Pokhara, the center of adventure in Nepal is located in the mid western Nepal and it is six hours drive or 20- minutes flight from Kathmandu. Pokhara is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Nepal after Kathmandu. The valley is filled with lush vegetation, swift flowing rivers and dotted with clear, shimmering lakes. It is one of the major towns of Nepal, providing a perfect gateway from the chaotic life in the cities. Pokhara is blessed with the backdrop of one of the most dramatic sceneries in the world. Due to its stunningly beautiful natural setting and the suitable base for trekking in the Annapurna region, Pokhara is very popular among the visitors. It is the starting point for many of the Nepal’s most popular trekking and rafting destination. It is also the only place in the world from where one can enjoy the magnificent view of mountains having the elevation above 8000 meters while sitting below 1000 meters above the sea level. Out of the 14 highest mountains of the world, known as the Thousanders, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Manaslu can be seen from Pokhara.
Pokhara once lay on the important trade route between India and Tibet. To this day, mule trains set up camps on the city outskirts, bringing goods from remote Himalayan regions including Mustang. Gurungs and Magars, who have earned world-wide fame as fierce Gurkha warriors, are predominant here. Thakalis, indigenous of the Thak Khola region of Mustang, are known for their entrepreneurship and run tea houses along the trek routes in the Annapurna region.
Pokhara is the centre to adventure and the gateway to the world famous Annapurna circuit trekking trail.
Phewa Lake is the second largest lake in Nepal, measuring 1.5km × 4 km. Phewa Lake is the major center of attraction in Pokhara. The beautiful street of Pokhara near the lake is named as Lakeside. The enchanting lake is the wonderful playground. Brightly painted wooden boats and sailboats can be rnted on reasonable cost around the lakeside. Phewa Lake is the largest and the most beautiful of the three lakes, attracting large number of visitors who enjoys boating on the lake. Begnas and Rupa Lakes are other major lakes. One can enjoy boating in these lakes too. Medicinal and herbal plants around these areas make the surrounding atmosphere more hygienic and colorful.
Originated from the Machhapuchhre glacier, Seti (which means white in Nepali) is a mysterious wonder of Pokhara. Seti River runs through the main city area in about 40 meters depth. The river provides a perfect view of its dreadful rush before it disappears at Bagar into a deep gorge. The gorge is visible from the bridges in the city from the K.I Singh Bridge, northwest end of the city and from Mahendra pool, Ramhat and Prithivi Chowk area.
Davi’s Fall (Patale Chhango):
The water flowing from Phewa lake shows a wonderful fall. It is said that In the year 1961, a Swiss tourist who was just swimming in the Phewa Lake was swept away due to the unexpected overflow in the dam water and her husband was helpless. Thus, her body was never recovered and was vanished forever. Then the fall was named after her name as Davis Falls. We find hollow sandy part and a heavy fall of water within its natural trench. It looks really amazing scene of rainbow with sunlight when a volume of water falls in the deep rocky gorge and produces the water vapor especially in the summer.
There are many caves as Mahendra Cave, Bats cave and crystal cave. Gupteshwar Mahadev cave is just opposite sides of Davi’s Fall where the Hindu religion people worship the temple of their great god Mahadev inside the cave. The bat cave holds thousands of bat inside it. The cave is really dark and dangerous for those who are afraid of the dark. The Mahendra cave is inside the jungle area with a great geological structure.
Tal Barahi Temple:
It is located on a small island in the middle of Phewa Lake just offshore from the lakeside. It takes less than 10 minutes to reach there by boat. The atmosphere is so peaceful for one to enjoy the green forest just beyond the south end, full-scale scenery of the lake and the amazing reflection of the Mountain Fishtail and Annapurna on the surface. There is a huge celebration in the temple during Dashain, the biggest Nepali festival in the month of September/ October.
It is located on the top of a small hill at the north of the old bazaar. It is believed to be the one of the oldest temples in the valley. One may get chance to see Nepali wedding ceremony taking place in the premises of the temple on lucky day.
International Mountain Museum:
International Mountain Museum is situated just 1.5 km south from the Pokhara airport.It provides the information on mountaineering, The world's mountain system, mountain cultures, environments, prominent people in mountain history, mountain geography, ecology, exhibition of mountaineering history and implied methods. It opens daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. It is managed by the NMA (Nepal Mountaineering Association).
It is located between the airport and Mahendra Pul and reflects the ethnic mosaic of Western Nepal. The lifestyles and history of ethnic groups such as the Gurungs, Thakali and the Tharu are attractively displayed here.It opens daily expect Tuesdays and Holidays, from 10 am to 4 pm.
Located at Prithivi Narayan Campus east of the old bazaar, Annapurna Museum is also known as the Natural History Museum. The museum has an exceptional collection of butterflies, insects, birds, and models of wildlife as well as samples of various precious and semi-precious stones an volcanic rocks. It opens daily, except Saturdays and holidays from 10 am to 5 pm. It is managed by ACAP.
Gurkha Memorial Museum:
Pokhara and its surrounding is mainly the homeland of the world-famous Gurkha soldiers. Gurkha Memorial Museum has been established in the premises of the British Camp. It contains a collection of used uniforms, Medals, Pictures and other materials used by those brave and courageous soldiers during the first and second war time. The museum opens all day from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm except Wednesday.
Row your boat or peddle it or just enjoy by hiring a driver. Sail the boat on the lakes over the mountain shadows, Chat with your family and loved one and say "just wonderful..." over the blue water. You can relax in wonderful ways. When there is stress, loneliness in your life, Pokhara is there to make your relaxation wonderful and memorable.
Pohara is among the hotspots for Paragliding in the world. You can imagine how wonderful it is sharing the same air space with the Himalayan vultures, eagles, and kites as you soar over the rivers, lakes and the villages. The mountain loom over you to your north and below you the landscape is dotted with the paddy fields and hamlets. The flying season commences from September through February, November and December being the best months. The destination for Paragliding is Sarangkot.
Ultra Light Flights:
Come to Pokhara fly like a bird, leave your woes behind on earth, soar to heights, bathe in the clouds, reach out the mountain and kiss the sky as you fly across in the ultra light flights. Ultra Light Flights operates from Pokhara airport; September through June. It is also an opportunity to take some breathtaking views.
There are several hills and hillocks scattered around Pokhara offering day hikes with different taste of nature. Sarangkot, Kahun hill, Kasakikot, Naundanda, Australian Camp, Dhital, Rupakot, Mattikhan, Nimarlpokhari, Bharatpokhari, Kalikasthan, Armalakot, Gharmi, Dhampus, thulakot etc are some hill station for hikers to see and enjoy local culture, sunrise, sunset and panoramic mountain view.
Trekking & Mountaineering:
Nepal is pioneer in world trekking and mountaineering and Pokhara is the gateway and rest place for the trekkers and mountaineers since 1950. Snow fed mountians lying north of Pokhara are major sources of world famous trekking routes around Pokhara. Annapurna circuit, Annapurna Base camp, Poonhill, Mardi Himal, Machhapauchhre, Dhaulagiri round, Jomsom, Sikles, Panchase, Ghandruk etc are some popular trekking routes around Pokhara. Similarly, Pokhara is the only appropriate place to start for mountaineering on the peaks of the Annapurna range.
The two world class golf course Yeti Golf course at Fulbari resort and Himalayan Golf Course in Chhinedanda are expanded in huge and diverse areas about 8 km away from the main city. These golf courses offer unique golfing experience.
The lakes in Pokhara are good spot for Sahar, Katle, (nepal native species), eel and catfish. The best fishing season here are from June to August. Rods are available at the lakeside.