Pokhara extends along one of the shores of the beautiful Lake Pewa, at the foot of the Annapurna mountain range. It is the entry point for many expeditions and a magical place to relax after an exhausting trek.
Surrounded by incredible mountains and lush greenery on all sides, Nepal’s second city is much quieter and more livable than Kathmandu. There are not many tall buildings, apart from some hotels in the tourist area, and the streets are wider and have less traffic.
During the day you can do many activities, both on the lake and around the city, and at night there is a lot of leisure options, restaurants, pubs with live music, etc …
This area located on the banks of the wonderful Lake Pewa is the most touristic part of Pokhara, where all the hotels, restaurants, shops and entertainment areas are. There is a lot of atmosphere, since the trekkers meet with those who come to do yoga or meditate, even with those who only come to practice paragliding… It is wonderful to see the city from the other side of the lake and observe how the mountain range along with Annapurna overlook.
Taking a walk of about 45 minutes to the other side of Lake Pewa you can visit the Peace Pagoda. It is a beautiful and quiet Buddhist place with unique views due to the impressive reflections in the lakes water. Reflections of the most imposing mountains on the planet, such as the iconic and sacred Mount Machhapuchhre, the Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna, located just a short distance from the city.
If you don’t feel like walking, you can also cross the lake by boat and climb a small 10-minute trail to the Pagoda.
Just outside Pokhara you can visit the International Mountain Museum. There you will be able to contemplate great giant photographs of the most emblematic peaks of the Himalayas, you will also be able to learn some of the history and culture of its people reflected in the explanatory panels. The parts dedicated to explorers are particularly interesting because you can see the clothes and materials that were used to climb and trek all those years ago. There is even a section dedicated to the yeti! You stay entertained for a couple of hours, it is the minimum amount of time to enjoy this excellent museum.
It is an ideal place to have a 180 degree view of the city, the lake and the mountains. It is the hill from which all the paragliders that fly over the lake and the city take off. If you want to walk up, it can take about an hour to climb from the Lakeside of Pokhara to the top along some nice but hard trails and stairs. Many people prefer to go up the back road by car and walk down.
You can do a short trek for a couple of days through the Panchase area, in the hills near Pokhara. You will not need any special permission and it is ideal to warm up your legs and test yourself before taking a longer trek. You will cross villages where they are dedicated to the countryside and animals and the accommodation you will find are family houses, which gives you the opportunity to get to know rural Nepal a little more closely. You can climb up to the Panchase Peak (2,500m) which offers great panoramic views of Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Lamjung and Manaslu.
MOTORCYCLE OR BICYCLE EXCURSIONS
To visit the surroundings and make short excursions of one or two days …
The bicycle in Pokhara is a good option, since the traffic is not as chaotic as in Kathmandu and you can do small day trips in the surrounding areas. You can go to the Mountain Museum, to Begnas Tal, around the lake to Devi’s fall or cross the city to Mahendra Cave. And if you want to go further, to the hot springs in Tatopani, or go up to Sarangkot, or visit the Panchase area, or get closer to the town of Bandipur … it is better to rent a motorcycle and enjoy the trip.
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