Pokhara in Brief:
Pokhara, the most second popular tourist spot in the country, a place to view snow-capped mountains
and to start off your major trekking expeditions to the Himalayas. We say in Kathmandu, “Get away from here as soon as you can to see the true Nepal” and when they get here, we say “Stay here as long as you want”
It is believed that Pokhara was the city of Mallas, the rulers of Nepal about 250 years ago. The Newar community of Kathmandu Valley migrated to Pokhara, built houses like those of Mallas, and started developing settlements which lead to the development of this city. Today, Pokhara is developed by tourism, import and export business of both domestic as well as foreign products to various towns and villages in Kaski and other districts of Nepal.
Things to do in Pokhara
Clean city area, Shangri la around, and breeze from Himalaya makes Pokhara the unmatched city in the world. It may just be the base of the beautiful Himalayas, but it showcases enough to win more than expectation of travelers.
Once you leave this city, You will miss Himalayan breeze kissing your cheeks, happy little kids on the streets, and the glories mornings with sun right in-front of your face. If Pokhara had an International Airport, this is where you would want to come first in Nepal.
Why visit Pokhara ?
Pokhara is situated at about 827 meter from sea level, and is located 124 miles (about 200 km) west of Kathmandu and can be reached by plane in 35 minutes or in 5 hours by bus. Pokhara is the next destination after Kathmandu for many adventure and pleasure trips in and around Pokhara. Pokhara is often called the enchanting Himalayan valley with a heart of major actions and adventures.
Surrounded by beautiful snow-caped mountains, with a magnificent lake of crystal-clear pure Himalayan water, all-year round pleasing weather, and friendly Pokhralis will greet you with a smile and leave you with the most unforgettable moments in your life. So pack up your bag, load your camera, and get ready for Pokhara experience!
Things to Do
Just about any adventure activities or just a casual holiday to be close to the Himalaya to enjoy dinners and spend time of your lifetime!
Visit These Areas
While many just like to sit back at Pokhara, lakeside being the most popular for tourists, there a few places that will compel anyone to pay a visit no matter what their budget may be. Visiting many of these places costs a little or none.
Fewa (or Phewa) Lake
1.5 kilometer long, second largest lake in Nepal, offers an excellent view of the mountains and their reflections on the lake. Many tours and trekking operators and hotels are located on the lakeside. One can easily find a place to sit back, relax and enjoy great meal while enjoying scenery here. You will also enjoy boating on the lake. Most hotels and guest houses have traditional designs and layouts which match with the surrounding views. The photo on the right is of Rara Lake, another popular lake located in Pokhara.
Witness a unique waterfall that lies 2 Km from central Pokhara City. The waterfall directly goes into a deep and narrow canal with no ends. It is believed that this deadly waterfall took the life of a tourist named David, who fell down into the canal who was never found. The name Davis fall comes form his name. This place has many nick names like Davy’s Fall, David’s Fall or Davis’s Fall, all mean the same thing `The Davis Water Fall’ – Security bars are there for others to climb near the canal, and powerful waterfall can still be reached but at a secure point. Just a view of this place brings a chill to our spins.
The most spectacular sight in Pokhara is the sight of Annapurna range. See the following image which shows eight important mountains of the Annapurna range.
This range stretching from west to east includes Dhaulagiri, South Annapurna, Annapurna 1, Hiunchuli, Fish-tail (Machapuchare), Annapurna 3, Annapurna 4, and Annapurna 2. In Pokhara, the holy unclimbed mountain Macchapucchre (or also known as Fishtail Mountain), located in the middle of the Annapurna range, can be seen standing right in front of our nose.
Everyone in Pokhara wakes up early to greet the mountains during sunrise. The reflection of sunlight from a mountain is always a breathtaking site. You will never forget the sight of the fishtail mountain standing right before your eyes saying “Good Morning!”
Begnas and Rupa Lake
The name Pokhara is derived from the word Pokhari, which in Nepali means pond or a lake. There are about eight lakes in Pokhara and besides the the fewa lake, the other two lakes known as Begnas Lake and Rupa lake located about 15 km from Pokhara are ideal places for relaxation, boating and fishing. Get to Begnas by bus, or by a taxi, or cycle from Pokhara. Visit Begnas Bazaar for a unique hillside market experience.
Seti Gandaki / Gorge
Seti Gandaki and Seti Gorge are other two important places to visit in Pokhara. The Seti gandaki flows right through the city, it runs completely underground at many places. There is a local myth that the entire land of Pokhara floats on the Seti river. Rivers in Nepal are known for their strength and the purity as entire source is from the Himalayan range.
Mahendra Cave (Gufa or Gupha in Nepali)
Mahindra cave is located about 10km north from central Pokhara. It is a natural site located across the Seti river pass the Batulechours village.
Other places to visit in Pokhara are – Barahi temple, situated in the middle of Phewa lake, Pokhara Museum, Annapurna Museum, Bindhyabasini temple, and World Peace Pagoda.
A luxurious star hotel is located here and many tourists class lodges and small hotels are here for catering to those on holidays and expeditions to the Himalaya mountains with Pokhara city as their base. Visit our web directory for a listing of hotels under locality – pokhara category.
Buy tickets directly from the office of airlines located in Kathmandu to avoid services charges from travel agents. One can also reserve to buy tickets when you get to Nepal, visit domestic airlines websites
Pokhara receives very good amount of Rainfall every year. Rainy months include May to September, where July is the most heavy rain fall season receiving upto 33 inches (about 845 mm or millimeter) rainfall is expected in certain rainy days.
Pokhara has a mild weather all year around, however during December to February, temperature can drop to freezing point. Pokhara gets more rain than any other city of Nepa and often locals call it the wettest city of the country.
Best time to visit
Best time to visit this city is October and April. Most travelers gong for trekking visit this destination before and after the monsoon season.
Most Popular Itinerary:
For those visiting the nation, this destination is the number of choice for holiday makers for it’s scenic beauty, glorious sunrise and romantic atmosphere at the foothill of Himalayas. a 3 days visit here is a popular choice among visitors.
It is a main center for the import and distribution of the domestic and imported foreign goods for various districts that are linked to Pokhara. Pokhara is the main entry point for goods going to the Kaski district of Nepal. Pokhara’s population is growing, as the city has become the immediate choice for those who are leaving Kathmandu and the number of Nepalese living abroad wanting to buy homes and land in Pokhara has been ever-increasing. Tourism business such as opening resorts atop nearby mountains are also in demand in Pokhara.
How to get to there ?
Mountain flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara is the best option. View Himalayas including the Annapurna range which lies right next to flight path. Riding a public bus or hiring a taxi to Pokhara is also a good option. Public buses run daily from Kathmandu. It takes 4 hours by bus to reach Pokhara.
Notes & Facts
- Population – About 170,000
- Land Area – 47.5 square miles (about 123 sq kilometers) with half of the area is Sub-Metropolitan City.
- Location of the City – Longitude : 83 58′ 30″E to 80 02′ 30″ E and Latitude : 28 10′ N to 28 16′ N
- Altitude – 2900 feet (about 884 meter)
- Distance – 124 miles (200 km) from Kathmandu or 112 miles (182 km) from Bhairahawa.
- Pokhara’s airport is one of the most beautiful airport in the world with Himalayan and gorgeous mountains up above, flights to this destination is regarded as the best flights in the world for viewing mountains as well.