhara that is a main tourist location very close to the main city. It is situated beside a large elegant lake. The lake has a huge potential because of the lake which can be travelled with a boat. It is ideal for a morning or evening walk and also for picnics. Go into the park and refresh your mind in the Basundhara Park. The sun rays will brighten your face for the perfect photogenic shots.

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15 best places to visit in pokhara, nepal {epic 2024 guide}.

Cazzy Magennis

Pokhara is a wonderful place located in beautiful Nepal. It’s typically the second spot on a Nepal itinerary and it’s probably my favourite place in all of Nepal: the beauty, the prices, the people, it’s all great.

Pokhara is known for its lakes, so is sometimes referred to as the land of lakes (a bit like Udaipur in India). There are eight lakes to be discovered.

We spent around 10 days in Pokhara, so we definitely know the best places to visit in Pokhara . Below I discuss all the activities I think you shouldn’t miss and any extra information you should know.

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When should I visit Pokhara?

The optimal time for tourism in Pokhara is during the winter months which is November, December and January.

These are perfect trekking conditions for trekking the Anuradhapura region. Also, the weather is pleasant in general for all. It’s cold, but not too cold, and the temperature can creep up to 27/28.

We visited in November and I thought the weather was great (although it was misty which ruins those amazing Himalayan views)

view from sagarnot

How long should I stay in Pokhara?

This all depends on what you want to do in Pokhara. If you’re planning on trekking, there are day treks available, 3-day treks, week treks, and 2-week treks all in the Anuradhapura region.

But, if you want to trek and see the other sights that Pokhara has to offer, then I would recommend 20 days (presuming you are doing a 10-2 week trek!)

If you’re just there to sightsee, with day trekking, like Bradley and I, then 4-5 days is probably enough.

We stayed longer because we were working, and because we loved Pokhara! So you might find you want to stay longer in general too.

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How do I get to Pokhara?

There are a few options to get to Pokhara from Kathmandu. You’ll be flying into Kathmandu as it’s the only international airport.

Tourist Bus : it’s easy to get to Pokhara via bus. It’s a common route and there are around 20 different bus companies who do. You will most likely here the name Greenline being thrown around, as they are considered the “luxury” option to getting to Pokhara, but they are significantly more expensive.

Now, when I did my research on getting the bus to Pokhara, I got a little freaked out by all the “it’s the most dangerous road in the world”, “buses have fallen off, and people have died”.

Okay okay, it’s a dangerous road, (but so is every road in Bolivia), and yes buses have fallen off, but this is RARE and it hasn’t happened recently in Pokhara.

So, no you don’t need to fork out $30 for the Greenline option, because it won’t be any “safer”. (They all go the same route), so opt for one of the other tourist buses for around 800 rupees, such as Mountain Overlander, and you’ll be fine.

The journey takes around 12 hours with stops, and you’ll typically stop for breakfast and lunch, and maybe once more for a toilet bring (bring your own toilet paper).

It’s not the best of journeys as the roads can be a little twisty turny, so I would take an anti-sickness tablet before you go, and try your best to sleep.

They all leave early in the morning and arrive there for around 3 pm.

Download some Netflix too to pass the time. There is WiFi on most buses, and it does sometimes work!

From the bus station in Pokhara is will cost no more than 300 to get a taxi to your hotel by the lakeside, DO NOT PAY MORE THAN THAT.

Local bus: Yes you can get a local bus, but they are crammed, and some are tiny minibuses, and really probably not as safe as the tourist buses (because the whizz around a lot faster, which isn’t recommended).

They are of course a lot cheaper, and you’ll put your luggage/rucksack on the top. I’d pay the extra £1-2 and get a tourist bus. Just saying.

Flying: Yes you can also fly to Pokhara. It has an airport, and it’s actually being redone at the moment.

You fly from Kathmandu domestic airport (I’ve heard great things about that airport lol), and flights will cost in the region of $70-100 depending on when you book.

The flight is very short at only 30 minutes and two of the popular airlines include Yeti airlines and Buddha airlines.

If you have the money, I would definitely suggest flying.

Taxi/Car: you can get a taxi or a car to Pokhara from Kathmandu. It will cost you in the region of around $50-80 depending on the type of vehicle you use and how good your haggling skills are.

If you book through an agent, they’re naturally going to charge you more.

So go onto the street and arrange something with a taxi driver the day before you leave. If he can’t do it, it’s almost certain he will know someone who will.

The best places to visit in Pokhara Nepal

Okay, now it’s time for what you came for: the best places to visit in Pokhara! Most of these things involve walking, so bring a good pair of shoes with you.

1. Get a massage by the lake

The Pokhara Lake is the tourist hub of Pokhara. It’s where all the hotels/hostels and restaurants are located and it’s a wonderful vibe.

If you take a walk up and down the lake, you’ll come across a small “massage” shop on the way. It’s basically like a small shed, and they advertise the prices on a little board outside, but it overlooks the lake.

It’s £2 for a half hour foot massage, £4 for an hour, and they do Swedish massage, back, neck and shoulder and much more. It’s REALLY good!

The staff are lovely, it’s very relaxing and it’s so cheap. So this is perfect if you’ve done a lot of walking and need to relax.

My only regret was not going enough.

walk up to peace pagoda

2. Visit Pokhara “Disneyland”

I kid you not, there is an actual big sign that says “Pokhara, Disneyland”, but no, it’s nowhere near as exciting as you may be thinking. But, it’s still fun.

You’ll see it in the distance from any angle of the lake as there is a big Ferris wheel. Head towards that! There are a variety of typical amusement rides (all look too old to use, but they still work haha)

But there is also bumper cars, arcade games, bowling, car racing machines, etc and it’s all SO CHEAP. I am talking like 10 pence a game. So if you’re looking for something different, cheap and fun, then head here.

There is always a lot of blackouts, and if the power cuts during your game, they’ll give you a new coin to start a new one.

3. Trek to Annapurna base camp

I had to include this because it is the top reason that people go to Pokhara, so needed to make the list of best places to visit in Pokhara.

Personally, I didn’t do this trek this time around. Simply because we didn’t have the time or money. It will probably cost a couple of hundred or more.

But it’s easy to arrange this trek. There are hundreds of shops in the main strip that are selling treks to base camp.

You have to have a guide to trek here (unlike Everest base camp).

If you don’t fancy walking, then you can take a helicopter ride to base camp, but it will be pricey!

I’ve seen the pictures of the trek and it looks breathtaking, so it’s definitely something to add to your bucket list. The Annapurna circuit is one of the most popular things to do in all of Nepal.

4. Boat to the World Peace Pagoda

You can rent out little boats on Phewa Lake. It’s not too expensive and you can rent your own personal boat and simply go boating all day, or even some fishing, or you can take this option.

Take a boat ride across to the World Peace Pagoda, then walk up.

It’s will take around 50-60 minutes to walk up and it’s an incline walk, but it’s doable. The views on the way up are beautiful, and if you find yourself needing a rest, there are a few restaurants.

I will call the walk up from the lake the “left side”, the left side is less busy than the right side, which you can drive up to then walk up the last little bit.

The other side has lots of cafes and coffee places. You will be walking down that way, and the coffee is really good- to stop and have one!

The World Peace Pagoda is lovely. It’s a nice photo spot, and it’s open until 4.30! But if you want a picture there with no one else, then go early in the morning.

On a good, non-misty day (non-existent when we were there), you get amazing views of the Himalayas from here.

The mist in itself is fascinating actual, it doesn't look like anything exists around you. Then when you see the Himalayas, you’ll be thinking omg, how were they actually there the whole time!

It’s free to enter the World Peace Pagoda.

world peace pagoda pokhara

5. Visit the International Mountain Museum

You’ll see signs for this everywhere, and whilst this is something that Brad and I didn’t do, I still think it’s worth putting on the best places to visit in Pokhara list. The expansive museum is devoted to the mountains of Nepal, the mountaineers who climbed them and the people who call them home. There are a 21 m climbing wall too. A taxi here from Lakeside will cost you around Rs 800 return.

I guess this is one of the more hidden places in Pokhara as I didn’t hear about it until I see a big sign!

It costs 400 rupee entrance for foreigners.

6.Go Paragliding

This is one of the most popular activities in all of Pokhara, and I totally think it’s worth doing...if there is no mist. It costs around $60, (you might get it to $45-50 depending on how many people are doing it, and haggling skills).

There are a lot of people paragliding at one time, and it can look a little busy. But if you’ve never done it before, then I can imagine gliding through the air with a view of the Himalayas is pretty spectacular.

When we were there it was misty, and I don’t think it’s worth it then. Another great paragliding spot is Bolivia, where it’s also really cheap.

To book paragliding you can either book via one of the tour agencies in Pokhara, or you can head to the paragliding starting point (which is called sarangkot) and book one from there. A taxi will cost you around 600 to get there from Pokhara lakeside.

7. Go Whitewater rafting

Another fun activity on the list of the best places to visit in Pokhara.

The rapids around Pokhara are grade 3, and this is pretty good. You can opt for a half day, 1 full day, or even a couple of days adventure of white water rafting. The half-day session is $40 and I think that’s good value as it includes your transportation to and from and your lunch.

Again, this can easily be booked at one of the many travel booking shops in the area.

8. Go shopping

Pokhara lakeside is filled with souvenir shops (particularly tea shops) and you can pick up lots of presents for family and friends back home. Everything you get here, you can also get in Kathmandu, but if you just plan on using Kathmandu as a base for flights, then it’s nicer shopping in Pokhara. Fewer cars and you feel like you can breathe the air without dying (sorry Kathmandu)

9. Visit Begnas Lake

This is the second largest lake of the 8 lakes in the Pokhara Valley. This is a popular lake for walking, fishing and you could even rent a bike and cycle around it. It’s a freshwater lake too and people swim in it.

There is also a zoo not far from it at Rupa lake.

I would recommend renting a moped (but driving super carefully) and driving out to these two lakes. There will be places to catch a bite to eat too.

10. Discover Mahendra Cave

I actually love caves, even though sometimes I decide I am too afraid to enter them. Not sure why.

Anyway, Pokhara has its own caves too. It is a rare example of a cave system in Nepal containing stalagmites and stalactites. A statue of Hindu Lord Shiva can be found inside the cave.

You can get here via a bus from lakeside for around 50 pence, or get a taxi for about 400-500.

11. Explore Davis Falls

Davis Falls in a well-known waterfall in Pokhara. We walked to here from the World Peace Pagoda.

If you have been to waterfalls anywhere else in southeast Asia, then you will not be impressed by this waterfall. Actually, it’s a bad waterfall with a tourist trap filled with shops and people selling you stuff.

BUT, it’s right next to the caves, so you may as well visit it when you are there. There is a small entrance fee which I can’t remember exactly, but it’s less than 100 rupees.

The falls are located on a busy street, so you can’t even imagine how there is a waterfall here. That’s probably why it’s isn’t exactly breathtaking.

davis falls nepal

12. Tal Barahi Temple

This temple is located in the middle of the phew lake, and you can see it as you float past on your way to the World Peace Pagoda. You can even ask if they can stop off there quickly too.

Unless you’re wanting to actually worship, I wouldn’t think it’s worth stopping.

But, you have to get a boat to get to it, whether you take a “taxi boat” or rent your own for the day.

13. Go to the cinema

If you fancy doing something that isn’t sightseeing or walking, then you can always head to the Pokhara cinema. There is a limited supply of movies (I think 2 at a time), but they are always typically showing one English speaking movie, and it costs 300 rupees for a ticket. That’s like 2 pounds. VERY cheap.

You can get the little mini bus in for 50 pence, and get it back. They leave and return from the lakeside.

14. Go dancing

Pokhara has a lot of pubs and even clubs for dancing. The weekend comes alive with music and you can hear club music into the early hours of the morning.

But, even also every night there are live bands and live music almost everywhere. So if you fancy a drink and dance, there is so much choice. There are even lots of happy hour offers so you can drink relatively cheap.

There is a load guide to clubs and bars here.

15. Visit Sarangkot

Sarangkot is the base spot for paragliding, but it’s also one of the top viewing points for the Himalayas. You can get a taxi to the “base” and walk up to the peak. The walk will take around 40 minutes to an hour and it's an incline climb.

On your way, you’ll see a little art gallery run by a lovely Christian man. He will probably invite you in to have a look. It’s completely free and he just wants a chat and wants to show you his pictures!

He even invited us for tea, but we ended up walking down a different way, otherwise, I would have loved to share tea and more stories.

It’s 200 to enter sarangkot and people may ask you to pay twice (on the road up, then at the entrance to the viewpoint), but you only pay once.

Once again, we had bad mist, so no views of the Himalayas, which was a pity, but I can imagine it’s absolutely breathtaking on a beautiful day. From here you can also see all the paragliders.

If you don’t fancy walking to the top, you can get a taxi the full way up, but the walk is nice.

Once you get up there, there are lots of cafes and restaurants to grab a coffee or bite to eat. People will also try to sell you stuff. It’s a great picnic spot in Pokhara and we brought our own picnic.

Other things to do in Pokhara

I’ve listed all my best places to visit in Pokhara, but I thought I’d like a few more that I didn’t know about or haven’t been, just so you have a thorough travel guide. So if your still thinking about what to do in Pokhara, then keep reading.

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Where to stay in Pokhara?

Pokhara lakeside is the best area to stay in Pokhara. It’s where all the hotels are and there is a lot of choice in terms of price. We stayed in a hotel called Hotel Tulsi.

It was one of the more expensive properties, but it had big rooms, and excellent location and a great breakfast. We also really liked the staff! The views from the rooftop restaurant are amazing too.

If you stay in the lake area, you’re never too far from anywhere at all.  I recommend using booking.com to book your accommodation. You get the best prices, and they have free cancellation in case you change your mind.

For more ideas, check out our full guide on where to stay in Pokhara .

Where to visit after Pokhara?

After you’ve visited Pokhara, there are plenty of more places to visit on your nepal adventure. You could head to the heat of Chitwan and check out the safari, or head to the colds of Naragot, just east of Nepal. Or, you could visit the sites of Kathmandu !

I hope you’ve enjoyed my post on the best places to visit in Pokhara, and I hope you’ve gained lots of insight so you can plan your adventure.

Let me know if there is anything else you think I should add to this list.

Happy travels.

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22 Epic Places to Visit on your Pokhara Itinerary in 2024

December 23, 2023

Paula Martinelli

Wondering how to plan a perfect Pokhara itinerary?

Well, you have got to the right place! After spending one month traveling around Nepal , I am here to share the best places to visit in Pokhara, plus share helpful tips for you to plan your trip to Nepal . With so many places to visit in Pokhara, and to experience the natural beauty of Nepal, I recommend anyone to spend at least 3-days exploring it all.

Pokhara is known for its stunning lakeside location, being nestled in the Annapurna range, and of course, its many hiking opportunities, including the Annapurna Circuit or ABC (Annapurna Base Camp) trekking.

The first part of this article will go through the best places to visit in Pokhara, whilst the second part will go through the most adventurous activities in the area! You can also find plenty of helpful information with all you need to know to plan a perfect Pokhara itinerary. Whether you simply want to relax and admire the views or are looking for an adrenaline rush, Pokhara has plenty of amazing things to do. 

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Essential Tips Before You Visit Pokhara

Where is pokhara in nepal.

Pokhara is the second-largest city in Nepal after Kathmandu and is one of the most beautiful places in the country. Pokhara is located about 120 miles (200 km) west of the capital city of Kathmandu, it is a 7 hour bus ride away from Kathmandu.

It sits at the foot of the Annapurna mountain range, so naturally boasts stunning views.

Places to visit in Pokhara

How Many Days for your Pokhara itinerary?

I recommend at least 3 days for Pokhara , 2 for sightseeing and 1 day for rest, means walking around Lake Phewa and boating in lake Phewa, Pokhara is a place to relax. Or if you are into adventure, there are plenty of things to do in Pokhara too, as you will see on this article.

Now, if you are planning to go hike to the Annapurna Mountains, Pokhara will be your start and finish point. I spent 2 days before my hike to the Annapurna Base Camp, and 1 day after exploring the places in Pokhara, and it was enough time.

What to Expect When You Visit Pokhara

Most people visit Pokhara to go hiking in the Annapurna Mountains – I did it too, and I hiked the ABC (Annapurna Base Camp)

Pokhara is also a popular destination for yoga retreats, and to enjoy the magnificent lake area. Pokhara is a small city, but it offers amazing things to do and to see. And just like the whole of Nepal, it is very affordable and safe to visit.

It is easy enough to visit Pokhara independently. But if you prefer, you can hire a guide in Kathmandu to arrange all the plans for you – from flight to hotel and tours in Pokhara. I used this private driver and I highly recommend them.

Places to visit in Pokhara

When is the Best Time to Visit Pokhara

The best time to visit Pokhara is during the winter months of October, November, and December. 

These are the perfect months for trekking with moderate temperatures, lower precipitation levels, and clear skies for the most spectacular views. During this time, the temperature will range from around 46 to 60°F (8°C to15°C) depending on which month you choose to visit Pokhara.

The Money Situation in Nepal

The Nepali Rupee is the official currency of Nepal. We recommend carrying a combination of Nepali Rupee and US dollars. The current exchange rate is $1 USD = 103Rs.

You can find ATMs just about anywhere in most of Kathmandu. Most ATMs have a maximum withdrawal limit of 10,000Rs, however, some NABIL machines have a 35,000Rs limit.

It can be quite frustrating to deal with the 10,000Rs limit on ATM withdrawals, as the associated bank fees can quickly add up. However, we strongly advise withdrawing as much cash as possible each time you visit an ATM. This will ensure that you have enough money to cover any unforeseen issues that may arise, such as political or social unrest.

Credit cards are commonly accepted in Kathmandu at most tourist hotels, restaurants, airlines, and tour agencies; however, fees may apply.

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Best Places to Visit in Pokhara to Enjoy the City

1. explore phewa lake.

I will start this list of best places to visit in Pokhara with my favorite place in the city. Phewa Lake is one of the most beautiful freshwater lakes in Nepal and is the perfect spot for a boat ride or kayaking . You can also rent a bike and go around the stunning views of Lake Phewa.

If you decide to head out on the water in the evening, you will also get a great view of the city. With the stunning blue color of the lake and the backdrop of the mighty Annapurna Mountain Range, this is something you don’t want to miss off your Pokhara itinerary.

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2. Get Amazing Views at the World Peace Pagoda

The World Peace Pagoda is without a doubt one of the best places to visit in Pokhara. It is the symbol of peace in Nepal, and Hinduism. The walk up to the top takes about 50-60 minutes and is an incline walk, but isn’t too difficult. 

It’s free to enter, and there are some restaurants located along the way. At the top, you can get some incredible views of Pokhara Valley and the Annapurna Mountain Range on a clear day. You can either hike or take a Boat Ride to the World Peace Pagoda.

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3. Visit Gupteshowor Mahdev Cave

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Exploring Pokhara’s caves is an interesting experience, and is very popular.

Everything about the cave is impressive, starting from being located in the middle of the city, to its entrance. As you go down the steps to the cave, you can start feeling the underground cold sweatiness.

You will get to see its unique geological features including stalagmites and stalactites, which make the cave seem otherworldly. In the cave, you also find a statue of the Hindu Lord Shiva located inside, and the “cowshed” a sacred cow where the locals make their offerings.

4. Discover Davi’s Falls

Davi’s Falls is a well-known waterfall in Pokhara, and although it’s not exactly breath-taking it’s located right next to the cave system. The gorge here leads to a tunnel underground, which then leads to the cave formations of  Gupteshwor Mahadev.

The story behind these falls is tragic. It is said that a Swiss lady named Davis died in the tunnel due to a sudden overflow of water. Visitors are required to pay a small entrance fee to access the site. However, be cautious of people trying to sell you things, as this place is known to be a tourist trap in Pokhara.

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5. Catch the Views at Begnas Lake

Begnas Lake is the second largest lake in the Pokhara Valley, and the third-largest in the whole of Nepal. It’s popular with hikers, fishermen, and swimmers, even though the water is incredibly chilly. You can also rent a bike and cycle around the lake if you choose.

There are some cafes and restaurants around the lake, that is a perfect location to get a fresh juice and enjoy the views, or try a fresh fish dish.

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6. Go on a Yoga Retreat in Pokhara

Although Pokhara is popular for its hiking opportunities, there are plenty of ways to relax within the city. There are lots of yoga classes and retreats located within the city.

With Pokhara’s scenic surroundings, it’s perfect for achieving some mindfulness. If you are really serious about yoga, you can trek with a yoga retreat in Nepal’s Mountain Villages , this is an amazing experience for spiritual and wellness while taking the marvelous views of Pokhara. I have done it and I really enjoyed the experience.

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7. Spoil Yourself with a Massage in Pokhara

One of the most relaxing things to do in Pokhara is to get a massage in one of the spas. You can find a massage for every budget – from “interesting” places (not too nice or clean) to very nice high-end spas.

I choose to have a “blind massage” as it would be my first experience. It was after I hike the ABC and I was so sore and tired, and the massage was absolutely wonderful! I highly recommend the Seeing Hands , as they are social enterprise providing opportunities for visually impaired people of Nepal.

If you are looking for a spa, you will find outstanding Resorts in Pokhara such as the Temple Tree Resort & Spa with outstanding Annapurna Mountain Range Views, or the Hotel Middle Path & Spa , located only a 5-minutes walk from the Phewa Lake.

8. Enjoy the Food in Pokhara

Pokhara is full of incredible restaurants and cafes to fuel or refuel you after hiking. There is a wide variety of cuisine available ranging from Italian to tapas, and of course, authentic Nepalese dishes! 

Some of the most popular restaurant choices in Pokhara include Cafe Concerto , I ate here the night before I hike the ABC, and it was outstanding! Also, great options are Rosemary Kitchen and Fresh Elements . Another great choice is the Krazy Gecko Bar & Res t with a large outside area and stunning lakeside views.

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9. Take a Cooking Class in Pokhara

If you are looking for fun things to do in Pokhara, then make sure you take a cooking class.

Nepalese authentic cuisine is delicious, and what’s better than learning to cook it so you can divulge even when you return home! You will learn to make tasty dishes including Momo and Dal Bhat. 

One of the best-reviewed cooking classes in Pokhara includes ‘Cook with Delight’ which is a home-based cooking class with a lovely family and it is very cheap too.

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10. Head to Sarangkot Viewpoint

Sarangkot Viewpoint is one of the best places to visit in Pokhara and is a must-visit. It’s one of the easiest short treks from the city , although it still consists of a 3-hour uphill climb. Once you get to the top though, it will be so worth it! 

The views of Pokhara, Fewa Lake, and the surrounding snow-capped mountains are breathtaking. They are even better if you head up at sunrise or sunset. At the top, there are lots of cafes and restaurants to grab a bite to eat, or you can take a picnic.

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11. Go Street Shopping in Pokhara

Pokhara is filled with souvenir shops, tea shops, hiking gear shops, yak products, and all between. I found it is nicer to walk around Pokhara, than in Kathmandu while shopping.

There are fewer people, the temperature is very pleasant in Pokhara and I found great things to buy before I go on my ABC hiking. Such as my yak super warm socks. They are a must-have item if you are planning to go hiking in the winter.

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12. Explore the Pokhara Disneyland

Yes, I know – it sounds funny. But Pokhara has its own “Disneyland” too. Of course, it is nothing compared to the real one, but it is also fun. Here you can find typical amusement rides, such s a big wheel, bumper cars, bowling, and many other fun things.

I have to be honest that I didn’t take the chance to go on any rides, but I had fun watching the locals having fun. Here you can also spend a few hours watching local shows with dance and music, try some “food trucks” – it is definitely a fun thing to do while in Pokhara.

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13. Enjoy the amazing Rupa Lake

One of the most unique places to visit in Pokhara, in my opinion, is Rupa Lake. It is located on the border of Pokhara and the Rupa Rural area, in the valley of Nepal. The third-largest freshwater lake in Pokhara is at an altitude of 600 meters, and the area is surrounded by abundant fauna and flora.

You can rent a boat to enjoy the lake and the majestic views of the reflection of the mountains. There is also an observation tower where you can catch the beautiful views of the valley.

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14. Support the Tashiling Handicraft Center (Tibetan Refugee Camp)

This is a great place to visit and to learn more about the Tibetan Refugees – I also recommend you to read this very powerful article I wrote about the truth behind the Tibet Occupation – and to support the community. You can watch the women making rugs and wall hangings. All the money goes back to the community, and the purchase goes for a good cause.

You can also visit the museum and the store where you can find beautiful art-craft from Tibet. The community is supported by the Nepalese Government, and the Tibetan people here will welcome you and proudly show their community to any visitor.

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15. go rafting in pokhara.

River rafting down the Seti River is a popular activity in Pokhara. No previous rafting experience is needed but be prepared for a bumpy ride and the water to be very chilly! 

You will spend around 90 minutes heading down Seti River, with twists, turns, and small whirlpools as the boat head down the rapids. Aside from the thrill, the river itself is beautiful with crystal waters and of course the stunning backdrop of the Annapurna Mountains.

The rapids are grade 3 and 4, and the half-day fun starts as low as $60 with all the equipment, and lunch included. What a deal for the fun!

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16. Take an Ultralight Flight in Pokhara

One of the most thrilling activities in Pokhara is to head out on an Ultralight aircraft flight . These small aircraft only sit two people – a pilot and the passenger! 

The duration of the flights varies between packages but usually lasts between 15-90 minutes. If you’re brave enough you will be rewarded with stunning views of Pokhara and its surrounding mountain ranges including Annapurna, Machhapuchchhre, Manaslu, and Dhaulagiri.

17. Extreme Zip-lining

Pokhara is home to the world’s most thrilling zip line experience.  The Zip flyer is the longest, tallest and steepest zipline in the world , with an incredible mountain backdrop. 

With a total length of 1.8km, a vertical drop of 600m, and a speed of around 120km/hour this is a must for any adrenaline junkie. As you head down the zipline you will get a 180° panoramic view of the stunning Annapurna Mountain Range.

18. Go Bungee-Jumping

If you are craving an adventure activity full of adrenaline, then bungee jumping in Pokhara is for you! 

This bungee jump is Nepal’s first and only tower bungee. With a 75m vertical drop, and a 3-second free fall into a natural gorge, this is an activity for the thrill-seekers out there. If you manage to open your eyes, you will get a glimpse of the beautiful Pokhara Valley, lake, and surrounding mountains.

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19. Go on a Hot Air Balloon Ride

Going on a hot air balloon ride is one of the best things to do in Pokhara, and is the perfect activity for an adventurous traveler. 

Balloon Nepal is the only company in the country to offer hot air balloon rides, and it’s located in Pokhara. The ride itself lasts between 25-60 minutes depending on the package you choose, and you will get stunning views of the surrounding mountain ranges including Annapurna.

20. Skydiving in Pokhara

Skydiving in Pokhara is definitely one for the more daring travelers out there!

If jumping out of a plane at 13,000 feet sounds like a dream, then there is no better place to do it than Pokhara. After you take that daring leap, you’ll be rewarded with spectacular mountain and valley views. Although a fearless act for sure, the views are well worth the plunge.

21. Paragliding in the Himalayas

Paragliding is one of the most popular adventure activities in Pokhara. This city is considered one of the best places in the world to paraglide, and with the scenic views who would argue?

As it’s so in demand there are plenty of agencies offering a variety of packages, and you can get great prices as low as $100 for an approximately 30 minutes flight .

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22. Go Hiking in Pokhara

Hiking is without a doubt one of the best things to do in Pokhara. There are so many incredible trails from the city and they range in length, difficulty, and duration. 

One of the most popular hikes is the Poon Hill Trek which takes around 4-5 days and offers spectacular views of the Annapurna region – especially at sunrise and sunset. 

If you are looking for day hikes, there are several great options including the Naudanda day hike, Sarangkot Viewpoint hike, and the Dhampus day hike. However, everyone knows that the most popular hike from Pokhara is the famous Annapurna Base Camp Trek!

You can also check my detailed guide on how to hire a porter in Nepal before you go hiking. I have learned a lot from my hiking, and I am happy to share the top tips with you now.

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Best Places to Stay in Pokhara

You will find plenty of options of places to stay in Pokhara for all the budgets. The best area to stay in is at the lakeside, for the best views, and you will be close to the main attractions. I also recommend booking your hotel in Pokhara with B o oking.com as you can check reviews, and have the flexibility to cancel it.

I have selected my top choices here for you:

MY PERSONAL RECOMMENDATION | White Pearl Hotel (⭐️ 8.8) : I stayed at the White Pearl and I highly recommend it. It is only a 6-minutes walk to the lakeside, the views from my room were phenomenal, and the breakfast was really great with lots of options from fresh fruit to some local dishes.

BUDGET | Hotel Lake Shore (⭐️ 9.3) : This hotel is the best deal for you if you are traveling on a budget! I love that this hotel is a sustainable hotel, it is located only a 7-minutes walk to Lakeshore. Also, the rooms are very comfortable and even better!? It comes with a delicious breakfast with the Annapurna views.

LUXURY | The Pavilions Himalayas The Farm (⭐️ 9.3) : Do you want to stay at a 5-star hotel, without paying 5-star pricing? Even listed as a luxury, the prices of this spectacular hotel are really affordable. You will have your own terrace, swim pool, and an international restaurant with breakfast included.

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How to Get to Pokhara

If you are flying into Nepal, you’ll be arriving in Kathmandu first as it’s the only international airport in the country. When it comes to getting to Pokhara, you have a couple of options:

✈️ Flight to Pokhara

You can fly into Pokhara from Kathmandu as the city has a domestic airport. The flight takes around 30 minutes, so is incredibly quick. Flight prices start from around $70 , so if you have the money this is probably the best way to get to the city.

🚌 Bus to Pokhara

When it comes to getting the bus to Pokhara, you may have heard some scary stories. Some people call it ‘the most dangerous road in the world’, and yes buses have fallen off in the past but this is VERY rare. 

Tourist buses are quite a popular way to travel from the capital, and the most luxurious option is Greenline at a cost of around $30 . However, there are cheaper tourist bus options to choose from.

You can choose to get a local bus (which is cheaper) but it’s not recommended. They are generally very cramped and a lot more dangerous, due to the speed at which they are driven.

🚗  Private car/ taxi to Pokhara

It’s possible to hire a private car or taxi to take you from Kathmandu to Pokhara. If you haggle with a driver, rather than book through an agent you will get a much better price. However, in general, you are looking to pay around $60-$80 to travel this way. 

If there is a large group of you, it’s possible to hire a whole jeep with up to 8 seats for $250 . When divided by each passenger, it becomes pretty cost-effective.

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Places to Visit in Pokhara Conclusion

As you can see, there are plenty of amazing places to visit in Pokhara. And if you are an adventure lover like me, you will absolutely fall in love with the city.

I hope that you have gained a good knowledge of all the things to do in Pokhara and that this guide helps you to plan your adventure trip to Nepal, and enjoy the most of it.

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8 thoughts on “22 epic places to visit on your pokhara itinerary in 2024”.

Wow, what a wonderful introduction to Nepal! You’ve definitely put some of these gems on my radar for the first time. I’d really love to do the cooking class and the hot air balloon ride sounds amazing!

I didn’t have the opportunity to visit Nepal yet but I’m glad I read your article before! Thanks a lot for all your tips. The World Peace pagoda and the waterfall look so stunning!

Pokhara is such a beautiful place. I’d love to go back and hiking in the mountains is especially appealing. Thanks so much for sharing your experiences & suggestions!

I never knew Pokhara was such a beautiful place. Thank you for sharing such a comprehensive guide, Paula.

Mais um lugar incrível e desconhecido por mim, não imaginava tanta beleza em um lugar tão remoto neste nosso lindo mundo, o texto está ótimo e completo, um bom guia com excelente roteiro. Parabéns.

Thank you for sharing a good post on Pokhara .. nima

What an amazing blog article. https://www.nepalnomad.com/a-taste-of-nepal-adventure

Thanks so much, Sarba, I am glad you enjoyed this article.

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Located in central Nepal, Pokhara is the Himalayan nation's second largest city, followed by the capital, Kathmandu . On the eastern side of Lake Phewa, with close-up views of the Annapurna Himalaya , it is surrounded by hills covered in forest and terraced farmland.

Pokhara is used as a convenient base for hiking trips deeper within the Himalaya, but the chilled-out town is worthy of a few days' exploration in its own right. The Lakeside area is full of hotels, restaurants, bars, tour companies, and souvenir shops, and is an easy place to walk around. Here are nine of the best things to see and do in and around Pokhara.

Paddle on Lake Phewa and Visit a Hindu Temple

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One of the most enduring images of Pokhara is of the colorful wooden paddle boats sitting on the calm surface of Lake Phewa. You can hire an oarsman to take you out on the water, or rent a kayak or small, canopy-covered boat in Lakeside Pokhara to make the short trip out to Tal Barahi Temple. The two-tiered Hindu pagoda temple is dedicated to the goddess Durga, and located on a little island just off Lake Phewa's southeastern shore. While it's similar in design to many of the pagoda temples in Kathmandu, it's not as old, having been built in 1864.

Visit the Tibetan Refugee Settlement

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Nepal is home to a large Tibetan refugee community, and while many Tibetan refugees live in the Boudha area of Kathmandu, Pokhara also has a number of settlements. The largest of these is Tashi Palkhel, northwest of central Pokhara. Travelers are welcome to visit Jangchub Choeling Gompa (monastery), home to a couple hundred monks. Stalls around the monastery sell Tibetan food and trinkets including prayer flags, mala beads, and thangka paintings (many of which are actually made in Nepal, as are those commonly sold in Tibet itself!)

Hike to the Shanti Stupa

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Atop Anadu Hill on the southern side of Lake Phewa, Pokhara's Shanti Stupa (World Peace Pagoda) is one of 80 such peace pagodas worldwide. Built by the Japanese Nipponzan-Myōhōji Buddhist movement in 1973, its white dome and golden pinnacle are reminiscent of many older Buddhist stupas across South and Southeast Asia.

The view down to the lake, across Pokhara city, and toward the Annapurnas is fantastic, particularly on a clear day. The pagoda is at 3,608 feet (Lakeside Pokhara is at 2,434 feet), and can either be reached on foot, along a forested track on the lake's southern shore, or by road, with access around the back. The walk up is quite hot for most of the year, but may be good practice for longer Himalayan treks! Even if you take a taxi, you'll need to walk the last stretch up the steps to the top.

Go White Water Rafting

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Nepal's long, clean rivers (Kathmandu's Bagmati aside!) and white sandy beaches make the country a favorite white water kayaking and rafting destination. Day trips run from both Kathmandu and Pokhara, but are often more convenient from the latter because you won't have to waste time sitting in grid-locked traffic on your way out of the city (a common occurrence in the capital). White water rafting day trips include the Upper Seti, which is just a short drive out of town. For a longer excursion, the most accessible from Pokhara is on the Kali Gandaki River, the deepest gorge in the world. Trips on the Kali Gandaki are usually three days long, with overnight stays in tents on river beaches.

Get an Adrenaline Rush on the ZipFlyer Zip Line

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Adrenaline seekers shouldn't miss a ride on HighGround Adventures' Zipflyer Nepal, one of the longest, steepest zip lines in the world. The 6,069-foot-long course is on an incline of 56 degrees, has a vertical drop of 1,968 feet, and reaches speeds of 85 miles per hour! Plus, the mountain views are unparalleled. The Zipflyer is about a 30-minute drive from Pokhara; transportation from Lakeside is included in packages.

Visit the 'Other' Lakes, Begnas and Rupa

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Pokhara city is on the shores of Lake Phewa, but the wider Pokhara region has a couple of other equally scenic lakes that are worth visiting. In fact, some people say that Lake Begnas is what Lake Phewa used to be like, before all the tourism-oriented businesses developed around it.

When traveling to Pokhara overland from Kathmandu or elsewhere on the Prithvi Highway, the turnoff to both Lakes Begnas and Rupa is at Talchowk, about half an hour outside Pokhara. For a peaceful alternative to staying in the city, consider booking a boutique or family-run accommodation here.

Learn About the Himalaya at the International Mountain Museum

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For mountaineering enthusiasts, or for something to do on a rainy day, Pokhara's International Mountain Museum provides a wealth of information on the geology, culture, and history of the Nepal Himalaya. Like many museums in Nepal, the presentation of the exhibits is a bit old school, but there is a lot of valuable information contained within. The museum is just east of Pokhara Airport, and easy to get to from town by taxi.

Go Paragliding From Sarangkot Hill

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You'll almost always see colorful parachutes swirling in the air in front of Mt. Macchapucchre from Lakeside Pokhara: Sarangkot Hill is believed to be one of the best places in the world to paraglide , thanks to the stable thermal air currents and incredible mountain and lake views.

While paragliding is potentially possible year-round, flights are often canceled during monsoon season (June to September) due to rain. Instead, book your excursion during winter (between late November and February), when the sky is clearer.

Stretch Your Legs on a Short Trek

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Some of the most popular long-distance treks start near Pokhara. However, if you're short on time—or don't have the desire to hike for days or weeks on end—you can enjoy many shorter hikes around Pokhara, including the walk up to the Shanti Stupa or Sarangkot.

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Pokhara, the 'Tourist Capital of Nepal,' is the second-largest city in this Himalayan country, after Kathmandu. At an altitude of more than 900m, it is one of the highest cities, making it the base for many world-famous treks. The highlight of the town is its Lakeside, which is a boating paradise flanked with charming shops, dreamy cafés, restaurants and pubs that make up this postcard-perfect town.

For adventure enthusiasts, Pokhara is a popular starting point for many treks in the Annapurna Range as well as many paragliding and river rafting opportunities. You can take solo or tandem rides, depending on your expertise. River rafting and white water rafting are offered on Seti Gandaki and her tributaries. The city is a beautiful contrast of the bustling Lakeside Pokhara and Old Pokhara, which is home to many beautiful historical temples and is also the city's commercial hub. Phewa Lake (or Phewa Tal), a spectacular lake that borders Lakeside Pokhara and Old Pokhara, it flawlessly reflects the mountains that border it, making it a breathtaking photo-op. The old city houses shops where you can buy famous handicrafts, woodwork and woolwork. Don't forget to visit the Tibetan Mini Market for one-of-a-kind souvenirs!

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Nepal’s second-largest city, Pokhara, boasts terrific places to stop and shop for handicrafts, jewellery, traditional and modern clothing, trekking equipment and eclectic souvenirs. Learn about the best ways to enjoy shopping in Pokhara -

  • Pick up Jhari textiles, Tibetan rugs, Nepali handkerchieves and souvenirs from Silver Oaks Handicraft, Tibetan Gift Shop and Yak Wool Handicraft. 
  • Buy the famous singing water bowls, kukri knives, antiques, varieties of clothing, trinkets and books from Tashiling Handicraft Centre, Pokhara Mini Night Market and Nepal Mandala Shop.
  • Fairmount Trekking Shop offers world-class mountaineering gear.
  • Catch up with fashion trends at malls like RK Shopping Complex, Pokhara Mall, Ratna Emporium and Midtown Galleria.
  • Foodies can buy street food and organic produce at farmers’ markets like Prithvi Chowk and Old Pokhara Bazaar.

Pro tips: -

  • The import tariff on most products ranges between 10-80%.
  • It is common to bargain for a reasonable 10-30% discount.
  • Always carry cash while shopping in Pokhara.
  • Support the No-Plastic initiative.

Nightlife in Pokhara

Combining Himalayan mountain views soaked in the moonlight with energetic crowds and neon-lit landscapes, nightlife in Pokhara, Nepal centres around vivacious bars, nightclubs, dining lounges, booming live music scenes, traditional night markets and open-air cinemas. From groovy Bollywood and international beats at Busy Bee Cafe, elaborate thalis and liquor menus at Star Lounge Bar and Ozone Premium, to popcorn plus cocktails at Movie Garden, Pokhara comes alive after sundown for night owls to have unforgettable experiences. Pokhara’s top nightlife destinations include: -

  • Paradiso Sports Bar and Grill
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  • Old Blues Bar
  • Old Pokhara Night Bazaar
  • Caffe Concerto
  • Club Gravity Lounge and Bar
  • Bullet Basecamp

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40 Places To Visit in Pokhara: Museums, Adventure Sports, Day Trips & More

Cities in Nepal , Destinations in Nepal / May 28, 2022 by fulltimeexplorer / 12 Comments

The list of places to visit in Pokhara is endless. Walk in any direction, and you’re surrounded by beauty. It’s a haven for trekking and adventure sports, but for those  who don’t fancy themselves “thrill seekers” there’s tons of places to sit back and relax as well. Take in some culture at the museums, visit a temple, relax at the spa, or enjoy a night out on the town. There’s something for everyone. The best part is it’s not expensive. Below is a list of all the places to visit in Pokhara that I really enjoyed.

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Adventure Sports in Pokhara

Paragliding.

Cost: Peak season will cost up to 12000 rupee (about $100 USD), while off season will only be 5000 rupee (about $40 USD)

See Lake Phewa and the Annapurna range from above. You’ll take off from Sarangkot and land in North Lakeside. Depending on the conditions, your ride could last from 15 minutes to a half hour. You get to soar through the sky like a bird while your guide takes you in circles up above. If you’re feeling even more adventurous, you can ask them to do tricks on the way down. For those who don’t want to run off a mountain, you can watch from the takeoff location which is interesting to see. Read more about my paragliding experience .

Michelle Della Giovanna from Full Time Explorer goes paragliding in Pokhara, Nepal  - Places to visit in Pokhara

Cost: 5000 rupees (about $40 USD) per person for one zipline

Ziplining has been on my bucket list for a long time. For some reason, I’ve just never gotten around to crossing it off, but Nepal was the place to do it. A quick 30 minute drive outside of the city is one of the world’s longest, fastest, and highest ziplines. Dropping out of the gate was terrifying, but after that it was fun, and dare I say, relaxing. It only lasts less than two minutes, so it’s a tad on the expensive side, but I’m glad I did it regardless. Read more about my zipline experience . Update: they recently lowered the price from $68 to $40, so it’s not as expensive anymore.

Michelle Della Giovanna from Full Time Explorer and a friend ride the Zip Flyer in Pokhara, Nepal - Places to visit in Pokhara

Bungy Jumping

Cost: 7000 rupees at The Cliff (about $58 USD)

There are three options for bungy jumping near Pokhara. They include HighGround Adventures

, Go Bungy Nepal , or The Cliff which is the highest bungy jump in Nepal. I went to the Last Resort in Nepal which is on the other side of the country, so I can’t recommend a place in Pokhara. I’ve been told The Cliff is great because it’s so high, but I can’t speak from experience. If you want a short but intense adrenaline rush, then bungy jumping is the right choice for you.

Michelle Della Giovanna from Full Time Explorer Bungy jumping in Nepal

Tandem Swing

Cost: 12000 rupees per couple (about $100 USD)

If bungy jumping isn’t your thing, you can consider a tandem swing with a friend or your partner. I haven’t tried the swing as I was looking forward to being disoriented and upside down in the bungy jump. To me, the swing looks scarier. You can try a tandem swing at The Cliff in Kusma, just outside of Pokhara.

ATV Adventure

Cost: 9500 rupees (about $80 USD)

One of the newest activities being brought to Nepal by HighGround Adventures is an ATV tour. Honestly, why did no one think of this sooner? Nepal is the perfect place to off-road in an all-terrain vehicle! Now, you can take a two hour off roading tour to Sarangkot where you get to enjoy a lovely lunch.

WISH – West Indoor Sport Hub

WISH is a sports hub and climbing wall located near Lakeside in Pokhara. They offer an awesome rock climbing wall that’s great for everyone from beginners to experts. You have the option to do bouldering or be roped into a belay to climb higher. The floor has mats to protect you if you fall. This is a great way to spend a morning or afternoon doing something different.

WISH climbing center in Pokhara - Places to visit in Pokhara

Go Kart Pokhara

Go Kart Pokhara is a great adrenaline rush for the entire family. If you’re looking for a fun way to spend the morning with kids, then this is it. It’s located on the north side of Lake Phewa and could be combined with a trip to Pame Beach (it’s not actually a beach) which has lots of restaurants to choose from on the water. The only downfall is that you’ll need to hire a car to take you there.

Kayaking on Lake Phewa

Cost: 200 rupee per hour or 1,000 rupee a day (about $2 USD or $10 USD)

I’m a huge fan of kayaking, but it always seems too expensive to rent one. Luckily, here it’s fairly cheap. I grabbed one for an hour right before dinner when the sun was setting. It’s way too hot to be on the lake in the middle of the day, so 4:30pm was perfect. The only downfall was trying to carry the kayak from the store to the water and back by myself. If you have a group, you can rent a rowboat which is already in the water and easier to get to.

A Kayak sits on Phewa lake in Pokhara, Nepal - Places To Visit in Pokhara

Religious Sites in Pokhara

Pema dechenling monastery.

I couldn’t find much information about the Pema Dechenling Monastery other than it’s a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery overlooking Phewa Lake. You have to climb some stairs to get to the top, but it’s worth the walk. There’a a large golden Buddha statue overlooking the lake with lovely views of the water below. Although the Buddha is huge, I’ve noticed this is one of the lesser known places to visit in Pokhara.

A giant gold Buddha statue at Pema Dechenling Monastery overlooks lakeside Pokhara - Places To Visit in Pokhara

Boat to Tal Barahi Temple

While you’re out boating, check out the Tal Barahi Temple located on a small island near Dam Side on the lake. My friends and I rented a boat for an hour, and it took us longer to get there than we anticipated so we didn’t have time to go inside. The temple is sometimes used for weddings and you can see masses of locals visiting it daily. The Tal Barahi Temple is a popular destination for local tourism as it’s one of the holiest places to visit in Pokhara.

Attempt to See Devi Falls

Cost: 30 rupee entrance fee (about $0.30 USD)

I say attempt because it’s almost impossible to see the actual falls. For some reason, there is a tall fence that feels like a prison surrounding it. No matter where you stand, the view is only meh. We had a good laugh at how bad of a view it was, and I got mad at websites who recommended seeing it. If you are in the area, you can check it out, but don’t go out of your way to see Devi Falls.

Metal bars block the view of Devi Falls in Pokhara

Explore Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave

Cost: 100 rupee entrance fee (about $1 USD)

Right across from Devi Falls is Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave. Unlike the falls, this is pretty cool. As you descend the large stairs, you almost feel like you are in ancient Greece. Once underground, you’ll duck through man made tunnels until you can see the Devi Falls from below. This is a good place to stop on route to the World Peace Pagoda.

Inside Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave in Pokhara, Nepal - Places to visit in Pokhara

Museums in Pokhara

Visit the international mountain museum.

Cost: 400 rupees for foreigners (about $4 USD)

I’m not usually big on visiting museums in other countries because I’m always so busy trying to see the culture firsthand. That being said, the International Mountain Museum was interesting. It showed what village life is like in the mountains including traditional clothing from each caste. My favorite part was seeing all the equipment used to summit some of the highest mountains in the world and reading about the first people to make it to the top. Some of the equipment looked so archaic that I honestly have no idea how people survived their treks. It was amazing to see in person.

The front entry of the International Mountain Museum in Nepal - Places To Visit in Pokhara

Gurkha Memorial Museum

The Gurkha Memorial Museum focuses on showing the history of Gurkha soldiers who worked in the British Army and India Army and those impacts on Nepal. The exhibit has photographs, uniforms, and medals on display and would be interesting for those fascinated with history and the military.

Annapurna Museum (Annapurna Natural History Museum)

The Annapurna Museum is located in the Prithvi Narayan Campus in Pokhara. It was established in 1965, and the exhibits were meant to entertain children and educate them about the area. The museum focuses on natural history including how the area was formed with tectonic plates, fossils found in the area, as well as some of the flora and fauna found in the area.

Food Related Activities in Pokhara

Eat tibetan momos at a refugee camp.

After asking several locals where their favorite momos were, they all seemed to agree that the Tibetan’s make them the best. I got to visit two refugee camps (one on the way to Kusma and another near Devi Falls). Both were the best momos I had in my entire stay. You can tell they are going to be amazing because there’s usually a wait for a table and everyone eating there is a local. They also tend to sell out so get there early.

The best momos in Nepal served at the Tibetan Refugee Camp - Places to visit in Pokhara

Elevated Dining at Sky Cafe

The Sky Cafe is located outside of Pokhara at The Cliff in Kusma. It’s not a meal for the faint of heart because your table is pretty much floating in the air. Those who want to dine with a little bit of a rush would enjoy this daring meal. This is also the kind of activity that could be enjoyed by all ages as it doesn’t require jumping off a bridge and is a low key rush compared to other activities at The Cliff.

Enjoy the Lake Walk

There’s a gorgeous little pathway that runs along the water in Lakeside that everyone has to walk down at least once. The first time I came to Nepal, it was just a dusty dirt path, but over time it has evolved into a cute park-like area on the water with grass, pathways, and benches. I like to walk here at night when all the restaurants turn on their neon signs. This is by far one of the most popular places to visit in Pokhara for locals and tourists.

The pathway located along Lake Phewa in Lakeside of Pokhara - Places To Visit in Pokhara

Learn to Make Momos

Cost: 1250 rupee per person (about $12 USD)

Try your hand at dumpling making. While most of the class is spent learning how to seal a dumpling in different styles, it certainly brings out your artistic flare. A bit of cooking class, and a bit of arts and crafts (think playdough), it’s a lot of fun to learn this art form. Read more about my cooking class experience .

Drink Chai in a Local Village

You can hike to a few small villages around Pokhara. One of my favorite things is sitting down to have some tea in someone’s home. Sometimes locals will offer it to you free of charge, especially if you know a little Nepali. Sometimes, they’ll charge for it. Regardless, it’s always fun to take a break from a hike to enjoy the spectacular views. You can grab chai on the way to Sarangkot, the Peace Pagoda, or any little village you stumble upon even if it’s in the middle of nowhere.

Two cups of tea sit on a stone wall with a view of the Annapurna range in the background

Relaxing in Pokhara

Get a massage.

I recommend the spa at Middle Path Hotel & Spa. I’ve had a lot of massages in Nepal, and the ones I’ve had there are some of my favorites. The price varies depending on the type of massage and how long it is, but they range from $25 – $50. You can get a massage somewhere cheaper, but the quality and facilities are not as good.

Take a Yoga Class

Yoga classes and retreats are popular around Pokhara, especially in the Lakeside area. Some restaurants and hotels offer classes for free, but most places charge around 500 rupees (about $5 USD) per class. I’m told Purna Yoga Retreat Center is nice, but it’s been a few years since I took a yoga class in Pokhara, so it’s hard for me to recommend a specific place.

You can also try your hand at meditation while you’re in town. There’s an Osho Divine Zone near lakeside which offers an array of interesting types of meditation to try including kundalini and dynamic meditation which can sometimes involve screaming. If you’re looking for one of the more interesting places to visit in Pokhara, this is it. You can read about my experience with the Osho Divine Zone in Kathmandu .

Rent a Bicycle

Cost: 100 rupees an hour (about $1 USD)

One of the things I found most relaxing was hiring a couple of bicycles and just wandering around town on them. There isn’t too much traffic in Lakeside and you can ride your bike to Pame Beach (towards the north of Lake Phewa) for lunch if you want a bit more of a challenge. If you keep going past Pame, you’ll end up riding along the rice fields outside of town. It’s fairly flat, but you’ll want to rent a mountain bike with gears as there are some hills.

Michelle Della Giovanna rents a bicycle in Pokhara, Nepal

Night Life in Pokhara

Catch a live band at the office bar.

Cost: Varies based on food and drink

The Office Bar , a local hang on North Lakeside, is the perfect place to grab a beer and enjoy some live music. My friends happened to know the owner, and I was invited over on numerous occasions. If you want to relax in a laid back bar with the locals, this is the place to do it. You’ll find people just chilling, playing cards, and catching up after work. I’d recommend the veggie burger or veg pakora if you’re looking for food or just grab a drink. Some nights they even have a famous local jazz band playing.

Kick Back at the Movie Garden

Cost: $3.50 for the movie plus you can order food and drinks

The Movie Garden is an outdoor cinema located in Lakeside. It’s a little hard to find since it’s tucked away up a hill off the main street, but once you’re there, you’ll feel like you’re in another world. The small pathway is illuminated by candlelight, and the seating area is under a giant canopy. It’s probably one of the cutest places to visit in Pokhara, if not all of Nepal. They play a different movie every night. We caught Life of Brian when we visited.

A movie plays at the outdoor theater in Pokhara, Nepal

Day Hikes Around Pokhara

Sunrise hike to sarangkot.

Cost: 50 rupee entrance fee (about $0.50 USD)

My friends and I attempted to hike up Sarangkot almost every day for a week. Every morning at 4:00am we’d wake up to find a sky full of clouds and zero visibility. We’d all roll back into bed and try again the next day. Eventually the clouds cleared up, and we made the two hour hike to see the sunrise. It was well worth the wait and the short but steep trek. If you aren’t into hiking, you can also take a taxi up most of the way. Sarangkot is one of my favorite places to visit in Pokhara.

The view of the Himalaya from Sarangkot - Places To Visit in Pokhara

The World Peace Pagoda

Cost: Donation

The World Peace Pagoda boasts beautiful views of the city, the lake, and Annapurna on a clear day. There are two routes to hike. One is over an hour while the other is only 20 minutes. I found the views on the hour trek to be very pretty. Most of the time you’re on an unpaved road so it wasn’t too difficult to navigate or climb. I’ve been told it’s also a beautiful place to watch the sunset. The World Peace Pagoda is one of the most popular places to visit in Nepal.

The world peace pagoda in Pokhara, Nepal - Places To Visit in Pokhara

Lord Shiva Statue

Past the World Peace Pagoda and on the way to Pumdikot is the 51 foot tall Lord Shiva Statue which was recently constructed and finished in 2021. It’s a strenuous hike to get here, but it’s one of the few day hikes in the area and it doesn’t require a conservation area permit. This is also one of the days of the Panchase Hiking Route which I’ll mention in this article as well. That route takes 2-3 days and goes around the southwest side of Lake Phewa.

A giant Lord Shiva Statue in Pumdikot - Places to visit in Pokhara

Day Trips from Pokhara

Annapurna cable car.

Cost: About $9 USD

The Annapurna Cable Car opened in 2022 and takes you for a ride up to Sarangkot. You can make this a half day or overnight trip by riding the car up in the morning (for half day) or afternoon (for overnight), enjoying breakfast or lunch with a view from the top, watching the paragliders take off, and then coming back down on the cable car later.

Cost: Varies depending on type of transportation and time of year

If getting off the beaten path is your main goal, hire a bike to take you to Kusma. It’s about two to three hours outside of Pokhara. I was fortunate enough to have a friend take me to this adorable little city. There were no other tourists in sight, and the locals were thrilled to see us visiting. Kusma is known for having the longest and highest suspension bridge in Nepal. You can test your fear of heights by crossing it. Despite being terrified, the views from the middle are spectacular. There is also a beautiful cave in the area. Unfortunately, we went after the monsoon season, so the water was too deep for us to enter.

Update: Kusma is now a hot spot destination because The Cliff established a mecca of adventure sports facilities.

The longest suspension bridge in Nepal in Kusma

Begnas Lake

While Pokhara is beautiful, the surrounding areas offer so much as well. About an hour drive outside of the city is a less touristed lake. On a clear day, you can see the Himalayas towering over the water. While most tourists visit the west side of the lake, the east side has a beautiful viewpoint with barely anyone around. There’s a small restaurant right on the water that makes some of the best fish I’ve ever had. Just look for “Begnas Lake Viewpoint” on Google Maps to find it. From here you can rent a boat to take out on the water.

For more info: Check out my Begnas Lake: City Guide

A yellow boat glides across Begnas Lake

Dovilla is about a 20 minute ride outside of Lakeside, Pokhara. The area became famous after several Nepali tiktokers posted videos of the gorgeous swimming hole there. Unfortunately, we went in September after the monsoon and the beautiful watering hole had turned into a raging river. Therefore, you’ll need to ask if it’s worth visiting before hiring a car to take you there. We were told October and November were better times to visit.

The Dovilla swimming hole in Pokhara during monsoon

Treks Near Pokhara

Panchase trek.

The Panchase Trek is a 2 to 3 day trek at low altitudes surrounding the southwest side of Lake Phewa. This is an easier trek which is perfect for beginners and families. It’s a great warm up for harder treks and doesn’t require a conservation permit, however you may want to take a guide as the path isn’t as well worn.

View looking down towards the World Peace Pagoda from Pumdikot on the Panchase Trek

Poon Hill Trek

The Poon Hill Trek is a 4 to 5 day trek inside the Annapurna Conservation Area. Although it’s a shorter trek which doesn’t go too high in altitude, it is extremely difficult due to the amount of stairs you need to climb to get there.

You can read more about my experience in these Poon Hill Blogs .

Tables overlook the Himalaya mountains in Ghorepani at sunrise

Mardi Himal Trek

The Mardi Himal Trek is a 5 day trek that gets you up close with the Annapurna Mountain Range. This is one of the newer and more popular treks within the Annapurna Conservation Area because of its short time frame and epic views.

You can read more about my experience in these Mardi Himal Blogs .

Michelle Della Giovanna from Full Time Explorer stands in front of the Annapurna Range along the Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek

Khopra Danda Trek

Khopra Danda is an off-the-beaten-path trek within the Annapurna Conservation Area. We went during monsoon and didn’t get many views, but I’m told it’s epic on a clear day. This trip takes between 5 and 8 days depending on your itinerary.

You can read more about my experience in these Khopra Danda Blogs

A rainbow arches over the Himalaya as seen from Khopra Danda

The Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) Trek takes between 7 and 8 days and is rather difficult. This trek involves a lot of steep uphill climbs despite never reaching 5,000 meters but the views are worth it. This is one of the first trekking routes in Nepal!

You can read more about my experience in these ABC Trek Blogs

The view of the Annapurna Mountain Range from the Annapurna Base Camp Trek Itinerary

Tilicho Lake Trek

The Tilicho Lake Trek is usually combined with the Annapurna Circuit and takes an additional 3 days from that route. This was my favorite part of the circuit and is worth walking out of the way for.

You can read more about my experience in this post about Tilicho Lake .

The Annapurna Range reflects in a small pond near Tilicho Lake

Annapurna Circuit Trek

The Annapurna Circuit was one of the first treks I ever did in Nepal, and it was the first one where I carried my own bag, so it holds a special place for me. This trek takes most people 12 days, but I did a longer version and spent several days in villages I liked. It took me 30 days to complete, but it was an incredible month in the mountains.

You can read more about my experience in these Annapurna Circuit Blogs

Trekkers work their way up to Thorong La Pass along the Annapurna Circuit with dirt hills surrounding them

My Top Picks for Hotels in Pokhara

Budget hotel.

Forest Lake Backpacker

Best Budget Hotel in Pokhara

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$12 a night – Located on the quiet northern side of Lakeside, this hostel has everything you need including lockers, outlets near the bed, privacy curtains, individual reading lights and more. I stayed here for an entire month and loved it!

Comfort Hotel

Hotel Middle Path

Best Comfort Hotel in Pokhara

$50 a night – This is my go to hotel when I visit Pokhara. There’s an on site pool, large clean rooms, a beautiful garden, a spa, and friendly staff. It’s located in the heart of Lakeside close to all my favorite restaurants. I can’t recommend it enough!

Luxury Hotel

The Pavilions Himalaya

Best luxury hotel in Pokhara

$200 a night – If you want luxury, The Pavilions is the place to be. Visiting here feels like an escape into a private paradise. I felt so relaxed during out stay and can’t wait to go back. The hotel is sustainable without compromising luxury!

Transportation to Pokhara

You can save time by booking your tickets to Pokhara online. Often if you book a bus ticket in person, you aren’t able to choose the company you go with. Online, you can pick which bus you want including VIP buses. You can also book a car, SUV, or flight to Pokhara.

Have any questions about the best places to visit in Pokhara? Feel free to reach out to me in the comments!

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December 14, 2017 at 7:26 pm

I’ve spent hours reading some really cool blogs on your site. Thank you! Love this one particularly. I’ll take the advice when I’m next there.

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December 14, 2017 at 8:15 pm

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December 14, 2017 at 8:38 pm

Ah I was so torn between going to Nepal or Tibet, but this settles it! Can’t wait to try some momos haha!

December 14, 2017 at 9:04 pm

You definitely won’t regret it. Nepal is by far my favorite country!

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December 14, 2017 at 10:26 pm

Just found your blog and really enjoyed reading it. Just came out from a self-imposed travel blogging hiatus and am really inspired by your journey especially in Nepal. If I could have a chance to visit that country, I would love to do the 17 activities you’ve done. But, I would also try to hear straight from the locals about what I read about polyandry being practised by the early Nepalese.

December 14, 2017 at 11:06 pm

Interesting you should mention that. One of my guides spoke about it briefly. He said that usually the husbands were never home at the same time, and the wife would control their schedules (telling them when to work, etc). She’d then be in charge of all the money and run the household.

December 14, 2017 at 11:40 pm

Yeah, am curious at the dilemma of the siblings as they would not know their biological father more so that DNA testing was not yet around. At any rate, that’s the essence of culture which everybody ought to respect.

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Wow didi it was great I love it your trip writing.

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Dhaenabaht bai!

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15 places to visit in Pokhara and the best things to do

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Pokhara is a beautiful place for people who enjoy the beauty of the natural surroundings. The glorious Himalayas, scenic lakes, and historical temples are the best places to visit in Pokhara. Also, there are many things to do in Pokhara and create lasting memories.

Pokhara City is surrounded by massive peaks, providing an atmosphere to cheer life. Visitors can enjoy the stunning view of the Annapurna Himalayan range.

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Pokhara is a fantastic place to visit if you want to have exciting adventures. There are so many fun things to do in Pokhara. You can enjoy thrilling outdoor activities to experience the lively atmosphere of the Himalayas.

This exotic city in Nepal offers a variety of adventurous activities and things to do. It hosts the paragliding pre-world Cup tournament. Pokhara is also known for the First Dragon Boat Festival. Horse riding and bungee jumping activities are popular attractions in Pokhara. Zipline provides an exhilarating experience for visitors. Moreover, Pokhara presents the best view of the magnificent Machhapuchhre Himal .

Where is Pokhara

Pokhara is situated at Longitude 28.2096° N and Latitude 83.9856° E at an elevation of 822 m in the Gandaki zone . Pokhara attracts thousands of national and international visitors. It is renowned as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. People from around the globe come to explore its enchanting beauty.

This landmark offers several jaunting destinations with perfect weather and temperature for hiking. This city provides the ideal climate and atmospheric conditions to cherish Nature.

Popular things to do and places to visit in Pokhara

1. phewa lake.

Phewa Lake, a most popular place to visit in Pokhara

Phewa Lake is one of the Himalayan wizards with an area of 5.7 sq. Km at an elevation of 742 m. This lake is famous for its stunning green landscapes. It offers a majestic reflection of Mount Machhapuchhre and other peaks. Visitors are captivated by its beautiful whitish and greenish beauty.

The powerful Talbarahi Temple is located on a small island in the middle of the lake. It is one of the most potent goddesses for Hindus .

This lake is truly a heavenly place on Earth. It connects you to peace, spirituality, and the finest natural adventures. This lake carries a brief historical landmark of around 13000 BC .

Phewa Lake has a different aura, spreading positive glowing vibes among the visitors. You can also observe the royal palace near Phewa Lake, known as Ratna Mandir .

Flying in the Air through Parachute just above the Fewa Lake is a dream come an actual moment for enthusiasts.

While on the Pokhara tour, Phewa Lake is a must-visit place. Boating at the Phewa Lake site is one of the best things to do in Pokhara .

2. Begnas Lake

Begnas Lake Pokhara

Begnas is a lake of fresh water situated on the lap of the Manaslu and Annapurna Himalayan range. Boating in Begnas Lake offers rare scenery. You can witness greenery hills beneath giant snowy peaks. It’s a unique and breathtaking experience and the best place to visit in Pokhara.

This lake covers an area of 3.28 sq Km, having an average depth of 8 meters. This lake is ideal for swimming during the day, offering the superior taste of the creation of Nature. You can also experience some fishing at Begnas Lake.

Begnas Lake is one of the seven lakes in the Gandaki region, just near Rupa Lake. These lakes offer boating services for a better exploration of lakes in Pokhara.

Boating and swimming in Begnas Lake’s fresh water is another popular thing to do in Pokhara visit. Imagine diving under the lake, surrounded by towering green hills, floating with a tube at a depth of 22 feet. It’s an exhilarating and unforgettable experience that engages you in Nature.

This unforgettable, adventurous moment will be worth your visit to Begnas Lake. The visit to Begnas Lake is a natural expedition to the creation of Mother Earth.

3. Devi’s Fall

Devi's Fall Pokhara

Devi’s Fall is considered a must-visit and the best place to visit in Pokhara. It is commonly known as ‘ Patale Chhago ‘ in Nepali . Devi’s Fall is a fall that forms a tunnel after reaching the 100 feet depth.

It is one of the most visited sites in Pokhara, providing a glimpse of the strange creation of Nature. The water from the tunnel passes through a famous cave named ‘ Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave .’

People try their luck on the pond by placing the coin in the statue of God. It is said that on the 31st of July in 1961, a Swedish couple decided to swim in the Fall. But unfortunately, the woman got drowned in a pit due to the overflowing water.

Her body was found on the third day of the rescue operation by locals in the river of Phusre . Her father requested to name the tunnel after her daughter named it Davi’s Fall. Due to the local accent, the name was called Devi’s Fall by local people.

4. Bindabasini temple

Bindabasini temple in Pokhara

Bindabasini Temple is the oldest Temple in Pokhara. It is built in the 1760s by King Girvan Yuddha Shah in Pokhara.

Bindabasini is the appearance of Goddess Kali in Hindu text. The smaller Temple of Goddess Saraswati, God Shiva, Hanuman, and Ganesha is in Bindhyabasini temple.

According to legends, the King of Kaski had a dream, in which he was instructed to establish the Bindhyabasini Temple. Then he ordered his workers to bring a goddess statue from Bindvanchal Parbat.

The workers camped at a hill for the night. But when they woke up early, they could not lift the statue. The king ordered them to establish a Temple in the current location of Bindyabasini Temple.

People believe that taking blessings from Bindabasini Temple after you land in Pokhara is good.

The views from Bindabasini Temple are genuinely breathtaking. You can witness the entire Pokhara city sitting beneath the giant greenery hills.

5. Mahendra Cave

Mahendra Cave in Pokhara

Pokhara is the treasure of natural wonders like Mahendra Cave. This exciting place lies in Batulechaur in Pokhara. The Cave, known as the Limestone Cave , contains Stalagmites and Stalactites, which is to the Kali Khola River.

A local Shepherd of Pokhara discovered Mahendra Cave in the 1950s . Inside the Cave, people worship the statue of the Hindu Lord Shiva . You will see this sacred sight during the visit.

Initially, this Cave’s name was ‘Adhero Bhawan,’ meaning Drark Habitant. But later, it was named after the name of King Mahendra , who inaugurated the Cave.

The corridors of the Cave are entirely dark, and continuous droplets of water can be felt. That makes it one of the most adventurous caves in Nepal.

It feels like a haunted cave. However, an artificial lighting system has been installed for a better view. This Cave consists of 100 meters of easily accessible passage and a further 100 meters of challenging pathways.

6. Talbarahi temple

Talbarahi temple in Pokhara

Talbarahi is one of the most important religious monuments in Pokhara. In this Temple, the appearance of Goddess Durga as ‘Barahi’ is worshipped. This Temple is appraised as a symbol of woman force.

The only way to reach the Temple is by taking the boat from the other end of Phewa Lake . The journey to Talbarahi Temple is a thrilling adventure. It offers a fascinating story and an unforgettable boating experience in freshwater.

The people from both communities, Buddhist and Hindu, take blessings from Talbarahi. The shrine of the Temple is built in pagoda style in a traditional method. You can find people feeding a flock of pigeons in Talbarahi Temple. This place is another exciting place to visit in Pokhara.

7. International Mountain Museum

International Mountain Museum in Pokara

The International Mountain Museum showcases Nepal’s cultural, historical, and natural heritage. It introduces the Nepalese lifestyle, featuring national costumes, tools, and behavioral representations. The museum also offers descriptive knowledge about various sites in Nepal.

This museum is a library of Nepalese hills, mountains, rivers, and other entities that make Nepal unique.

The International Mountain Museum (IMM) offers a comprehensive overview of mountain climbing. It covers the brief history, notable incidents, remarkable achievements, and historical climbing landmarks.

It is another must-visit place in Pokhara if you are an adventure lover.

It is the best place to get familiar with Nepalese Himalayan culture and lifestyle. Omit, International Mountain Museum is a grand collection of Nepal.

8. Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave

Gupteshwor Mahadev cave in Pokhara

Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave is the longest Cave in Nepal, with a passage of 2950 meters. The Cave is believed to have been discovered in the 16th century. It houses shrines and statues of Gods Shiva , Parbati , Nageshwor , and Saraswati .

Believers consider the Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave as the magical place of God Shiva during his Kirati life . This sacred site is on the opposite side of Devi’s Fall .

This Cave has an impressive entrance of sculptures of Lord Mahadev. Inside the Cave, you can see ‘ Kamdhenu Gai ,’ a cow giving milk to the ‘ Shiva Linga .’

Inside the Cave, you will witness water droplets falling like rain. This water originates from Devi’s Fall and flows through the Cave. Finally, it merges with the Seti River , creating a mesmerizing natural spectacle.

After you enter the Cave, you will see a temple inside a cave where the priest will always pray to Lord Mahadev . As you descend, you will witness the majestic flow of Devi’s Fall. It reminds us that no matter how much human grows, we cannot go beyond the laws of Nature nature.

9. Chamero Gufa (Bat Cave)

Bat Cave in Pokhara

Chamero Gufa, also known as ‘Bat Cave,’ is an open example of the organic natural entities of Pokhara. In this Cave, you will find a colony of bats hanging with a wild, haunted feeling of ghosts.

This exciting Cave is ideal for fulfilling the horror adventure of walking through the slippery surface.

The bat cave is naturally made up of Limestone. This Cave has a single entrance and exit.

This Cave provides a glimpse of a real-life horror experience. It is said that the one who has not done any sin can only exit through this Cave. Visiting this came is another exciting things to do in Pokhara .

10. Seti River (Khola) Gorge

Setri River

Seti River Gorge is the landmark of purity, divineness, and wildness. This river is crystal clear with milky white colored water.

This khola creates rocky formations during storms and remains calm in clear weather. It has been quenching the thirst of Pokhara for centuries, serving as a vital water source.

The Seti River is a remarkable landmark known for its stunning scenery. It showcases an attractive ecosystem with diverse plants, birds, and wildlife.

The Seti River, with its depth of 60-80 meters , serves as a habitat for many aquatic Himalayan species. In the monsoon season, the Seti River overflows. That troubles natural landmarks, including Devi’s Fall and the surrounding areas.

The Seti River provides an astonishing view of Nepalese landscapes. It showcases the beauty of the Himalayas, hills, and rivers in a single frame. This panoramic vista is genuinely breathtaking.

This river delivers an astonishing view of Nepalese Himalayan, hilly, and river panoramic landscapes in a single frame.

People choose to spend their holidays camping on the bank of the Seti River. And they witness the indescribable beauty of nature.

11. Gorkha Memorial Museum

Gorkha Memorial Museum

The Gorkha Memorial Museum showcases the history of the Nepalese Gurkha Army . It highlights their remarkable achievements and bravery.

This museum has evidence of those uncountable bravery stories of the Nepalese military. Visitors can see traditionally styled military equipment at the museum. The items include Khukuri , Rai Fal , Dhirgun , various grenades , guns , etc.

The Gorkha Memorial Museum is a famous historical site, especially for young visitors. It instills discipline and inspires work toward a better future.

12. Matepani Gumba

Matepani Gumba

Matepani Gumba is five kilometers from the busy, crowded city of Pokhara at the top of a green hill. One can reach Matepani Gumba through Mahendrapool in a local taxi or jeep.

Matepani Gumba is a site of calmness and peace. You will notice teachers and students chanting Mantras and prayers. The Monks and the Gumba together create an aura of serenity, peace, and a spiritual environment far from the crowd.

The complex interior of Matepani Gumba resembles the speechless sculptures of Lord Gautam Buddha. The Monk gives valuable lessons about controlling all the senses of the human body.

Undoubtedly this Gumba makes you spiritual no matter how arrogant your Nature nature is.

13. Sarangkot

Views from Sarangkot, Pokhara

Sarangkot is a dream destination for any adventurous enthusiast at an altitude of 1600 meters. Sarangkot provides an exceptional view of the early sunrise in the Pokhara Valley. This destination offers lots and lots of aspects for the nature lover. It is the most famous place to visit in Pokhara.

The spellbound views of Dhaulagiri , Annapurna , and Manaslu are truly blissful. Additionally, the expansive vistas of Phewa Lake and Pokhara City enrich the environment.

Paragliding lovers from around the world recognize Sarangkot for its beauty. They consider it one of the most beautiful paragliding locations in the world. It is one of the best and most adventurous things to do in Pokhara.

People enjoy hiking to Sarangkot via a scenic natural route. This journey involves climbing a large hill by the Seti River and trekking through a dense forest.

Also, this site is ideal for bird-watching. Visitors may also find wildlife like leopards and tigers.

Overall, Sarangkot is a hub of nature-based adventures. From ziplining to cable car riding to paragliding , it offers the perfect viewpoint in Pokhara.

14. Pokhara Shanti Stupa

Shanti Stupa in Pokhara

Pokhara Shanti Stupa is an international monument of world peace. This beautiful Stupa was built by a monk named Nipponzan-Myoholi with the help of local people trying to reflect consensus.

This Stupa is designed in Pagoda style and is often known as Peace Pagoda .

The Pokhara Shanti Stupa is perched atop a hill. At a height of 1100 meters on Ananda Hill , it’s visible from the Phewa Lake area.

The Shanti Stupa is a spiritual retreat nestled in nature. It’s away from crowds, offering peace and calm.

After a two-hour walk and climbing 500 steps, we can reach the Pokhara Shanti Stupa. This stupa is one of the two stupas in Nepal out of 80 world peace stupas.

This tourist attraction offers breathtaking views around Pokhara. Visitors can see the Annapurna Himalayan range , Pokhara City , and Phewa Lake .

15. Bhimsen Temple

Bhimsen Temple in Pokhara

God Bhimsen is considered the God of Business and Trade. Bhimsen was one of those five Pandavas in Mahabharat  who was supposed to have the power of ten elephants.

People believe this Temple is two centuries old, making it the city’s oldest. It features a beautiful pagoda-style design.

This Temple possesses a rich history and a brief story of its establishment. The magical vibes created by the Temple are insane.

This Temple is connected to the rooted Nepalese Hindu culture. It is said that only Hindus are allowed to enter the Temple.

List of Exciting Things to Do in Pokhara to make your visit memorable

Imagine clear lakes reflecting snow-capped mountain peaks, green trees, and a sense of calm that gives you the ultimate peace. It is a great place for adventure lovers and those who want to relax.

If you’re looking for an adventure, try amazing treks like the Annapurna Base Camp Trek . Every step has amazing views of the mountains. If you are brave and daring, why not take an amazing paragliding trip and see the beauty of Pokhara from above? However, Lakeside is the greatest location if you want to unwind and view exciting things to do in Pokhara .

Phewa Lake offers a serene setting ideal for beach walks or boating . The community’s abundance of quaint restaurants, well-known shops, and amiable residents make it an excellent place to experience the local way of life. It is not enough to simply visit Pokhara. It’s a real experience. So explore, relax, and let the wonderful Pokhara capture your heart.

28 Best Things to Do in Pokhara you should never miss out

Pokhara is like a dream come true for those who love a mix of excitement, nature, and spiritual vibes. Whether you’re trekking in the mighty Himalayas, having fun with water activities on Phewa Lake, or checking out cool cultural spots, Pokhara has something for everyone. Let’s explore some memorable things to do in Pokhara .

You can learn about the local culture by visiting ancient temples like Bindhyabasini and Gupteshwor Cave. At the end of the day, you must enjoy a local meal at a lakeside restaurant as the sun sets behind the majestic mountains. In Pokhara, you can enjoy the best of both the natural and scenic worlds – happiness and peace. It’s always special here. Let’s check out some amazing things to do in Pokhara .

Don’t miss out on all the awesome things to do in Pokhara – make your visit special by trying out the many activities and ensuring your trip to the heart of Nepal is truly unforgettable.

1. Walking around Phewa Lake

Start your exploration of Pokhara with a calm walk by Fewa Lake. The peaceful atmosphere and beautiful sights of the Annapurna mountains create an ideal place to unwind. Experience the soft wind as you stroll by the lake, with the faint sound of temple bells in the distance-enhancing the tranquil surroundings.

2. Mountain biking

One of the best things to do in Pokhara if you prefer adventures is mountain biking. There are lots of possibilities available. Some are more challenging for seasoned riders, while others are simple for novices. Feel the beauty of nature as you drive through green forests, beautiful villages, and vast fields. A wonderful way to explore the area!

If you like cycling, you can discover the beauty of Pokhara on a bike. Just rent one and pedal through the city’s pretty trails. It’s awesome because you get to breathe in the fresh mountain air, and you can explore wherever you want at your speed. It’s like having your adventure on two wheels! Don’t miss out on these awesome things to do in Pokhara .

4. Ultralight flight

For an amazing view of Pokhara’s stunning scenery, consider taking an ultralight flight. Soar above the clouds and witness stunning mountains, tranquil lakes, and lush valleys that make Pokhara a fascinating destination for adventurers. It is a unique experience that allows you to see the beauty of the region from a new perspective.

5. Paragliding

Experience the thrill of paragliding from Sarangkot, a hill located on the outskirts of Pokhara. Soar through the sky like a bird and enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the Pokhara Valley, Phewa Lake, and the majestic Himalayan peaks. The tandem paragliding experience allows even beginners to enjoy these exhilarating things to do in Pokhara .

Phewa Lake, the second-largest lake in Nepal, is the centerpiece of Pokhara. Renting a colorful wooden boat and leisurely paddling on the tranquil waters is a must-do activity. The lake is surrounded by the Annapurna and Machapuchare mountain ranges, creating a stunning backdrop for your boating adventure.

Pokhara is an excellent spot for hikers, offering plenty of trekking options. You can take short walks to places like the World Peace Pagoda or try more challenging trails leading to spots like Sarangkot . Every step you take unfolds incredible views that will truly amaze you and make your hiking experience unforgettable.

Quench your thirst for adventure with an exhilarating white-water rafting experience on the Seti River. Feel the rush of excitement as you navigate through the river’s fast currents, giving you a thrilling adrenaline boost. Along the way, enjoy the breathtaking views of Nepal’s natural beauty in the nearby landscapes. It’s one of the daring things to do in Pokhara that blends the excitement of white-water rafting with the splendor of the natural world!

9. Zip-line

It’s easy to feel the wind in your hair as you speed through Pokhara’s verdant valleys. One of the world’s longest ziplines is located in the city, providing thrill-seekers with an amazing experience. You won’t want to miss it—it’s one of the most thrilling things to do in Pokhara !

10. Hot air balloon ride

For a calm yet enchanting time, consider taking a hot air balloon ride above Pokhara. Witness the magic of the sky turning shades of orange and pink as the sun rises or sets, casting a spellbinding glow on the Himalayan peaks. It’s a peaceful and captivating thing to do in Pokhara that lets you soak in the beauty of the surroundings.

11. Bungy jumping

Push your boundaries by taking a daring bungee jump from one of the planet’s tallest platforms. Feel the exhilaration of plummeting freely amid breathtaking mountain views – an adventure that will stay vivid in your memories. It’s a thrilling experience that will leave an indelible mark on your recollections.

12. Movie garden in Pokhara

Relax after a day of adventures at the Movie Garden. This is an open-air cinema that offers the unique experience of watching a movie under the beautiful scenery and bright stars. It’s an extraordinary and relaxing way to enjoy movies in a quiet and natural environment, making movie nights a special experience.

13. Yoga at Ashrams in Pokhara

Find inner peace by participating in a yoga session at one of Pokhara’s ashrams. Find peace in the beautiful Himalayas! Take part in a yoga class to unwind and revitalize your body and mind. Breathe in the peaceful alpine air.

The calmness of nature brings peace and calmness to your daily exhausting life. It is an opportunity to relax, boost, and adopt a simple and peaceful lifestyle.

14. Temple tours

Immerse yourself in the amazing culture of Pokhara by exploring its temples. Don’t forget to visit the Bindhyabasini Temple, Tal Barahi Temple, and the Gupteshwor Cave Temple – these are must-visit spots for both religious and cultural experiences. Taking time to see these places will give you a deeper understanding of the rich traditions and history of Pokhara.

15. Enjoying Nepalese foods

Experience the deliciousness of Nepal by enjoying the local food. Whether you’re trying momos or dal bhat, the diverse food scene in Pokhara is a delightful adventure for people who love tasty dishes. There’s so much to explore things to do in Pokhara and enjoy when it comes to the different flavors in this beautiful place.

16. Massage and Therapy

Take a break and recharge with traditional Nepalese massages and therapies. There are plenty of spas and wellness centers that offer a variety of treatments, giving you the perfect opportunity to relax and rejuvenate after a day of exploring. Pamper yourself and let the soothing treatments help you unwind and feel refreshed.

17. Shopping

Enhance your Pokhara adventure by wandering through the local markets. Explore the vibrant fabrics and handicrafts of the city market, offering a glimpse into Nepal’s diverse textiles and cultures. It’s a great way to experience the local culture and take home a unique souvenir .

18. Sunrise Views from Sarangkot:

Start your day early to catch the breathtaking sunrise from Sarangkot. The view of the sun turning the sky into shades of orange and pink over the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains is truly magical. The refreshing, stillness, and peace of the early morning make the experience very special. If you like beautiful sunrises and a peaceful start to the day, check this out!

19. Visit the International Mountain Museum:

Discover the fascinating history of mountain climbing in Nepal by visiting the International Mountain Museum in Pokhara. The exhibits tell stories about the culture, traditions, and incredible accomplishments of the brave climbers who conquered the highest peaks in the world. It is not only educational but also exciting, especially for travel lovers.

So, if you want to know the wonders of the mountain, you must visit this International Mountain Museum!

20. Exploring the Gupteshwor Cave:

Take an amazing adventure into the Gupteshwor Cave near Davis Falls. Inside, you’ll find stunning formations of pointy rocks hanging down (stalactites) and rising from the ground (stalagmites), creating a magical underground world.

What makes it even more interesting is that there’s a special sacred Shiva lingam in there, adding a spiritual feel to the natural beauty of the cave. This mix of cool rock formations and a calm, spiritual vibe makes the cave a unique and interesting place to check out.

21. Devi’s Fall:

Witness the powerful cascade of Devi’s Fall, also known as Patale Chhango , where the Pardi Khola river vanishes underground. The waterfall is named after a tragic incident involving a Swiss tourist named Devi , adding a touch of mystery to the site. The surrounding gardens and viewpoints provide an ideal setting for a stroll. Experience the things to do in Pokhara mentioned above and share your views with your friends and peers.

22. Peace Stupa:

For those looking for spiritual life and panoramic things to do in Pokhara , we recommend going to the World Peace Tower or the Peace Tower. Perched on a hill, this Buddhist stupa offers breathtaking views of the Pokhara Valley, Phewa Lake, and the Annapurna Mountains. The peaceful environment is the perfect place for meditation and contemplation.

23. Adventure Sports:

Pokhara is famous as the adventure capital of Nepal, and it lives up to its reputation with a myriad of thrilling activities. From paragliding high above Phewa Lake to experiencing the adrenaline rush of zip – lining , the city offers a range of adventure sports to get your heart pounding. The Annapurna region, with its diverse topography, provides the perfect backdrop for these exhilarating experiences.

24. Enjoy Trekking in the Annapurna Region:

For those with a spirit of adventure, Pokhara serves as the starting point for the world-famous Annapurna Circuit hiking path. Trekking is one of the fantastic things to do in Pokhara if you want to see several environments, such as rice terraces, traditional villages, and rainforests. The panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges are breathtaking.

25. Visit Bindhyabasini Temple

Bindhyabasini Temple is a special place located on top of a hill in Pokhara. It’s a temple devoted to the Hindu goddess Bindhyabasini. One has a fantastic view of Pokhara and the enormous, breathtaking mountains that surround it from this temple. It is more than simply a house of worship.

You may also take in the breathtaking views of Pokhara from this location. As a result, going to this temple is a chance to enjoy the area’s natural beauty and establish a spiritual connection.

26. Phewa Tal Barahi Dance:

Step into the lively world of the Gurung community in Pokhara and witness the Barahi dance, a vibrant showcase of their cultural heritage. Dressed in colorful and lively costumes, the locals express their traditions through energetic performances. Dancing is not just a show. This is a fun celebration where you can immerse yourself in the rich culture of the Gurung people. Enjoy the rhythms, lively atmosphere, and unique culture that will make Pokhara an unforgettable cultural experience.

27. Fishing in Fewa Lake:

Enjoy the calmness of Fewa Lake in Pokhara with a relaxing fishing adventure. If you love fishing, this is the perfect spot to cast your line. Take in the scenic beauty as you try your hand at angling, hoping to catch the likes of trout and other local fish. The calm waters and picturesque surroundings make it a peaceful and enjoyable experience, creating lasting memories for fishing enthusiasts against the backdrop of Pokhara’s stunning landscapes.

28. Visit Chamero Gufa (Bat Cave):

Embark on an exciting cave exploration at Chalmers Gufa, the Bat Cave in Pokhara. This special cave is famous for its bat population, making it a unique place for animal lovers. You can see yourself immersing in the darkness, discovering the hidden corners of the cave, and observing the fascinating bats that call it home. It’s not just a cave; it’s an adventurous journey into the mysterious world of wildlife, adding a touch of thrill to your Pokhara visit.

The Final Verdict

That’s all about some exciting and superfluous things to do in Pokhara . Simply put, Pokhara is an amazing place for everyone to explore new experiences. If you like excitement or just want to relax, Pokhara is perfect. The big mountains, quiet lakes, and nice people make moments you won’t forget.

You can do exciting hikes or chill boat rides – whatever you feel like these are exciting things to do in Pokhara . The interesting culture and friendly locals make your time special. So, visit and let Pokhara make you feel happy. It’s not just a place; it’s like a magic trip ready for you to enjoy.

There are so many things to do and places to visit in Pokhara. It is a special place that has exciting paths for adventure. It’s like a dream come true to have fun and experience the atmosphere of Himalayan life. It’s a must-see destination for adventurers and anyone who wants to enjoy the stunning beauty of the Himalayas.

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  • 10 Magnificent Places To Visit In Pokhara In 2023 For A Soulful And Tranquil Vacation

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23 Mar 2023

Nepal is known for its magnificent beauty and is considered to be a paradise for travellers as there are so many majestic places to visit in Pokhara and soak in the natural delight. Pokhara is one of these places and it possesses a great gift of extreme natural beauty. This beauty is nestled in the Annapurna range, which is the tenth highest mountain in the world. This Himalayan paradise is adorned with stunning views of mountains in the backdrop and the amazing nature of this city makes this a popular tourist destination.

10 Best Places To Visit In Pokhara

Pokhara is blessed with a number of spectacular places to visit and makes your tour to Nepal worthwhile. To make sure that you don’t miss all these magnificent places, here is a list of 10 places to visit in Pokhara .

1. Phewa Lake

natural freshwater lake

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This lake is both a man-made and natural freshwater lake, it is also the most visited spot in Pokhara, Annapurna. This lake is the second largest lake in Nepal and many water activities like canoeing, boating, swimming, sailing, fishing, kayaking and bird watching are done here. There is a Barahi Temple which stands on an island in this lake is dedicated to the Varaha where devotees sacrifice birds and animals every Saturday.

Location: Kaski, Pokhara

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2. Davis fall

A pitch dark hole disappears in the caves.

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This stunning waterfall is just about 2 km away from the Pokhara airport. The major source of water of this waterfall is Phewa Lake. The name of this fall is derived from a very unfortunate incident where a woman drowned and was perished in the falls and her name was ‘Davi’. The mystery of this fall is what attracts the visitors the most as the water does not flow to a river or lagoon but into a pitch dark hole that disappears in the caves.

Location: Pokhara 33700, Nepal

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3. Old Bazaar

Traditional bazaa

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If you need a break shopping or just roaming around in Pokhara, then the old bazaar is the best place you can choose. This place is just 4km away from Phewa Lake and is like a traditional bazaar with a diverse range of traders. The Bindhyabasini Mandir, one of the most important shrines in Pokhara is located in this Bazaar.

Location: Ganeshman Sinha Maarga, Pokhara 33700, Nepal

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4. Jangchub Choeling Gompa

Jangchub Choeling Gompa

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This monastery is situated in the Tibetan refugee settlement in Pokhara and was built as a centre of Buddhist services and ceremonies. Dalai Lama has named this place and this beautiful structure has its own history to tell. Built-in a Tibetan style, the hall of this monastery is spectacular and is used for prayer rituals. The main highlight of this place is the 7-foot-long copper and gold plated Buddha statue which is surrounded by 1000 miniatures of Buddha.

Location: Baglung Rajmarg, Pokhara 33700

5. Shree Gaden Dhargay Ling Monastery

Shree Gaden Dhargay Ling Monastery

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Another monastery is located in the Tashi Ling Tibetan Camp in Pokhara. This place has a strong spiritual vibe. Tourists and visitors are allowed to sit for the long prayer which is a phenomenal experience. Long prayers are chanted by monks and the whole vibe of this place will lift your spirits and give you inner peace.

Location: Pokhara, Nepal

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6. Gupteshwar Mahadev Cave

Cave has a spiral staircase

This cave is near the Davis fall and has a spiral staircase that leads you to the entrance this cave. The naturally formed structure which resembles the Shiva Lingam is believed to be old houses of people. This magnificent cave was discovered by the locals in the 16th century and has great religious and tourist importance.

Location: Tashi Ling settlement, Chorepattan

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7. Pokhara Shanti Stupa

sparkling white dome

This pagoda is situated on top of the Phewa Tal. It is also known as the world peace pagoda. This sparkling white dome was built as a symbol of peace by some monks. The stupa has two tiers which are for tourists and religious people. There are many ways to reach this stupa like hiking, boating and walking through a jungle. The second tier has four Buddha statues that represent some important parts of Buddha’s life.

Location: Lumbini Sanskritik, 32914

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8. Sarangkot

adventurous sports around this place

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This city is one of the popular cities in Nepal and is a great tourist spot. Away from the city noise, this city is on the outskirts of Pokhara tourists places. Sarangkot is known for its amazing paragliding experience. There are many other adventurous sports around this place and it will keep you busy every waking minute.

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9. International Mountain Museum

this place is aesthetic

It is one of the most popular and known places in Pokhara. The natural beauty that surrounds this place is aesthetic and if you want to know more about the mountains and the history related to it then you must visit this museum. There are some great documentaries that you can view to gain deeper knowledge about the mountains.

Location: Pardi Bazaar, 33700

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10. Barahi Temple

vicinity of the Phewa Lake

This temple is settled in the vicinity of Phewa Lake and preached by many people. This place is always filled with religious people that have faith in deities and they also sometimes sacrifice birds and animals as an offering to God. The scenic beauty around this place is marvellous and you can hire a boat to travel to this place and also explore the wilderness around this lake.

Location: Phewa Lake

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Frequently Asked Questions About P laces To Visit in Pokhara

Which are the most beautiful places to visit in Pokhara?

Pokhara is gifted with a plethora of beautiful places to explore, making your trip to Nepal memorable. Some of the must-visit places in Pokhara include Phewa Lake, Davis Fall, Pokhara Shanti Stupa, Shree Gaden Dhargay Ling Monastery and International Mountain Museum.

Is it safe to visit Pokhara during Covid times?

Many countries are allowing tourists with certain guidelines. It is advisable to get fully vaccinated and carry your RT-PCR Covid negative test report taken 72 hours prior to departure. We recommend keeping yourself updated with the most current information and travel guidelines for any destination you plan to visit.

What is the best time to visit Pokhara?

The best time to visit Pokhara is between August to November, which is also the peak tourist season. The summer season typically lasts from May to August, with the weather improving as the autumn season approaches. This is an excellent time for budget travellers to visit Pokhara and have a splendid trip.

What can you do in Pokhara at night?

The city of lakes in Nepal is more than simply lakes, mountains, and other gorgeous landscapes. Pokhara is also the finest destination in Nepal to enjoy the nightlife. The city offers a vast number of pubs and clubs to ensure that both residents and visitors have a good time. Some of the best places to visit in Pokhara at night include All that Jazz, Busy Bee Cafe and Movie Garden.

Is it possible to see Mount Everest from Pokhara?

You may take a helicopter ride from Pokhara to see several Himalayan peaks in the Annapurna region or trek to several locations for Everest viewpoints, but you will not be able to see Mount Everest from Pokhara.

How many days are enough for Pokhara?

You should stay in Pokhara for at least 4-5 days to explore the city thoroughly, seeing all of the sights and resting for a few days. It will be jam-packed with things to do and places to visit, which will be well worth a memorable trip.

What is Pokhara famous for?

Pokhara, Nepal's most popular tourist destination, is known for its Himalayan range and lakes. Pokhara is also well-known for its adventure activities such as boating, trekking, rafting, canoeing, and bungee jumping.

Which city is more beautiful, Kathmandu or Pokhara?

Pokhara is situated amid beautiful green hills and is surrounded by snow-capped Himalayan peaks. The pace of the city is slower than that of Kathmandu, giving it a more relaxed atmosphere. Pokhara's major feature is Phewa Lake, a massive freshwater lake. Coffee shops, vibrant pubs, and foreign cuisines surround the lake's banks, drawing both travellers and residents.

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Discover the best places to visit in Pokhara! This Pokhara travel guide is everything you need to know before visiting Pokhara.

10 best places to visit in Pokhara Nepal

Pokhara is located on Lake Phewa Tal and overlooks the peaks of the Annapurna. Above the lake is a hill on which a stupa is built, a small Buddhist temple, called the Temple of World Peace, from which there are spectacular views of the city and the surrounding mountain ranges.

The city is on an important historical trade route between China and Tibet and India, after the Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1959 about 300,000 Tibetan refugees arrived in the Pokhara area, living in villages around the city to this day.

The invasion also blocked the important trade route that passed through the area.

The city is one of the country's tourist attractions, and a departure base for hikers for trekking in the nearby Nepalese Himalayas, such as the Annapurna Circuit, as well as for extreme sports activities such as rafting, skydiving, bungee jumping, and more.

The tourist area is called the Lake Side. You can find many hotels and hostels, cafes and western restaurants, shops selling trekking equipment, and travel agencies.

Pokhara was part of my solo trip to Nepal , and I visited Pokhara after my Annapurna circuit trek .

lake side pokhara nepal

How to get to Pokhara?

Pokhara has a small airport used for domestic flights and can be reached from Kathmandu Airport. There are several flights a day, operated by Royal Nepal Airlines Corporation and by a small number of private companies. The flight takes 20-40 minutes and costs $ 60-80.

As a central and touristy city, buses from all over the country come to Pokhara frequently. Most travelers reach Pokhara from Kathmandu by bus. The journey takes 6-8 hours. 

There are two types of buses that travel in Nepal:

Local Bus -  Usually an old, crowded, and slow bus, stopping in most villages on the way to pick up and drop off local passengers. 

In the local bus, there is no limit on the number of passengers, and if there is no space inside the bus some of the passengers sit on the roof (where the luggage is also located). 

An experience, but not comfortable. A local bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara costs 200-400 rupees.

It usually departs in the morning from Kathmandu Central Bus Station, located north of the city center, on the road that encircles the city. You can buy tickets at the station, but you should do it the day before the trip, so you can book a ticket online or you can do it at the travel agencies, where the price will be slightly higher due to the commission.

Tourist bus -  A relatively modern bus, used almost exclusively by tourists, convenient and direct with no stops for loading and unloading passengers, but only rest and refreshment stops.

You can choose between a bus with air conditioning (800 rupees) or without air conditioning (650 rupees). The buses without air conditioning are equipped with fans, and the ride in them is comfortable overall.

Please note: in the high season, the buses fill up quickly, so it is recommended to book a ticket at least two or three days in advance.

pokhara tourist bus

How to get around Pokhara?

The simplest and most convenient way to get around the Lake Side is to walk, as everything is close and accessible. To get to slightly more remote places the most accessible and convenient way is a taxi ride. Taxis in the city are numerous and available and the price is set in advance by bargaining.

However, keep in mind that Pokhara is very touristy, and therefore taxi prices are not cheap compared to the standard price level in Nepal.

A cheaper and more independent option is to rent a scooter or bicycle and go out with them to explore the area. Many agencies offer the service and even some hotels. Be sure to note that you are getting something in good condition and it is also advisable to photograph it so that they can not blame you later for the damage you did not cause.

It is important to know that the roads in and around the city are busy and in poor maintenance condition, so traveling by scooter or bicycle can be dangerous.

Top 10 places to visit in Pokhara

The world peace pagoda.

The World Peace Pagoda stands on Anadu Hill at 1100 meters and overlooks Lake Phewa and Pokhara. On clear days, the Annapurna ridge can be seen from it.

It is one of two Nepalese peace pagodas and 80 pagodas around the world built on the initiative and inspiration of a Japanese Buddhist monk who founded a new Buddhist sect after World War I. He began initiating and building the pagodas at the end of World War II in 1947.

The building here on the hill was not peaceful. The elements of the pagoda were laid in 1973.

The construction was done together with the local community, but the government did not approve of the construction.

The monks and some of the builders were arrested, and construction was dismantled.

The official reasoning was security considerations, but insiders say the building permits were simply not passed through the "conventional pipes." 20 years later, construction resumed, and the inauguration ceremony was held in 1999.

The stupa glows white. The paths leading to it cross a beautiful garden where colorful flowers are. The human landscape is even more fascinating.

pokhara world peace pagoda

The lake is nice overall, but it is quite polluted, so bathing in the lake is not an option.

Therefore, besides a nice walk along the promenade, a great option is to go for a short cruise. If you continue on the street from the main junction of the lakeside towards the lake, you will reach a stand where the boaters are.

You can rent a paddle or pedal boat (with a local cruise or on your own) for several hours and sail in the calm lake waters. Take a camera, water, and sunscreen.

Inside the lake, there is a small island with a modest and ancient Buddhist temple called Tal Barahi and it can be visited as part of the cruise.

pokhara lake

Paragliding

Extreme sports enthusiasts will be able to combine stunning scenery with adrenaline and descend from the Sarangkot to the Pokhara lookout using a paraglider. Many travel agencies offer parachuting with a guide from the village back to the city.

The falls occur several times a day, but the number of places is limited, and sometimes there is no place even a week ahead.

Therefore, it is highly recommended to book a place at one of the agencies upon your arrival in the city or you can book in advance online.

Paragliders in Pokhara

Bungee jumping and Zip-line

If skydiving is not enough, the adrenaline enthusiasts among you will also be able to find the thrill of bungee jumping and "sliding at the tops" ( long and high Zip-line between the trees).

The two attractions are done in the same place and their price is the same (about $ 80). If you want, you can do both on the same day.

Devi's Falls and Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave

Lake Phewa, on the shores of Pokhara, drains south through the Mardi Khola to Devi Falls and disappears underground.

The best time to visit them is during the monsoon season when the water flow is strong.

At any time of the year, entering the water is forbidden and dangerous. The complex is fenced and arranged for sitting and observing the waterfall, and the entrance costs 30 rupees for tourists. The falls are about two miles southwest of the airport, south of Lakeside, about a 10-minute taxi ride.

The back of the waterfall and the way the water makes its way through the ground can be seen in the Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave. It is a cave and inside it is a temple to the Hindu Shiva goddess. If you continue in the cave, after the temple, you reach a gorge into which the huge amounts of water from the Death Falls are poured.

To enter the cave, you need to cross the road from Devi Falls and enter the gate with a sign pointing to the cave through a small market of Buddhist and Hindu religious souvenirs and accessories.

The cave is bright and spacious in most of its parts, but the floor is wet, so take care with the plots. The entrance to the cave costs 100 rupees.

Both sites are open from six in the morning to six in the evening and are close to the World Peace Pagoda and the small Tibetan refugee village of Tashi Ling, so it is possible to combine a visit with all of them in one day.

DEVIS FALL POKHARA

Sarangkot at sunrise

Sarangkot was a small village on the slopes of Mount Sarangkot before it was annexed to be part of the Pokhara metropolis.

The place is popular for sunrise observations on the Annapurna ridge.

The drive from the lakeside area is about 20 minutes by taxi, and the round trip price should be about 1500 rupees. You can order a taxi from your hotel reception.

The place is crowded with people, and you should only get there if the forecast is for a clear morning.

Sarangkot at sunrise

Go trekking from pokhara

Pokhara is a major area for trekking, some known and familiar and some less so.

Among the treks:

Annapurna - In the Annapurna Reserve there are several main treks, you can choose the trek that suits you according to the time available to you:

Annapurna Circuit - the most comprehensive passes around the ridge and encompasses all forms of landscape. Accommodation in villages. Minimum duration - ten days.

Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) - This is a trek that starts at Phedi at the foot of the Annapurna ridge and continues to the foot of the Annapurna summit - the maximum height is 4,130 meters. The round trip lasts eight days. This trek is harder than the Annapurna Circuit.

Jomsom Trek - is part of the Annapurna Circuit Trek. This is the last part of the trek, and at the end is the village of 'Tatopani', where there are hot springs.

Poon hill trek - relatively short trek, 3-5 days. The route ascends from Pokhara towards Annapurna Base Camp and reaches the hot springs at Gino Dada, from where you climb to the Pon Hill ridge. It is a long, relatively difficult climb, and at the end, you reach a spectacular vantage point over the Annapurna.

The Royal Trek - is named after Prince Charles, who toured the area with his family in the early 1980s. A short trek, about three days, passes over Pokhara.

The trek passes through wooded areas and lakes, accommodation in villages, usually with locals at home.

Panchase Trek - A charming and not very touristy trek, starting about an hour's drive from Pokhara, climbing to the village of Panchase, from where there is a spectacular view of the Annapurna ridge. Accommodation in a guesthouse - one of the two in the village. You can spend several days in the villages. All around the trek, there are beautiful waterfalls and short hiking trails.

trekking in pokhara

Pokhara Museum

Pokhara Museum is a small museum dedicated to the history and culture of the Pokhara area.

It displays a collection of jewelry, musical instruments, traditional costumes, and photographs of the ethnic groups living in the Pokhara area, who may also meet on treks in the area.

Lake Begnas Tal

This beautiful and peaceful lake, which is about 10 km from Pokhara, has in recent years become a must-stop for those looking to escape here for a few days of quiet. Apart from its beauty, you can also bathe in the lake. You can also rent a boat (325 rupees per hour or 700 for three hours) and go on a pleasant cruise on the lake - remember to bring enough water because during the day it is hot.

You can get here for a few hours' visit, but most backpackers choose to stay here for at least a night or two. The lake is relatively large and is surrounded by many villages.

A perfect place to spend two to three days for those looking for a resting place after the trekking.

lake begnas pokhara

Tibetan Village Tashi Palkhel

There are four villages in the Pokhara area where Tibetan refugees live. The largest and most interesting village in them is Tashi Falkel. At the entrance to the village stands a line of Tibetan women, offering for sale handicrafts and jewelry.

About a hundred monks live in the colorful Jangchub Choeling Gompa Monastery, located in the center of the village. During January-February, on Tibetan New Year (Losar), celebrations take place in the village, during which the monks wear colorful masks and go out dancing.

The village is located a few kilometers north of the city. You can take a taxi from anywhere at about 350-600 rupees or a local and cheap bus from the bus station, which is two kilometers north of the city center and is called Baglung Bus Park.

Where to eat in Pokhara?

The Juicery Cafe - A cool place for breakfast on the shores of the lake that will make you forget for a moment that you are in Nepal

Be happy restaurant - A cute local restaurant presented a wide variety of dishes at particularly affordable prices.

Or2k - Just like their restaurant in Kathmandu, a Mediterranean restaurant, with stunning views and a relaxed atmosphere of freedom, you can sit here for hours and enjoy the atmosphere

Lemon Tree - One of the restaurants I enjoyed the most. It is located on the main street of the Lakeside area and is spread over three floors. Pleasantly, decorated, delicate lighting, and a vantage point for passers-by on the street. During the Annapurna Circuit Trek, I learned to like the local Dal Baht dish. So I decided to order it at this restaurant as well, and it was excellent!

Where to stay in Pokhara?

Pokhara, the second-largest city in Nepal, located west of Kathmandu, feels like a resort town for tired trekkers.

The lakeside is for the most part the street along the lake and the alleys and streets that branch off from it.

The whole area is full of guesthouses, restaurants, pubs, bars, agencies, bakeries, trekking and hiking equipment stores, ATMs, and supermarkets.

The lakeside is like the Thamel in Kathmandu but more spacious, quiet, and peaceful without the chaos.

Kiwi Backpackers Hostel - Great hostel in Pokhara. easy to meet people for and after trekking. Beautiful views from the rooftop, which also has a bar and hammocks.

Pokhara Backpackers Hostel - Another great hostel to stay. Comfy beds, hot shower, good wifi and amazing value for money.

Hotel Middle Path & Spa - The place is clean, the staff is welcoming, very cozy, central and quiet location, with a nice pool and a beautiful lake view.

Bar Peepal Resort - A little more expensive but an excellent hotel with an outdoor swimming pool and a fitness center. located away from hustle but walking distance to main market and attractions.

Last thoughts about the best places to visit in Pokhara

Pokhara is a charming combination of nature and an Asian city, of local colors with western comfort, bustle, and serenity.

Pokhara is a good place to shed the haste of the West and its worries and begin to get used to the ease of the East. Pokhara is a great place to start or end a trek in the Annapurna Reserve.

Pokhara is a good place to wander leisurely across the promenade by the lake, and a place to go for a day trip to the city sites.

pokhara sunrise view

I hope this blog about the places to visit in Pokhara will make you want to fly there to taste it, touch it and smell it, and will inspire you to visit Pokhara soon as possible.

Thanks for reading!

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A Complete Travel Guide to Pokhara, Nepal: All You Need To Know

A Complete Travel Guide to Pokhara, Nepal: All You Need To Know

The start of a great adventure.

You travelled to Nepal for adventure, right?

Well, Pokhara might just be where it really starts.

Kathmandu is fascinating but Pokhara is lovely . Kathmandu is where to go as a tourist. Pokhara is where to stay .

You can easily laze the days away in Pokhara by eating amazing food and enjoying the lake and mountain views .

Break it up by going on beautiful half-day trips.

Or use the city as a base for more remote treks into the Himalayas – and beyond.

Pokhara was our favourite city in Nepal and we ended up staying a few more days than intended.

Let this travel guide show you why and how you can get the most out of your stay.

Where to stay in Pokhara:

  • Luxury: The Pavilions Himalayas – Probably the best place to stay in Pokhara.
  • Value for money: Three Jewels Boutique Hotel – Comfortable rooms at great value.
  • Budget: Sacred Valley Inn – Cheap but without private bathrooms.

Search for the best value accommodation in Pokhara here .

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Why visit Pokhara

What to do in pokhara, where to stay in pokhara, where to eat in pokhara, how to get around in pokhara, how to get to pokhara, when to visit pokhara, our best tips for visiting pokhara.

At first glance, it may seem counterintuitive to travel to Pokhara from Kathmandu.

If all you intend to do in Nepal is to catch a glimpse of Mount Everest and then head back to safety, then yes, Pokhara is in the wrong direction.

But if you want to experience authentic Nepalese culture and feel like you’re on vacation at the same time, Pokhara is exactly the place to be.

The treks in this part of the country are outstanding. Many are beginner-friendly , but experts won’t be disappointed, either.

Pokhara city by Phewa Lake

Lakeside tourism

Comfort is key to Pokhara’s success.

The Lakeside district is more or less made for tourism and for some reason it’s not awful . It’s great, actually.

Heavily touristed areas in countries that depend on tourism have a general tendency to be filled with annoying touts, scammers and loud, obnoxious offerings.

Pokhara is not like that.

Pokhara is a quaint town on the edge of a lake where you can chill out after an amazing trek while planning your next one.

Or don’t trek and just enjoy life slowly .

Relax by the lake, join a yoga class, shop for handicrafts and eat great foods.

Either way, Pokhara might be just what you needed.

Boats on Lake Phewa in Pokhara

Pokhara is located around 200 kilometres west of Kathmandu.

The city of Pokhara is situated a little lower than the capital with the elevation of the popular Phewa Lake being only about 800 metres above sea level .

In comparison, the average elevation of Kathmandu is about 1,400 metres above sea level.

Lakeside is where most tourists spend the majority of their time in Pokhara.

You don’t have to “do” anything in Pokhara, but there are plenty of options if you wish to get active and try something new.

Trekking in the nearby hills and mountains are obviously a huge drawcard for Pokhara. We went on the Panchase Trek and to Mardi Himal Basecamp .

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Catch stunning mountain views

  • On clear days it’s possible to watch the Annapurna range of the Himalayas from Pokhara if you have a good vantage point. We could see the peaks of the humongous mountains from our hotel’s roof.
  • The views from the World Peace Pagoda are even better. Going here by sailing across the lake and hiking up is a popular option but you can also drive all the way.
  • Sarangkot is nearby and offers one of the most spectacular sunrises you’ll ever see.
  • You won’t get a better vantage point than by paragliding . Tours are safe and readily available.

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The lake is the focal point of Pokhara for most tourists. Boats line up perfectly for photographs and it’s pretty easy to hire one to sail around the calm waters .

Tal Barahi Temple is located on a small island close to shore and is worth a visit.

People sailing on Phewa Lake in Pokhara, Nepal

Explore nearby caves

Check out Gupteshwar Mahadev , Bat Cave and Mahendra Cave for some spelunking action.

Get an adrenaline rush

If you’re into that kind of thing, it’s possible to go white water rafting , zip-lining or bungee jumping near Pokhara.

Your hotel or tour offices will be glad to assist you with booking.

Paragliding in Pokhara, Nepal

Visit a museum

The International Mountain Museum for mountaineering achievements and The Gurkha Museum for British/Nepali military history.

  • Options for local shopping are plentiful on Lakeside Road.
  • Watch a classic film at The Movie Garden under the stars.
  • Take a break by getting a massage from Seeing Hands .
  • Relax even more by taking a yoga or meditation class . Or consider going on an extended retreat or become a teacher yourself with teacher training.

Read our guide to The 12 Best Things to Do in Pokhara, Nepal (That Isn’t Trekking) .

The 12 Best Things to Do in Pokhara, Nepal (That Isn’t Trekking)

Most people will find it convenient to stay in or near Lakeside as this is where most shops, restaurants and tour offices are located.

Air conditioning shouldn’t be needed unless you visit Pokhara in the summer.

There are a lot of guesthouses in Pokhara and new ones spring up all the time.

The best ones tend to get booked early for the high seasons of autumn and spring, though. But it should always be possible to get a room somewhere if you just show up.

Search for the best value accommodation in Pokhara here (adlink) .

The Pavilions Himalayas

The Pavilions Himalayas is located in picture-perfect settings among layered rice terraces.

From the looks of it, it’s the most luxurious place to stay in Pokhara.

Each house comes with a private day bed and amazing views. The infinity pool is stunning, too.

Check prices and availability at The Pavilions Himalayas (adlink) .

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Value for money

Three jewels boutique hotel.

Three Jewels Boutique Hotel offers a basic but comfortable place to stay in Pokhara at an unbeatable price .

It’s clean, has a beautiful garden and is located perfectly near to the lake and all of the activities.

Check prices and availability at Three Jewels Boutique Hotel (adlink) .

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Sacred Valley Inn

If Three Jewels is fully booked or you just want something even cheaper , Sacred Valley Inn might be it.

Here it’s possible to save money by not having your own private bathroom , although ensuite rooms are available, too.

People rave about the high level of service (organise treks, do laundry, arrange transport etc.) and we really like the look of all the surrounding greenery .

The rooms are spacious and there’s a big rooftop area.

Check prices and availability at Sacred Valley Inn (adlink) .

Sacred Valley Inn

Eating in Pokhara is a delight.

The restaurants and cafés in this city are great and we feasted on everything from Nepali food, Indian masala dosas and Middle Eastern falafels to vegan buddha bowls, smoothie bowls and raw desserts.

We can recommend visiting:

  • am/pm organic cafe for smoothie bowls and coffee.
  • Umbrella Cafe for their huge vegetarian and vegan-friendly menu.
  • Little Windows for tasty quality foods.
  • The Juicery Cafe for lake views and cold-pressed juices.
  • Ayurvedico Cafe for their delicious cakes.
  • OR2K for Middle Eastern food.
  • Marwadi Restaurant for Indian food and masala dosa.

Read our vegan eating guide to Pokhara with the best restaurants and cafes .

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You can easily walk around Pokhara if you’re staying by the lakeside.

There are broad sidewalks on Lakeside Road and the quieter side roads feel safe.

Hiring a motorbike

If you feel comfortable driving yourself in Nepal, it’s possible to hire a scooter or motorbike in Pokhara.

If you wish to visit Sarangkot or the World Peace Pagoda, make sure to ask the rental place if the engine is strong enough as the roads are quite steep.

Grabbing a taxi

Taking a taxi is generally quicker and more comfortable than a bus if you’re going outside of town.

Make sure to negotiate the fare – the better the car, the higher the price.

places to visit pokhara nepal

Pokhara doesn’t have an international airport (yet), so you need to touch ground in Kathmandu first if you’re travelling to Pokhara from outside Nepal.

Driving can take anywhere from 6 to 9 hours , depending on the traffic conditions.

From Kathmandu to Pokhara, we whizzed by and the trip only took 7 hours.

On the way back, we got stuck in a traffic jam going into Kathmandu and the trip was much closer to 10 hours.

Bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara

Taking the bus is the cheapest and most popular option for reaching Pokhara from Kathmandu.

  • Tourist buses cost around 7 USD / 6 EUR and usually have air conditioning. If you’re travelling in high season (autumn or spring), it can be a good idea to buy a ticket in advance.Most tourist buses leave Kathmandu from Kantipath Road just north of Thamel early in the morning. This is the option we chose.
  • Greenline Bus is a more luxurious bus option at around 25 USD / 22 EUR with an indoor waiting room, buffet lunch and included travel insurance.
  • Public buses are the cheapest way to get from Kathmandu to Pokhara at around 4 USD / 3.5 EUR. If you don’t get a seat on one of the tourist buses, you can go with a public bus later in the day. But be prepared for a less comfortable journey.

The tourist bus stopped halfway for a lunch break where the obvious choice is a buffet with dal bhat. It was actually really good. The “toilet” facilities weren’t though… Remember to bring your own toilet paper.

Tourist buses in Pokhara

Private transport

If hiring private transport, you’ll drive the same road to Pokhara as the big busses so it won’t be much quicker.

The advantage might be that you can squeeze in between traffic that the bigger busses can’t and take breaks when you need to.

Private cars are around 150 USD / 133 EUR (up to four passengers) and jeeps with room for a few more people run about 250 USD / 222 EUR per one-way trip.

It is possible to fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara.

Flights leave from Tribhuvan Airport and the trip only takes around 30 minutes .

Prices generally hover around 100-150 USD / 89-133 EUR but can vary greatly.

Be aware that flights are often delayed by weather conditions.

Search for the cheapest flights on Momondo (adlink) .

When to visit Pokhara is very much dependent on your desire to go trekking.

Summertime in Pokhara is rainy and winters are very dry.

Autumn and spring are the most popular times to visit Pokhara but consider winter as well. Especially if you don’t need to go up high in the Himalayas.

Average min and max temperatures in Pokhara, Nepal

Summer monsoon (June, July, August)

80% of the yearly rainfall falls in the monsoon season between June and September. So remember to bring a raincoat!

Foliage is very green, and if you don’t intend to trek a lot there might be great reasons to visit Pokhara in summer.

It’s hot and you can get great deals on accommodation.

Autumn (September, October, November)

The autumn months are the most popular time to visit Pokhara (and Nepal in general). And for a good reason.

Trekking conditions are optimal for most treks with mild temperatures, dry conditions and clear mountain views.

We visited Nepal in early October and experienced little rain ourselves and loved the mild climate.

Winter (December, January, February)

If you want fewer people on the trails , the winter months are supposedly amazing.

Just bring some extra layers if you intend to go up high as temperatures quickly drop below freezing.

Maximum temperatures in Pokhara can still reach 20°C in winter.

Spring (March, April, May)

With average temperatures going up and the snow melting from the high trails, spring is the second most popular season to visit Nepal and Pokhara (after autumn).

Rhododendrons are blooming making the trails super beautiful at this time of year.

Restaurant in Pokhara

  • The electrical outlets in Nepal generally feature two or three round prongs, fitting most European appliances. The standard voltage is 230 volts and 50Hz. We always travel with a universal power adapter (adlink) .
  • How long to stay in Pokhara really depends on your travel tempo. We really loved the city and decided to stay longer than we intended. Spend at least two days here and more if you use it as a base to some awesome treks in the area. If you’re a digital nomad looking for a temporary home in Nepal, Pokhara is a great bet.
  • Pokhara is beautiful. Make sure to bring a good camera ! Here’s our guide to lightweight photography gear for high-quality travel content .
  • Wifi in Pokhara is widely available. Most hotels and restaurants are connected but it’s not super fast. If you need to stay connected while on the road, consider buying a local SIM card with data.
  • Credit cards are mostly used at upscale places, so you’ll need to carry cash for restaurants, shops and services. You’ll seldom be far away from an ATM and/or a place to exchange money.
  • Pokhara sometimes experiences power outages/blackouts . Most hotels have backup generators but it’s worth planning to charge both the camera and phone when the power is on.
  • The tap water in Pokhara is not drinkable . It’s fine for showering or brushing your teeth but for drinking water, you can bring your own water filtration system (adlink) or buy filtered water. If you go for the latter, we recommend you have a refillable bottle (adlink) and then buy the biggest water containers (to save on the plastic).
  • Respect the local culture and remember to be respectful when photographing people , especially people in the mountain villages and around places of worship.
  • Don’t support animal exploitation . You can also go vegan (it’s really easy in Nepal). Start by visiting some of these amazing restaurants and cafes with vegan options .

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Thanks for reading

Thanks for getting all the way to the end!

We hope this Pokhara guide has been useful.

What do you think about Pokhara?

If you’ve visited already, it would be awesome to hear your best tips in the comments.

If you haven’t been yet, please don’t hesitate to ask us anything! We’re glad to help.

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Wonderful & very informative blog. Thanks for sharing such a informative and useful travel post. Thank you for such detailed description of the destination. Good you explained everything in detail it has been a great help. Excellent Explanation.

Nice to see how Pokara is now. I traveled in 1976 -1977 by our own self made camper from The Netherlands to Azië and visited Pokhara .We went by feet to Sarangkot and there was no car road then. We were there alone and sleep there in our tiny tent. We left our car by the lake. Where we stayed a few days. i was 23 years then. now I am 70.

That’s amazing Willeke, thanks so much for sharing! Pokhara has certainly changed a lot since then – but it still has that special Nepalese charm.

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Pokhara’s tranquil beauty has been the subject of inspiration for many travel writers. Its pristine air, spectacular backdrop of snowy peaks, blue lakes and surrounding greenery make it ‘the jewel in the Himalaya’, a place of remarkable natural disposition. With the magnificent Annapurna range forming the backdrop and the serenity of the Cluster of 9 Lakes with three major ones - Phewa, Rupa and Begnas – Pokhara is a great destination for a weekend getaway as well as a long relaxing holiday. Pokhara Valley, gateway to the Annapurna region where many a trekker finds his Shangri-la, sits high on the list of ‘must visit’ places in Nepal.

Pokhara once lay on the important trade route between India and Tibet. To this day, mule trains set up camps on the city outskirts, bringing goods from remote Himalayan regions including Mustang. Gurungs and Magars, who have earned world-wide fame as fierce Gurkha warriors, are predominant here. Thakalis, indigenous of the Thak Khola region of Mustang , are known for their entrepreneurship and run tea houses along the trek routes in the Annapurna region . The Pokhara is best known for the stunning view of the Annapurna range. It is perhaps one of the few places on earth from where mountains above 6,000 m can be seen unobstructed from an altitude of 800 m within the distance of 28 km. 

Many find Machhapuchhre's razor-edged "Fish Tail" peak piercing the skyline or reflected in the still waters of Phewa Lake to be their most lasting impression of Nepal. Pokhara Valley has in recent years grown as a destination for adventure sports such as paragliding and ultra-light aircraft flights. And with boating, bird watching, trekking and mountain biking as other attractions, Pokhara has it all. 

Pokhara is warmer than Kathmandu. Summers are warm and humid while winters are mild and pleasant. 

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One can fly directly into Pokhara from Kathmandu. One can also take a bus or drive to Pokhara from the border towns. Accommodation in Pokhara ranges from luxurious world-class hotels and resorts that provide modern services and amenities to comfortable lodges with basic amenities.

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20 Places to Visit in Pokhara: Best Tourist Places around Lakeside

Hayden Rue

  • March 16, 2023

So you want to visit the adventure capital of Nepal? Pokhara, nestled in the heart of the Himalayas, is a picturesque city for thrill-seekers and nature enthusiasts alike. From paragliding over the mountains to exploring hidden caves, Pokhara has something for every type of traveler. So pack the bags and prepare for an unforgettable journey, as we explore the top places to visit in Pokhara. Where the adventure never ends!

Check out my Pokhara Travel Guide , for everything you need to know about the city of lakes in Nepal!

Top 20 Places to visit in Lakeside, Pokhara:

With numerous attractions and activities, it can be overwhelming for first-time visitors to decide what to see and do in Pokhara. Therefore, I have compiled a list of the top 20 places to visit in Pokhara, covering everything from religious sites and cultural landmarks to natural wonders and adventurous activities.

Let’s dive right into the list of best places to visit around Lakeside Pokhara!

1. Dam Side Park

Dam Side Park, reflection of Himalayas in the lake

Dam Side park is on the south part of Phewa Lake and provides magnificent views of the mountains to the north. During the clear months, you can see a panoramic view and reflection of the Himalayas in the water. The lake is surrounded by lush green hills, making it an ideal spot for relaxation and contemplation. Additionally, Phewa Lake is surrounded by countless restaurants, shops, and hotels, which offer a great way to spend a day.

Of course Fewa lake is the main attraction of the city, but I recommend visitors to enjoy it from a quiet and secluded park, even just for a picture or two!

2. Peace Pagoda:

Peace Pagoda, shanti stupa in Pokhara

The World Peace Pagoda at Lakeside , also known as Shanti Stupa, is a Buddhist monument located on a hill overlooking Fewa Lake below. It is a must-visit destination for those interested in Buddhism and world peace. The Japanese monk Nichidatsu Fujii built these pagodas around the world to promote world peace and understanding among all people and religions.

The World Peace Pagoda is known for its stunning architecture and impressive Himalayas and Pokhara city views. The pagoda is a large white dome-shaped structure atop the hill overlooking Phewa Lake below. It offers a panoramic view of the surrounding landscape, stretching from the mountains to the north to the international airport to the east. Visitors can climb to the top of the pagoda and admire the views while enjoying the peaceful atmosphere.

One of the best ways to reach the Peace Pagoda is by boat and then a short hour-long hike. See my blog covering the Peace Pagoda and Shiva Statue hike !

3. Shiva Statue:

Shiva Statue in Pumdikot Pokhara

After visiting the Peace Pagoda, turn your gaze further up the hill. This is where the iconic Shiva Statue in Pumdikot is. Impressive for its size and intricate design, the statue is one of the largest in Nepal, standing at around 51 feet tall. However, the entire temple stands at an impressive 108 feet. Depicting Lord Shiva in a meditative pose, holding a trident, and surrounded by 108 shiva lingas, the statue is beautifully crafted and stands out as a grand and impressive sight.

The Lord Shiva statue was finished in late 2021, and provides a 360-degree view of the Pokhara valley below and picturesque views of the Annapurna Range, Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, and Manaslu.

4. Begnas Lake:

Begnas-lake-in-Pokhara

Begnas Lake is another popular destination for its serene atmosphere and beautiful surroundings. The lake is located in a peaceful and remote area and is a great spot for relaxing next to the lake’s shores. Visitors can take a boat ride on the lake, swim, or enjoy the beautiful scenery. Finally, Begnas lake is also a great spot for sunset viewing.

5. Rupa Lake:

Rupa-lake-in-Pokhara

Rupa Lake is known for its crystal-clear waters and peaceful atmosphere. Visitors can take a leisurely boat ride on the lake. All while enjoying the stunning views of the mountains and the lush green forests. Additionally, the lake is a great location for animal lovers, as it is more peaceful than the other lakes!

It is home to various fish species, including carp and tilapia, making it a popular destination for fishing. The lake is also a migratory bird habitat home to different bird species, including kingfishers, herons, and egrets.

6. Sarangkot:

Sarangkot sunrise in Pokhara

Sarangkot is a hilltop village and popular tourist destination known for its stunning panoramic views of the Himalayas and Pokhara valley. 

Located at an elevation of approximately 1,592 meters, one can take in the crystal clear views of the Annapurna range, including the famous peaks of Annapurna South and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail). Visitors can also enjoy the beautiful scenery of Pokhara valley and Fewa lake. The views are particularly stunning during sunrise and sunset, making it a popular spot for photography.

Another reason to visit Sarangkot is for the adventurous activities it offers. Sarangkot is a popular spot for paragliding in Pokhara and allows visitors to fly over the city and lake to get a bird’s eye view of Pokhara. 

To visit Sarangkot, it used to require a 30-minute taxi ride from Lakeside. Luckily, in 2022 the Annapurna Cable car was finished, allowing visitors to reach the viewpoint in under 10 minutes!

7. Devis Falls:

devis falls in Pokhara

Devi’s Fall, also known as Patale Chhango, is known for its natural beauty and peaceful atmosphere. It is a waterfall formed by the Pardi Khola stream and drops into a deep gorge, creating a spectacular sight. The sound of the water creates a soothing atmosphere. The waterfall is also considered a sacred site by the locals and is believed to have healing powers.

According to local legend, the waterfall was named after a swiss woman named Devi, who is said to have been swimming with her husband and drowned. 

Finally, Devis falls is an attraction that thousands of Nepalis and tourists visit for recreation and enjoyment each year. Visitors can try their luck on the luck pond constructed, thereby throwing and placing the coin on the statue of God. Likewise, one can find a model of a traditional Nepali house and a series of sculptures of Nepali people wearing traditional dresses where visitors can take photos.

8. Gupteshwor cave:

Entrance and staircase to the Gupteshwor cave

One of the three main caves in Pokhara , the cave is located just a few kilometers from the city center, it’s a sacred cave that houses a beautiful temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Visitors must climb down steep stairs to enter Gupteshwor Cave , adorned with intricate rock formations and natural sculptures.

The highlight of the cave is a sacred waterfall that flows from a small opening in the roof, creating a mystical atmosphere. It’s a must-visit attraction for those who appreciate natural wonders and cultural landmarks.

9. Chamero Cave:

Bat cave in Pokhara entrance gate

The Bat Cave in Pokhara is a popular tourist destination located on the hillside of Batulechaur, just a short distance from the city center. It’s a natural cave home to a large population of bats, and visitors can witness the nocturnal creatures in their natural habitat. The cave is also adorned with stunning rock formations and natural sculptures, and visitors can explore the various chambers and tunnels. It’s a unique experience for nature lovers and those who appreciate the beauty of natural wonders.

10. Mahendra Gufa:

Entrance to Mahendra Cave in Pokhara

Mahendra Gufa, also known as Mahendra Cave , is a natural limestone cave in Pokhara, Nepal. It’s named after the late king of Nepal, Mahendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev, who discovered the cave in the 1950s. The cave is popular for its stunning rock formations, stalactites, and stalagmites, and visitors can explore the various chambers and tunnels. It’s also home to a colony of bats, adding to the mystical atmosphere of the cave. It’s a must-visit attraction for those who appreciate natural wonders and geological formations.

11. Bindabasini Temple:

Bindabasini Temple in Pokhara, places to vist in pokhara

Bindabasini Temple , a Hindu temple dedicated to the goddess Bhagwati, considered an incarnation of the Hindu goddess Durga is located on a hilltop in the heart of Pokhara.

Offering beautiful views of the city and the Annapurna mountain range, the temple is considered sacred by both Hindus and Buddhists and is visited by thousands of devotees every year. The temple complex houses several smaller shrines and statues, including one of the goddesses, Bhagwati, which is said to be over 200 years old. The temple also has an interesting history. It is believed that a local king built the temple in the 18th century, and it is also said that the temple was created to honor a vow made by the king’s wife.

12. Tibetan Refugee Camp:

Tibetan Refugee Camp in Chorrepatan Pokhara

The Tibetan Refugee Camp in Chhorepatan, offers visitors a glimpse into the rich culture and history of Tibet and the Tibetan people. The camp is home to a community of Tibetan refugees who fled their homeland following the Chinese occupation of Tibet in the 1950s. Visitors can learn about these refugees’ struggles and experiences and understand the political and human rights issues they continue to face.

Visitors can explore the camp’s small market, which sells traditional Tibetan handicrafts, textiles, and other goods. Alongside the markets, you can eat the best Tibetan food available in Pokhara at Little Tibet Cafe ! While enjoying the peaceful environment and viewing the mountains to the north, you can enjoy famous Tibetan dishes like keema noodles, ting momos, and shafaley.

After eating to your heart’s content, check out the Tibetan history museum and the Tibetan rug showroom.

13. Pema Dechenling Buddhist Monastery:

Buddha statue at Pema Dechenling Monastery in Pokhara

Pema Dechenling Buddhist Monastery is a beautiful and peaceful place that offers visitors a chance to escape the city’s hustle and bustle and experience tranquility. 

Nestled on the hillside overlooking the lakeside, the tranquil Buddhist Monastery can be easily hiked to from the bustling streets of Pokhara’s Lakeside. As you ascend the rock steps, the noise of the city disappears behind the branches and leaves of the jungle. Pema Dechenling Buddhist Monastery is not just a secluded gumba where monks can practice a simple life outside the city. They also have opened their doors to tourists and locals for meditation and yoga classes. 

With its own guesthouse, travelers from around the world make this monastery their home for a few days as they calm the soul and get back in touch with the true meaning of life. The monastery also has a small cafe where tourists can enjoy tea while enjoying the lake’s views.

14. International Mountain Museum

Grounds at the International Museum in Pokhara

The International Mountain Museum in Pokhara is a great place to visit as it is a unique and informative museum that offers visitors an in-depth look at the mountains’ history, culture, and science. The museum has several exhibits that showcase the natural beauty and diversity of the mountains and the challenges and opportunities they present to the people who live in and around them. The museum covers mountain ranges worldwide, and visitors can learn about the mountain’s history, geology, flora and fauna, culture, and adventure.

Located away from the main parts of the city, the museum is a peaceful place to take in the views of the mountains to the north. The complex is large and great for picnics, rock climbing, or just enjoying the gardens around the museum.

15. Tal Barahi Temple:

Tal Barahi Temple in Pokhara

The Tal Barahi Temple, also called the Lake Temple or Barahi Temple, is an important Hindu religious site on a small island in the Phewa Lake of Pokhara, Nepal. This temple is dedicated to the goddess Barahi and is considered Pokhara’s most important religious monument. Due to its location on an island in Fewa Lake, visitors can only access it by boat.

The temple represents the manifestation of Ajima, symbolizing the female force in Hinduism. Devotees often make pilgrimages to the temple during the Nepalese months of Baisakh (April-May) and Kartik (November-December).

It is also a great location to see the Barahi Aarti every night at dusk. It is a powerful and interesting religious ceremony to pay homage and prayers to the temple, and the lake.

16. Movie Garden:

Movie Garden at Lakeside Pokhara

The Movie Garden in Pokhara is a British/Nepali collaboration, offering a unique experience showcasing the greatest films of the past 50 years. It is set in a hidden location at the edge of the jungle, surrounded by bamboo with a stunning view of Fewa Lake.

The half-covered and half-open-air seating allows for year-round enjoyment, rain or shine. Visitors can relax before the film starts by enjoying pizza and drinks. It is a great place to catch a movie and enjoy an evening around Lakeside! It is also one of three movie theaters in Pokhara .

17. Annapurna Natural History Museum:

places to visit in pokhara, Annapurna Natural History Museum

The Annapurna Natural History Museum in Pokhara is a must-visit destination for those interested in the diverse flora and fauna of the Annapurna region. The museum showcases various specimens of butterflies, insects, birds, and animals found in the region, as well as the geological and cultural history of the area. It also features exhibits on local medicinal plants and herbs and an impressive collection of fossils. Visitors can learn about the region’s natural beauty and its importance to the world’s biodiversity.

18. Gorkha Memorial Museum:

places to visit in pokhara, Gorkha Memorial Museum

The museum focuses on the history of the British Army and the Indian Army from the past to the present day. It features numerous photographs showcasing the various campaigns they have participated in and their regimental life. The three-story galleries come alive with sound and colored light, while displays include uniforms, equipment, and medals. Visitors can also view details of the Gurkha Victoria Cross winners, the highest bravery medal, and their citations.

19. Basundhara Park:

Basundhara Park overlooking the lake and boats

The park is on the north shores of Fewa Lake. Basundhara Park is a popular attraction among locals and is a quiet getaway from the main parts of Lakeside. The park offers a tranquil environment for locals and visitors to indulge in activities such as boating and fishing. Visitors can rent boats, play volleyball, visit the rock art garden, or relax in the peaceful park.

20. Jangchub Choeling Monastery

Jangchub Choeling Monastery in Pokhara

Founded by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama in 1967 and supervised by Lama Dupsing Rinpoche, the Jangchub Choeling Monastery is renowned and historic in Pokhara. Originally accommodating only 35 monks, it has since grown to house hundreds of monks and holds numerous Kagyu and Tengyur scriptures. As an educational institution, the monastery offers information on philosophy, poetry, grammar, and more. Visitors can admire the intricate wall designs and artwork, making it a fascinating tourist attraction in Pokhara.

Key Takeaways: 20 Best places to visit in Pokhara

Pokhara is an absolutely beautiful tourist destination in Nepal. With it being the gateway to the Annapurnas and considered by many to be the tourist capital of Nepal, there is something for everyone. 

Whether you are looking for adventure or just relaxing at Lakeside, this list of the best places to visit in Pokhara will give you something to do and enjoy your stay in Pokhara, Nepal.

FAQs: Best places to visit in Pokhara, Nepal

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions about the top places to see and visit in Pokhara Nepal.

The beautiful places to visit in Pokhara are Fewa Lake, Dam Side Park, Peace Pagoda, Shiva Statue Pumdikot, Begnas Lake, Rupa Lake, Sarangkot, Devis Falls, Gupteshwor cave, Chamero Cave, Mahendra Gufa, Bindabasini Temple, Tibetan refugee camp, Pema Dechenling Buddhist Monastery, Mountain Museum, Tal Barahi Temple, Movie Garden, Annapurna Natural History Museum, Gorkha Memorial Museum, Basundhara Park, Jangchub Choeling Monastery.

Pokhara is a top tourist destination in Nepal, renowned for its stunning Himalayan range and beautiful lakes. Visitors flock to the valley for outdoor activities such as boating, trekking, paragliding, ziplining, and extreme sports like rafting, canoeing, and bungee jumping.

Two days in Pokhara is more than enough while visiting. You will have enough time to engage in adventure activities, hike, see museums, and relax along the lakeside.

Pokhara’s stunning allure has captured the attention of numerous travel writers. The location’s pure air, the breathtaking vista of the snow-covered Annapurna Range, and the tranquil Phewa, Begnas, and Rupa Lakes have earned this destination the title of ‘the Jewel of the Himalaya.’

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Top 11 Places to Visit in Pokhara

Home to some of the highest mountains in the world and a number of beautiful lakes and rivers, Nepal is the best example of geographical diversity. Being the country of contrasts that it is, you can also find several different cultures, traditions, languages, and beliefs here, co-existing in harmony. Nepal is famous as the ultimate outdoor sports destination, which makes it a true paradise for thrill seekers. But this does not mean that the country doesn’t cater to travellers with interests other than adventure sports. This is a place that is equally popular among nature admirers, history buffs, spiritual travellers and adventure lovers. Nepal has a plethora of tourist destinations, and Pokhara is unarguably among the most popular ones.

Blessed with spellbinding natural beauty, Pokhara is the second largest city in the country. Situated at an altitude of 827 meters above sea level, this place offers some truly spectacular views of its surrounding mountain ranges. With a spectacular backdrop of the towering peaks of the Annapurna Mountain Range, Pokhara is also famous as the gateway to some very popular treks in Nepal. No matter how long your trip to Nepal is, it always remains incomplete without a visit to the mesmerising Pokhara Valley.

Let’s dive deeper and discuss what you need to know about planning a trip to Pokhara:

When to Visit

Pokhara is an all-year-round destination as this place has different things to offer in different seasons. However, the best time to visit Pokhara is from March to April and September to November. During these months, temperatures remain just perfect for sightseeing, trekking, and other outdoor activities. Since this is the peak season for tourism, one can also plan a trip at some other point in time and avoid the crowd. However, it is better to avoid visiting this place during the monsoon season as Pokhara receives heavy rainfall at that time.

Places to Visit in Pokhara

Places to Visit in Pokhara

Here is a list of some of the most popular places to visit in Pokhara:

1. Phewa Lake

Phewa Lake is the second largest lake in Nepal and is very popular among tourists coming to Pokhara. It is a semi-natural freshwater lake that is surrounded by Rani Ban. Here, one can see the stunning reflection of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges in the crystal clear water of the lake. Hiring a traditional boat called a doonga and sailing through the lake is definitely the best way to admire the natural beauty of this place.

Another nearby attraction for people visiting this lake is the Tal Barahi Temple. Also known as the Lake Temple or Barahi Temple, this is one of the most important religious places for Hindus in Nepal. Built in 1864 by Kaskeli King Kulmandan Singh, this temple is dedicated to the goddess Durga (known as goddess Varahi in Nepal).

2. Davis/Devis Falls

Located at a distance of 2 km from the airport, this stunning waterfall is one of the best places to visit in Pokhara. In the Nepalese language, this waterfall is known as ‘Patale Chango’ which translates to ‘underground waterfall’. One extraordinary thing about this waterfall is that it creates a 500-feet-long underground tunnel as it reaches its bottom. This means that the water from this waterfall does not flow to a river or lagoon but into a mysterious dark hole that eventually disappears in the caves.

3. Pokhara Shanti Stupa

Also known as the Peace Pagoda, Pokhara’s Shanti Stupa is a beautiful Buddhist monument which is located on the top of Anadu Hill. Built by Morioko Sonin, a Nipponzan Myohoji monk, this pristine white-coloured monument is a fine example of the traditional pagoda architectural style. This is the first peace pagoda in the country and the 71st in the world. With a height of 115 feet and a diameter of 344 feet, this monument offers a stunning view of the Phewa Lake and is definitely one of the important places to visit in Pokhara.

4. International Mountain Museum

For people who find facts about mountains and mountaineering extremely fascinating, this is a must-visit place in Pokhara. This awe-inspiring museum boasts a large collection of artefacts and original mountaineering gear along with stories and photographs of the mountains. The establishment was initiated by the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) on November 1, 1973, and the museum was officially opened on February 5, 2004. Originally, this museum was built to maintain records and document the history, evolution, development, and legendary achievements in mountaineering.  Here, one can also get a closer look at the lives of the explorers who climbed some of the highest mountain peaks in the world. This museum is one of the major tourist attractions in Pokhara and witnesses a huge visitor influx throughout the year.

5. Sarangkot

Sarangkot is a small village that lies on the outskirts of Pokhara. It is known for offering breathtakingly beautiful views of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Manaslu mountain ranges and the Pokhara Valley. Located at an elevation of 1600 meters above sea level, this place is the take-off site for paragliding. Other than this, Sarangkot is also famous for being home to one of the world's fastest zip lines. All in all, if you are looking for some adventure in Nepal , this is one place you should definitely visit on your trip.

6. Shree Gaden Dhargay Ling Monastery

This is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery which was established with the aim of making people aware of the Buddhist and Tibetan culture. This is one of the most frequented tourist places in Pokhara, Nepal. With a serene and peaceful environment, this monastery gives visitors a chance to find inner peace while spending some time away from the hustle and bustle of urban life.

7. Begnas Taal

Begnas Taal is a freshwater lake lying on the eastern side of the Pokhara valley. After Phewa Lake, this is the second largest in the Pokhara Valley and the third largest in Nepal. Blessed with beautiful natural surroundings, this lake is one of the most popular places to visit in Pokhara. The Khudi Khola dam, which has been built on the western stream of this lake, regulates the water levels. It is the major source of irrigation in every season except for the monsoons. The swamps around the Begnas Taal have been converted into lush green paddy fields, while some sections of the lake are used for fish farming. Overall, this lake acts as a major source of income for the local people.

8. Shree Bindhyabasini Temple

This is one of the oldest temples in the city of Pokhara. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Bindhyabasini, the incarnation of Kali, and enthrals a large number of visitors. Dating back to the late 18th century, this temple is believed to have been built by King Prithvi Narayan Shah. In today’s times, this temple holds great religious significance and is counted among the most popular places to visit in Pokhara.

9. Gupteshwar Mahadev

Gupteshwar Mahadev is a cave temple located near Davis Falls. This is the place where the Seti River emerges from the ground. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this temple was found sometime around the 16th century, and in present times, it is one of the most popular places for sightseeing in Pokhara. Here, one can see the self-emerging Shivaling in the condition it was originally found in, and the cave housing this Shivaling is approximately 3 km long.

10. Bat Cave

Also known as Chamere Gufa, the Bat Cave is a solutional cave located in the Kaski District of Pokhara. As the name suggests, one can find thousands of bats clinging upside down from the ceiling and walls of the dark and moist chambers of this cave. This cave, known for being the habitat of horseshoe bats, has become one of the most popular tourist places in Pokhara, Nepal.

One can explore this cave by paying an entry fee of 150 Nepalese Rupees. At the start point, a torch is given to the visitors, using which they can make their way once inside the cave. It takes approximately 10 minutes to reach the exit point.

11. Annapurna Circuit

This is a challenging yet popular Himalayan trek in the Annapurna mountain range. This trail will give you a chance to witness the unparalleled beauty of snow-capped mountain peaks and misty valleys dotted with a number of monasteries. This trek marks its starting point in the lush green villages of the Himalayan foothills and you will reach an altitude of 5416 metres once you cross the Thorung La Pass.

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Nepal is known for its stunning beauty, and Pokhara is definitely somewhere to visit to enjoy this. It is Nepal’s second-largest city and the gateway to the Annapurna circuit, meaning it is hugely popular with trekkers. But, it is not a destination only for trekkers and is worth a visit to see some of the awesome places to visit in Pokhara.

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It is a beautiful city, centred around the lake, which is hard to miss, perched right on the city’s edge. Nestled under the backdrop of the Himalayas, with the lake glistening underneath, it is somewhere not to be missed when visiting Nepal. The city is one of the country’s top tourist spots. Not just as a starting point for hiking but for its interesting things to see, its natural beauty, and is a great place to relax.

Getting to Pokhara

As of January 2023, Nepal’s second international airport was opened in Pokhara. As of yet, no international flights have landed. However, daily internal flights to Kathmandu take around 25 minutes. Although, the planes are not large.

Alternatively, it is about a 200km drive from Kathmandu. The road is not in the best condition and is incredibly bumpy, so do expect this journey to take 8-9 hours.

1. Phewa Lake – Awesome places to visit in Pokhara

If you stay in the touristy part of Pokhara, you will be hard pushed to miss Phewa Lake. For a good reason, it is top of the places to visit in Pokhara. This should also be one of the first places you visit when you arrive. Perfect for getting your bearings and a lovely wander to start your time in the city. It is nestled among the mountains and wouldn’t look out of place in Switzerland. The clear blue water shimmers in the beautiful sunshine, making it the most peaceful place.

Walk the entire length of the lake, and along the way, there are lakeside restaurants and bars from which you can enjoy the view. Spend time taking photos of the views, the snow-capped peaks of the Annapurna range on one side, the lake and the beautiful scenery.

Boats on Phewa Lake - one of the Awesome places to visit in Pokhara

But don’t just limit yourself to walking around the lake! It is best experienced from the water. Hire one of the iconic colourful boats bobbing in the lake. Don the obligatory orange life jacket and row out in the middle of the azure water. You will find vendors hiring boats along the shore of the lake, and you can choose how long you want to hire it and whether you want to row yourself or have a boat with someone to do it for you. You can even hire large pedalos!

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2. Tal Barahi – Awesome places to visit in Pokhara

If you hire a boat on Lake Phewal, visiting the Tal Barahi temple is a mu§st. Located on a little island in the middle of Lake Phewa, it is one of Pokhara’s most important religious places. This two-storey pagoda was built in 1416, is sacred to the Hindus and celebrates the god Vishnu, the protector of the universe. It can only be reached by boat, is about 300m off the shore, and you wouldn’t need more than 15 – 30 mins to explore the tiny island.

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3. Sunrise at Sarangkot – Awesome places to visit in Pokhara

If you only stop at one of the awesome places to visit Pokhara, make sunrise at Sarangkot the one. This viewpoint is iconic for its insane views of the snow-capped Annapurna mountain range and is even more spectacular at sunrise. As the sun rises slowly in the distance and the first light hits the 8,000m peaks of the Annapurna range in the distance, you can’t help but have your breath taken away and be awed at how beautiful this world can be.

Sunrise over the Annapurna range at Sarangkot viewpoint in Pokhara

From this viewpoint, you’re blessed with uninterrupted, panoramic views of many of the most stunning Himalayan peaks, including the most deadly peak in the world – Annapurna I (8,091m), the imposing Dhaulagiri (8,167m), the triangle peak of Machhapuchhare (otherwise know as Fishtail), Annapurna II and Lamjung.  The way the sunrises is incredible; the peaks turn from bright pink to orange and finally white. 

To get to Sarangkot viewpoint, you can hire a taxi to take you to the lookout point (NPR 500+), or hire a scooter in Pokhara and follow the signs to Sarangkot. If you are feeling incredibly energetic, you can even hike it!

4. Annapurna Cable Car – Awesome places to visit in Pokhara

If you feel less energetic, the other option is to take the cable car to the Sarangkot viewpoint. This cable car opened in 2022 and connected the lake to the top of Sarangkot hill. From there is a short walk to the viewpoint. It takes just 10 minutes to get from the bottom to the top, but you have fantastic views back down the hill over the lake on the way up.

It costs $9 for tourists, and make sure to check the times the cable car opens to ensure you are at the top for sunrise.

Views over Lake Phewa from the Annapurna Cable Car - one of the awesome things to do in Pokhara

5. World Peace Pagoda

One of the most popular activities in Pokhara is visiting the World Peace Pagoda on top of Anadu Hill. 

It was built just after World War II by Buddhist monks from the Japanese Nipponzan Myohijo organisation. And is one of 100 Buddhist stupas being built around the world to inspire peace for all races and creeds.

Getting there isn’t easy; you can hike or grab a taxi from Pokhara. From where you are dropped off, it is a 10-15 minute walk up to the pagoda, which is incredibly steep. Once you arrive at the Pagoda, you must take your shoes off and walk around barefoot. You must also remain silent, and guards will reprimand you for talking.

World Peace Pagoda - one of the awesome things to do in Nepal

While the pagoda is interesting and important to see, and walking around it feels very peaceful, perhaps the best part of making the trip up there is the views. The Annapurna range once again looks stunning from this part of Pokhara.

6. Pumdikot Shiva Statue

One of the newer tourist attractions in Pokhara, the Pumdikot Shiva statue, was completed in late 2021. Despite the incredibly bumping roads to get to it, it is a very popular spot. So do expect a lot of other tourists when you get there. And, once more, while the statue is impressive, one of the best parts of this spot is the view of the mountains.

The statue itself is the tallest one of Shiva in Nepal. It stands at T 51 feet tall and sits on a white stupa that adds 57 feet, making the entire structure 108 feet high. It is part of a wider development plan for the area, but currently, the statue is the only part completed.

Pumdikot Shiva Statue - Places to visit in Pokhara

7. Get a massage

Due to the number of people in Pokhara for hiking, it is no surprise that many places offering massages have popped up. Whether you have been on a long trek or not, indulge in a massage in Pokhara. All along the main tourist road, Lakeside Road, you will see places offering them. Some don’t have the best reputation, so it is worth spending more and researching. Two that two come highly recommended: Jiva Spa and Seeing Hands.

The latter is a social enterprise providing training and employment opportunities for visually impaired people in massage therapy.

8. Devi’s Fall

The name behind this waterfall is slightly morbid – a Swiss couple was swimming a little upstream from the falls, and the woman, Mrs Davis, got swept under by a current and drowned. After a large effort, her body was found three days later, and reportedly her father asked for the falls to be named after her. Nepali spelling and pronunciation of her name often translates to Devis. Dev and Davi are common names in Nepal.

The fall itself isn’t perhaps the most spectacular you have ever seen; if you have seen waterfalls before, you will be disappointed by this. You can get quite close, but there is a viewing platform from which you can peer over. The interesting part is that the river disappears into an underground cave.

There are also some cultural Nepali moments in the complex, including being able to stand behind some local dress.

9. Visit Pokhara “Disneyland”

It is self-labelled as Pokhara Disneyland! However, do not think this will be anything like the image of have in your mind of what Disneyland is actually like! But still fun and an interesting place to wander around. You can see the huge Ferris wheel spinning around and at quite the space from the lake. I have never seen one go as fast as this!

There are rides you can go on, but not all are still in action. Parts of the park sometimes look abandoned, and even the open rides don’t necessarily look like they are at first glance. There are also bumper cars, arcade games and even places to buy food. It might not be the most beautiful spot, but it’s an assuming place to walk around.

10. Do some shopping

If you want to pick up some souvenirs in Nepal, wait until you are in Pokhara. Pokhara lakeside is filled with souvenir shops; you can pick up anything. From bags, socks, Christmas decorations, prayer flags, coasters, and masala chai tea. The list is endless! There are also hundreds of shops selling activewear and hiking gear. So if you want to stock up on anything like that, this is where to go. They aren’t necessarily genuine, but most are good quality.

You can get all of these things in Kathmandu, but the experience is much calmer in Pokhara. Less traffic, fewer people and a lovely street to wander down.

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11. Adventure sports

If relaxing isn’t your thing and you are looking for some adrenaline, that is hiking, Pokhara is a great base for this and has plenty of options. Activities include white water rafting, bungee jumping, ultralight flights and kayaking, to name a few.

There are plenty of operators along lakeside who offer these activities, so once again, make sure to do your search.

Other places to visit in Pokhara

  • Shree garden dhargay monastery – a little antiquated cloister
  • Tibetan Refugee Camp Day trip – Settlement camp
  • Gorkha Memorial Museum, Pokhara – Museum dedicated to the history of Nepal’s Gurkha soldiers.
  • Sadhana Yoga Retreat Centre

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A re you considering going paragliding in Pokhara, Nepal? Great idea! Pokhara paragliding is one of the most fun things you can do in Nepal! Here you will learn everything you need to know to plan your adventure, such as where to go paragliding in Nepal, when to go paragliding in Pokhara, and how to book.

Nepal may be best known for its scenic trekking routes in the snow-capped Himalayas and the busy attractions in Kathmandu , but there is a lot more to do and see in Nepal.

When I was planning my trip to Nepal , I knew I wanted to tackle some of Nepal’s best adventure activities – such as paragliding, bungee jumping , ziplining, and more. But before my visit, I wasn’t quite sure what the cost of paragliding in Nepal would be, or really what to expect in general.

If you are an adventure traveler like me, and if you are wondering how and where to go paragliding in Nepal, then this guide is for you.

After a fun and successful trip to the adventure region in Nepal, I now have loads of insight on how to set it all up for smooth sailing. Let’s dive into everything you need to know about paragliding in Pokhara, Nepal.

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Everything You Need To Know About Paragliding in Pokhara, Nepal

Let’s tackle all things about Pokhara paragliding here. We’ll cover what paragliding is, how to book, what to wear, and more.

What is Paragliding?

Paragliding is an extreme aerial sport characterized by running off of cliffs or slopes with free parachutes attached to you. When the wind is right, you can catch the breeze and actually float and steer yourself around the sky.

Paragliding is relatively more accessible than skydiving since it does not require an airplane. It was founded in the 1980s, so it is a relatively young sport.

What is Tandem Paragliding

Tandem paragliding is when two riders fly on the same paragliding equipment, using the same parachute. Typically, a tandem group will include a knowledgeable guide and a lesser-experienced flyer – or even a first timer.

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Where to go Paragliding in Nepal

The absolute best area for paragliding in Nepal is the Pokhara valley, a beautiful lakeside town in Central Nepal.

Pokhara is located at the foot of the Annapurna mountain range, meaning that you will have some sweeping views as you glide through the air. This mountain range is home to three of the world’s 8000-metre peaks, so no matter where you fly, you will have a panoramic view.

Pokhara is the best place for paragliding because it has a consistently reliable climate for the sport. The geography of Pokhara and the climate in Nepal ‘s central region provide great conditions.

Pokhara is renowned in the paragliding world, known for hosting an annual professional competition in the sport. Whether you’re a first-timer or an experienced pilot, you can find various paragliding options in the Pokhara Valley, including advanced courses and tandem flights.

How to Get to Pokhara, Nepal

So, how can you get to Pokhara for paragliding?

Most travelers will initially land in Kathmandu first thing. After exploring all of the best things to do in Kathmandu , you’ll need to travel to Nepal’s Pokhara Valley.

Luckily, you have several options on how to get there, and with various budgets in mind. The top options on how to get to Pokhara are by plane, by car, or by bus. More on each below.

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Travel to Pokhara by plane

The quickest way to get to Pokhara from Kathmandu is via an airplane.

Pokhara has a small regional airport that services Kathmandu and other airports across Nepal. The most common airlines to fly the KTM-PKR route include Buddha Air, Yeti Airlines, and Simrik Air.

No matter who you book, the flight takes approximately 30 minutes and can typically be booked online even at the last minute. However, know that last minute flights may cost more.

Travel to Pokhara by car

You can also travel to Pokhara independently by car. You should know though that many roads in Nepal are not paved and are rather bumpy and dusty. Additionally, driving in Kathmandu is crazy.

Therefore, it is best for tourists to hire a private driver to take them from Kathmandu to Pokhara . The drive will be roughly five to seven hours in total, depending on the time of day and the current road conditions. But, you’ll have much more comfortable seats than on a bus and less hassle than travel by air.

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Travel to Pokhara by bus

The third option is to travel from Kathmandu to Pokhara by using the buses in Nepal .

Nepal has a pretty extensive bus system that can reliably get you from point a to point b. Let me warn you in advance, the tourist buses are not typically in great condition. However, they will get you where you need to go.

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Best time to go Paragliding in Pokhara

Next we need to talk about the best time to go paragliding in Pokhara, Nepal.

Since paragliding is a weather-dependent sport, you will not be able to fly if conditions aren’t safe. For example, it’s not safe to paraglide when there are storms, strong winds, lightning, or rain.

Let’s break down the best time for paragliding in Pokhara in terms of both months and times of day.

The best months for paragliding in Pokhara, Nepal

I previously mentioned that Pokhara is the best location for paragliding in Nepal due to the consistently ideal conditions.

This is true for most months out of the year, with the exception of July and August. These months bring on Nepal’s monsoon season and conditions will sometimes be too rainy, windy, and stormy.

Some days in July and August will be okay, and others will not, but there is no way to predict which in advance. Paragliding during these months is a gamble.

The paragliding season in Nepal begins in September and lasts until early June, generally. I went during the month of May and it was picture perfect. Additionally, November and December are known to be great times for paragliding in Pokhara.

Pro Tip: The busiest months for paragliding in Pokhara are September through December and February through May.

The best time of day for paragliding in Pokhara, Nepal

Typically, paragliding flights will depart several times per day, at 10am, 12pm, and 2pm. This is true of paragliding in Pokhara’s Sarangkot region.

I took the 12pm paragliding slot, and for the most part that worked well. If I were to do it again, I would choose the exact same slot. Here is why.

The sun needs to be out long enough to heat the earth and create the thermals necessary for liftoff from the cliff. In the early morning, the thermals haven’t yet developed.

By late morning, though, the thermals will be “ready” for flight. Think of it this way – from late morning onward, you will be in the air longer. Early morning would be a much shorter flight.

However, if you want a more short and smooth flight, an earlier session would be ideal. More often than not, this will be a smoother timeframe, although that can’t be fully guaranteed.

One thing to note.

Once you arrive to the hillside, you will likely have to wait around a bit. The pilot has to take care of several things, like laying out the parachute, giving you a safety recap, and waiting for a clear run. You don’t have much to do but put your gear on and stand around watching.

Pro Tip: The midday slots can get quite hot and you will be standing in direct sunlight. Be sure to carry sunglasses , sunscreen , and a lightweight long sleeve jacket . More on what to pack below.

How Safe is Paragliding in Pokhara?

It is completely normal to wonder about safety when planning to paraglide in Pokhara, Nepal! You are embarking on an extreme sport, after all.

So, how safe is paragliding in Pokhara?

It is generally safe, but it is not 100% safe. No extreme sport is, and yes, there have been accidents in Pokhara and beyond.

While I was there, the only “accidents” I saw were people who didn’t run correctly or listen to their pilot on when to lift their legs. I saw several knee and shin-drags across the grass, which can hinder take-off.

However, I did not witness any serious accidents, and during my time in Pokhara I witnessed a lot of flights and take-offs.

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Regarding the accidents I touched on above, it is worth noting that these are typically solo pilots and not tandem groups. Solo pilots are trainees who are collecting flight hours in order to become a tandem-flight pilot.

Tandem pilots have to undergo a rigorous training to get their paragliding license. This means that your pilot will have experienced flying solo for more than a thousand hours over a period of 18 months, as well as rigorous health check-ups and first-aid training.

Rest assured, your tandem pilot is well-versed in the sport!

Furthermore, the Nepal Airsports Association has implemented several rules to make paragliding safer:

  • Paragliding pilots may only fly one shift per day.
  • Solo pilots and tandem flyers will depart from separate hillsides. Before, all pilots would all fly from the same spot in Sarangkot. Now solo pilots take off from another area, meaning that Sarangkot is much less crowded overall.
  • Each company is allotted a certain timeframe to avoid overcrowding.

Since the implementation of these rules, there have reportedly been no new accidents.

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Do You Need Experience To Go Paragliding in Nepal?

No, you do not need experience to go paragliding in Nepal. However, all first-timers and inexperienced riders will need to fly tandem with a well-trained pilot. Solo flying is not allowed without a paragliding license.

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How Much Does Paragliding in Nepal Cost?

Like most activities and tours in Nepal , there is always a wide range of prices depending on the company and specific services. Here is a general guideline on what to expect as far as pricing.

Tandem Paragliding

Tandem flights typically cost between NPR 10,000 (USD 75) to NPR 16,000 (USD 120) for a 30-minute flight. The variation can be due to whether or not transportation, photos, or video is included.

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In my experience, paragliding bookings generally included transportation to and from your hotel, but oftentimes photography and videography services were an additional charge – roughly NPR 2,000 (USD 15) or so.

Solo Paragliding

Remember, solo paragliding is only available for licensed paragliding pilots.

If you are qualified, you’ll need to obtain clearance from Pokhara’s aviation office independently. Solo flights will cost a minimum of NPR 8,000 (USD 70) but in reality will likely have extra fees.

Paragliding Course

For anyone interested in becoming a licensed paragliding pilot, you actually can do that in Pokhara!

Several paragliding schools can be found in Pokhara. Courses typically consist of three different sections and skill levels that build on each other: beginner, progression, and thermaling.

Each course takes about 5 days to complete, meaning that it will take 15 days to do the full course. Budget a minimum of NPR 230,000 (USD 2,000) for the course and expect an international license upon completion. More info here .

How to Book a Paragliding Flight in Nepal

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I recommend that all travelers book their paragliding adventure in advance. This is because it can sell out during the busiest days and busiest months.

So if this is a non-negotiable Pokhara experience, book in advance.

You basically have two options if you want to pre-book. You can either book your Pokhara paragliding trip as part of a larger tour throughout Nepal, or as a short day trip from the Pokhara Valley.

These are the top tours to book for paragliding.

1. A Tandem Paragliding Day Trip from Pokhara

If you are already going to be in Pokhara and are just looking for a day trip, I highly recommend this Pokhara paragliding day tour .

Not only will you view spectacular mountains and tiny villages below you, but you are also flying with some of the most experienced pilots.

This tour includes transportation to and from your hotel, too. They operate between 9am-2pm, but remember – don’t take the earliest slot unless you want a shorter ride!

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2. A 10-Day Adventure Tour through Nepal

If you want the full package, meaning ALL THE ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES that Nepal has to offer, then this 10 day adventure tour is for you !

It follows my exact route throughout Nepal and I can’t recommend it enough. Bungee jumping, paragliding, white water rafting, and more are all included.

And, you will see not only Pokhara, but also Kathmandu, Chitwan National Park, and the Trishuli River as well. It honestly can’t be beat.

If I were to do it all over again, this is the exact tour I’d take, even for a second time around.

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What to Wear for Paragliding in Nepal

Believe it or not, I actually have a fairly specific list of what I would recommend to wear for paragliding in Nepal. Most of it you will find on my Nepal packing list for women .

The last thing you need is for your clothes to hold you back! Here is what to wear.

Thick Leggings

I highly recommend form fitting thick comfy leggings , for paragliding as opposed to loose or baggy pants. They make it much easier to run before takeoff during paragliding and ensure that loose fabric is not getting caught on any gear or equipment connected to you. Don’t skip them. Get yours here!

Lightweight Tanks

A lightweight tank is the perfect choice for hot weather months. Just remember to pair it with the super light long sleeve layer below. Pack any that you have on hand, or if you are looking for an update then Get yours here!

Basic T-Shirts

And, of course basic tees are excellent for covering your shoulders on sunnier days. Definitely pack a couple for Nepal. Get yours here!

33,000ft Packable Rain Jacket

This lightweight packable rain jacket is great for chilly mornings in the sky. It can also cover your shoulders from the sun as you float underneath it. Bonus, it folds up into a tiny softball sized pouch for easy stashing, too! Get yours here!

I forgot to grab my sunglasses from my hotel and boy did I regret it! The sun can shine strong in Nepal, especially in spring and summer. When you’re in the sky it is even more intense. I love these ones in particular lately. Get yours here !

Rugged Trekking Sandals

I wore these Keen trekking sandals when I went paragliding in Pokhara, Nepal. They let my feet breathe but have a tight fit so I know they never fall off. They came with me to Nepal just as they have across countless other countries. Get yours here!

KEEN Women’s Mid Waterproof Boots

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What to Expect When Paragliding in Pokhara, Nepal

Your day will start with a hotel pickup, in most cases. And, your transportation will be with a small group of strangers, picked up from around the city, unless you have a large group.

I spent part of my time solo traveling in Nepal and part with one other person, and we boarded a shuttle with just a few other people going for paragliding. Note that there were other companies out there as well, so we did not have the mountain to ourselves my any means.

After a drive to your paragliding spot (mine took roughly one hour) you will get out, leaving all loose items behind. Backpacks, sunscreens, cameras, and purses need to be left in the vehicle. They do not let you fly with loose items, in case of dropping them from the sky!

Next, you will climb a hill where others will probably already be setting up if not flying. At my noontime slot, the hill was flooded with colorful parachutes ranging from bright golds or reds to multi-colored rainbows.

This is where you will get your first glimpse of Pokhara paragliding, watching as pilots and riders run to the edge and take off!

Listen closely to your instructor as they direct you on how to take off, what you do in the air, and how to land. Taking off is the “hardest” part. In the sky, you simply sit, and when you land it is much easier than you would think.

When it was my turn, I’m happy to say that I ran and lifted-off perfectly, thanks to my pilot’s explanation. We ran to the edge and the lifted off, somehow soaring up high into the sky!

It was almost like magic.

It’s difficult to understand how the pilots not only glide downward to land at the valley below, but how they actually gain height and maintain height for 20-30 minutes of flying. The pilot maneuvers the chute via two plastic handles attached to the parachute.

There you are, twisting and turning and circling in the air, the houses and people so incredibly tiny down below! It’s quite incredible how high you fly.

The time goes quickly. Once it’s time to descend, the pilot will begin lowering down to the landing point. And, as mentioned, your job is easy. The pilot touches down first and your feet will hit ground more solid than you’d guess.

And then, it is over. But it will probably leave you wanting to paraglide in Pokhara or beyond again!

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Where to Stay in Pokhara, Nepal

Even if you only come to Pokhara for paragliding, you are going to want to spend at least one night here before or after your flight.

I stayed multiple days here personally, as I was also planning to go bungee jumping in Nepal and take part in other Pokhara adventure activities . Also note that are quite a few things to do around Pokhara , too.

Luckily, Pokhara has accommodation prices for every budget. Here are my top three recommendations for lodging, from budget to mid-range to luxury.

Budget travelers will be amazed at how affordable Pokhara can be! The New Tourist Guest House is a budget, no frills option that still offers clean and basic rooms.

The best part – you can get a private room for the price of a dorm bed elsewhere! And, the location is top notch, within walking distance of Phewa Lake and many of the shops and restaurants in Pokhara.

The New Tourist Guest House also has free wifi, parking, and an on site restaurant.

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2. Mid-range

The Silver Oaks Inn is a cute hotel tucked behind greenery. It offers all the necessities and adds just a little bit of frill.

Known for its excellent location, just one mile from the bus stand and two miles from the Pokhara Airport, you can get around easy from here.

You’ll get a tour desk, business center, and outdoor seating area to boot. If affordable comfort is your thing, check out Silver Oaks Inn .

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Nepal is a very affordable country overall, and that means that you can get luxury accommodations for a still-reasonable price! Much cheaper than in the USA, at least.

My luxury recommendation for Pokhara is the gorgeous The Pavilions Himalayas retreat. Here you will have a beautiful, tranquil setting, surrounded by nature. An infinity pool greets you on the sun deck outside.

The clean modern rooms are pure luxury. Enjoy breakfast, a fitness room, and optional yoga classes on site. The Pavilions Himalayas  can’t be beat.

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FAQs on Paragliding in Pokhara

If you have any lingering questions on paragliding in Pokhara, Nepal, hopefully these FAQ’s will address them!

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Can you take photos during the flight?

While all of the paragliding companies that I talked to don’t allow you to bring your own cameras, they do however offer a photo and video option as you fly.

The pilot can carry a GoPro on a selfie stick which is used to get photo and video of you and the pilot soaring about. My pilot also let me shoot some of them, which I would imagine is pretty standard.

The photo add-ons are cheap enough that you should do it, particularly if it is your first time paragliding. The pictures make for some good memories!

What is the paragliding in Pokhara price to expect?

Paragliding in Pokhara will generally cost between 10,000 – 16,000 NPR or $75 – $120 USD. The price can vary though depending on your package inclusions, like transportation and photography.

Is it safe to paraglide in Nepal?

While no extreme sport can ever be guaranteed as 100% safe, paragliding in Nepal has a great track record of very few accidents. Each pilot undergoes 1000 hours of flight training and solo paragliding before receiving a license or being allowed to take a passenger.

However, you should always consider travel insurance when taking part in adventure activities like this. Get a quote here.

How scary is paragliding?

My personal opinion is, paragliding was not exceptionally scary. You might get chills when you imagine the wind catching the parachute wrong or daydream about how far away the ground is. Yikes. But try to enjoy the freeing feeling as you glide through the air rather than letting your fears take over.

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Is there an age limit for Pokhara paragliding?

Most companies will require that children be at least five years old. There is no age cap for adults, provided they are reasonably fit enough to run for the takeoff and withstand the flights and landing.

What are the requirements for paragliding in Pokhara, Nepal?

For passengers, a reasonable expectation of fitness is required, meaning that riders be able to run for takeoff and withstand the flight and landing. For pilots, an international license is required.

Additionally, the maximum weight limit is typically 100 kilograms. Check with the tour operator if you have further questions.

Is paragliding suitable for anyone?

As a passenger, paragliding is not a physically demanding activity. As long as you’re in reasonably good health, you’re fit to fly.

However, there are some people who should skip paragliding in Pokhara. These people include: pregnant women, or those with asthma, epilepsy, osteoporosis, or heart disease.

Additionally, if you have extreme fear of heights, paragliding might not be the place to test it if you think you might panic.

Additionally, if you suffer from high blood pressure, diabetes, or any other chronic condition, it is best to get your doctor’s advice before paragliding.

Note that the maximum weight limit is typically 100 kilograms.

How long is paragliding in Pokhara?

A paragliding experience in Pokhara will generally last between 25-30 minutes. Most companies guarantee at least 15 minutes but likely you will get a full 30, as long as weather conditions allow.

Is paragliding closed in Pokhara?

Paragliding is currently open in Pokhara! Note that many flights are canceled in July and August due to the monsoon season , but all other months offer consistent flights.

Which month is good for paragliding?

Spring and fall are excellent months for paragliding in Pokhara, Nepal. The only unfavorable months for Pokhara paragliding are within the monsoon season, particularly in July and August.

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Is it safe to paraglide in Pokhara?

While there is risk in any extreme sport like paragliding, rest assured that all pilots in Pokhara have undergone a rigorous training to get their license.

How safe is paragliding in Nepal?

No adventure sport has a 100% safety guarantee, but paragliding in Nepal is generally safe. Pilots in Nepal have earned an international pilots license after 1000 hours of solo flying before being allowed to carry passengers in tandem. Note that around 250 flights safely take off during the busiest days.

How many days are enough for Pokhara?

If you plan to book several activities after, like paragliding and ziplining and bungee jumping, and plan to see all of Pokhara’s places to visit , you will want at least three days here. If you want a slower, more relaxed time, I would recommend around five days minimum.

Which country is best for paragliding?

While many countries are great for paragliding, Nepal is one of the best. The geography and the weather patterns make Nepal one of the consistently best places to go paragliding, particularly in the Pokhara Valley.

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Where to go after Pokhara

Pokhara’s adventure activities were easily one of the highlights of my entire trip to Nepal. Paragliding, bungee jumping, ziplining, and doing the Ultralight flight were some of my most memorable moments!

Beyond that, if the Nepal seasons agree with you, definitely check out Chitwan National Park. A Chitwan jungle safari will show off some of the regions best nature, like the impressive one-horned rhino, elephants, and gharial crocodiles.

And of course, explore the sights in Kathmandu to get a deeper cultural understanding of this incredible country.

Lastly, be sure to pack correctly, whether you need a women’s packing list for Nepal or a complete Nepal trekking packing list . In some areas of Nepal, it can be hard to replace any items you might forget.

Final Thoughts on Paragliding in Pokhara, Nepal

Chances are, if you are reading this article, you are already interesting in going paragliding in Pokhara, Nepal.

If that is the case, I urge you to try it! You will be so impressed by the views and the weightless feeling you have soaring through the sky.

Paragliding in Nepal was one of the best things I experienced here and I could not recommend it more. If you would like to go paragliding on a multi-day adventure tour, copy my exact route on this 10 day Nepal adventure tour .

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A guide to best places to visit in January 2024 in Nepal

TRAVEL TRENDS , NEPAL Created : Jan 2, 2024, 09:00 IST

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Nepal is a beautiful tourist destination, which also happens to be our neighbouring country. Surrounded by the Himalayas, it’s a great destination for all those who are keen to explore different landscapes, rich culture, and awe-inspiring natural wonders. Now if we have caught your attention, here’s an easy guide to 8 must-visit places in Nepal.

Kathmandu Valley

The main city, Kathmandu, mixes old traditions with modern life. Check out Durbar Square, a special place recognized by UNESCO, where you can check out palaces and courtyards that will transport you to the bygone era. Walk around the narrow streets of Thamel to experience local markets and try delicious Nepali food.

Known as the starting point for the Annapurna Circuit, Pokhara is a beautiful city next to Phewa Lake. Take a boat ride to see the reflection of the Annapurna mountains on the clear lake or go on a trek to the World Peace Pagoda for amazing views.

Chitwan National Park

This is for all those who love to love wildlife and nature. Chitwan National Park is a must-visit, as it serves as home to rhinos, Bengal tigers, and a wide variety of birds. You can go on jungle safaris and canoe rides to experience unique wildlife moments.

Lumbini is where Lord Buddha was born, making it a special place for Buddhists. Visit the Maya Devi Temple and walk around the monasteries and stupas to feel the spiritual atmosphere.

Langtang Valley

Easily accessible from Kathmandu, this destination offers a trekking experience through alpine meadows, dense forests, and traditional Tamang villages. The valley is surrounded by snow-capped peaks, providing a picturesque setting for trekkers.

This is another gem of a place in the Kathmandu Valley. This well-kept mediaeval city with old streets and ancient buildings will blow your mind for sure. Explore Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Nyatapola Temple, and the traditional pottery square to learn about the city's rich history.

For wide views of the Himalayas, visit Nagarkot, a hill station near Kathmandu. Watch the sunrise or sunset over the snowy peaks—it's a perfect place for nature lovers and photographers.

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The Best 15 Places to Visit in Pokhara

Perhaps, you think that Pokhara is small and the largest city in Nepal is Kathmandu; then you make mistake. The fact that Pokhara is the largest city in this Himalayan country and it is also one of the most expensive destinations to stay or visit. However, the city itself has many things that you can do here and easily fall in love with them. Once there, you might ask yourself what things you have to do and see in Pokhara? Then, if you don’t mind, I myself and this article would like to give you a hand about the most wonderful places in Pokhara that you should not miss in your Nepal tours .

Top 5 Hidden Places in Pokhara

Foot-track, lakeside.

This is one of the places in Pokhara that I like most. You can find a range of great cafes and restaurants there and if you love admiring the natural beauty, I am sure that you will fall in love with this wonderful destination as you can relax with a cup of coffee or a light meal while indulging yourself in the Lakeside’view, feeling the cooling wind gently hit on your face and letting loose. If you are thinking of overnight at this place, the best breakfast that cooked by Mike’s Breakfast will be waiting for you in the next day.

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Bindabasini Mandir

You are not really into any types of religions; however, this legendary place is still worth visiting as once there, you can enjoy the smell of incense, butter-lamp, and puja-offerings. You also can find the old market with the very old-fashioned selling everything, just so close to the Mandir. What’s more, you can try some fresh, yum sel-rotis and dudh-chiya or sweets at many attractive teahouses or sweet-shops, respectively.

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Midtown Galleria

Do not miss this Pokhara attractive place. If there is nothing to experience in Pokhara anymore, then why don’t you come and enjoy 1 or 2 hours watching movies there. Well, although this is a galleria, it has its own 2 theaters that feature a range of Nepali, Hindi, or even Holywood films. During my time in such a place, I noticed that it had a coffee shop on the ground floor and it was good. So if you like, just treat yourself with a cup of coffee, then you will like it, I believe.

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In the past, Khapaudi was an unknown spot; however, it now quickly becomes to one of the most popular tourist attractions in Pokhara, as it frequently welcomes lots of tourists, even the locals coming here to getting away of the noise Lakeside buzz with the tranquility and serenity that it provides. Visiting there, do not forget to eat fish, I mean, Nepali-styled BBQ fish, cooked by Duna Tapari as it would be the best fished-meal that you ever taste in Pokhara. What’s more, marvel at high-flying paragliders while taking a sip of chilled beer, then you almost have a perfect moment in your life.

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The Powerhouse

If you are thinking of having a picnic in an entirely new country, especially in one of the most attractive places in Pokhara, the Powerhouse will not disappoint you. Lying on the way to Devi’s Fall, it just takes you 2 minutes driving from the main road. After going down steps almost at 90 degree (obviously you must walk back up as well to return) and walk further up to the next hill about 15 minutes, you then reach to the Bahun Village where you will spend time to have a picnic while beholding down at the river below and trees surrounding the waters. Later, you can go to another village if you have time and energy by crossing the suspension bridge.

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Top 5 Amazing Places in Pokhara

The old bazaar.

If you want to discover something new that you have never witnessed before, the Old Bazaar is really the best place letting you explore the uncanny valleys and courtyard. Besides that, do not forget to shop some fresh fruits, vegetables, spices, and wares as well as the local handicraft, hanging beads, and culture attires. You can also witness some temples and shrines there.

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Pokhara Shanti Stupa

Shanti Stupa or you can call it Peace Pagoda is one of the most popular places to visit in Pokhara as the Buddhist-styled monument situated on the Ananda Hill offering a stunning view of the mesmerizing Phewa Lake with the magnificent Annapurna Mt range in the backdrop. Do not forget to visit this Pokhara’s attraction an enjoy the picturesque beauty and the tranquil vibe of the monument.

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Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave

Caves, somehow, always give us a curious and an uncanny feeling that let us explore them. So, the Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave is not an exception. This cave, besides being one of the most awesome places to visit in Pokhara, it is usually worshipped as Shiva Lingam. The tranquility and serenity of the cave will absolutely soothe your senses and let you introspect a bit.

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The Mahendra Cave

Another cave or I can say another exotic place in Pokhara that I want to tell you about. Do not miss a chance to visit the Mahendra Cave at all cost as once there, you can admire several stalactites and stalagmites along with a statue of Lord Shiva which, somehow, is the main object that attracts thousands of visitors every year. Furthermore, it is great to visit the Bat Cave, about 10 minutes walking from this cave.

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Annapurna Butterfly Museum

When we were young, I believe that we always loved and tried to catch butterflies, at least once, then in Nepal, actually in Pokhara, you will have a chance to witness lots of beautifully colorful butterflies. Although this is a small museum, every single minute that you spend in there is all worth it as the Annapurna Butterfly Museum is home to a variety of Butterflies, especially the largest butterfly of Nepal – Corman Birdming. The interiors of the museum which is quite earthy, are also the things that make this place to be one of the best tourist attractions in Pokhara. Come and see whether all the things I say are true or not.

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Top 5 Dating Places in Pokhara

Begnas lake.

This destination, absolutely, is the most liked dating spot that couples want to spend time staying in. Once there, you can get into boating with your beloved partner and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Bagnas Lake, then have a romantic Paris kiss. Oh My Godness, you see, how could you miss a God-giving opportunity like that. Also, have dinner in the restaurant.

Begans Lake pokhara best dating places

Along with Begnas Lake, this destination, Sarangkot, is also one of the well-worth dating places in Pokhara, just 20 minutes driving from Chipledhunga. In such the place, you and your love will spend time together on the sweeping vista of the beautiful Pokhara Valley and have the best sight to witness the scene of the Annapurna Mt range and birds like “Para gliders” from Sarangkot. Once again, just imagine how romantic it can be when you and your beloved having a burning Paris kiss at the high altitude as well as a magnificent background of the Annapurna Mountain range?

Sarangkot attractive pokhara dating places

Lovely-Hill

One of the other best places for dating in Pokhara, Lovely-Hill, just 5 minutes driving from Chipledhunga, you can reach this destination. Lovely-Hill offers you and your beloved partner the stunning view of the Pokhara Valley to spend a beautiful time on doing something you like together.

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Devi’s Fall

The beautiful fall of Phewa lake to Phusre Khola, Devi’s Fall, is also one of the top choice dating destinations in Pokhara. Besides marveling at the fall, you can visit the Gutpershowr Cave hand-in-hand. That is all thing I know and, but you can do something you want depending on you two.

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Matepani Gumba

If you and your love want to spend time on staying together with the serenity and tranquility, but it must be still romantic enough, then Matepani-Gumba will suit you better. It just takes you 5 minutes riding from Chipedhunga.

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Indian visitors vital for tourism, but Nepal’s policies are not welcoming

Dipendra Baduwal

Nepal welcomed a record number of Indian tourists last year, bringing joy to a tourism industry stricken by an economic slowdown. More than 300,000 Indian tourists came to Nepal via air in 2023.

The number of Indians coming via surface routes is still larger—over a million, according to the Nepal Tourism Board. This has given a much-needed fillip to the country’s tourism industry and kept entrepreneurs busy.

Indians coming via surface routes are not recorded as tourists in the government database.

However, the overland Indian visitors’ survey conducted in 2017 showed that 1.20 million Indian tourists travelled to Nepal through the surface route.

The number may be even bigger now.

Despite the growth in the arrivals, Indian tourists are facing unnecessary troubles, right from the entrance, tourist entrepreneurs said.

Indian tourists are excited about visiting Nepal’s natural and religious heritages, but they return with many complaints, said Chandan Singh Kunwar, a tourism entrepreneur in Lumbini, the gateway to Buddha’s birthplace.

Their flow has increased in major tourist destinations like Pokhara, Chitwan, Kathmandu and Lumbini.

According to Kunwar, apart from the Belahiya border point, the key entry point, the inflow of Indian tourists has also increased through the Kalidaha-Kakarhawa border point, around 7-8 kilometres from Lumbini.

“The vehicles arriving from Kakrahawa are checked at five different places, approximately every 2 km,” said Kunwar. “The tourists would feel more at ease if the checking happened just at one point.”

According to Kunwar, after checks by the Nepal Police and Armed Police Force, Indian visitors have to put up with yet another check at the customs.

“It takes an hour and a half at the customs,” Kunwar said. “These are hassles.”

With the ongoing expansion and construction works on roads in Lumbini and nearby destinations, travel is not easy.

To visit Buddha’s birthplace Lumbini, Indian tourists arrive from border points like Rupandehi, West Nawalparasi and Kapilvastu. Nowadays, there are large Indian crowds at the Buddha’s birthplace. Many have come to celebrate the New Year. They stay in the Lumbini-area hotels and enjoy the ongoing street food festival.

Apart from Lumbini, the Indian tourists entering from the Jamunaha border point of Nepalgunj, Banke also face similar hassles, said Shreeram Sigdel, another tourist entrepreneur.

After getting customs clearance, the Indian vehicles need to visit another checkpoint to obtain a route permit, he said.

“Most Indian tourists come to Nepal in their private vehicles. Getting the route permits can be a problem,” he said.

Sigdel said the government should help build a tourist-friendly environment and help the Indian tourists reach their destination with relative ease.

“Stopping them at a dozen places in the name of this or that check is unnecessary.”

Nowadays, Thakurdwara, a tourist centre of Bardiya, has welcomed a huge number of Indian tourists who have come to celebrate the New Year, said Mohan Chaudhary, president of the Hotel Association of Nepal, Thakurdwara.

“We have been getting complaints from every tourist about the hassles they incur. The checks on the highways are frequent and tiresome, even after they have already completed all formalities at the customs point.”

Travel trade entrepreneurs say the security personnel's behaviour towards the Indian tourists is strange.

Sanjay Bajimaya, a tourism entrepreneur in Bhairahawa, said that currency is another hassle.

As the government allows Indian tourists to carry only up to IRs25,000 in cash, they cannot freely spend in Nepal.

He said several casinos on the Nepali side of the border target Indian visitors, but due to the restrictions on money, they are yet to see expected profits.

“Indian tourists come to Nepal to spend, so why impose such a limit?” he questioned.

The ban on IRs500 and IRs1,000 denomination Indian notes in Nepal is yet another problem, he said.

“Moreover, the border points from where international tourists come are unmanaged and unsafe,” said Bajimaya. “Our government’s tourism policies are rather restrictive I must say.”

Nepal plans to prosper as a tourist destination, but the country’s policies belie that intent, entrepreneurs say.

The highways are in a poor state and frequent police checks add frustration for the visitors, they said.

“We are lucky that the Indians continue to come despite the bad roads and unfriendly policies,” said Bajimaye.     

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