Top View of Pokhara from Shanti Stupa

Popular Tourist Destination Pokhara in Nepal (Top Things To Do & See)

Popular Tourist Destination Pokhara is the main tourism hub and the capital of tourism in Nepal. Every year the majority of tourist travel Pokhara to experience the ultimate adventure. Pokhara became a famous tourist destination for trekking (Annapurna Mountain Trek). Besides trekking, there are many reasons which made Pokhara a must-visit destination for all in South Asia. This Pokhara tour guide will definitely inspire you to explore Pokhara, the peaceful destination in Nepal.

pokhara tour guide top things to do and see

Pokhara became my favorite destination in Nepal since my first visit here in 2014. I found Pokhara is truly beautiful, peaceful, and safe to travel solo. You can say Pokhara is a popular solo destination as well in Nepal. This second largest city is safe to move around alone at any time. Here locals are friendly, generous, and cooperative.

The climate is cool, never too hot. The city is quiet, neat and clean as well. What I love most about Pokhara are the calmness and serenity. Just a perfect destination to stay long for a quiet seeker or an adventure or nature lovers. Whether you love adventure or not definitely you’ll enjoy your holiday or leisure time by staying even at the hotel while enjoying the Annapurna view.

A short video on my recent tour in Nepal before you going through Pokhara tour guide.

Pokhara Tour Guide (Top Things To Do & See)

Pokhara is beautiful in almost all seasons. But the best time is Oct-Nov to explore Pokhara. The reason is during this time the whole Nepal is in a festive mood for Tihar. And the perfect time for hiking, trekking, and mountaineering. The clear view of Machapuchare  (Fish Tail Mountain) in the Annapurna you’ll get or enjoy during this season.

beautiful pokhara from fewa power house Beautiful Pokhara From Fewa Power House

Sunrise from Furse Khola Pokhara Sunrise from Furse Khola Pokhara

How To Travel Pokhara

Nepal offers the easiest tourist visa service (on arrival visa) for almost all SAARC countries (No Visa for Indian). According to different countries, the visa duration is 15-90 days. And free on arrival visa service are there for Bangladeshis, but don’t forget to carry PP size photo with you else ready to pay $5 for that. 😉 For the latest and details visa information, you can log in (www.nepalimmigration.gov.np).

Either by road or air, you can travel Pokhara from Kathmandu. It takes 6-8 hours by bus and just 30 mins by air to reach Pokhara from Kathmandu.  There are many reputed public bus services (Greenline, Delux) which run every day at 7 am (Nepal time) from Thamel, the main tourist zone in Kathmandu.  And there are many domestic airlines (Buddha Air, Yeti Air, Tara Air) fly everyday morning to noon from Tribhuvan International Airport to Pokhara Airport.

pokhara airport Pokhara Airport

And the bonus part of your journey is the scenic beauty from the adventurous road to the beautiful sky. In my first Nepal tour, I totally enjoyed the long journey by bus. And this time by airplane loved the spectacular view of Annapurna Mountain from the sky 11500 feet high.

adventurous road to pokhara On The Way To Pokhara

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Where To Stay

The popular tourist zone in Pokhara is Lakeside, this is the Northern side of Phewa Tal or Fewa Lake. Here you’ll get many budgets to 2-star/ 3-star hotels ranges start from 18$ to more.

Popular tourist zone lakeside pokhara Lakeside Pokhara

I loved my stay at Hotel Grand Holiday (hotelgrandholiday.com) and Hotel Orchid (hotelorchidnepal.com). Both hotels run by Janak Karki. He is very cooperative and friendly towards his guests. Both hotels are best in terms of range, standard service, environment, and good communication. I enjoyed the view of Annapurna from hotel room window, rooftop, and balcony. Who will not love to wake up with the stunning sunrise view of Annapurna?

hotel orchid pokhara With Janak Karki at Hotel Orchid

annapurna mountain view from the rooftop of hotel orchid Annapurna Mountain View From The Rooftop of Hotel Orchid

hotel orchid pokhara garden Hotel Orchid Garden

Many top destinations in Pokhara are close from Lakeside, Peaceful road, and Damside. The most beautiful Fewa Lake is just in a walking distance. Pokhara airport is just 10-15 mins from Lakeside.

Top Things To Do & See

When Nepal is worldwide famous for Mount Everest, Pokhara itself is world famous for Annapurna. And so Pokhara is the best destination for trekking. All kinds of adventure also possible from Pokhara or nearby Pokhara.

Annapurna Mountain Trek

There are many trek and tour companies in Pokhara you can rely on to take their package to enjoy 7-10 days trek. The most popular are Annapurna Base Camp Trek for 8-10 days from Pokhara. You can go for short trekking as well. Australian Camp Trek for 2 days from Sarangkot is the easiest one. Poon Hill trek from Pokhara for 5 days is also popular these days. I enjoyed the short trek to reach Annapurna for paragliding.

short trek at sarangkot Short Trek To Sarangkot Paragliding Zone

Annapurna Mountain Sunrise

What if you don’t like trekking or can’t go for trekking? And so you must-visit Sarangkot. The best Annapurna Mountain Sunrise you can enjoy from Sarangkot. The Fish Tail mountain view is superb from Annapurna. You can even take a rented bike to enjoy the ride as well to reach Sarangkot. It is much adventurous and fun.

Spectacular view of Machapuchare (Fish Tail Mountain) Spectacular Sunrise at the Fish Tail Mountain

Paragliding

Sarangkot is the perfect zone for paragliding not only from Pokhara but also in Nepal. There are many reputed paragliding companies who offers different packages per duration. I went for 30 mins paragliding with Golden Heaven Paragliding under ABC Trek & Tour. It was fabulous. In fact, who doesn’t love flying? The beautiful Annapurna is just the behind you while flying and how about flying above the beautiful Phewa Tal? Yes, you just got to try, no point to imagine. 😉

But definitely this GoPro videography will help you to visualize. 🙂

paragliding in pokhara Paragliding Above The Fewa Lake

paragliding at sarangkot pokhara Sarangkot Paragliding

Boating on Phewa Tal or Fewa Lake

Boating on Fewa Lake is the must do activity for all tourists. To me, Pokhara is so beautiful for Fewa Lake. You can take a boat and start rowing as long you want till the evening. You’ll get the list of different boating activities to hire a boat from the lake counter. A group boating with the help of boatman is interesting as well. You’ll enjoy the scenic view of Annapurna and the beautiful sunset moment at Fewa Lake. Will you like to go for swimming? Fewa Lake is safe to swim and it is fun as well.

boating on fewa lake Boating on Phewa Tal

Tal Barahi Temple

You can go for a visit at Tal Barahi Temple which located in the middle of the Fewa Lake. It seems like a small island where is this beautiful Hindu temple to pray. Many tourists those don’t go for boating, take a boat and make a visit here from the Fewa Lake. I took a boat for one hour and also explored this temple. The lake view from this place is so serene.

Tal Barahi Temple Tal Barahi Temple

World Peace Pagoda

World Peace Pagoda is another must-visit destination in Pokhara. This is the sacred destination and free for all to visit. How beautiful is Pokhara! you’ll love the city view from this destination. Shanti Stupa or Peace Pagoda is a very beautiful architect and there is one in Lumbini also. But very far away and so one should not miss visiting Peace Pagoda in the city of Pokhara.

Shanti Stupa in Pokhara World Peace Pagoda

Boating on Begnas Lake

Begnas Lake is a bit away (16 km) from Pokhara and located in Lekhanth. But definitely, a worth one to visit and you’ll enjoy boating as well. On the way, you will see the Seti river while passing one bridge. The mountain peak of Annapurna is also visible and beautiful from Begnas Lake.

Boating on Begnas Lake Pokhara Boating on Begnas Lake

Davis Falls

Davis Falls is the popular waterfall in Pokhara. Monsoon is the best time to explore Davis Falls. This beautiful waterfall is one of the top attraction in the city.

Beauty of Davis Falls in Pokhara Davis Falls

Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave

Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave is much popular among tourists for the view of Davis Falls inside the longest cave. I loved the architectural design of this oldest cave. You must have to buy the entry ticket to enter the cave. There is also one temple of Shiva to worship inside the cave.

Davis Falls from Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave The View of Davis Falls from Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave

International Mountain Museum

There are some museums to visit in Pokhara but International Mountain Museum is the exceptional one and must-visit for all mountain lovers. You will come to know all history of the Himalayas and all details about all highest peaks in Nepal.  This museum is open every day for all and has to buy the entry ticket to enter.

Rafting on Trishui River

On the way to Pokhara you can take a short break to enjoy white water rafting on Trishuli River. You’ll see the beautiful Trishuli river and many rafting points while crossing the road to Pokhara. Either you can go for one or three hours rafting to enjoy the rapids and the real adventure on the Trishuli river.

Scenic view from Trishuli River Scenic View of Trishui River

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I went for three hours rafting on the way to Chitwan. The words will be less to describe the beautiful Trishuli, mountainous view, and all adventure on the spot. You got to try in real to experience it.

Bungee Jumping

Bungee jumping is also possible from Pokhara and the location is Hemja, which is just 11 km from Lakeside Pokhara. You can go for Water Touch Bungee Jumping. It is safe and more details you can get from many tour agencies or directly from the location itself.

Where To Eat & Shop

Eating

The main cuisine in Nepal is Dal Bhat (Rice with Lentil). I found most Nepalese are non-veg. They like to take chicken curry with rice and vegetables. I loved the way they decorate all dishes in the middle of the rice. I had a great dinner with dear buddies Janak and Manju at their home (Hotel Grand Holiday) where we had together various Nepalese Dishes.

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Besides the main cuisine, another must-try food is Momo (Kind of Dumpling) and this is actually Tibetan cuisine. I really loved having Bhujiya (Fried Eggs, cabbages, Potatoes) from the roadside of Palpa while coming back to Pokhara from Chitwan.

There are many fine restaurants to dine or lunch all kinds of cuisines in the Lakeside. All hotels offer different cuisines to taste your bud as well. The best and popular restaurant in Pokhara is Moondance restaurant.

Shopping

You should not be surprised if you see many trekking shoe shops in every tourist zone in Nepal. But remember not to buy from Thamel if you are visiting Pokhara. You’ll get same shoes from Pokhara just in a half price and maintaining quality as well. I took one boot shoe from Pokhara which cost me almost 30$ and you can’t expect this price in Thamel, Kathmandu.

There are also many Tibetan Shops in Pokhara. The best things to buy from Pokhara are many artistic souvenirs, handicrafts, carpet, organic coffee, green tea, and pashmina. For all kinds of trekking equipment, you must visit Yak & Yeti Trekking Shop in the Lakeside. The owner (Raj) is so friendly and cooperative I must mention here. I was looking for boots and it was not available. No point to ask he just gave me a lift on his bike to another shop to get that boots which were far away from Yak & Yeti. This is how generous and helpful locals in Pokhara.

And Also…

Even a solo walk in the Lakeside you’ll enjoy with the view of Fewa Lake. A morning walk to the Damside is recommended as well near the Fewa Power House.

And needless to say, almost everywhere in Nepal you can be connected with wifi network by Nepal Telecom. And Ncell is the best mobile company to be connected always no matter where you go in Nepal. So it is always a great stay in Pokhara as well as Nepal for any digital nomad or online freelancer around.

You can communicate with all in English, Hindi besides Nepalese. You can also use directly Indian Rupees to eat or shop.

This is how beautiful and welcoming is Pokhara. This city will always give you many reasons to visit or revisit. Stay tuned for more in my next post on Nepal.

Share your thoughts. Have you been to Pokhara? You can even leave comments to know more about Pokhara.

Nafisa Habib loves nature and often got fascinated by old beautiful architecture. Here she is with My Own Way To Travel to share her adventures on the road. To her nothing is so interesting than exploring new destinations around. And knowing a new culture and meeting new peoples on the road? Oh, yeah she just loves that too.

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