Surrounded by the snow-capped peaks of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu and Annapurna, Pokhara is a laid-back city overlooking the tranquil waters of Phewa Lake. It’s a gateway for trekking and outdoor pursuits and features a whitewashed peace pagoda and traditional Tibetan settlements.
Things to do in Pokhara
Discover why Pokhara is known as Nepal’s adventure sports capital through a range of adrenalin-pumping outdoor pursuits. Go white-water rafting along the Upper Seti or Trisuli Rivers, experience the thrill of canyoning down waterfalls and get a bird’s-eye view of Phewa Lake while paragliding.
Stroll along the shores of Phewa Lake during the early morning hours when the surrounding mountains reflect beautifully in the mirror-like waters. Rent a painted wooden boat to visit the Hindu island temple of Tal Barahi that’s frequented by pilgrims making offerings to the boar deity of Ajima.
Visit one of Pokhara’s Tibetan refugees settlements at Jampaling, Tashi Palkhie or Tashiling where you can get a firsthand look into life in the community. Wander around the monasteries and Buddhist temples, feast on authentic Tibetan cuisine and browse the handicraft carvings, carpets and jewellery for sale.
Take in the spectacular views of the Annapurna Mountains and Pokhara from the World Peace Pagoda, which is perched atop a hill to the south of Phewa Lake. Follow the trail through a forest filled with monkeys to reach the whitewashed stupa that’s decorated with statues of the Buddha representing important events in his life.
Getting around Pokhara
Pokhara Airport is just 10 minutes’ drive from the city centre or around six hours’ drive from Kathmandu. The town is compact enough to explore on foot or by bicycle, with minivans accessing most of the surrounding sights.