Pokhara stands at 884 metres above sea level, 700 metres lower than Kathmandu.
From here, the Himalaya is indeed an impressive and mighty mountain range, and even if along the lakeside is where tourists mainly stay, you can still breathe a particular atmosphere I guess the same it was in '70s...
Favorite thing: As you pour a can of hot water over your head you can enjoy the views! I tried to limit my Hot showers as the hot water is made my burning wood and the wood comes from cutting down trees which causes erosion. So it's just something to think about while you are enjoying the views.
Favorite thing: There are lots of internet cafes in Pokhara, and along the Lake Side there is quite a concentration. Try Pokhara Cyber Café which is good, honest and the computers are in good and updated shape. Cheap. They do a range of services for theri customers; travel arrangements etc, plus the normal auxillary computer services, printing, fax etc. It is located on the right hand side near Standard Chartered Bank up north on Lakeside.
Must see places in Pokhara
· Fewa Lake
· Mahendra Cave
· World Peace Pagoda
· Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave
· Devi's fall
· Barahi Temple
· Begnas Lake
· Bindabasini Temple
· Seti River and Gorge
·Jangchub Choeling Monastery
Fondest memory: It was in Sarangkot.
Favorite thing: The book "Pokhara: A Valley in the Himalayas" Nabin Publications, author Prakash A. Raj, 1993, is a very good introduction to activities, geography and society in the Pokhara Valley. About 70 pages it has the contents of a guidebook but as written by a local it goes beyond the minimalist info of a busy travel author. A good book that I regularly consult while in Nepal. At only 150 Rs this is good value for your money.
There are lots of activities to do in Pokhara and One of my Favorite thing to do is Fishing!
Fondest memory: I really miss Fishing in Pokhara because it is one of the outdoor activities which can be done along with my family members and friends. It helps to release me from my stressful life.
Favorite thing: I was thrilled to spot this huge bird of prey as we were walking up to the World Peace Pagoda. Recognisable due to the straight-edged wings with deep spreading 'fingers' and paler stripes on the underside, and above all the golden brown head feathers in contrast with the darker brown body, this glorious creature is known as 'baaj' in Nepali.
Before the construction of the Prithvi “highway”, getting to Pokhara from Kathmandu involved a 10 day pony trek, with numerous deadly river crossings along the way. When a Swiss explorer (Tom Hagen) visited in 1952, he found ambling buffalo carts and streets lined with brick Newari houses. Hints of these can still be seen in old Pokhara, just north of the Mahendra Pul bazaar.
Aside from the Swiss explorer, the first westerners to reach Pokhara were hippies in the 1970s. with its lakeshore setting, laid-back pace and plentiful supply of marijuana, Pokhara made a perfect end-point for the south-Asian overland trail. From these barefoot beginnings, it developed rapidly – by the 1980s, it had transformed into a modern mountain resort, to the extend that today Pokhara is basically “Thamel by water”.
If you too love Beer like me :), you should also try Beer in Pokhara. The weather in Pokhara is always challenging you to have Beer. Tuborg and Carlsberg are famous Brands and Alcohol can be found everywhere easily. Price can be ranged from NC 120 to 450.
Fondest memory: Only one advice from my side 'Drink Responsibly ;)'
For me the Tal Barahi Temple is most Frequently visited Temple in Nepal. This place is a popular shrine within the Hindu Travelers. The rent for the from the Shore (Ghat) for Boat is NC 30/- per person for Nepalese Visitors and NC 340/- for Indian Visitors. Or you can hire a Boat and row it yourself and have a visit to the temple.
Barahi Temple is Situated on a Tiny island on the Fewa Lake. One cannot miss to see it from the Shores of the Lake Fewa.
The scenery. Mountains and lakes
Fondest memory: Eating breakfast by sunrise, with the view of Annapurna Range from the Peace-pagoda-chai-stall.
Favorite thing: I would recommend readers and follow travelers to include Boating in Fewa lake in their visit to Pokhara, Nepal. Lake Fewa is the second largest lake in Nepal.
Trekking is at the top of the list!
Fondest memory: The friendly people of Pokhara. They are always smiling. Learn a few phrases and you will be very popular. "Namaste" is the easiest and gets things started!
The people are very friendly! The mountains are huge! The views are spectacular!!
Fondest memory: I always remember the kids and the mule trains.
Favorite thing: The local kids are great! You may tire of them asking for candy, Pencil , pen but they are kids that don't have a whole lot.