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April 2018
Things to do in Pokhara

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.

Things to do in Pokhara
Things to do in Pokhara

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.

Tips for travelling to Nepal

Greeting Tips for traveling to Nepal

Tips for travelling to Nepal

Nepal is a country most well known for its beautiful landscapes, impressive mountains and snowy terrains. If you’re an adventure seeker or adrenaline, you can do plenty of activities to satisfy your craving. It’s the country where you’ll find ten of the highest peaks on the planet. It also has lush greenery, which nature lovers will surely enjoy. There is a wide variety of things to do in Nepal for tourists. Nepali is the country’s main language, but English is also widely spoken. The friendly locals eagerly share their culture and traditions with visitors worldwide. It’s an exotic land that entices, inspires and excites anyone who steps on its magnificent land. Here is a list of the best tips to keep in mind before visiting Nepal’s wonderful country.

Mount Everest

Most people visit Nepal to experience hiking to Everest Base Camp. However, if you’re not interested in hiking, you can still see its beauty by taking a scenic flight around it.

Taking a flight to Mount Everest

Most local airlines offer flights between 7 AM to 9 AM, and they all depart from Kathmandu. It is a must-try activity during your visit since it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. You’ll be able to drift above the clouds and enjoy Mount Everest without feeling exhausted from climbing it. The local airlines have ensured that the windows on the plane are non-tinted so that tourists can fully capture its beauty.

• Not everyone is aware that you have the option not to hike to Everest Base Camp if you don’t want to. That’s why this is one of the top tips of Nepal that you should learn before planning your trip.

Nepali Food

The local Nepali food is also known as Dal Bhat, which is made of lentils, rice and soup. The side dishes consist of fresh vegetables like cauliflower and potato. It’s a vegetarian meal, but you can also request to add chicken or mutton to your order.

Local and International Flavors

During your visit, you will be amazed by the variety of meals you can choose from on the menu. You’ll be able to have a taste of local cuisine as well as international flavours. Nepal’s people enjoy spicy food; however, if you’re not a fan of spicy food, you can request a milder version of the dishes they offer.

• Their traditional cuisine is numerous around the city, so you’ll be able to experience it at just about any local restaurant.

• Nepali food has been strongly influenced by Indian cuisine, which makes it delicious.

Adventure

Nepal should be part of your bucket list if you’re an adventure seeker or adrenaline. Its impeccable terrain makes it a top destination for adventure tourism.

Bring A Friend

One of the best tips you should learn before your visit is to have a friend to go on your adventures with you. Hiking and trekking on your own are highly discouraged. It’s recommended to have someone with you so that you can prevent dangerous accidents from happening. If you’re new to hiking or trekking, hiring a professional guide through a registered trek agency is best. The mountainous areas of Nepal are known to be complicated to tread. This is why injuries are bound to happen if you’re not well prepared. You can also easily get lost without someone there to guide you.

• If you plan a trek to Everest Base Camp, you must prepare for the possibility of high altitude sickness.

• Make sure to dress appropriately and only bring things that you’re sure you can carry during the entirety of your hike.

Social Etiquette

Travelling Nepal requires a good understanding of the country’s social etiquette. It is an important step for your travel since you have to make sure that you’re giving respect to their culture.

-Local Greeting

First, you have to learn how the locals greet each other. The traditional way involves placing your palms together in a prayer position and then saying “Namaste”.

-Showing Respect to Elders

Second, if you’re speaking with someone older, you can use the words “Dai” for men or “Didi” for women.

-Public Etiquette

Third, it’s important to ensure that you’re not stepping on another person’s outstretched legs since it’s considered very impolite in Nepali culture. You should also avoid touching another person with your feet. As long as you obey the local culture of Nepal, you wouldn’t encounter any issues during your visit. Public display of affection is also considered rude in the country.

• If you are-

invited to a home of a Nepali person, make sure to remove your shoes before entering as a sign of respect.

going swimming, it’s best to wear a one-piece swimsuit instead of a bikini.

• Make sure to wear appropriate clothing while visiting all the tourist spots. It is because wearing revealing clothing is frowned upon in Nepali culture.