When you’re travelling in Nepal, visiting Pokhara is a must! I demand you to do that for your own good. But don’t worry, I’m not just simply that demanding, I’ll guide you for that 😉
How to Get There?
“I have all the time in the world! I want to travel by land and enjoy the landscape view even if it takes forever!”
If that’s what your mood tells you, then take a bus. Unfortunately, it doesn’t take forever to get to Pokhara from Kathmandu by this option. It actually takes only 7 hours, including snack stop and lunch stop.
It’s quite easy to get a tourist bus from Kantipath Tourist Bus Station. You can also take a local bus but it would not be as comfortable as the tourist one. The price of tourist buses is vary depends on the comfy level. I took one called “Mountain Overland” which provided mineral water, lunch & wifi (great option considering many tourists do not use local number) for about Rs.1,300 or USD13 (one way).
On your way there, from your bus window, you will see classic Middle Hills countrysides.
“I’m kinda in hurry, let me get there fast! Don’t worry about the budget, I have all money in the world though..”
Well, people say that time is money and people don’t mind to spend money to get lots of more money (what am I talking about?). Anyway, for any of you who is in this mood, be grateful for Yeti Air is able to take you there with its jet planes. They have daily flights which cost about USD70-100 (one way) and the flight would take only 25 minutes.
Where to Stay?
This section wouldn’t direct you to any or some specific hotels in Pokhara because this is not Agoda :D. I would just give you some ideas about which area of Pokhara you better choose to stay considering your preferences. Here are the options:
In this part of Pokhara, you’d be close to the beautiful Lake Phewa and be surrounded by hotels, restaurants, shops, travel agents. It sure gives you benefit of easy accommodation and transportation, in vary prices. It would also be easy for you to socialise with local people or other travellers.
Mountain View (Sarangkot)
If you are looking for quiet places to relax and enjoy the view of Himalayan Range, you can stay in Sarangkot. This place has one of the best views of Annapurna Himalayan Range and is pretty far from the city of Pokhara. Here are some views you can get from Sarangkot:
What to Do and Where to Go?
It is very recommended to you to do boating on nice and beautiful lakes which you can find in Pokhara. Here is the list:
- Phewa/Fewa Lake – One of the most beautiful spots in Nepal. It is surrounded by some forests, hills, and high white peaks. While boating on this lake, you can also stop by and trek to reach the World Peace Pagoda which is located on the hilltop of Ananda Hill.
- Begnas Lake – Feel this quiet, clean and peaceful lake which is located about 13km southeast from Pokhara while boating on it. You can also enjoy the fascinating walk experience along the road leading Begnas Lake.
- Dipping Lake – Continue your journey for about 2km from Begnas Lake then you’ll find Dipping Lake. It is a beautiful place where you can find wild lotus and wild swan. Perhaps you can also find an angel there 😉
- Rupa Lake – This is a great option for nature lovers who look for much more quite and cleaner lake. However, for that quality, of course you should pay bigger price. But no, it’s not about money, it’s just that this lake is one of the most remote places in Pokhara. Much hard work to get there 🙂
♦ Trekking to World Peace Pagoda (View Point of Phewa Lake, Pokhara City & Annapurna Himalayan Range)
World Peace Pagoda or Shanti Stupa is one of two peace pagodas in Nepal. The spot is situated at the height of 1,100 meters on the top of Ananda Hills in the district of Kaski, Nepal. It is one of the best places to watch sunrise and sunset over Pokhara. The easiest way to get there from Pokhara city is by taking a taxi to the base of Peace Pagoda. However, I really suggest you to go on foot (trekking) instead. Take a boat on Phewa Lake, stop at Ananda Hills and trek to reach the World Peace Pagoda. It would take about 1 hour walking. On your way there, you can rest at a small restaurant which is on the height of 500 meters from Phewa Lake. Enjoy your meal there while looking at the beautiful view of Phewa Lake and Pokhara City. One you reach the top, you can also get the great view of Annapurna Mountains including Fishtail, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South and Annapurna III.
♦ Trekking from Sarangkot to Pokhara City
Go to Sarangkot very early in the morning and enjoy a very beautiful scene of a sun rising from Annapurna Himalayan Range. After it, do not bother taking taxi or another vehicle to get back to Pokhara because it is the best for you to just walk, down the hill to Phewa Lake. You won’t walk the same way as you go up with car, you would do it through a small village between Sarangkot and Pokhara. It’s such a fascinating experience to see people live peacefully with the nature, seeing their daily activities while enjoying the great view all around you.
♦ Visiting Temples
There are a lot of temples all around Nepal, and of course including in Pokhara. As a tourist, you can go to these temples for praying, pretending to pray, or watching people praying 😀
One of the most famous temples here are Tal Barahi Temple which is located at a very small island in the middle of Phewa Lake and Bindhyabasini Temple where you can see a part of Pokhara city which is surrounded by snowy Himalayan Mountains.
♦ Visiting Caves
Mahendra Cave, Chamare Gufa (Bat Cave) and Gupteswar Mahadev Cave are ones you might want to visit in Pokhara. Each cave has its characteristic, for sure, but they also have a similarity: have some statues inside for people to pray to gods.
♦ Visiting Museums
- International Mountain Museum – This is a museum about mountaineering and its history, where you can also learn about villages around Himalayan Mountains plus the description of people who live there.
- Gurkha Memorial Museum – Dedicated to the famous Nepali soldiers. This is the place where you can observe about various historic uniforms, weapons and flags.
♦ Adventure Sports
For you sporty people and adventure maniacs, here are some things you don’t want to miss to do in Pokhara:
- Mountain Biking
- Rock Climbing
- Himalayan Golf Course
To get any of those experiences, you can easily book for it at a travel agent around the city or it’s usually also available in hotels where you stay at.
Now, you’re ready to crash Pokhara and have lots of fun there! Enjoy! 😀