Things To Do
Pokhara is the second most visited city in Nepal, as well as one of the most popular tourist destinations. It is famous for its tranquil atmosphere and the beautiful surrounding countryside. Pokhara lies on the shores of the Phewa Lake. From Pokhara you can see three out of the ten highest mountains in the world (Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Manasalu). The Machhapuchre (“Fishtail”) has become the icon of the city, thanks to its pointed peak.
As the base for trekkers who make the popular Annapurna Circuit, Pokhara offers many sightseeing opportunities. Lakeside is the area of the town located on the shores of Phewa Lake, and it is full of shops and restaurants. On the south-end of town, visitors can catch a boat to the historic Barahi temple, which is located on an island in the Phewa Lake.
On a hill overlooking the southern end of Phewa Lake, you will find the World Peace Stupa. From here, you can see a spectacular view of the lake, of Pokhara and Annapurna Himalayas. Sarangkot is a hill on the southern side of the lake which offers a wonderful dawn panorama, with green valleys framed by the snow-capped Annapurnas. The Seti Gandaki River has created spectacular gorges in and around the city. At places it is only a few meters wide and runs so far below that it is not visible from the top.
Among the beautiful temples you can visit in Pokhara, you will find Bindhyabasini, Bhadrakali, Sitaldevi, Gita Mandir and Bhimsen. International Mountain Museum and the Gurkha Museum are also worth a visit. Please spend at least half a day around Mahendraphul and Pritiviti Chowk. Here you will find thousands of shops, with a mind-boggling array of merchandise.
Many tourists plan to spend only a day or two in Pokhara at the end of their trek. When they leave, they wish they had spent more time here. Don’t make this mistake when visiting Pokhara. The city has so much to offer that you can easily enjoy a whole week here.