Top Things to do in Pokhara
Ludovica Oria June 26, 2018
Visit Around Pokhara
Leaving the Kathmandu Valley towards the mountains, you head towards one of the most famous paradises for trekkers. The Himalayan mountain range which includes the Annapurna peak. Right at the foot of the mountains, however, stands the second largest city in Nepal, Pokhara. Surrounded by lakes and mountains, it is distinctly different from Kathmandu, with a very western atmosphere; especially in the area, called Lakeside, which overlooks the shores of Lake Phewa, there is a quieter atmosphere, the traffic is limited and the air is much cleaner. The territory in question is lush and green, rich in hills, valleys and lakes that grow along the valley floor. In this beautiful city, you can find trendy restaurants, good quality hotels and hostels, including specialized paragliding and rafting agencies.
Boating on Phewa Lake
The Phewa Lake is one of the main attraction of Pokhara and is the second largest lake in Nepal. Along the lake, you will find many restaurants and bars but above all you can rent a doonga (rowing boat) or use one of these boats as a means of transport to reach the temple Varahi Mand which is located in an island near the shores of the lake.
Visit The old Town
The most authentic area is certainly that of the Old Town, which is located about 6 km from the lake. In the Old City, you can see some newari brick houses with elegant carved wooden windows. Continuing north along Bhairab Tole you reach the small Temple of Bhimsen, a two-floor sanctuary built two centuries ago, dedicated to the Newari god of commerce. On the surrounding square there are many shops selling baskets and ceramics.
Continuing on this street stands an ancient temple, founded in the XVII century, the Temple of Bindhya Basini. You reach the temple by climbing a staircase, in fact the building stands on a small hill from which you will have a beautiful view both of Pokhara and on the spectacular Annapurna massif.
World Peace Pagoda
If you visit Pokhara, you can’t go to the splendid World Peace Pagoda (Shanti Stupa), located on a hill, about 6 km from the town. The pagoda was built by the Buddhist monks of the Japanese organization Nipponzan Myohoji, as a symbol to promote peace in the world.
To reach the Pagoda you can choose different options:
– Rent a boat for 500 rupees + tax (one way) and then continue along the steep path that goes up the side of the hill for about 1 hour walk.
-For the more training, you can walk from Pokhara to the pagoda for a total of about 6.5 km and 350 meters in altitude.
-If you do not want to work hard and save money, you can take the public buses, at the cost of 50 rupees per pax that from Lakeside take you to Chhorepatan, a small village at the foot of the hill. Continuing on foot along a steep path, which runs along cultivated fields and some houses.
-Of course you can reach it also by renting a taxi, between 1200-1500 NPR rupees.
There are hundreds of paragliding companies in the city and along the Lakeside, the prices go between 7000 and 10,000 rupees. It is certainly a unique and adrenaline experience to try at least once in a lifetime. In the price is included also the video of yours experience filmed by GoPro during the flight, and the transportation from the company to the Sarangkot peak from which the flight starts.
Kakaking and Rafting
If you simply want to paddle on the Phewa Lake or dedicate to adrenal activities, Pokhara is the right city for you. Indeed is possible to do kayak and rafting on the Seti River, 20 minutes from the Lakeside.