One of the major tourist destinations, Pokhara is the second largest city of Nepal and it is located around 200km west from the capital city of Kathmandu. The city is home to a variety of adventure activities for travellers and is popular for its picturesque landscapes. Amongst the highlights are the Fewa Lake and Begnas Lake, where the elevation will take you to the hilltop such as Sarangkot. This place offers mesmerizing views of the sunrise which elegantly falls on the gigantic Himalayan Ranges. Also, mountains such as Annapurna, Fishtail, and Dhaulagiri as the backdrop of Fewa lake can be seen from anywhere in the city. Pokhara is a perfect place to participate in a wide variety of activities such as paragliding, river rafting, mountain biking, trekking, and yoga.
It is more calm and serene when compared to other big cities like Kathmandu. This peaceful and meditative lakeside city is ideal for learning and practicing yoga and meditation. Here, roads are less busy and the urban life is well managed, this allows yoga enthusiasts the solitude and solace they need. Enrolling in yoga program in Pokhara would be ideal to relax and recharge your body, mind, and spirit with positivity. What attracts people to enrol in a yoga program in Pokhara is the quietness of the hills. You can find several yoga retreats to select from. The growing popularity of yoga retreats in Pokhara has subtly transformed in from party hub to an ideal yoga destination in Nepal.
Besides yoga, there is trekking that makes Pokhara a popular destination. The Annapurna Base Camp Trek ranks next to Everest as the most extreme trek in Nepal. This magnificent trail will take you through the mountains of Dhaulagiri, Macchapuchhre (fishtail), Manaslu, Gangapurna, and Tilicho Peak. The trail will later culminate at the Annapurna peaks 1 to 8. Experience the thrill of staying in the Nepali teahouses on the trek and determine the difficulty level and duration of your trek. There is also Poon Hill Trek which is a favourite among trekkers as the trek offers some of the most beautiful views of the snow-capped mountain peaks basking in the hues of sunrise. Other adventure activities include Zip Lining as Pokhara has world’s most longest, tallest, and steepest zip line in the world, White Water Rafting amidst the high currents of the Upper Seti river, Paragliding over the Fewa Lake, Bungee Jumping which is a 70-meter vertical drop for three seconds in the Pokhara valley, Ultralight Flight to enjoy the Himalayan peaks and get a bird’s-eye view of Pokhara, Mountain Biking to Sarangkot or Nagarkot to bask in the beauty of sunrise and sunset, and lastly Kayaking in Fewa Lake.
Among the many things, one of the best ways to get the most of Pokhara is by exploring the old city on a motorbike. The vibrant Old Bazaar is a gathering place for traders where you can find temples, monuments, and architecture resembling the Newari architecture. Also, other than Fewa Lake, you can also visit Bejnas Lake which is less touristy and offers amazingly beautiful views. Another less crowded place is the Bat Cave where you can see the bats very closely. Be a little careful as the rocks are quite slippery and the exit of this small cave is narrow.
Some of the major attractions of Pokhara city are the Peace Pagoda from where you can get spectacular views of the valley, Fewa Lake which is a well-maintained lake located at the heart of the city, Barahi Temple located in the middle of Fewa Lake, Gupteshwar Mahadev caves which is visited by various pilgrims, Davis Falls which is a gorge with waterfalls leading to an underground tunnel towards the formation of Gupteshwar Mahadev, the International Mountain Museum where you can get to know more about the majestic Himalayas, explorers, mountaineers, their equipment and gears, along with the tribals of the Himalayan villages. While in Pokhara do not forget to savour on the delicious local food such as momos, the sekuwa lamb, and dal bhat.
Surely, Pokhara is much more than just as starting point for the Annapurna Trek. The city is settled below the snow-capped Annapurna Mountain Range, and despite the rush, you will be comfortable in the seclusion here.