Pokhara is a city on Phewa Lake, in central Nepal. It’s known as a gateway to the Annapurna Circuit, a popular trail in the Himalayas. Pokhara is a favorite city for many visitors because of many fantastic tourist sights and things to do. After Kathmandu city, it is also one of the major tourism hubs in Nepal. It is also known as the “city of seven lakes”. It is enriched with natural and cultural heritage. It is a Shangri-La, truly a heaven on Earth.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Pokhara is from September to November and the again early May. It does tend to get very cold in December and January and it rains very heavily from May till August, so these months should be avoided.
Top Places to Visit in Pokhara
- World Peace Stupa
World Peace Stupa is located on the southern side of Phewa lake in the top of the mountain. It is one of the best and popular hiking destination in Pokhara. Its obvious reason is from the top of the hill you’ll get the spectacular mountain views of the Annapurna range. The Peace Pagoda has four main Buddha statues. All these statues reflect four prominent stages of Buddha’s life.
2. Phewa Lake
Phewa lake is the second largest lake of Nepal and the largest lake of Pokhara valley. It is located in the south of the Pokhara. The Phewa lake is one of the major attraction for foreign and national travelers as well. As in the middle of the lake, there is a temple of Barahi in the Island. A number of visitors visit the temple and take boating experience on this lake. Barahi temple is the religious monument built in the middle of the lake. Besides this, you can also get a great view of Mt. Macchapucchre from the Phewa Lake, the next attraction of the lake. Explore the lake on boat tours you’ll be mesmerized as the lake is surrounded by Sarangkot and Kaskikot hills on the northern side.
3. Barahi Temple
A visit to Nepal wouldn’t be complete without this Barahi temple which is quite beautifully nestled on the Phewa Lake. It is the place where deities are religiously worshipped by the people who visit this temple. You can take your own canon and reach the temple. You can absorb in beautiful scenery which will make you feel that Nepal has a lot to offer. Just soak yourself in the extreme quietness of the place. You can hire your own boat and reach this temple too.
A small village which has its own natural beauty. The best thing about the village of Sarangkot is that it lies in the outskirts of the Pokhara city. Moreover, you will also get a chance to view the one of the most beautiful Annapurna Himalayan range. You can also view the orange hues along with some beautiful mountain ranges. The scenic beauty of the place is what makes the village an obvious pick for most of the tourists. It is also an important location for most of the para-gliders.
5. Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave
Caves have always been mysterious but the curious thing about this Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave is that it comes with a religious bent too. One of the huge stalagmite is usually worshipped as Shiva Lingam. The peaceful atmosphere of the cave will definitely soothe your senses and will let you introspect a little bit. Amidst the regular hustle and bustle of the city, it is a good place to spend some peaceful time. If you planning to visit this place it will be advisable for you to carry a torch along as it is usually dark. Although it is a bit scary but its definitely worth a watch.
6. Devi’s Fall
A spectacular fall which you might have never seen before, the peculiar thing about this fall is that the starting point of this fall where Pardi Khola stream which eventually vanishes in the underground. The most amazing thing about this fall is that you can clearly hear the sound of the water which eventually strikes the fall. The cascading waterfall secretly comes and meets the cave which makes this fall a must-watch in Nepal. Monsoon is the best time to visit.
7. Ghorepani Hill
Experience stunning views of the Annapurna range. Enjoy eating hearty meals during this introductory trek. If you are interested in doing a safe, beginner’s level trek, then this oddly comfortable trek is the right option for you. The trek usually takes 2-5 days, depending on the tour you decide to go with. The energizing fresh mountains and the enthralling natural beauty of dramatic Annapurna range will cast an impression on your mind. The leisurely trip will also involve a cultural exchange, giving travellers the opportunity to meet and greet people from Nepali. The trek usually begins from Poon Hill and provides you with a chance to discover the Lake City of Pokhara.For this trek, don’t forget to take trekking boots and hiking socks with you. The temperatures can drop sometimes and therefore, carry a fleece jacket, with a wind-protector is an ideal option.
8. Bindabasini Temple
Bindabasini temple is another most popular temple and religious site of Pokhara.It lies at 3,000 ft above from the sea level. It is Hindu based religion temple built in a Pagoda style. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga also known as Shakti or Kali and many manifestations. From this temple, you can also enjoy the fabulous views of the city and the mountain ranges including Machhapuchhre and Annapurna.
9. International Mountaineering Museum
If you want to dig deeper into the history of mountains and other mountaineering activities, the best thing would be to take a look at the International Mountain Museum.It has documented some of the important things realted to mountains. You can find some of the hidden mysteries pertaining to Mount Everest. You can check out the records of several mountaineers like Mr Herzog. It is however one of the must visit place when you are in Pokhara. Best time to visit is October.
10. Annapurna Butterfly Museum
If you have always loved to catch butterflies when you were young then Nepal is a land to witness some beautiful looking colorful butterflies. The small museum has housed wide variety of Butterflies which will fill you with a wide variety of knowledge. Every single minute that you spend in this museum is all worth it. The interiors of the museum is quite earthy which makes it a delight for most of the visitors. Don’t forget to see Corman Birdming which is the largest butterfly of Nepal. Entry is free here and post monsoon is the best time to visit. A