Pokhara City- town like a bride adorned for marriage is one of the Nepal’s most visited tourist hubs. Visiting Pokhara is like having an absolute vacation and tour in Nepal. Truly speaking, People say if you don’t visit Pokhara then what you visit in Nepal and your special vacation remains always incomplete. Missing Visiting Pokhara is making an incomplete and partial Nepal experience.
The favorite city of many visitors due to the presence of incredible tourist sites and things to do are astoundingly enriched with natural and cultural blessings. It is Shangri-la, truly a heaven on earth. Around a million people around the world visit Pokhara annually this proves that Pokhara is lovely place for sightseeing and incredible mountain views.
Also, Pokhara way outs many popular trekking trails in Annapurna region like Jomsom Muktinath Trek, Ghorepani- Poonhill Trek, Dhampus Sarangkot Trek, Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Mardi Himal Trek and Upper Mustang Trek.
Either through private, public and tourist vehicle or direct flight from Kathmandu, one can reach this beautiful city, Pokhara. If you choose to drive, it 5-6 hours drive from Kahtmandu. But the flight takes only 25 minutes.
The main attractions of Pokhara are lakes, holy caves, natural water falls, pristine mountain views, and adventurous Paragliding. Besides, hiking and trekking from Pokhara is equally popular among the visitors. From exploring historical background of the town to visiting modern streets, boating, sightseeing, day hiking to the hill stations, entering strange and holy caves, lakeside walking, paragliding etc make Pokhara adorable among the tourists. Simultaneously, one can enjoy luxury stay with spa, swimming pool, favorite dishes and clubs for the night life.
You can expect pristine panoramic mountain views, awesome sunrise views, from the hill station near the city, incredible lake side night walking in lightened street, standard to luxurious accommodations, quality restaurants, clubs and pubs, naturally beautifies places and parks, etc.
It is a great moment to look towards the Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Dhaulagiri and Mt. Machhapuchhre touching the skyline as the background of the Phewa Lake. And it is the gateway for trekking in globally renowned Annapurna and other few Trekking regions.
The popular day hiking like Peace Pagoda Day hike, Sarangkot Day Hike and adventurous Paragliding and Ultralight flight can be experienced in Pokhara.
Here, we are going to list out and describe 10 best places to visit in Pokhara.
Standing tall on the top of the Anadu Hill, World Peace Pagoda or Pokhara Shanti Stupa adds the beauty with clear views of Himalayan ranges, Lake Fewa and Lake Begnas and valley of the Pokhara. For the splendid views of both Sunset and Sunrise many visitors reach the top through many ways. Some may travel through vehicles or by cycling and biking and some with hiking. From the top visitors has an option with viewing toward the amazing Annapurna range and back side to beautiful Pokhara Valley.
As it is one Buddhist Stupa, many people reach there for praying for international peace and harmony.
The hill station is much popular for view of Sunrise and adventurous sport Paragliding. With hike from Pokhara lakeside to the main viewpoint in the top, it is definitely an amazing hiking experience.
Sarangkot is the most popular paragliding lunching point visited by numbers of the tourist. Paragliding in Pokhara is one of most adventurous activities to experience.
It is also a great viewpoint for splendid views of Himalayan ranges. Breathtaking views of massive snow-capped peaks such as Mt. Machhapuchhre, Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Ganesh, Mt. Manaslu etc.
It is also awesome hiking trail from Pokhara lakeside to top of the hill early morning getting splendid mountain views and extraordinary sunrise and paragliding back to Pokhara with much excitement.
Lake Fewa is Nepal’s second and Pokhara’s first largest lake. The 5.23 square km lake with 8.6 m depth located at the altitude of 742 m from sea level is the major attraction for many visitors and tourist forcing them for visiting pokhara. Mid of the Lake has temple of Tal Barahi. Reaching to temple and visiting surround on the lake by boating with the background of major and giant whitey smiling peak Machhapuchhre is the best to spend your quality time. It is not wasting time but is making quality time.
This lake of fresh water comes just second to Phewa Lake in size. It is filled with fresh water of Syankhudi and Talbesi Khola and flow out through Khudi Khola.
The lush green forests surround the lake with fresh and clean environment. Several tourist reach here for relaxing resting far from home and work. It is so precious time to chilling here with boating, fishing and swimming.
Begnas Lake is also popular for amazing glimpse of Mountains, Forests and Lake in a single combination.
Mahendra Cave is one of the most popular and renowned places to visit in Pokhara. This Cave is fully enjoyful with different type rock structures, shining and glittering stones and big boulders of the rock. The interesting fact is that the ray hitting or striking the wall of the cave make the stones to shine or glitter. This natural tunnel is illuminated by artificial lighting systems. Peoples pass from one hole to another hole and reach another place.
Peoples also visit here for praying the Lord Shiva whose statue is just in start the Cave
As you know that Pokhara is the city of lakes and caves, here is another cave to explore with much fun. The home of the nocturnal flying Dracula-Bat is one of most popular tourist destination. Locating just little far west of the Mahendra Cave, this is more popular due to the stone carving inner the cave. The wall of the cave is full of stone carving picturing the some religious animals and gods/goddess.
This holy and pilgrim place is probably longest cave in Nepal. The cave is full of ancient structure probably relating with the stories of Holy Book Mahabharat.
This amazing cave contain several statues of Hindu Gods and Goddess which is probably believed carved naturally or many thousands year back.
A very strange sound of a waterfall inside the cave, the statues of Pandava in rocks, Mahadev and Parvati, Saraswati, Nageswor and other God and Goddess statues are interesting to see.
By walking 1000 stairs up, the Shivalinga and cave start and believed the statues is as is it as when it explored.
The cave has been divided into two sections- One part of the cave is 40 meters in length with Shivalinga.
The second part begins after passing the temple and leads towards Davis Fall. The entrance is 2 meters high and 3 meters wide and has many hall room s inside with many passages some of which are too small and thin making passers to crawl.
Another sacred and serene place around Pokhara is the temple Of Bindabasini- the temple of goddess Durga. Hindu devotees visit this holy place for worshiping and marriage with goddess’s blessings.
This is also a view point to look back to the valley of Pokhara city and up the Himalayan ranges including Annapurna and Dhaulagiri.
Davi’s fall is one the most popular and famous tourist attractions in Pokhara. At the gorge of Seti River this marvelous waterfalls cascades down the south of the Phewa Lake.
Visitors can find a model of traditional typical Nepali house and series of statue of Nepali people wearing traditional dresses where visitors snap some pictures.
Many locals and tourist started to suicide was ill famed as suicide spot. Thus government fenced the steel bar and restrict for such activities.
This area is known for its beauty and tranquility. It is always open. The interesting and mysterious fact of this falls is that the source of water is Lake Phewa which eventually rushes down the waterfall and disappears.
You can visit this site at any time at it is open on daily of the week. The mysterious fact of this waterfall is water of this fall comes from the Phewa Lake, which eventually rushes down the waterfall and disappears.
It is one best photography spots for many photographers and shooters.
Finally here is most popular and special place to visit in Pokhara surroundings.
This International Mountaineering Museum contains evidence of the past and present mountaineering activities of Nepal, Japan, Slovakia and other mountain countries.
Visitors can witness an amazing collection of flora and fauna collected from Himalayan and other high regions. You cannot find such things without visiting Himalayas.
Visitors have a chance to look a module of some big and giant mountains such as Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Everest and even in three dimensional (3D). This museum brings and lets you to the Himalayas.
Here are sample of timely upgraded mountaineering gadgets and gears.
These informative visits to museum will be full of fun and interesting which highlights the climbing of the world’s highest and tallest mountains and peaks.
Pokhara is one the most serene destinations for thousands of domestic and foreign tourists with cultural heritages and naturally unusual treasures. Pokhara provides an extreme and elite experience for every tourist. It is best for celebrating every kind of vacation with safety, serenity and luxury. Relaxation with spa, massage, variety of cusines and exciting activities like boating, city tour, hiking, paragliding and sunrise tour are magnificent to experience in Polkhara.
In fact, Pokhara is more popular for nature exploration than culture. Adventure activities and short hiking and trekking are equally famous in Pokhara. Therefore, it is a must visit and worth visiting place in Nepal.