Activities and things to do in Pokhara
Pokhara is approximately 200 km west of Kathmandu, and is the second largest city in Nepal. With some of the most spectacular and breath taking natural beauty in the country, Pokhara is a city well worth visiting. Here are just some of the wonderful things to do in Pokhara:
Spend some time at Fewa Tal (Fewa Lake)
Measuring 1.5km by 4km, Fewa Tal is the second largest lake in Nepal and serves as a playground for locals and visitors alike. You could hire one of the brightly coloured sailboats or rowing boats and set sail across the water or swim across if you’re feeling brave: the water is reasonably shallow ensuring it feels comfortably warm. Whilst at the lake a visit to Barahi Temple is an absolute must: this two storeyed pagoda is Pokhara’s most important temple, and it sits almost exactly in the middle of the lake.
Explore Devi’s Fall
2 km south-west of Pokhara airport you’ll find Devi’s fall (also known locally as Patale Chhango or Hell’s fall). The water plunges then forms a pool before descending into an underground tunnel that runs 100 meters underground. This awe inspiring water fall is said to be lucky, with visitors throwing coins into the statues that sit at its base. This is an incredibly popular attraction for tourists to the region, and does tend to get busy during peak periods. To get the best from your adventure travels in Pokhara, particularly if you don’t have much time in the city, it is well worth taking part in a Pokhara tour with an official guide. A good guide will be able to navigate you around this natural wonders safely and share stories and legends about the region at the same time.
Climb to the World Peace Pagoda
At the top of the hill to the south of Fewa lake sits the World Peace Pagoda. Access to the pagoda involves crossing the lake and then taking quite a steep climb up the hill. The pagoda itself is an impressive sight and well worth the visit, but what really makes this pagoda worth exploration is the incredible views across both the Annapurna mountain range and the city that you can enjoy from its vantage point.
Visit the Old Bazar
At odds with the natural wonders of Pokhara is the city’s Old Bazaar: a bustling street market that you have to see to believe! The traders here are ethnically diverse and each sell a wide array of different and exotic wears. The sights and sounds of Pokhara’s Old Bazaar are worth exploration even if you don’t intend to shop, but shopping here is heartily recommended! Whilst many of Nepal’s bazaars have been marred by modern consumerism, the old world charm of the bazaar here is still alive and well. You’ll find Pokhara’s Old Bazaar located about 4 km from Lakeside, and it is such a popular focal point in the city that it is incredibly easy to find and explore.