Pokhara Tourist Spots

Set at the bottom of the Annapurna mountain range, Pokhara, the second largest city of Nepal. Besides its strikingly beautiful scenery and its tranquil atmosphere this city has a lot to offer to its visitors. The city is renowned for its adventure sports industry. The city is said to be the best paragliding venue on earth and it has some of the best white-water rafting opportunities. Not to mention that it is the gateway to the Annapurna range and beyond. Home to many Gurkha soldiers the city even has a museum dedicated to them.

From backpackers hostels to deluxe five star hotels, Pokhara houses more than 250 accommodation options for every type of tourists. However, unless you want an extremely low budget place to stay, it’s best to stay at the Lakeside. It is the main tourist area and packed with great and budget hotels, restaurants, souvenir shops etc.
Most restaurants in Pokhara offers great view in addition to delicious food. The street stalls are great too with cheap food that can surely satisfy your testbeds. You can spend only Rs 15 to buy a samosa, or Rs 70/80 to buy some fried noodle or momo. Some kids even sell pastries, chocolate croissants etc for only Rs 20 in the morning on the street.

Most people prefer to take either a bus or a plane to Pokhara. There is no international airport in Pokhara yet, so one has to take a flight from Kathmandu. Daily flights are available from all these reputable airlines: Yeti Airlines, Buddha Air, and Simrik Air. Buses leave almost every 15 minutes from Kathmandu for Pokhara.
As this city is one of the rainiest places in the whole region it’ll be smart to head there just after the monsoons (October- March)

Tourist spots of Pokhara

1

Phewa Tal/Lake

Showing reflection of Mount Machhapuchhre and Annapurna range on its crystal clear water Phewa Tal is the second largest lake in Nepal. The eastern shore of the lake is the popular tourist development known as lakeside. On the southwestern shore of lake there is a dense forest called the Rani Ban. You can either spend a leisurely day walking/biking on the shores of the lake or hire a boat to row/sail in the lake. There is also a pagoda style temple on the lake. How to Get There? The lake is beside the famous lakeside town and very easy to find.
View more
2

Old Pokhara Bazaar

Pokhara Bazaar or Purano Bazaa is a traditional bazaar that is a meeting place for different ethnic traders.The shops here sell everything starting from foods, cloths, cosmetics and even gold. Old shops and warehouses of the bazaar are mostly made from red brick and decorated with elaborate wood curving. The architecture of these old buildings are inherited from Newari tribes. One of Pokhara’s most important shrines, Bindhyabasini Mandir is situated in the middle of the Bazaar. How to Get There? The bazaar is located on the northern side of Pokhara only 4 km from Phewa Lake. One can easily walk there.
View more
3

Devi’s Falls

Locally called Patale Chhango, the Devi’s waterfall is where the Pardi Khola stream vanishes underground. It is a popular spot among both tourist and locals. The fall looks more attractive during June-September as stream is at full boar then. The fall is maintained by a park that is situated around it. Entrance Fee: Rs 60. Opening Hours: 6am–6pm How to Get There? The falls is located 2km southwest of the airport on the road to Butwal. Near the Tashi Ling Tibetan camp. You can hire car, micro bus, taxi, motorbike or any other local vehicle to get there.
View more
4

International Mountain Museum

The one and only Mountain Museum in the world, the International Mountain Museum is dedicated to the mountains the mountaineers and people living in the mountains of Nepal. The museums preserves many original gear from first Himalayan climbers. It also displays lots of information on the Himalayan history, culture, geology and sample of flora and fauna of the Himalaya. You can even try climbing yourself over there. For More Information: http://www.internationalmountainmuseum.org/ Entrance Fee: SAARC nationals Rs 200, other country nationals Rs 400. Opening Hours: 9 am-5 pm (except Saturday) How to Get There? Take a taxi here from Lakeside, it should cost around Rs 700 return.
View more
5

Gurkha Museum

The Gurkha Museum showcases the past history and present situation of the renowned Gurkha rifle regiments. This simple yet informative museum is a great place to know about Gurkhas who are an important part of Nepal’s history. Founded in 1994 this site provides details of the Gurkhas evolution with sound effects and colored light. This three story structure contains hundreds of photographs uniforms, items used by them, medals won by them etc. For More Information: http://gurkhamuseum.org.np/ Entrance Fee: SAARC nationals Rs 100, other country nationals Rs 200 Opening Hours: 8am-4.30pm How to Get There? Just take a taxi from lakeside.
View more