Pokhara is Situated at an altitude of 827m from the sea level west of the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. The town is remarkably beautiful and boasts gorgeous lakes, stunning panoramic views of the Himalayas, hotels, restaurants, cafes, temples, museums and numerous adventure activities and outdoor sports. The serenity of lakes and the magnificence of the Himalayas rising behind them create an ambience of peace and magic making Pokhara a perfect getaway destination for domestic and international travellers alike.
The best way to experience this enchanting city is to indulge in some of the best things to do in Pokhara which include a tour of its many pristine lakes like the Phewa Tal, Begnas lake and Rupa lake and its famous temples like the Barahi temple, World Peace Pagoda and the Bindbyabasini Temple. The city boasts numerous museums and to include a tour of Pokhara Museum and the Annapurna Museum in your itinerary of things to do is a must. Other top things to do in Pokhara include attractions like Seti Gandaki, Devi's Fall, Gupteswar Gupha, Mahendra Gupha and The Old Bazaar. One can even indulge in various outdoor activities like boating, bungee jumping, custom motorcycle riding, trekking, mountain biking, hiking, fishing, white water rafting and paragliding or catch a live rock music show at one of the many cafes. With an endless list of activities to offer, Pokhara makes sure to take care of all your needs, be it indulging in adventure activities or relaxing amidst its scenic beauty, making it a must-visit destination for all travellers.
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What to Do in and around Pokhara
Enjoy 19 best Pokhara attractions and points of interest to choose from!
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33700, Pokhara, Nepal
The second largest lake in Nepal is a thing of beauty indeed. The focal point for any dreamy traveller, the lake is hugged by lush forests from all around. On a clear day, the majestic Annapurna is clearly reflected on the lake’s mirror surface.
Many people walk or cycle around the lakeshore the trek up to the World Peace Pagoda affords breathtaking views over the tal and the mountains beyond. Go boating or just for a lazy stroll around the lake to really feel the effect of its marvellous lake.
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The world peace pagoda is a stupa atop a hill offering amazing views of Pokhara. Dedicated to peace and prosperity and the innocent lives lost during the world war, the Peace pagoda is made with the initiative of uniting the human race.
There are three paths up to the pagoda and several small cafes once you arrive. The panorama that you experience when you reach the top is worth every steep step that leads to this heavenly place.
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Sarankot, Pokhara district , Nepal
08:00 am - 05:00 pm
As if pretty Pokhara needed a more beautiful cousin! Sarangkot is the cherry on top of a delicious cake. Privy to some spectacular views of the mountains; from Dhaulagiri to Machhapuchhare, this place can pass off god’s own spot. At any given hour, Sarangkot is at least a couple of degrees cooler than Pokhara. A great place to witness jaw dropping sunrises, but don’t expect to be the only one gasping in surprise. This place is very popular amongst tourists who want to catch a glimpse of the mighty Himalayas. Other than the magnificent vistas, there’s not much to do here except a couple of abandoned forts. A few hours is all you need to do justice to this place.
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07:00 am - 11:00 pm
If you crave for delicious pizzas and a lipsmacking lemon meringue pie, head to Caffe Concerto.Known for its rustic ambience, this place is popular for its delectable bistro-style dishes . It has an open fireplace and jazz on the stereo that make you want to linger on a little longer. Almost every meal is legendary here- from breakfast to dinner. The pasta dishes and salads are authentic, wine is available by the glass or bottle, and the espresso and gelato are heavenly.
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Poon Hill, Dhaulagiri, Western Region, Nepal
Breathtaking views and spectacular scenery awaits you when you reach atop Poon Hill. In most countries, Poon Hill would be called a mountain, but here in the Himalayas it is certainly a hill. Poon Hill is one of the most famous viewpoints in the world and in Nepal, it is probably the second most famous viewpoints after Kala Pattar.
There are many options to extend a trip here, and the only limits to the length of the trek are time and imagination. There are lodges all along the route so there’s little need to carry a huge pack. The trek is very popular and can be very crowded, so in other words, expect a great trip with lots of mountain views, but don’t expect solitude. The trail passes through several interesting villages and different cultures, and the scenery is also very spectacular.
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Shital Path, Pokhara 33700, Nepal
06:00 am - 06:00 pm
Named after an overzealous Swiss couple who as legend has it, subsequently drowned in its waters, Patale Chhango as the locals call it is a gorgeous waterfall that finds its way through tunnels and crevices. It forms an underground tunnel after reaching the bottom from its height of 500 meters. It runs 100 feet below ground level. Specially thunderous in the monsoons, be prepared for a deafening sound and a roaring cascade if you’re going to visit this in all its glory.
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Pokhara 33700, Nepal
09:00 am - 05:00 pm
It’s only befitting that Nepal is home to one of the best mountain museums in the world. Dedicated to mountaineers and mountain-lovers, there’s nothing that is missed out in terms of information regarding the mighty mountains surrounding Nepal.
Inside, you can see original gear from many of the first Himalayan ascents, as well as displays on the history, culture, geology, and flora and fauna of the Himalaya. You can even try your hand at a little rock climbing on the in-house model of Mt.Manaslu before you head on for the real ones.
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Begnas Lake, Lekhnath, Western Region, Nepal
Situated at a distance of about an hour from Pokhara, Begnas lake is literally a breath of fresh air. Jaw-dropping serene and much less crowded than the Phewa lake, Begnas lake is a true gem. You can choose to boat, stroll or picnic along the banks of this enchanting lake.
Do bear in mind however that this area does not have a lot of tourist facilities.
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Chhorepatan, Pokhara 33700, Nepal
06:00 am - 07:00 pm
A sacred cave that houses a Shiva Temple, the Gupteshwar Gufa is an experience by itself. Although dark and dingy, the caves are beautiful from inside and offer amazing views of the nearby waterfall. The Shivalinga inside the cave is said to bein the same condition since it was explored. This shrine is said to have certain healing powers which attracts a number of visitors throughout the year.
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Tal Barahi Temple, Pokhara, Western Region, Nepal
Located on an island in Nepal's Phewa Lake, stands the Barahi Temple. A visit to the island near the center of Lake Phewa is often included on tour packages in the area, and is certainly a must for anyone touring Pokhara. Set in stunning surroundings, many find Barahi Temple a peaceful place to relax, especially after canoing across the glistening waters of Phewa Lake.
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British Gurkhas,GPO 50, Pokhara, Nepal
08:00 am - 04:30 pm
The Gurkha regiment was known for its valour and unwavering steadfastness. This museum is dedicated to that spirit and showcases a number of objects and information relating to the regiment. One can also buy an original, military-issue Khukuri (special Gurkha combat knife) as a souvenir here.
Accompanied by sound effects of machine-gun fire, it covers Gurkha history from the 19th-century Indian Uprising, through two World Wars to current-day Afghanistan, with a fascinating display on Gurkhas who have been awarded the Victoria Cross medal.
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Bindhyabasini Temple, Pokhara-Baglung Hwy, Pokhara, Western Region, Nepal
Dedicated to the Goddess Bhagwati, the Bindhyabasini temple is one of the most important temples in Pokhara. The goddess ‘makes an appearance’ every now and then in an unassuming local and even though this might creep you out a bit, it will definitely hold your attention for a long time.
Goddess Bhagwati is Pokhara's Guardian deity, also known as Shakti or Kali, known to be a blood-thirsty goddess. Sacrifices of goats and other animals are a routine here and to a peace-loving visitor the experience might seem a bit too gory. But the beauty surrounding the temple makes up for the weird customs and scary vibe. Situated on a small hill-lock in between the main old market and Bagar , the temple is at a height of 3000 ft.above from the sea level which facilitates breathtaking views of the Annapurna Ranges.
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Pokhara 33700, Nepal
09:00 am - 05:00 pm
A treat for nature lovers (who are not claustrophobic), the bat cave, true to its name, is full of these creatures of the dark. They thrive in its damp weather which is ideal for reproduction. The cave has many opportunities for daredevils to rejoice- with its tiny crevices and chutes. For the faint hearted- beware, there are thousands of bats here!
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Shiva Mandir Maarga-1, Pokhara 33700, Nepal
10:00 am - 05:00 pm
From cultural identities to familial traditions, this museum aims to protect, preserve and exhibit the vanishing ethnicities and cultures of Nepal. Visitors also get to learn about the mystical shamanic beliefs of the native inhabitants of the country. Dating back to 1985 and inaugurated by King Gyanendra, this museum is a treasure chest of rare historical photos and maps.The museum has large collection of ethnic costumers, ornaments, musical instruments, agricultural equipment, utensils, manuscripts, coins, and hunting weapons. Especially noteworthy is the model of the Gurung house. Also interesting is the exhibit of the various traditional dresses of the tribes in Nepal.
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Happy Village , Khapaundi-2, SarangKot, Pokhara 33700, Nepal
07:00 am - 09:00 pm
Krishna’s Kitchen is a simple but amazing Thai garden restaurant at the north end of Phewa Tal. Expect homemade tofu, organic herbs and vegetables, served in Thai perfection. Located at a distance of 3 kilometres from the lakeside, this restaurant also has a superb collection of teas and wines.