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Top 10 Things To Do in Pokhara

Updated on September 30, 2015

Pokhara is a beautiful city in Nepal and has many interesting things to do here. Why not take a look at some of the highlights and interesting ways of spending a day in Pokhara. The major Nepalese city of Pokhara is a popular destination for those heading to the Annapurna trekking routes and there is a lot to see and do whilst in town. Here are some of the highlights of activities to do in Pokhara when on a visit.

1. Go Boating on Phewa Tal

Boats on Phewa Lake, Pokhara
Boats on Phewa Lake, Pokhara | Source

Pokhara’s stunning lake, Phewa Tal, is the perfect place to escape the crowds on a boat and gaze at the mountain scenery. There are small rowing boats called doongas along the shoreline or you can also get pedalos and sailboats. It is a delightful way of spending an afternoon on the water.

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2. Chill Out with a Massage

After a hard trek or a long flight there is nothing better to relax than with a massage. In Pokhara there are places where Ayurvedic massage is available as well as reflexology. This is a superb way to relax those aching muscles and chill out. Another way is to meditate and there are some good yoga centres in Pokhara with lakeside views.

3. Visit a Museum

Pokhara has the International Mountain Museum which is dedicated to Nepalese Mountains. It includes equipment from many of the first Himalayan ascents as well as information on the culture of the region. For anyone trekking in the area, this is an excellent insight into the Himalayas.

The Pokhara Mountain Museum
The Pokhara Mountain Museum | Source

4. Go paragliding

From the top of Sarangot, it is possible to go paragliding for a magnificent view of the mountains. There are ultralight flights too which will appeal to some visitors. Why not take a look at guided cross country jumps here as an alternative way of seeing Pokhara.

The World Peace pagoda is above Phewa Tal and makes a pleasant walk out of the town to the ridge where it is perched. This is one of Pokhara’s most scenic places and a lovely place to relax.

A paraglider with Pokhara airport on the background
A paraglider with Pokhara airport on the background | Source

6. Gaze at Mountains

Pokhara is renowned for its beauty and one of the best things to do here is simply stare at the mountain scenery. The town is dominated by the famous Fishtail peak of Machhapuchhre which is magnificent and has inspired many writers in the past. Annapurna I to IV can also be seen from the city as well as Annapurna South.

View of Pokhara valley and the Annapurna range from a hilltop where the peace pagoda is located
View of Pokhara valley and the Annapurna range from a hilltop where the peace pagoda is located | Source

7. Look for Seti

Another characteristic of Pokhara is the Seti River and how it appears and disappears within the city itself. One of the best places to see it is near the old Mission hospital on the bridge at MahendraPul at BhimsenChowk. In parts this river is 20 metres deep and yet some areas are just 2 metres wide.

8. Relax at Phewa Lake

There are hundreds of restaurants and cafes like this on the Phewa Lake side in Pokhara
There are hundreds of restaurants and cafes like this on the Phewa Lake side in Pokhara | Source

With a mountain backdrop, Phewa Lake is one of the most picturesque in Nepal. It is a delight to walk along or even take a boat out on the water. With shops and cafes around the shore line this is an excellent place to chill out and enjoy the scenic views. On the edge of Phewa Lake is the World Peace Pagoda which is impressive with its position on top of the hill.

9. Go Shopping

Picture by the author
Picture by the author | Source

A wander down the main street in Pokhara will reveal a mass of hiking shops, souvenir stalls and even bookshops. It is very easy to spend an hour and your money buying gifts and mementoes of this beautiful city.

10. Hike up to Ghandruk or trek around Annapurna Circuit 10. Hike up to Ghandruk or trek around Annapurna Circuit

Machhapuchchhre mountain (Fishtail) in background
Machhapuchchhre mountain (Fishtail) in background | Source

Pokhara is the gateway to the famous Annapurna Circuit, which is famous for trekking in Nepal. However, if trekking is too harsh for you, opt for a 4-5 hour hike to Ghandruk.

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