At an elevation of 827 meters (2,713 feet), Pokhara is one of the most scenic, awe-inspiring travel destinations in Nepal. It’s a place that photographers dream of traveling to. Set in a dramatic location on the shore of Phewa Lake, travelers often refer to Pokhara as the paradise city for tourists who wish to stay relaxed in a peaceful environment with the stunning backdrop of the Himalayan mountains to the north. All in all, Pokhara city is an easy-going city where tourists can spend their days kicking back and chilling at the famous Lakeside street all throughout the year.
A seven-hour bus trip west of Kathmandu takes you into the natural serenity of Pokhara which is also the second largest city of Nepal. It is about 204 kilometers far away from the madness of Kathmandu’s busy streets and is a gateway to some of the world’s best trekking routes. Hence, many trekkers who plan to trek inside the phenomenal Annapurna region, will in due course travel to Pokhara in order to begin their remarkable journey. Furthermore,Pokhara is the only place in Nepal where you can enjoy the beautiful natural scenery around while gazing at some of the world’s highest mountain from Dhaulagiri in the west to Manaslu in the east.
With hardly any traffic, Lakeside street has a distinct, illusive beach like feel to it and a laidback atmosphere where tourists like you can find inviting restaurants and cafes that serve exotic cuisines of different origins like Mexican, Italian, Chinese and Indian. Not only that, but this part of Pokhara also has got tons of great hotels which provide comfortable accommodation facilities at different price rates. While staying in any of the top-rated hotels in Pokhara, you will get to enjoy sumptuous buffet breakfast and experience a homely retreat with high-quality hospitality services. Additionally, the entire Lakeside area becomes more lively and robust during various special/festive occasions such as New Year Eve.
Venturing out to the streets near Phewa Lake, travelers can witness a fascinating sight of small, colorful boats called ‘doongas’ that lie doted on the surface of the shimmering lake waters. So, you can rent a boat out to visit the revered, enthralling Barahi Temple which is located in the center of the lake. However, if you feel like walking, then you can explore some other cool places like World Peace Pagoda and Sarangkot hill. Both of these places offer incredible views of the tantalizing mountain peaks and the lovely Pokhara city. Besides that, you can visit Devi’s Fall and Bat Cave as these places also are popular touristic sites that are worth your time.
Another thing that makes Pokhara a number one priority for adventure enthusiasts is its irresistible presence of adventure activities that include Paragliding, Ultralight Flight and Zip-flier. So, if you are someone who needs to feel the rush of adrenaline running through your blood streams then there’s a lot of adventure sports which you can try. Just head up to Sarangkot and you will see that the entire blue sky is littered with colorful chutes of paragliders. Even, cycling is well preferred by tourists who wish to explore the beautiful alleys, streets and markets around Pokhara city.
Nature lovers who love trekking in Nepal can try doing a short trek to Ghorepani and Poonhill from Pokhara. The trek can be completed within 5 days and is a moderate kind of trek that really doesn’t require much physical fitness. And one of the reasons to go for GhorepaniPoonhill Trek is that it lets you explore the some of the most charming Gurung villages while trekking inside the stunning Annapurna region where trekkers from all around the world come to visit. Therefore, more than 200,000 foreign tourists visit Pokhara each year as it has numerous tourist attractions due to its geography and climate variations.
Similarly, there are various options available for those wanting to reach Pokhara from the capital city. There’s the land route which usually takes about 7 hours to complete. To do that, travelers can use the tourist bus, local bus or even micro to get to Pokhara. However, the most convenient and fastest way to reach Pokhara is by taking a 25-minute flight from the domestic airport of Kathmandu city. And normally a one-way flight ticket to Pokhara costs about 100 to 120 US dollars. Moreover, you can even book the flight tickets online in advance for your trip to Pokhara.