Pokhara City

Pokhara City

Pokhara, one of the largest city of Nepal in terms of area is widely known as the gateway to the Annapurna circuit trek. Home to many Gurkha Soldiers and only 200km west from the capital city of Kathmandu/ International Airport to Nepal, tourist/ local buses and various travel agents will ensure your safe journey to Pokhara.

This beautiful city is surrounded by the Annapurna Mountain range with three of ten highest peaks: Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Manaslu and Mt. Dhaulagiri of the world. The city has subtropical humid climate, but the peak’s elevations helps in keeping the temperature moderate and making it the area to receive the high amount of precipitation compared to other areas of Nepal. But there are so many other facets for this beautiful valley besides the famous Annapurna trek. From spine-tingling adventures to leisure getaway spots, Pokhara provides the best of both worlds. So here are some fun things to do while in Pokhara.

1. Boating in Phewa Lake/ Tal Barahi Temple.

The first thing that pops up in mind when we hear Pokhara is the famous Phewa lake. Phewa lake is also the only way to reach the most religious Hindu monument Tal Barahi temple situation right in the middle of the Phewa Lake. A day of boating and enjoying the scenic beauty of the lake and its serenity brings a calmness and peace.


2. Hiking to The World Peace Pagoda.

Situated at an altitude of 1000m, it is a popular destination to enjoy the panoramic views of the Himalayan peaks and the Pokhara valley. The hill top provides a perfect view of sunset and sunrise. It is a Buddhist pagoda style monument and is easy to spot the white pagoda uphill. The adventurous hiking trail crossing the Phewa lake or the cycling tracks provides amazing view to the surrounding landscapes or alternately, you can hire any vehicle or take a local bus, but still have to walk few steps to reach the main viewpoint which in reaching, it’ll be worth it.


3. Sarangkot View Tower

At an altitude of 1600m, west of Pokhara, Sarangkot is renowned for its panoramic Himalayan range providing the perfect sunrise and sunset over the snowy peaks and the Pokhara valley. A 45 min drive from the city will take you to the top of Sarangkot. It is also the launching point for the thrilling paragliding recreational sport. A flight around the valley soaring wing to wing with the eagles above the glistening water of Phewa lake provides a surreal experience.


4. Bat cave and the Davis Fall

Come up close with the horseshoe bats in the dark and spooky bat cave of the Pokhara. The cave is made up of limestone and a habitat for the bats over the cave’s walls and the ceilings. The damp slippery rocks and the  dark narrow pathway makes sure you get the thrill you signed up for but the cave may be off limits for the claustrophobics.

Davis fall is an underground waterfall which is a popular attraction. The underground tunnel runs 100 feet below the ground level. Once known as a suicide point (since locals as well as tourists jumped from the cliff down to the bottom of the fall) is now an attraction with series of statues showcasing Nepali traditional wears and houses.


5. Escape the crowd and chill in Begnas Lake

Located to the south east of the Pokhara valley, Begnas lake is the third largest lake of Nepal and second largest after Phewa lake. A perfect getaway form the hustle and bustle of pokhara, the lake is less crowded and touristy compared to Phewa lake but carries more scenic beauty with a peaceful and mesmerizing surroundings.


And of course, there is more to Pokhara than just these. It is filled with power packed adventure spots and other recreational relaxing activities. Visit it yourself and explore the adventures the city has to offer. Create your own  adventure. Create your own story.



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Nepal, a country known for its natural beauty, rich culture and colorful festivals. It never fails to disappoint and amaze people coming from different backgrounds. One of such cities of Nepal is Bhaktapur which is one of the three royal cities in the Kathmandu Valley. Here are top things to do in Bhaktapur.

Bhaktapur is considered as a cultural gem because of its fascinating history and religious sites. The city is also known as Bhadgaon or Khwopa that was founded in the 12th century by King Ananda Malla. It was one of the capital city of the Greater Malla Kingdom until 15th century.

The “City of Culture” is located about 20 km east of the Kathmandu- filled with monuments mostly terra-cotta with carved wood columns, palaces, and temples with detailed carvings, gilded roofs and open courtyards. Listed in one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city is renowned for their quality woodwork and wood craftsmen.

Getting a chance to experience traditional lifestyle of the ancient Bhaktapur is best done on foot. Four things that you should not miss when visiting this place are:

A tour of Bhaktapur Durbar Square

Bhaktapur Durbar Square- a collection of pagoda and shikhar- style temples, grouped around a fifty- five window palace of brick and wood is one of the most charming architectural showpieces of the valley which highlights the ancient arts of Nepal. The major attraction of Bhaktapur Durbar Square are: 55 window palace, Golden Gate, Lion’s Gate, Mini- Pashupatinath Temple, Vatsala Temple, Nyatapola Temple, Bhairavnath Temple.

Take a pottery workshop at Dattatreya Square

enowned for its pottery work, the place has the facility of teaching pottery at Dattatreya Square which is Potter’s Square. It gives you an opportunity to indulge in the traditional lifestyle of people of Bhaktapur where you’ll see potters at work, sun drying their pots in the open air. So, if you’re interested in throwing clay, you’ll find workshop studios where you can learn how to make traditional pottery.

Witness Bisket Jatra

Bisket Jatra is one of the most popular Jatra celebrated every Nepali New year, where thousands of visitors involved in erecting lingo (pole), pulling chariots of deities, and worshipping them. The highlights of this festival are the tug of war between the eastern and western sides of town which then is moved down in a steep road leading to a river, Jibro Chhedne (Making Hole in Tongue) and Sindoor Jatra.

Must have dessert- “Juju Dhau”

The sweetened custard-like yogurt which is the specialty of Bhaktapur is a dessert you must try during your visit. Juju Dhau meaning “King of Curd” in the Newari language is delicious, thick, smooth and creamy yogurt- a dish perfect to end your day tour of the city.


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