Pokhara has it all – a picturesque valley nestled amid majestic mountains, glorious adventure trails and delicious cuisine! Originally envisioned as a center of commerce, the city’s roots can be traced back to the 17th century, when it featured on the trade route between India and China. Several hundred years and large-scale Tibetan migration later, Pokhara today is home to an affable amalgam of Gurkhas, Tibetans and various hills tribes. Tranquil Pokhara Lake with its crystal clear Himalayan waters offers plenty of scope for leisurely activities. The city is also the gateway to the famous Annapurna Mountain range, where you can enjoy an array of outdoor activities, including trekking (at various levels of difficulty), whitewater rafting and paragliding. Take home some unforgettable moments.
Pokhara is a gateway to one of the most famous trekking areas in the world knows as the Annapurna Region. A 30-45min drive to Phedi takes you via lovely farmlands and villages. Trek about 2hrs to the vantage point…climbing through beautiful forest and countryside, to the delightful little Gurung village of Dhampus. Enjoy stunning views of Annapurna Range, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Lanjung Himal and other peaks. Return via a different route, climbing up via pine forests to the village of Potana (abt 1.5hrs) before easing down to the road-head at Kande (abt 1.5hrs). Board the waiting vehicle to drive back to Pokhara.
Hiking (World Peace Pagoda)
World Peace Pagoda, a massive Buddhist stupa is situated on the top of a hill on the southern shore of Phewa Lake…offering a great vantage point from where to enjoy spectacular views of the Annapurna Range, Phewa Lake and Pokhara city. Enjoy the spiritual and scenic beauty of the Stupa and Raniban forest. Board a boat, ride across the Phewa Lake (25mins), and commence a shaded ascent (abt 1hr) up the hill to the impressively built World Peace Pagoda. Return tracking back via the same route (abt 45mins), to alight the boat back to the Lakeside.
Hiking (Naudanda – Sarangkot)
Pokhara is a gateway to one of the most famous trekking areas in the world knows as the Annapurna Region. Embark on a 1hr drive to the outlying hills- Naudanda, meaning 9 hills. Begin your hike to Sarangkot walking amid gently rolling hills with terraced rice fields, subtropical forests, and the imposing silhouette of the mighty Himalayas just 30kms on yonder. Walk past some villages inhabited by the Chhetri and Brahmin communities, till you reach Sarangkot with it breathtaking sun-splashed views of mountain peaks – Annapurna, Himalchuli, Machhapuchhre, and Lamjung Himal. Located atop of a hillock just north of Phewa Lake, this vantage point is famous for beautiful Sunrise and Sunset views. A 2hr descent brings you to the road-head at Sedi, while a further 30min walk along the circumference of Phewa Lake leads to the conclusion at Lakeside.
Hiking (Bijaypur – Kalikasthan – Begnas Lake)
The best way to experience village life, culture and religion of the tropical Nepali society, and enjoy striking mountain views in a short period of time, is by hiking to Bijaypur, Kalikasthan and Begnas Lake. Drive 20mins to Pokhara’s outskirts to start at the trailhead (hike approx. 2.5hrs), gradually inclining along the trail. Take in the magnificent hillside landscapes and views of the awe-inspiring Himalayas. Take a short ‘tea break’ at wayside tea shops in Kalikasthan. Another 2 hours down on a dirt track at a relaxed pace, brings you to the beautiful Begnas Lake. Here, savor local produce (fish delicasies) for lunch at one of many local eateries. 30mins further, you reach Begnas Bazaar to alight your vehicle back to Pokhara (30mins drive).
Visit to Bandipur Village
Wander around and observe this very much living community of narrow streets, farmers tending market gardens, women carrying baskets of freshly cut fodder, children stacking cobs of corn on wooden stakes.
City Highlights of Pokhara
Visit the mesmerizing World Peace Stupa and Bindhyabasini Mandir