Pokhara: Travel Guide

Located 200 km west of the capital Kathmandu, Pokhara is the second largest city of Nepal after Kathmandu. The lake city is the first place every traveller/tourist visit after Kathmandu.

Pokhara featured in the World’s best 35 places to visit in 2017 by Matador Network.

Top 9 things to do in Pokhara

1. Boating

One of the not to miss activity in Pokhara. You will be boating in some of the most beautiful lakes around pokhara which are all surrounded by lush green forest and magical high mountains.

Boats can be rented/hired easily for numbers of hour as per your need. The best time to enjoy boating to the fullest is in the months between October and February, when the skies are clear and the mountains cast their shadows on the lake.

Tips: Instead of hiring some local to row the boat, go on your own and don’t forget to take a dip (swim) in those hot sunny days.

2. Zip Flyer and Bungy Jump

The tallest, longest and the steepest Zipline in the World. With vertical drop of 2000 feet, max speed of 120 KPH and the total length of 1.8 Km, Zipflyer Nepal is a must do adventures.

With 70 meter drop and 3 sec of free fall, the High Ground Bungee in the first and only tower bungee of Nepal. If addition you will be greeted with dazzling white himalayas, green forest.

3. Ultralight and Paragliding/Parahawking

The best time of your life in the Air. Get a perfect bird’s eye view of the entire Pokhara valley with the majestic view of the Himalayas accompanied with the seneca lakes of Pokhara.

Ultra-light flights are operated from Pokhara Airport beginning September through June. Whereas for Paragliding/Parahawking it can be done anytime of the year, you just need a clear day.

4. Hike around Annapurna Region

Beside from Kathmandu, Pokhara is the second and most popular Hub for tourist and travellers, and almost all the treks in Annapurna Region starts and ends here.

List of Popular Trekking Destination:

  1. Kali Gandaki to Muktinath Trek
  2. Annapurna Circuit Trek
  3. Annapurna Base Camp Trek
  4. Annapurna Panorama Trek
  5. Upper Mustang Trek 

5. Mountain Biking/Cycling

Cycling around pokhara is cheapest and quicker way to explore Pokhara. Rent a decent mountain bike, which will cost you 100 to 300 Rs per day.

cycling in pokhara

Consider this fun rides:

  • Around Phewa/Fewa Lake.
  • Sarankot/Naudada/Hemja loop
  • Dobindy Pass ride
  • Tibetan Refugee Camp

6. Sarangkot and World Peace Stupa

Sarangkot at an altitude of 1600m and is renowned for its panoramic Himalayan views Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and Manaslu as well as down on the city of Pokhara and Phewa lake. In recent years, Sarangkot has become a hotspot for paragliding.

Standing on top of the Ananda hill, Shanti Stupa (World Peace Stupa) adds more beauty to Pokhara Valley. With a clear view of the Himalayan range, Fewa Lake and Pokhara city the hilltop provides a splendid view of sunrise and sunset. TripAdvisor has ranked Shanti Stupa as top second attraction in Pokhara. The easiest way to get there is to take a taxi to the base of the Peace Pagoda (NPR 1000 return, including wait

Climate of Pokhara

The climate of the city is subtropical; however, the elevation keeps temperatures moderate.

  • Summer temperatures average between 25 and 33 °C.
  • Winter Temperatures average around – 2 to 15 °C.
How to get in Pokhara

Buy Bus (From Kathmandu)

  • 200 Km Journey, 6 – 7 hr Drive
  • Tourist Bus  (NPR 600 – 1200) / Local Micro Bus  (NPR 600 – 900) , keep in mind the local micro buses are crowded.

Buy Car (From Kathmandu)

  • Will cost approx $120 – $ 140 depending upon the type of the car.
  • Easily find it in Thamel or contact your travel agent to arrange one.
  • Price is based on number of trips but not based on number of people.

Buy Plane (From Kathmandu)

  • Regular flight will cost you almost $120.
  • The flights offer the benefit of a bird’s eye view of the countryside and of the panoramic mountains themselves.
  • Ticket can be booked online or can be managed by any travel agents.
  • A taxi from the Pokhara airport to Lakeside should cost NPR250, negotiate beforehand.

Note: Flying to pokhara will make more sense during the rainy season, there may be problems with the roads.

Nepal’s second city doesn’t rival the capital Kathmandu in many respects but it’s the hands-down winner for a relaxed vibe and adventure access. The hilltop viewpoint of Sarangkot is one of the best places in the world for paragliding; there are kilometers of trails just around Fewa Lake, and if you’re out of energy, Pokhara is an ideal place to chill out – Matador Network

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