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Things to do and places to visit in Pokhara

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Nestled in the heart of Nepal, beneath the towering peaks of the Annapurna range, lies Pokhara, a haven for adventurers and peace seekers alike. Whether you’re drawn by the mountains’ call or the waters’ tranquillity, Pokhara has something to offer everyone.

Adventure Awaits: Paragliding Over the Annapurna Range

Firstly, for the thrill-seekers, paragliding in Pokhara is an unforgettable experience. Launching from Sarangkot, you’ll soar like an eagle over dense forests and pristine lakes while enjoying a bird’s-eye view of the Himalayas. The rush of the wind and the unparalleled vistas make this a top pick for adrenaline junkies.

Tranquil Waters: Boating on Fewa Tal (Fewa Lake)

Measuring 1.5km by 4km, Fewa Tal is the second-largest lake in Nepal. And it 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 if you feel brave. The water is reasonably shallow, ensuring it feels comfortably warm.  At the lake, a visit to Barahi Temple is an absolute must. This two-storeyed pagoda is Pokhara’s most important temple and sits in the middle of the lake.

Explore the tranquil waters of Fewa Lake, a perfect way to spend a peaceful afternoon in Pokhara.
Explore the tranquil waters of Fewa Lake, a perfect way to spend a peaceful afternoon in Pokhara.

Step Back in Time: Exploring the Old Bazaar

The city’s Old Bazaar is at odds with the natural wonders of Pokhara. It’s a bustling street market that you must see to believe! Traders from various backgrounds offer a diverse range of unique clothing here. The sights and sounds of Pokhara’s Old Bazaar are worth exploring 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 here is still alive and well. Pokhara’s Old Bazaar has 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.

The bustling streets of the Old Bazaar in Pokhara, Nepal.
The bustling streets of the Old Bazaar in Pokhara, Nepal.

Visit World-Class Museums: The International Mountain Museum and The Gurkha Museum

Pokhara is not just about natural beauty; it also offers rich educational experiences. The International Mountain Museum is a rich resource for enthusiasts of mountaineering and the Himalayas, displaying artefacts, personal belongings of famous climbers, and detailed exhibits on the geography of the world’s highest peaks. A visit to The Gurkha Museum provides insights into the brave history of the Gurkha soldiers, showcasing their contributions to both the British and Nepali armies through a variety of displays and military memorabilia.

Delve into Pokhara's rich heritage at its world-class museums, where history comes to life.
Step into the world of mountaineering achievements and cultural heritage at Pokhara’s International Mountain Museum.
Delve into Pokhara's rich heritage at its world-class museums, where history comes to life.
Outside The International Mountain Museum.

Visit Pumdi Kot: A Sacred Haven

Pumdi Kot in Pokhara is a must-visit destination, revered for its serene surroundings and the sacred Shiva temple nestled amidst lush green hills. As a place of spiritual significance, visitors can experience both the tranquillity of nature and the sanctity of religious worship. Whether you seek inner peace or wish to explore the scenic beauty of Pokhara, Pumdi Kot offers a unique and enriching experience that is not to be missed.

Capturing cherished moments amidst the serene beauty of Pumdi Kot, a hidden gem in Pokhara.
Two visitors strike a pose amidst the breathtaking beauty of Pumdi Kot.

Explore the Mystical Caves of Pokhara

Dive into Pokhara’s underground beauty by visiting its captivating caves. Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave houses a revered shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva and features striking limestone formations. Just a short distance away, the Bat Cave (Chameri Gufa) is an exciting challenge for those willing to crawl through narrow passages to see bats up close. Nearby, Mahendra Cave offers a walk through its spacious corridors adorned with stalactites and stalagmites, illuminated to enhance their natural allure.

Witness the Sunrise from Sarangkot: An Unforgettable Morning Spectacle

For a truly breathtaking experience, wake up early and head to Sarangkot Hill. The viewpoint offers unmatched sunrise views over the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. As the sun ascends, the sky turns a mesmerizing blend of orange and pink hues, casting a golden glow over the snowy peaks. This picturesque scene is perfect for photographers and nature lovers alike.

Start your day with a sunrise at Sarangkot, enhanced by warm tea and coffee amidst the Himalayan backdrop.
Wake up early to witness the breathtaking sunrise from Sarangkot.

Explore Devi’s Fall

2 km southwest of Pokhara airport, you’ll find Devi’s fall. It is also known locally as Patale Chhango or Hell’s fall). The water then forms a pool before descending into an underground tunnel 100 metres underground. This awe-inspiring waterfall is said to be lucky, with visitors throwing coins into the statues that sit at its base. It 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 guide can safely navigate these natural wonders and share stories and legends about the region.

Davis Falls in Pokhara is a stunning natural wonder, named after a tourist who tragically fell into the falls. The water plunges into a deep gorge, creating a mesmerizing display of nature’s power. The falls are especially magnificent during the monsoon season when the water volume peaks. Visitors can explore the nearby caves and enjoy the lush scenery that surrounds this spectacular site.
The majestic Davis Falls, where nature’s force creates a breathtaking spectacle in Pokhara.

Into the Wild: Hiking 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 taking a steep climb. The pagoda itself is an impressive sight and well worth the visit. But what makes it worth exploring is the incredible views across the Annapurna mountain range and the city you can enjoy from its vantage point.

The serene surroundings of the World Peace Stupa offer a sanctuary for contemplation and inner peace in Pokhara.
Discover inner peace amidst the natural beauty of World Peace Stupa.
A group of adventurers embarks on a memorable trek to the World Peace Pagoda, forging unforgettable memories amidst nature's embrace.
Experience the joy of hiking with friends to World Peace Pagoda.

Culinary Delights: Sampling Local Cuisine

Furthermore, no visit to Pokhara would be complete without indulging in the local cuisine. Treat yourself to traditional Nepali dishes such as momo (dumplings) and dal bhat (rice and lentils), or enjoy a steaming bowl of thukpa, a Himalayan noodle soup, perfect for cooler evenings.

Conclusion

Finally, Pokhara is where every turn brings discovery, and every moment is an opportunity for adventure or relaxation. Whether paragliding through the sky, boating on tranquil waters, or enjoying a quiet moment at the Peace Pagoda, Pokhara promises every visitor a rich and rewarding experience.

Breathtaking panoramic view of Pokhara city with Phewa Lake and Annapurna range in the background.
Experience the beauty of Pokhara’s panoramic vista.

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