Pokhara: Heaven in Earth
A small piece of Heaven, Pokhara is the second largest city of Nepal and a number one Adventure and leisure destination. A gateway to treks in the Annapurna region with plenty of Entertainment for individual travellers or with families. One can also experience adrenalin filled adventures or some calm and relaxing activities to refresh their mind. You will have activities like boating, hiking, pony rides, paragliding, skydiving etc to choose from with the mesmerizing views of Annapurna Himalaya range.
Pokhara is a vibrant green valley enriched with freshness of forest. Valley consists of numerous lakes, rivers, waterfalls, terraced fields a perfect oasis with heavenly touch and a perfect getaway for all mountain lover. Massif Annapurna range crowned with Fishtail peak will appear at your fingertips. Pokhara offers a climate you will fall in love with, mild temperature and a sight full of natural beauty. The great lakeside location with magnificent views of various mountains such as Dhaulagiri, Fishtail, Manaslu, five peaks of Annapurna and others is what millions of people travel thousands of miles for. The search of Heaven has always made people fascinated and the Queen of city "Pokhara" is as close one can get during the lifetime. This is one of the few places in the world with such a dramatic view in a sub-tropical setting.Pokhara valley is situated at an altitude of 827 meters from sea level. It is one of the most picturesque spots of Nepal.
Pokhara is a must to visit place in Nepal. Tourists both domestic and international make multiple visits to this famous valley on their extended holidays. The 'Lakeside Pokhara’ is the main tourist hub which distinctly separates from Pokhara city with its high commercial activities in the area. Lakeside is located next to Phewa Lake will remind you of Thamel without much traffic and ample amount of space. Pokhara has a laid back and relaxed atmosphere than its counterpart Kathmandu.
Pokhara has a history of once renounced as a trade route between India and Tibet and till this date trains can be transporting goods from remote regions of the Himalaya. The majority of people living in Pokhara are indigenous Magars, Gurungs and thakalis. They are known worldwide for their bravery and fearlessness and their contributions in Army as Gurkha soldiers.
10 Reasons Why Do Many Tourists Visit Pokhara, Nepal?
1. Spectacular beauties of Himalayas
Pokhara consists of various peaks amongst which Three of them are over 8000 meters high: Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and Manaslu can be seen from the city. Machhapuchhare is also known as Fishtail mountain named for its visible feature of its peak and is visible from everywhere in the area. The magnificent reflection of Machhapuchhare peak over Fewa Lake will make anyone lost for words with its heavenly view. The sunshine and the Sun set view of Annapurna range is so compelling that many tourists hike for hours to reach Sarangkot Hill top just to witness this moment.
2. A suitable place for Adventurous
If you are an adventure lover and after an adrenaline filled activities then Pokhara is the best place to be. You will have a variety of thrilling adventures waiting, Pokhara is the main locality for adventurous activities with exhilarating experience such as Skydiving, Paragliding, Ultralight flights, Bungee jumping, mountain biking, Rock climbing, Rafting etc. You will find many agents providing these day tour activities in an area. This is one of the main reasons tourists are attracted to this place for such experiences and you will find the prices to be very reasonable as well.
3. Peace and Natural Beauty
Pokhara is the best place to relax and unwind during their time off. The valley sits quietly amongst natural beauties and fresh cold breeze from the mountains. City is well managed with much less traffic and quieter street with backdrop of pleasant scenic landscape. One can enjoy a peaceful environment with natural beauty at the convenience of city lifestyle.
4. Beauty of Lakeside
Pokhara is the home to numerous lakes. Fewa lake is the most famous name and others includes Begnas Lake, Rupa lake, Gude lake, Neurani lake and Maidi etc. The lakes are formed from the Glaciers Rivers that flows down from Annapurna range. Swimming and boating are the most enjoyable activities performed in the lakes. The Barahi temple is a tiny island situated in the middle of lake giving pleasant view of the area. Tourists can enjoy everything what pokhara has to offer while staying in the hotels nearby the lakeside with range of pubs, bars and clubs surrounded by the pleasant environment.
Trekking is a fantastic way to spend your leisure in Pokhara, also it is mostly what Pokhara is known for. Tourists have a variety of options, the famous trekking routes are Poonhill, Annapurna Base camp, Jomsom, Muktinath and Royal trek. Annapurna Basecamp is famous worldwide and Pokhara is the starting point to get to the camp. Due to which the valley is famous amongst the trekking community.. Trekking give tourists an up close view of mesmerising landscape and the first hand experiences of the community living in such areas.
6. Peace Pagoda stupa
Peace Pagoda stupa also called Shanti stupa, a Buddhist pagoda style monument in the southern shore of Fewa lake is a major tourist attraction place in Pokhara. It is built as a symbol of peace at the height of 1100 metres on the Ananda Hill. It provides a panoramic view of the Annapurna ranges, Fewa Lake and the Pokhara city that is a must to visit place. It provides a splendid view of Sunrise and Sunset due to which most of the tourists visit this area. To reach up to this stupa, there are hiking trails, cycling tracks and the blacked topped road.
7. Ancients caves
One of the reasons most tourists visit this place is due to the ancient caves available here. There are ten caves among which nine are allowed to visit. The most famous caves are Mahendra cave, the Bat’s cave, Gupteshwor Mahadev cave, Crazy cave, The Siddheshwar cave, Balkailaseswor cave, Western power station cave.
Pokhara is also famous for the international Mountain museums. This museum features all the information about historical documents related to mountaineering. Tourists who are fond of climbing mountains basically visit this place to gain knowledge about mountaineering history in Nepal. Likewise, there are other museums like Gorkha museum and Pokhara regional museums. Gorkha museum is for those who want to know about the Great Gorkhas and their achievements. A collection of photographs are the major attraction. Similarly, Pokhara regional museum is all about the history of Pokhara. It features historical knowledge about the ethnic residing in area and their cultural traditions from the past.
9. Waterfall and rivers
Davis fall is another great tourist attraction point. The best time to visit is during the monsoon season when the fall accumulates large amount of water making it much more vigorous. It attracts the tourists to view the mystery of waterfall and it is also associated with the death of tourist name David. SetiGandakiriver is also another major tourist spot. The river amazingly vanishes underground along the city making this river a topic of amusement.
Compared to other cities around the world, Pokhara is much affordable option. Many tourists can experience their adventure activities in an affordable price range. They can choose their own style of accommodations since there are a large number of hotels and restaurants offering the best prices.
Words are not enough to describe the features of Pokhara and the fun you can experience in this beautiful city. The only way you would know is by visiting the place on your own and receiving the delights that are on offers. So, if you want to make your travel fun, thrilling and full of excitement, then Pokhara has to be in your priority travel list.
ACTIVITIES TO DO IN POKHARA
If you are looking for the real fun adventure activities that includes natural scenic views of pleasant mountains in Pokhara then the following activities will suit you perfectly. The activities below are sustainable and also environment friendly that will provide visitors with wonderful life experience full of adventure:
Paragliding in Pokhara is an amazing experience. The take-off spot is Sarangkot. The flight swings over the Sarangkot for a while and then heads over Pokhara sharing the sky with the birds. Most people go for a tandem flight (with a pilot). Flying on the sky, below lies the beautiful valley, the green hills and the pleasing Phewa Lake, the experience is amazing. The closer view of the Machhapuchhare (Fish Tail) and the Annapurna Range will make all the fear during the flight escape in a second.
2. Zip Flying
Zip flying is an activity that has been attracting tourists in Nepal. The Zip Flying starts from 1625 m in Sarangkot and ends at 960 m in Hemmja. It consists of a trolley which is mounted on a steel cable, 1.8 km long. You will descend 2000 vertical feet at an angle of 56% and speed over 90 miles per hour. The flight will amaze you with the Annapurna range, Machhapuchhare, Dhaulagiri range, Lamjung Himal range and beautiful Pokhara valley. Wait no more and make your dream to fly come true.
3. Hand Gliding
Hand Gliding is an amazing experience to ride a plane on your own. Hand Gliding is also done from Sarangkot and you are the pilot of your own plane. You can enjoy the ride freely like a bird and look at the beautiful mountains, lakes and monasteries. Good weather is an important element for a trouble free Hand Gliding experience.
Skydiving adds thrill to the beauty of Pokhara. Now fly above the clouds and witness the enchanting city. The skydive in Pokhara are traditional jumps and made from an altitude of 11,000 t0 13,000 meters at Pame Danda Drop zone, west of Phewa Lake.
5. Para motor
Paramotor is a power unit a pilot wears on his back. It is almost similar to Paragliding but a little risky and requires minimal training.
6. Bungy Jumping
Bungee Jumping in Pokhara is the highest water touch jump in the world. This thrilling experience is something you would like to do once in a lifetime. The jump is made from the top of the tower which is 80 m high and dive into a pond which is 18-20 meters deep.
Trekking is always the best option for adventure and exploration. Pokhara is a gateway for the trek to Annapurna Base Camp, Ghorepani poon hill trek, Mardi Himal trek, Jomsom Muktinath trek and Upper Mustang Trek. Also, you can go for a short one day trek around pokhara like a trek to Dhampus village, Sarangkot-Naudanda Hike, Peace stupa Hike, a Day hike to Australian camp and others.
8. Mountain biking
A mountain bike ride will be a wonderful experience in Pokhara. Mountain biking is a chance to explore Pokhara little more riding through trials rarely followed by the tourists. You can bike up to the Peace stupa or roam around the Phewa Lake in the evening along the lakeside.
9. Seti river rafting
The warm and beautiful Seti River provides the adventure of rafting. The Damauli is the entry point and ends at Gaighat. It is also a destination for bird watchers. The Seti River is a gentle river and thus provides the experience of rafting without major challenges. However the flow may be wild during the monsoon.
10. Stand up Paddling
Stand up Paddling is another activity to challenge you in Pokhara. Paddling is done either in Phewa or in Begnas Lake. The choice of lake is yours. Although, you might find it difficult initially to balance the paddle, but as soon as you balance the paddle the activity is amazing that drives you lost in the nature of the lake.
Such an interesting name, isn’t it? Para-Hawking is a new, extraordinary sport and may be of special concern for someone who is interested in birds of prey. Before the activity, the pilot or the passenger takes a fragment of meat in their hand. During the flight, the bird will approach you and may also quietly land on the hand to feed on the pieces of meat. It takes the meat away and then fly to find the next flyer with another piece of meat. This real experience of flying with the big birds is something you cannot afford to miss.