Best things to do in Pokhara

  • Aug 23, 2021
  • Kabita Gurung
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Pokhara, also known as the city of lakes is one of the most famous and popular tourist destinations in Nepal. It’s the starting and ending point for most of the treks in the Annapurna region. Surrounded by beautiful hills and snow-capped mountains, this city has a lot to offer to the adventure lovers or just travelers.

So, in case if you are getting confused about what and which one to choose for so that you could have life-time worth of experience?? Let us suggest some of those thrilling, ecstatic adventures and places in and around Pokhara you could give a shot on.

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Boating


What more would a man’s heart yearn for when you are with your family and friends floating over the water of the tranquil lakes of Pokhara absorbing the magic nature creates. Well, it’s the only thing that most people don’t miss when they are in Pokhara. Taking a boat and visiting the Tal Barahi Temple in Fewa Lake with the reflections of the Himalayan ranges provides an amazing experience. Whether it’s a small wooden boat, aluminum pedals, or sailboat, you can choose any boat you want at several boat stations. There are other beautiful lakes like Begnas and Rupa as well if you prefer a quieter environment.

Hiking

A hike as per your choice, along the roadmap prepared for you around the most beautiful areas of Pokhara with a breath-taking view of the beautiful valley, majestic mountains, enchanting lakes, green hills, most of all peace of mind. You can explore some of the most magical hiking areas in Pokhara, like:

World Peace Pagoda

One of the most popular hiking destinations inside the valley. There are several ways to reach the World Peace Pagoda. There are hiking trails, cycling tracks, and the blacked topped road to the Stupa. One popular and adventurous hiking trail is the crossing of Fewa Lake by a local boat and then climbing uphill through local villages which takes about an hour. If you want the easy way, take the partial black-topped road from Chhorepatan to the Stupa which takes about 25 minutes, which can be reached by taxi or private car. Public transportation too is available to the Stupa.

Kahu Dada
This place is continuously rising in popularity among the tourists because of its fantastic 360o view of Pokhara with lakes and majestic mountain range. It is just 1-2 hours of a hike uphill along the path from Manipal hospital. Another trail is about 2 hours of a walk uphill from Karki dada and Matepani Gumba which are also the famous spots for chilling. It crosses through the local villages that provide an amazing experience. You can also choose a taxi to reach this top along the blacktopped road after 40 minutes of drive.

Nirmal Pokhari view point
A hidden treasure that lies to the southwest of Pokhara valley, just about 50 minutes of a hike from Birauta crossing Shangri-La hotel, Fusre river and local villages fills you with the joy of peaceful nature of remote Pokhara and enjoy the view of busy Pokhara valley on the lap of Annapurna and Machhapuchre right in front of you. You can also go for the local bus through this route. Local buses are also available taking about 1 and a half hours on a route passing through Dovilla, it has an amazing view of the hills, the large community forest, and Pokhara valley from the top.

Adventures activities


Want some adrenaline rush?? Would you like some thrills?? If yes, then you have come to the right place. Pokhara has a lot of adventure activities to offer to its visitors. These are some of the best adventure activities offered by different agencies mostly located around the lakeside. Among them, the Hot Air Balloon Tour is the newly introduced one.

  • Danfe Flight   
  • Paragliding
  • Hot air balloon tour
  • Bunge jump
  • World’s 2nd longest Zipline
  • Canoeing

All of the above activities can be booked at any agency around lakeside or online.

Cycling


It is one of the best ways to discover Pokhara and its surrounding areas while taking care of your health as well. Whether it’s a soft ride around the lakeside and the city or more adventurous on a rugged trail in the surrounding hills that passes through different villages and forests with mountain sceneries, there are plenty of options for all cycling enthusiasts from beginner to advanced level. You can find shops that rent a bicycle around the lakeside.

Hospitality of Homestays


Another best thing to do while you are in Pokhara will be spending a night in a local homestay. A homestay is a type of accommodation, where you are greeted by beautiful smiles, and warm welcomes in the most authentic ways, eat together and sleep in local homes like you are part of the family. In general, it is a good way to immerse into the local culture, tradition, and lifestyle by having a close interaction with the local people. Homestays are available at most of the villages around Pokhara with their own cultural richness which can be reached within 1-2 hours of drive from the center of Pokhara.

Sunset or sunrise view from Sarangkot


Sarangkot is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Pokhara. It is known for the beautiful view of sunrise and sunset over mighty Himalayan ranges like Annapurna, Machhapuchre, Dhaulagiri, and Manaslu. The view of Pokhara city and the lakes are also magnificent. You can reach Sarangkot either by taking 40-45 minutes of drive or a 3 hours hike.

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