Top Ten Things to Do or Place to Visit in Pokhara Nepal

1.Paragliding from Sarangkot :

Pokhara is supposed to be one of the best places for paragliding in the world – and it’s spectacular. Because of this, there are a couple of paragliding outfits here, offering everything from half hour tandem for first-timers, to multi-day cross country trips, to parahawking. Several of the companies also offer training, all the way to instructor. People come from all over the world to take advantage of the ideal jump off spots at Sarangkot at 1425m. From there you can catch a thermal and fly around the lake enjoy the view of Machapucre Fish Tall mountain. Fewa Lake below offers a safety net, with many landing spots to choose.

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2. Boating in Phewa Lake :

Pokhara owes its popularity to the enchanting Phewa Lake, and along its eastern shore has grown the Lakeside or Baidam, a thriving resort town of hotels, restaurants, bars and souvenir shops that allow travelers to relax and enjoy. Phewa Lake is the largest and most beautiful of the three lakes, attracting a large number of visitors who enjoy boating on its placid waters. Boats can be hired, and many visit the island temple of Barahi in the middle of the lake.

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3. Sight Seeing Davi’s Fall, Chamera Gufa ( Bat Cave ) , Seti river , Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave :

Davi’s Fall : If you have taken the scenic route to the World Peace Pagoda, and/or come back that way, it’s only a short distance to these waterfalls. They are situated on the road to Butwal, just before the Tashi Ling Tibetan Village. The waterfall is where the Pardi Khola stream disappears underground.The name Devi’s Falls is a corruption of David’s Falls, David being a tourist who fell into the sinkhole and drowned. However, the local name is Patale Chhango. 

Chamera Gufa ( Bat Cave ) : About 6km north of Lakeside, in a suburb just outside Old Pokhara called Batulechaur is this cave – pay 20NPR to get in, plus another 40NPR for a lamp (unless of course you’ve remembered to bring your own!), and you can then walk down the steps in the second photograph to find yourself in a series of low caves. The footing is a little unsteady, hence the need for a lamp, but once in the next cave, look up at the ceiling, and wonder at the hundreds if not thousands of horseshoe bats clinging to it!

Seti River : An amazing aspect of Pokhara is the vanishing river, Seti, which goes underground and disappears in many places along its route through the city. At various points Seti is barely 2 m wide but its depth reaches an astonishing 20 m! A good spot for watching the river is Mahendra Pul at Bhimsen Chowk, a bridge near the old Mission Hospital. Here the river can be seen in all its ferocity gushing down the deep gorge that it has carved over millennia.

4. Boating in  Begnas Lake :

Begnas Lake is approx 30 mins away from Pokhara by motorcycle. It’s best place for who love peace and want to be out of crowd. Here one can spend some great time while watching the lake and the mountains. Its much cleaner than fewa lake and you can also have fresh fish.

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5. View Sunrise From Sarankot :

Sarangkot is the small hilltop which is famous for its breath taking view of sunrise and Annapurna range and Fishtail (Virgin Mountain). From here, you can see a panoramic sweep of Himalayan peaks, from Dhaulagiri (8167m) in the west to the perfect pyramid that is Machhapuchhare (6997m) and the rounded peak of Annapurna II (7937m) in the east. Most people come here at dawn or dusk, when the sun picks out the peaks in brilliant colours.

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6.Visit World Peace Stupa (Pokhara Shanti Stupa) :

Pokhara Shanti Stupa is a Buddhist pagoda-style monument on a hilltop in Ananda hill of Pumdi Bhumdi Village Development Committee, in the district of Kaski, Nepal. Shanti Stupa in Pokhara was built by Nipponzan-Myōhōji monk Morioka Sonin with local supporters under the guidance of Nichidatsu Fujii, a Buddhist monk and the founder of Nipponzan-Myōhōji. Shanti is a Sanskrit word meaning peace, also widely used in Nepali and Hindi language, and Shanti Stupa meansPeace Pagoda. Shanti Stupa is the shrine build as symbol of peace. The spot situated at the height of 1100 meters on the Ananda Hill was chosen by Nichidatsu Fujii and he laid the foundation stone as well with the relics of Buddha on the hilltop on 12 September 1973. Nepal has two of the eighty peace pagodas in the world: Shanti Stupa in Lumbini, the birthplace ofBuddha and Shanti Stupa in Pokhara. Shanti Stupa in Pokhara has also become a tourist attraction. It provides a panoramic view of the Annapurna range, Pokhara city and the Fewa Lake. 

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7. Fly on Ultra Light Aircraft:

Go up in an ultra-light aircraft and get a sweeping bird’s eye view of the entire Pokhara Valley. It is an exhilarating ride that allows unhindered views of the mountains and the scenic lakes far below. Ultra-light flights are operated from Pokhara Airport beginning September through June.

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8 . Motor Biking / Mountain Biking

Nothing quite compares to the thrill of exploring the valley on a motorbike. With natural beauty abounding around Pokhara, the ride is adventure packed with thrills and excitement. The friendly locals make the trip delightful and one can venture anywhere in the unrestricted valley. All you need for a great time is a good bike and a reliable map.

 Mountain Biking : Take to the countryside where you can ride through lush green fields, delightful little hamlets, up and down the hills, along river banks, around temples, over suspension bridges and along the highway. Mountain bikes can be easily rented from any of the numerous bicycle rental shops in and around the city.

9. Western Power Station Cave

“Atlas of the Great Caves of the World” is one of the most famous books about caves and contains a wonderful collection of the most exciting caves in the world. The Nepalese cave that has earned mention in the book is the Western Power Station Cave. The cave is about 800 meters long going down to the power station. The cave’s mouth is wide open and can easily be seen even from a far distance.

During the Monsoon time, June-September, the cave is unbelievable flooded and no one should dare to enter the cave. By the beginning of October, the stream begins to die down; once the stream is small, visitors can enjoy the thrill of cave exploration without too much difficulty.

The cave lies at ward 17 and is near Phewa Power House. The Western Power Station Cave is about 4-5 kms from Lakeside. It is within walking distance from Birauta Chowk. As soon as you reach the edge of the cliff at the Phewa power Station, you go down a 300 meters flight of steps. After descending about 50 meters, takes a left turn over gigantic water pipes, walk about 100 meters and you will see the wide open mouth of the cave.

10. Hiking Around Pokhara:
There are hiking destinations around Pokhara for those constrained by time to go on longer popular treks to the Annapurna Circuit.

Sarangkot:
It (1,592 m) is a former Kaski fort atop a hill 5 km west of the old bazaar. Overnight visit to Sarangkot offers a grandstand view of sunset and sunrise over the Annapurnas.

Kaskikot/Naudanda :
It (1,500 m) lies about three hours from Sarangkot or 15 km west from Pokhara. It is a soft walk through green hills and ancient ruins with good views of Phewa Lake, Pokhara Valley and the mountains.

Kahundanada (1,520 m):
To the northeast of Pokhara, is a ruined fort on the summit with a view tower that offers spectacular scenery. It is an opportunity to walk though deciduous forests and savor rural life. Spectacular views of the Seti River and sunrise and sunset are the high points.

Ghalchok:
A five-hour walk to the north of Pokhara, is a typical Gurung village and is one of the region’s oldest settlements.

SIRUBARI:
It is a small village nestled on the southern slopes of a ridge at 1,700 m. The village is a 5-hour walk from Pokhara, about 20 km to the northeast. The village inhabited by the Gurungs is small and compact with neat and clean trails connecting the mainly stone and sla

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