Learn How To Start Pokhara Tour For The First Timer

Pokhara Tour Guide:- The main way to travel to any place is to make it effective, easy, and less money consuming. What I mean is how can you stay away from regret. For example, there are three places A, B, and C. suppose Aand B are near, and C is quite far, but if you first travel to A and then C and then after B. Then it will be one of the silliest mistakes in your life. So better learn about the places before you travel there.

After you reach Pokhara, don’t rush, and the first thing you do after reaching Pokhara is to buy an umbrella or rain cover. It is very rainy their in any season.

It is the first precaution for you and the utmost important one. So better remember this. Now I will make a list for you to travel step by step. So you can travel more effectively in Pokhara.

Learn How To Start Pokhara Tour For The First Timer

1. Annapurna Base Camp Trek 

The host to not one, not two, but six Himalayan massive peaks – the Annapurna Massif is situated in Nepal’s northern region, and the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is an incredible opportunity to experience the giant.

While the peaks themselves extend over 55 km, after a few days trek from Pokhara, the Annapurna base camp trek takes you within a breathtaking distance of the 7,000 m high ranges. Few mountains can claim the sheer beauty the Annapurna base camp possesses!

This takes you to a silvery blanket of snow and capricious slopes of green valleys through the oak, maple, rhododendron, and merrily dancing rice fields.

Annapurna Base Camp Image
Annapurna Base Camp Treks

Annapurna range satiates your appetite for adventure with the endless mountain peaks right from Pokhara, and you’ll be able to enjoy the picturesque beauty of all the mountain peaks before the start of the trek itself. The distinct views of Machapuchare, Annapurna South, and other peaks will likely be seen when you reach Ghandruk.

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Machapuchare, also known as the fish-tailed mountain, is an important peak in the range and highly protected, and tourists arrive here in abundance for its exquisite beauty.

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Natives assume this is Lord Shiva’s abode. One can catch the views of Annapurna 1, Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli from the base camp at Machapuchare.

Also, the Annapurna Base Camp is considered to house a small cluster of lodges that offer the Annapurna Glacier’s mysterious sights situated on the opposite side alongside the towering glaciers called Gangapurna, Gandharvachuli, and Machapuchare. On the Annapurna Base Camp trek, you have a wide range of landscapes to be covered and the tricky, long trails that go through various forests filled with rhododendron, fern, and bamboo trees. There, oak trees become dominant. 

Trekking:

The path leading to the Annapurna Base Camp is filled with every imaginable scenery and sights. Steady and steady climbs through its thick forests and rich terrace fields make us fascinated by Annapurna’s majestic and upright mountain peaks. The spots you’ll stay overnight during the trek are Nayapul, Ghandruk, Sinuwa, Deurali, and the base camp. 

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Weather Conditions:

Most routes leading to the base camp have little danger from the snow cover, but you have to be cautious in the spring. Spring brings joy with numerous flowers at the lower elevations, but it will be packed with snow at the edges.

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It’s a perfect time to do spring season trekking throughout the months. The weather conditions are very fluctuating since it is situated at a great height, but the autumn season experiences quite a steady environment. It is also considered the most suitable time to do trekking.

In October, Pokhara’s daytime temperature will be between 15 ° C and 20 ° C. Temperatures for the night are 0 to 5 ° C. Camp at Machapuchare Basecamp. Annapurna Base will fall to 0 ° C.

There will be no snow cover in October to delay you, but if you want April, you’ll possibly be experiencing snow near Machapuchare Base Camp and near ABC.

Spring: The spring season begins from March to May and has a slightly warmer temperature ranging from 17 ° C to 20 ° C., But after Autumn, it is still the perfect time to trek as the forests come to life with blooming flowers and green trees. The air is packed with the flowers’ fragrance, and the clear sky offers an uninterrupted view of the mountains.

Summer: The summer season is also known as the rainy season with average temperatures from 18 ° C to 25 ° C, beginning from June to August. It is also known as ‘off-season’ as the rain contributes to landslides in the lower area and avalanches in the higher factor, making the season even less favorable.

But in the season, you can still go trekking if you’d planned accordingly. You’ll see fewer people making dirty and slippery routes with the vague sky.

Autumn: the perfect season to schedule a trek from September to November is. Temperatures continue with rain or snowfall from 15 ° C to 17 ° C. Sunrise and sunsets will be seen perfectly because the sky would be clear. At the same time, you’ll find the trail crowded, but it’s worth the trek.

Winter: Winter days have temperatures from 9 °C to 12 °C beginning from December and lasting until February, while night temperatures may fall to -15 °C to -20 °C with foggy morning and uncertain sky. While the lower regions are dry but the upper regions are covered with a dense layer of snow that involves hiking crampons and winter clothing is a must.

Difficulties and challenges:

Annapurna Base Camp Trek has a mild difficulty as it is located at an altitude of 4,130 m above sea level with a total trekking distance of 115 KM. That accounts for up to 10-20 KM per day, but it is still very achievable.

Unless you’ve never done a high altitude trek, you have to brace by monitoring your food and exercise beforehand. If you’ve done trekking but not as far as this one, you should focus on your commitment because it will be tougher than other treks. And if you’re a frequent trekker, then that should not be as difficult as it could be for you.

It will be the most difficult place to travel in Pokhara, so travel It first, so the energy you brought will be utilized. Relatively, you will feel better while traveling in other places because other places are far easier to travel then ABC. If you just scrolled without reading the above information, then remember that travel here first.

Good luck!!

2. Sarangkot

The hill known as Sarangkot is located on the outskirts of Pokhara city. It provides one of the greatest views of the Annapurna Himalayan peaks from Pokhara. Owing to the stunning pink and orange hues the mountain range takes on, it is best seen at dawn or dusk.

View from Sarangkot at Sunrise-click to see larger sunrise photo at Sarangkot There’s an undescribed village just before the point of view that’s based on an ancient fortress.

A small village is possessing its natural beauty. The best thing about Sarangkot village is that it lies in the outskirts of Pokhara town. Also, you will get a chance to see one of the most beautiful Himalayan Annapurna collection. Besides some stunning mountain ranges, you can even see the orange hues.

Paragliding in Sarangkot, Pokhara, Nepal
Paragliding in Sarangkot, Pokhara, Nepal

Sarangkot is also the popular location in Pokhara for paragliders to launch from. If you go trekking in Annapurna’s mountain range, then take a look at Sarangkot first instead of after the trek! Looking at where you are going is somehow better than just where you have come from.

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You can go to Sarang Kot by taxi or motorbike. If you came back from ABC trek, you can rest for a while and feel the moment.

3. Paragliding

Paragliding in Pokhara can be done year-round as long as there is no rain, and the thermal baths are active. Nepal’s peak season for Paragliding is the same as the usual September-November and February-March tourist season.

The fall months are the best time as the thermal baths develop fast and make flying easy. In November, I went for Paragliding in Nepal, and the conditions were perfect! The sun has to be out long enough to heat the earth and create the lifting thermals.

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Early morning flights tend to be shorter as thermals have not developed, but they’re calmer if you want a less turbulent flight. The thermals will be active by late morning, which creates the best conditions for Paragliding (i.e., you’ll be in the air longer), so this is the perfect time to get the most bang for your buck.

Paragliding is generally a safe activity at Pokhara. It is probably safer than going across the street at a busy city intersection! During peak season, there are more than 250 flights per day.

Paragliding Nepal Pokhara
Paragliding in Nepal Pokhara

You have a safe chute in the reserve and a wide lake in case of an incident. But it’s an extreme adventure sport, and there are risks involved. During take-off and landing, the biggest risk is if there is a sudden wind change. The occurrence of this is extremely unlikely, but go with a firm with a proven track record and business insurance to put your mind at ease.

I recommend Paragliding on the Sunrise. To go tandem paragliding, you do not have any experience. The pilot will do all of the work so you can just sit back and relax and enjoy the amazing views.

If you are interested in learning to paraglide on your own, Sunrise Paragliding has courses for beginners to learn how to be a pilot, or advanced trips if you have any prior knowledge in Paragliding. It cost about 8000NRS to 15000NRS per head, so better take some money while going there.

4. Adventure sport in Pokhara

a. bungee jump

Located in central Nepal, this quaint town settles on Lake Phewa and is famous as the gateway to the Annapurna Circuit, the Himalayas entrance. Owning a variety of high peaks, bungee jumping is a worthwhile pursuit in Pokhara.

From the serene temples to the quiet yoga centers, this place has a whole dish of it all. Besides being located at an elevation of 1,400 m above sea level, there is also a Mountain Museum where you can get a deep insight into mountaineers’ lives.

This silent city’s major tourist attractions are places like the Phewa Lake, Begnas Lake, Davis falls, and a few others.

Bungy Jumping in Nepal in Bhote Koshi River
Bungy Jumping

This 20-minute activity will all be carried out under the trained jumpmasters’ supervision to take care of the safety. Waiting for your turn to glimpse the beautiful Himalayas and the tiny little booklets that will truly melt your heart with its beauty.

Hear the safety instructions, and enjoy your refreshments along with that. The package also includes convenient bus transport from Kathmandu to Last Resort and returns the same way.

b. Ultralight Flight

Imagine soaring through the clouds in an ultralight aircraft and savoring a Pokhara Valley’s glimpse from a bird’s eye. During the flight, you can witness the views of snow-clad mountain ranges like Annapurna, Machhapuchchhre, Manaslu, and Dhaulagiri, etc. from a close distance that will amaze you.

Ultralight Flight Pokhara Nepal
Ultralight Flight

A treat for your eyes is the beautiful lush valley glimpses, green meadows, thick forests, quaint Nepal villages, and the scenic Lake Phewa. Such a thrilling practice is once in a lifetime experience, and these experiences will be remembered forever. The flight duration varies from 15 minutes to 90 minutes, depending on the package you are selecting.

c. Trekking 

Trekking in Pokhara is not only fun but also incredibly exciting. Pokhara has come up with some of the most stunning treks that culminate in both adventures with some jaw-dropping and spectacular scenic beauty.

The treks are beautifully decorated with rich flora and fauna that add to the trek’s beauty. Some of the best trekking terrains would be Ulleri, Ghorepani, Poon Hills, Tadapani, and Chomrung are among the popular trekking options.

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THE ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT Trekking Nepal

The best months to visit are March through June, and October through November are some of the best trekking months. The difficulty level is very high, although to complete the trek, one must be physically fit.

5. Jungclub schooling monastery

One of the most famous and old monasteries in Pokhara is Jangchub Choeling Monastery. Jangchub Choeling Monastery was formally founded in 1967 by H.H., the 14th Dalai Lama, under the guidance of Lama Dupsing Rinpoche.

Over the years, the monastery has been continually expanded by increasing its facilities. At first, only 35 monks were residing in the Jangchub Choeling Monastery, but hundreds of monks lived in this monastery.

The Jangchub Choeling Monastery has collected and store numerous volumes of Kagyu and Tengyur texts over the last several years.

In 1963, H.H., the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa, asked Lama Dupseng Rinpoche to move to Pokhara to satisfy the residents’ religious needs. He moved there, and they built a small monastery to carry Buddhist rites and ceremonies. Slowly as the number of devotees starts to grow, many guards began to ordain their sons as monks to Lama Dupseng Rinpoche.

Later in 1967, the 14th Dalai Lama named the monastery Jangchub Choeling Monastery and officially ran the monastery under Lama Dupseng Rinpoche’s direction.

After three years, the Lama Dupseng Rinpoche moved the monastery to its present location to expand the area and improve the facility. Shortly after the monastery’s transfer in 1976, Lama Dupseng Rinpoche died and left the newly inaugurated monastery with no guide and some future.

Then, in 1978, H.H. appointed Shangpa Rinpoche, the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa, who was 23 years old back then. He was elected monastery Chief Abbot. A few years later, H.E. For the good of the Buddhists there, Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche asked Shangpa Rinpoche to be the resident Rinpoche for Singapore. Since then, Shangpa Rinpoche has started to fly to Singapore and several of South East Asia’s Karma Kagyud centers.

The shrine hall was built in 1991, and the monastery was inaugurated once more by H.E Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche. However, the place for prayer is not enough for monks to gain a complete intelligence of the Buddhist belief.

Therefore donations for the establishment of a Buddhist educational institution were asked. The Vikrama Shila Buddhist Institute was completed in 1996 December, and another project was under construction. Another project was to build large dormitory rooms to provide space to all the monks, completed in January 1998.

Things to know about it

The Shrine Hall: Shrine Hall presents the traditional Tibetan architecture, although it has been built up using modern construction materials. There is a Buddha statue inside the building, which is a 7-foot tall and plated with copper and gold.

There are 1000 small Buddha figures on the back of the statute representing the 1000 Buddhas believed to exist in this ‘Fortunate Era.’ On the wall, paintings are depicting Buddha’s life from birth to Nirvana.

The Tibetan artist, Mr. Dhawa, made those paintings. You can see pictures of the six ornaments and two supreme ones on the right and left side of the entranceway, beautifying Buddha’s instructions.

Portraits of the 16 Arhats, who supported Buddha’s education after he passed, are on the Buddha figures’ walls. The Shrine Hall’s second floor is kept as the Chief Abbot Shangpa Rinpoche’s residence and meeting place. The third floor is home to the Lineage Masters Chapel.

Inside the chapel, you will see artistic clay figures and images of the Lineage Masters of the Kagyudpa Traditions. The chapel also contains 102 volumes of the Kagyu (Buddha’s word) and 215 volumes of the Tengyur (Indian Buddhist Masters commentary).

6. Bat cave Pokhara/ Chamera Gufa

The bat cave, or Chamero Gufa in Pokhara, is just right for those looking for a different adventure degree. It is where, as the name implies, one will find thousands of bats living in the cave’s dim, rainy, and damp chambers.

Bat Cave Chamero Gufa Pokhara Nepal
Bat Cave Chamero Gufa

These are mainly Horseshoe Bats, and on the ceilings of the cool (chilly even) and dingy caves, they are found to stick upside down. If one’s up for it, they can even explore the entire cave till the end (which takes about 10 minutes) and wiggle through a small shaft to reach the top. This cave may become extremely confined, so those with claustrophobia may want to rethink their visit.

7. Mahendra cave 

Caves are reminiscent of ancient times, and they tell a tale that civilization has forgotten over time. Mankind’s very past was also discovered in one of those caves, where archeologists find drawings made on the stone’s surface.

There are numerous caves in Nepal, which, although they have no evidence of human existence, weave quite an intricate story about the very creation of the land we stand. Pokhara Valley is known for being a wonderful place to watch nature’s intimate dance in the tourist culture.

Visitors flock to places such as Davis Falls, Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave, Fewa Lake, and others. There’s another cave called the Mahendra Cave, which seems to be damaged by people. This tells a tale of a long lost land that is in the process of metamorphosis. If you want to understand nature’s allure, then the Mahendra Cave will certainly be your next stop to explore.

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Mahendra Cave Pokhara Nepal

Nepal’s Mahendra Cave gives travelers a brief and, at times, in-depth analysis of stalactites and stalagmites rock formations. The cave takes its name from the Shah Dev of the Late King Mahendra Bir Bikram.

In the 1950s, the cave was found by young shepherds who grazed their cattle. In the 1970s, a detailed survey was performed by a team of U.K. speleologists. The cave, located 1100 meters above sea level, is made up of young calcareous.

People have come from far and wide to observe this delightful natural phenomenon ever since its discovery. It sits 5.8 miles from Pokhara, Lakeside. In the past, people hadn’t visited this place often because they were just lazy, and the lack of transportation facilities meant that people didn’t seem to be worth a shot.

Most tourist sites in Pokhara have received decorations and upgrades, with the recent boom in the tourism industry. Since then also the Mahendra Cave has been fairly decorated. The roadways also saw massive rebuildings.

You’ll need to pay an entrance fee to reach the Mahendra Cave. The ticket price depends mainly on your nationality. The ticket price for Nepali nationals is 0.5 US$. People coming from SAARC countries must pay 0.8 USD to enter the cave.

Those who don’t belong to the above groups need to pay USD 1.5 to reach the cave. Mahendra Cave exists in the district of Pokhara-16, Batulechaur, and Kaski. It lies in the vicinity of the Kali Khola, which is a huge calcareous cave. Many methods make the cave open.

You can catch a bus which will take you to this cave from Prithvi Chowk. The drive takes you 45 minutes or so and costs about Rs.50 everywhere. Another method that allows access to the cave is by vehicle. Another popular way we travel to get to the Mahendra cave is by bike.

One can be hired a day for Rs. 800. Stroll through the vibrant streets that give way to quiet roads later on. The Mahendra cave rests are lined with greenery, and it is possible to see grazing horses and mules.

8. Gurkha Museum Pokhara

The Museum was founded in 1994 A.D. to commemorate the worldwide sacrifices of Gurkhali soldiers. This was just an archive of data at that period, with just a few military objects placed on view. Originally the Museum was located in Lainchaur, Kathmandu.

As the years passed, they received numerous grants and donations, which allowed them to expand their display area. Between 1998 to 2000, after receiving a strong grant from the British Government, the Museum added three more rooms to its arsenal.

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The museum exhibits started to change with the models and the introduction of surplus military pieces from the U.K. In 2004, the Museum hit new heights when Commander Colonel Peter Sharland gave the Gurkha Museum a leased land outside of the Pokhara Valley.

The Museum grew further over the following years, and the first floor was completed and made open to the general public over 2005. Additional stories were added and opened for public display by 2008, too. Construction of a parking lot in 2015 marked the end of a museum building of complete scope.

To enter the Museum, tickets must be bought at the counter. The ticket price is contingent on your nationality. The price of a non-Nepali ticket is Rs. 200, and Rs.100 for a SAARC member. For a Nepali, the ticket price is Rs. 20. Children can take advantage of discount facilities. The Gurkha Memorial Museum is located at Lamachaur Street, Pokhara.

There are several ways to get to the Museum. From Lakeside, you can catch a bus, which will cost you about 25 rupees. The covered distance is 6.6 km, and you’ll need at least 20 minutes to get there. If you want to drive in private, you can hire a taxi or rent a private vehicle at Lakeside.

When you want to enjoy nature’s beauty, then we suggest hiring a bicycle and moving for it.

9. Seti river gorge

In the Pokhara Valley there are a plethora of things to do. Many chose to spend their time visiting crowded and popular places such as the Phewa Lake, Tal Barahi Mandir, and the World Peace Pagoda.

People tend to forget that there are other natural facilities worth a visit. No, we’re not thinking about Rupa and Begnas Lakes, the Elephant in the house, Pokhara’s lifeline, the beautiful and quiet ‘Seti Gandaki River.’

Not only is the Seti Gandaki River a life-giver, but it also has many religious histories. Most of them are associated with Hinduism. Pilgrims around the world worship this River as Lord Vishnu’s form.

Certain sources suggest this river is similar to Hindu mythology’s key points, such as the Mahabharata. This book was written by the great sage Vyasa, who, it is said, was born near the confluence of Gandaki and the river Madi near Damauli, Tanahun. The river was first scaled by the team of Daniel C. Taylor and Jennifer Ide in June 1971.

The Seti Gandaki River has since drawn tourists’ interest and is now a tourist center. There’s a good side like with Mother Nature, and there’s also a bad side. In 2012, the Seti Gandaki River was struck by a devastating flood, killing more than 60 people residing in northern Pokhara.

The flood was so strong it changed its direction. Throughout history, the Seti Gandaki River has seen its fair share of flooding. One of them occurred about 800 years ago, bringing down about 100 meters high a debris wall.

There are various ways to explore the path leading to the Seti gorge, but traveling on a bicycle and private vehicles are better advisable. At Lakeside, you can rent a bicycle for Rs. 800 a day. Make sure to ask for a bicycle lock and a helmet. Pokhara’s weather will change relatively quickly.

It’s bright one minute; then, there’s a downpour the next minute. You should wear a raincoat to stop this. You have to start from Mahendra Pull, which is at the bottom of Pokhara. It takes around 30 minutes from here to reach the K.I. Bridge Singh.

Here, the Seti River reaches a deep, narrow aperture for the first time. You are going to paddle through Bhimsen Tole and stop at the Bindhyabasini temple for a short visit. Newars and Chhetris are the residents here. If you don’t want to ride a bicycle, then you can opt to ride a bus.

Get on a Prithvi Chowk bus and head towards Pokhara. The voyage will cost you about 50 rupees somewhere. You can hit the position within 30 minutes. You are also given the option to travel by private car.

The travel will be private and confidential, and the tour can be organized through the tour operator. You can opt to go motorcycling. Riding in a motorcycle on the streets of Pokhara is an exciting experience. They cost less than a taxi and get the job done at a much quicker rate. You’ll have to pay a 20 rupee ticket to visit the Seti gorge.

10.Old Pokhara

Pokhara was a minor trading route connected to Tibet during the 17th century. Since the Malla rulers finished a road connecting the town with the Kathmandu Valley, Newar traders from the valley set up in Pokhara bring architecture and design style of Newari here.

Pokhara, located between Tibet and Kathmandu, was the principal trading and commercial area 300 years ago. Nevertheless, things are changing now. The merchants have long since vanished. Most of the commercial sector shifted to the main south.

Old Pokhara Bazar Nepal
Old Pokhara Bazar

The few remaining merchants had no hope of selling anything, and the trading houses become apartment homes. Unfortunately, the Government demolished the old buildings and constructed new homes instead, and much of the historic bazaar had vanished within the last 50 years.

Pokhara grew greatly with the advent of tourism. Some improvements were certainly positive, but Pokhara’s true beauty is kind of lost, and the traffic, the crowds, and the chaos are what you can see upfront.

Locals in one area, known as Old Pokhara, have somehow managed to retain Pokhara’s old-town appeal. One can experience what it was like in Old Pokhara before it was hit by modernization.

This is best to visit this part of town on foot as they can take their time observing the structural designs and the cityscape and absorb Pokhara’s ancient charisma. When visiting this part of the city, tourists can take a tour of the old marketplace selling local goods, various temples, and exploring old streets.

11. Bindhyabasini temple

There are various accounts of how the temple came into being. The most common belief is that King Khadag Bum Malla had a vision in which the Durga Goddess appeared and ordered him to set up a statue. The king had the temple built to honor the goddess.

If historical accounts are to be believed, then in 1845 BS, the temple was founded. There are plenty of concerns about the temple’s exterior construction. Many assume it was originally small, and the temple saw the restoration with time and is what it is today. At present, the temple’s exterior is of pagoda form and is painted in white.

Bindabasini Temple, Pokhara Nepal
Bindabasini Temple

The Bindhyabasini temple has seen a massive surge in tourist numbers of recent years. The visitors who come here are mainly both Indian and Nepali tourists. The availability of transportation facilities and the internet has made this temple famous to the public.

The temple of Bindhyabasini exists in Pokhara, in Bagar. More precisely, it lies on the highway to Pokhara Baglung. The roadways are well built, and it won’t be a challenge to drive back and forth.

If you’re coming from Lakeside, you can quickly catch a bus that will take you to this temple. It will take about 25 and 30 minutes to get there. If you feel the need to explore the valley more simply, then opt to hire a private vehicle with a guide through a tour operator; if you want a guided tour, they will charge you a little extra, but if you don’t know your way around the area, it’s a great option.

You don’t need any kind of permits or fees to enter the Bindhyabasini temple. Do not wear shoes when you reach the temple, as it is considered unholy. You can only take pictures if you are allowed to do so. There is always a donation box, so you can make some fast donations if you feel generous.

12. Annapurna butterfly museum

If you’ve always loved catching butterflies at a young age, then Nepal is the land to see some beautiful colorful butterflies. The small Museum has housed a wide variety of butterflies that will provide you with a wide range of information.

It’s all worth every single minute you spend in this Museum. The Museum’s interiors are very earthy, which makes it a pleasure for most visitors.

The Annapurna Butterfly Museum, located on Prithvi Narayan University, exhibits nearly all of Nepal’s 660 native butterfly and moth species! There are several dioramas in the Museum which display a junction of moths and butterflies.

The dioramas and careful index display visitors where they find those beautiful creatures. Butterfly lovers can enjoy the glimpse of preserved and encased butterflies in wooden drawers, arranged by species.

13. bhimsen temple

Bhimsen Temple, which is 200 years old, is dedicated to the Newari God of trade and commerce. It is said to be the city’s oldest temple and replicates the architectural pagoda theme. The temple’s exterior is decorated with intricate erotic carvings on doors, windows, pillars and struts, and beautiful woodcarvings.

There is not much to see in this temple, but it is one of Pokhara’s temples, so do visit here.

14. Pokhara regional museum 

In Pokhara, the Regional Museum is where one can find insights into Pokhara Valley’s ancient culture and history with the help of exhibits from the time as ancient as the Stone Age and covering centuries of civilization evolution.

The stately museum houses collections are representing the town’s tribal community with a simple setup and artifacts depicting the tribes, their lifestyle, and customs. The Pokhara Regional Museum is all about the location, the various communities, and its particular practices.

The Museum opened in 1985 with the late king Birendra Bir Bikram Shah. The Museum has massive maps of Nepal, maps of trekking to the different ranges, history of some of Nepal’s significant people.

Pokhara Regional Museum discusses how life has changed since ‘then’ and ‘now’ in Pokhara and its people. A sample Newari house is being built in which you can experience what a typical Newari life looked like before it took over technology and modernization.

Samples and exhibits of traditional utensils, jewelry, gears and weapons, and the ethnic customs were shown in real life. The Museum is a fun place to know long-forgotten things about Pokhara. Pokhara Regional Museum is Pokhara’s second-largest Museum, situated at Naya Bazaar, about 3kms from the Lakeside.

16. Phewa lake

The Lake is stream-fed, but a dam limits the water supplies. Hence the Lake is known as a semi-natural freshwater lake. It is Nepal’s second-largest Lake, the largest after the Rara lake in Gandaki Pradesh, compared to Nepal’s water bodies. It is Nepal’s most famous and most-visited Lake.

It is Nepal’s only Lake to have a TempleTal Barahi Temple in the center of the Lake. Phewa Lake is 742 m above sea level and occupies an area of approximately 4.43 km2. It has an average of 8.6 m depth and a maximum of 24 m depth. The Lake’s estimated water volume is about 43,000,000 cubic meters.

Phewa (Fewa) Lake in Pokhara Nepal
Phewa (Fewa) Lake in Pokhara Nepal

The Annapurna range to the north is just about 28 km from the Lake. The Lake is also renowned for its surface reflections of mount Machhapuchhre and other mountain peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri’s ranges. The Tal Barahi Temple is situated on a lake-side island.

Located in the center of Phewa Lake, Tal Barahi Temple is Pokhara’s most important religious monument. This two-story pagoda is believed to be dedicated to one of the Hindu gods known as Vishnu. For Saturdays, it usually gets filled up. Badam is also known as Lakeside on the eastern banks of Phewa Lake.

Each section involves almost endless stretches of hotels, lodges, restaurants, bookshops, and souvenir shops. The side is one of Nepal’s best-known tourist town. This is also the point of departure for the Pokhara ride. Sarangkot and Paragliding, Sarangkot is the only paragliding spot in Nepal, where you can fly across the Fewa Lake.

17. Tal barahi temple

Those who visit the Fewa Lake know a little island right in the middle of the Lake very well. The island is home to the mighty temple of Tal Barahi. Often classified as ‘Lake Temple’ or ‘Barahi Temple’ is Tal Barahi Temple. It is one of Pokhara’s must-visit sites and is also a highly religious shrine.

In the center of the enormous Fewa Lake in Pokhara lies the Tal Barahi temple. The temple is only accessible by boat. You can board a boat from Phewa Ghat, in the southeast corner of the Lakeside.

The boat’s price depends on which type of boat you are recruiting. You can choose between a paddling boat or a canoe. This is within walking distance of Lakeside.

When you’re visiting the Tal Barahi temple, you can choose to go on an extended tour of the whole Fewa Lake. It could cost you some extra bucks, though. Yet capital is well spent. Lake Fewa is 4 km long and 1.5 km deep. You can opt to kayak around the shore. Kayaking at Lake Fewa may be a bit expensive but worth the effort.

Nearby Fewa, there is a fish farm, where you can see small fish. You can also opt to hike to the World Peace Pagoda to include the ride to Tal Barahi. Definitely worth your time and money on the trip. If your teacup is Hindu folklore and pristine waters, then the Tal Barahi temple is a must-visit.

However, if they are not your choice, you should spend your time feeding the marine life inhabiting its waters. In Pokhara, we have a day tour that includes a visit to the Tal Bahari temple in Phewa Lake, Pokhara.

18. Boating in Pokhara

Phewa Lake is Pokhara’s second largest Lake, the Lake that borders the wooded hill. The view of Fishtail and other mountains mirrored in the water, the small island and the Tal Barahi temple in the center, the white stupa on top of the hill, the gliders jumping from Sarangkot, the Ultralight flying up high and parallel to each other, buzzing, all at once can be grasped in the mild breeze over the Phewa Lake.

You can choose at Phewa Lake what kind of boats you want to have, the powered boats (the old fashioned one joined two boats in the middle with planks and pedals), rowboats, and sailing boats. Fibred-body sailboats and wooden ones also have an option.

Clicking the adventure photo boating in the lake Nepal
Clicking the adventure photo like boating in the lake of Nepal

You can do all year round boating in Pokhara Valley except for Monsoon. Begnas and Rupa Lakes are a nice ‘boat lakes’ too. They have water which is crystal clear. These lakes were separated by a forested hill called Pachabhaiya Danda and can be a peaceful retreat. Begnas has no nicer hotels and lodges, it’s safer to go on a day trip from Pokhara.

19. Shanti stupa

Also named Peace Pagoda, Shanti Stupa in Pokhara is a magnificent monument situated on Anadu Hill overlooking the mesmerizing Phewa Lake with the scenic Annapurna Mountain range the background. It is a popular tourist destination for the intrepid climbers, and a striking landmark or a fun pit stop.

World Peace Pagoda (Shanti Stupa), Pokhara Nepal
World Peace Pagoda (Shanti Stupa), Pokhara Nepal

The local area has many trekking trails to cross over to Lake Phewa and explore the Himalayas. One can either cycle through one of the tracks leading to the top of the hill, take the Stupa road or enjoy a drive through the scenic area.

The picturesque scenery is very captivating, and the monument’s calm vibe is worth a visit for those who try it.

20. Shree Gaden Dhargay Ling Monastery 

The Monastery of Shree Gaden Dhargay Ling is a small ancient monastery in Pokhara, Nepal. Situated in a secluded, quiet environment away from the everyday rush of life, this monastery is one of the best places to relax while immersing yourself in Buddhism’s rich culture.

One of the important Buddhist teachings and monasteries inspired by Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal is the Shree Gaden Dhargay Ling Monastery. You will always be warmly welcome as a visitor or tourist to join an hour-long prayer.

Nevertheless, you must strictly follow their rules and maintain your behavior. To be exact, the Shree Gaden Dhargay Ling Monastery is situated at the outskirts of Pokhara, within the Tashiling refugee camp.

21. Gupteshwor Mahadev Temple

The cave, it is said, was discovered during the 16th century. The main entrance to the cave was not built until the year 1991. The central cave includes two chambers found inside, with numerous shrines. Such shrines are the largest devoted to Shiva.

There is lighting in the cave with power backup, but it is recommended that you carry your head torch. Gopteshwar Mahadev Mandir is an underground cave temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, near the place where Seti River emerges.

During the 16th century, a self-emerging Shiva Lingam was found at the 3 km long cave. Apart from the holy temple, the long, deep, and dark cave offer an excellent opportunity to explore the wonders of nature in its truest form.

22. David falls

Over the years, Patale Chango or Hell’s Falls has acquired several different names in Pokhara. It is also known as Falls of Devi, Falls of David, Falls of Devin, and Falls of Devis.

The name may take various forms, but the sight remains the same. It is a region renowned for its beauty and tranquility, and the legend of the Devis Falls adds to the sight touch of mystery and adventure.

The water that feeds on the Devis Falls comes from the Fewa River, following a rocky stream and flowing down to the waterfall. After 5-kilometer long hide-and-seek, the water ultimately vanishes.

David Fall Pokhara Nepal
David Fall

Like with other stories linked to sights in Nepal and worldwide, so many times the story linked to the Falls has been retold that the right tale has been lost; one account tells of a hiker or trekker who went by Devis’s name.

The unlucky hiker was unexpectedly washed away by the flood and carried down to the hidden tunnels and caves flowing beneath the waterfall. The other tells the story of a Nepalese tourist from Switzerland, Mrs. Devis, swimming in the Fewa River.

The dam started to spill suddenly. Devi’s husband looked on helplessly as the water washed his wife down the waterfall. This version happened on July 31, 1961, and Mrs. Devis’ body has never been recovered.

The best time to see this amazing sight is at high rainfall during the monsoon season. The water runs and plunges over rocks and gorges throughout this time, offering visitors a stunning display.

23. International mountain museum 

Pokhara’s International Mountain Museum has an impressive array of objects, original tools, mountain stories and photos, their people, and the explorers who climbed some of the world’s highest peaks.

The Museum gives you a history of the Himalayan people and the 14 highest peaks and their most successful expeditions. This also features several displays from other mountain regions, including Slovenia and Japan.

The Nepal Mountaineering Association founded the International Mountain Museum in 1995 to preserve a database and document the past, evolution, creation, and legendary mountaineering accomplishments.

A growing section of the Museum is built to highlight famous mountaineers’ praiseworthy mountaineers in the majestic Himalayas and around the globe.

24. Mate pani gumba

Mattapan Gumba was founded in 1960 A.D. People of Nyeshang, who had migrated from Manang to Pokhara. It is located on a small hill east of Pokhara; the monastery is about 5 km from downtown Pokhara. The tourists will use local transportation to get there.

The monastery has striking scenic beauty and an ideal perspective for viewing the valley and the Fishtail Mt. An impressive sight is many eye-catching wall paintings, majestic sculptures, a massive statue of Lord Buddha in meditation flanked by Gurun rinpoche and Karmapa.

The statues are roughly 11 ft tall. Visitors will be paid no entrance fee. The monks are very hospitable and eager to accept visitors, whatever the caste or faith.

25. Begnas Tal 

Around 10 km southeast of Pokhara, a road leaves the Prithvi Highway going north towards Begnas Tal and Rupa Tal, two gloriously serene lakes that, despite their proximity to Pokhara, receive few foreign visitors.

One of Pokhara’s prominent lakes, The Begnas Lake, is the valley’s second largest Lake. With its spectacular natural surroundings, this freshwater lake is quite a crowd puller. On a clear day, the lake waters at the foothills of the Himalayas reflect the surrounding mountain ranges and the clouds that resemble cotton balls, providing a breathtaking view.

Begnas Lake, Pokhara Nepal
Begnas Lake, Pokhara Nepal

One may choose to go for a leisurely walk on the banks or rest for a while, listening to the Lake’s sounds and the birds singing melodies. The Begnas Tal must be visited by those who want to get closer to nature and experience the enchanting feeling between thick forests in the Pokhara Valley.

Besides being the second largest Lake in the Pokhara Valley, it is also Nepal’s third-largest. Begnas, the Rupa Tal twin, is the largest of the two located to the valley’s southeast. A dam, Khudi Khola, constructed on the western stream, controls the lake water level in all seasons other than the monsoons, providing ample water for irrigation purposes.

The swamps around the Lake were turned into lush green paddy fields, and some parts of the body of water are used for fish farming. The lake waters help the locals earn a substantial part of their livelihood.

26. Rupa lake 

Rupa Lake, twin lakes smaller— Begnas & Rupa Tal. Rupa tal witnesses a fair number of tourists in a year, although it is less crowded, making it less polluted automatically. Rupa tall is an extraordinary place with a sense of beauty in common.

There are no encounters’ out of the world,’ but you’re going to find it much better than other places that offer a lot but have none. Caged fishing is one of the Lake’s big boosters in the economy. The flora and fauna that surrounds the Lake is also something to enjoy.

A good amount of water birds and some of the tastiest freshwater fishes are found here. The ridge between the tall Begnas and the tall Rupa gives a simultaneous view of both the lakes, to which several people have remarked as Pokhara’s eyes.

A trek around the Lake will be the most comfortable way to meet Rupa Tal. To prevent any turbulence, one can ask about the bus timings.

Conclusion

It is a better way to travel on this route. You can also guide yourself according to your visiting places in Pokhara by analyzing the map. If you want to travel Pokhara in the best way, then atleast take 1.5 to 2 lakhs NRs. with yourself(for a couple). It will be enough for seven days. According to your habit of spending money, you can analyze yourself.

Author: Abhishek Ojha

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Jitendra Sahayogee

I am Jitendra Sahayogee, a writer of 12 Nepali literature books, film director of Maithili film & Nepali short movies, photographer, founder of the media house, designer of some websites and writer & editor of some blogs, has expert knowledge & experiences of Nepalese society, culture, tourist places, travels, business, literature, movies, festivals, celebrations.

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