Things to do in Pokhara
Pokhara is the paradise of Nepal. This city is also the second most touristic area after Kathmandu. What makes this city so remarkable is that, it sits right in the lap of the stunning Himalayas. Once you visit this city you can never forget the charm and tranquility of the nature around here. The magnificent Himalayas, exotic locations, serene lakes and temples makes Pokhara city hard to resist. Famous recreational activities, adventures and sports and the trekking routes of the Annapurna Region makes it the most favored city.
During your stay in Pokhara, you are most likely to immerse yourself in different adventures. But Pokhara, being the second most touristic area of Nepal you can experience different culture, tradition and their living style through sightseeing. In this activity you will get to see different lakes, caves, a waterfall and different temples. Among them Phewa Lake, Begnas Lake, Rupa Lake, Tal Barahi Temple, BindaBasini Temple, Gupteshwor Mahadev Temple, Gupteshwor Cave, World Peace Gumba and Devi’s falls are the most popular. As well as you get glimpses of mountains and different ranges including Annapurna Range, Fishtail Mountain, Annapurna Mountain and many more.
Sightseeing in one option you can do while you are in Pokhara. Give it a try to know more about the Pokhara’s people and culture. You might consider hiring experienced tour guide to get insights and history behind.
For those who are looking to know the history and the ancient art and culture, museum can be the best. And Pokhara also preserves some of the artifacts and arts in different museums. Some of the museums in Pokhara:
Pokhara Regional Museum: This museum preserves the mosaics of western Nepal, reflecting the lifestyle and the history of this region.
Annapurna Museum: This museum is also known as the Natural History Museum. It has an exceptional collection of different species of butterflies, insects, birds, and models of wildlife. The museum also holds some of the precious stones and volcanic rocks.
International Mountain Museum: This museum is dedicated to protect and showcase the informations relating the Man and Mountains around the world. Perfect place for Mountaineers.
Gorkha Memorial Museum: This museum has the in formations relating brave Gurkha soldiers, their history and different aspects.
Most of the trekking routes of Annapurna Region start from Pokhara. But you might be looking for shorter ones like hiking. And in Pokhara there are many opportunities and routes for short hiking. Ranging from one day hike to multi day hike, the choice is yours. Famous hiking destinations are Dhampus, Sarangkot and Kahun Dada. All the hiking offers spectacular views and typical Nepali villages and their living style.
>>Sunrise/Sunset & Mountain View
Sunrise and sunset view from Sarangkot is famous among tourists. For this activity you will need to rise and shine early in the morning, go to the right spot and experience Sunrise from the magnificent Annapurna Range. Famous sunrise is from Annapurna Range, Manaslu Range and Machhapuchhre Range (Fishtail). This is the true creation of nature, better visit one of the best spot to glare that piece of nature.
Paragliding is favoured by many of the tourists as the scenes and the landscape from above is like getting free hamburger with coke. You can see wonderful city, valleys, mountains, green hills and likes while you are up in the sky. The best experience is the panoramic view of Annapurna range. Another recent adventure in paragliding is Para-Hawcking, where you can fly alongside the magnificent bird Hawk.
Around 2 minutes of thrilling adventure, Zip flyer comes among the attractive adventures in Pokhara. The Zip-flyer starts from the height 1625 meters in Sarangkot and ends at 960meters in Hemmja. And not to forget, this zip-flyer is the world’s steepest, tallest and fastest. With the total distance of 1.80KM (1.12 miles) and vertical height of 610 meters, it is believed to reach the maximum speed of 120km/hour.
Bungee Jumping in Pokhara was first introduced during the September of 2014. This is very famous jumping point where the jumper falls from the height of 80 meters. Below is the artificial pond where once you are still, boat comes to pick the jumper and un-harness safely. You can also get pictures and videos of Bungee jump taken with some extra cash.
For light hearted adventure, Ultra-light Flight is one of a kind experience. It takes you above the Pokhara city and you can explore the city like a bird. The beautiful landscape, hills, lakes and peaks are sure to drop you jaws. It is a two seated light aircraft without any window and you can feel the fresh air. You can experience this adventure once you are in Pokhara and make a booking in the airport there.
Sunrise Adventure Trek can pre-book your flight. So, contact us for more info and booking.
Mountain biking is one adventure you must try while you are in Pokhara. With the lush green hills, small and remarkable villages following the rivers, circle the temples with beautiful surrounding around you, it can be wonderful and fun opportunity to explore the paradise of Nepal, Pokhara. The bikes are easily accessible in the city and you can choose the type and category of cycle on the hourly as well as daily basis. If you are lucky you may get chance to join group and they provide some discount if you are in group.
Boating is very famous in Pokhara. Both the domestic as well as foreigners like to boat in Phewa lake and row toward the famous temple, Talbarahi, which happens to be in the middle of the lake. You even get to see the mirror of mountain giant fishtail in the water if the sky is clear. It is better to take rower but you can row yourself if you like. Also you can boat in the Begnas Lake and Rupa Lake, though they are bit far like 15 km away. Hiring a boat is not difficult; you can hire boat either in hour or daily basis and choose option between pedal-driven, sail or rowboats.
Pokhara is also a hub for avid trekkers, attracting many tourists. Famous trekking routes like Annapurna Base Camp and short trekking routes like Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking, Dhampus Trekking, Ghandruk Trekking, Sarangkot Hike and others can be done from Pokhara. Most of the trekking in Pokhara offers Mountain views of Machhapuchre, Dhaulagiri, Annapuran, Nilgiri, Manaslu and many others along the way.
Ranging from one day hike to multi days of trekking with your time and budget, here in Pokhara you will never fall short in case of trekking. But you should consider taking some experienced guides and porters to carry extra luggage and to reach the destination safely.