This is my favourite viewpoint for photographing Pokhara – But you do need a clear day.
Get up Early, cross Phewa Tal by boat then allow around ¾ of an hour to walk up to the Peace Stupa – If you have Good Luck then you will see views like this
Pokhara is the main lakeside town in Nepal and it you have a nice view of the Himalayas from there and it's the most obvious town in Nepal to visit if you want to have a look at the Himalayas without having to go trekking.
Pokhara also serves as a gateway to popular treks like the Anapurna circuit and the Poon hill trek.
Pokhara is by a lake and there are lot's of options if you want to go for a boat ride on the lake.
Getting there from Kathmandu is either a 5-6 hour drive or a short 30-40 minute flight.
Pokhara generally has the best tourist facilities in Nepal, even better than Kathmandu and i am sure that this town will soon take off big time with foreign tourists and not just like now where it's mainly trekkers and backpackers there.
Pokhara is a bit of a tourist MECCA in Nepal. At the end of a hard trek its a great place to come and relax in.
Fully catering to travellers, you will find decent accommodation, good cafes and restaurants, heaps of bars, a Lake (Phewa Tal) to relax on, great views of the Himalaya ranges from the Sarangkot lookout and all the shopping you can manage. Plenty of locals with massage, barber services and internet services. If need more adventure, then a number of operators take white water rafting tours, paragliding, mountain biking, motorcycles, microlight flights or boating on the lake. In fact pretty much whatever you want to do.
Of course, if relaxing is your mission, that is well catered for in the town, around the lake, the lookouts, the World Peace Pagoda and treat yourself to the good restaurants and accommodation.
My favourite of these is to catch a boat over Fewa Tal in the early morning then walk up to the Peace Pagoda, then along the ridge and down to the Tibetan refugee camp, form there to Devi Falls and then back through Damside to Lakeside.
Another is to arrange a very early taxi and go up to Sarangkot for sunrise, then trek back down to Lakeside, you will be back in time for a late lunch !!
absolut must for Nepal visitor is the romantic place of Pokhara, just at a lovely lake infront of the immense Annapurna-range
Pokhara is situated at about 827 meter from sea level, and is located 124 miles (about 200 km) west of Kathmandu and can be reached by plane in 35 minutes or in 5 hours by bus. Pokhara is the next destination after Kathmandu for many adventure and pleasure trips in and around Pokhara. Pokhara is often called the enchanting Himalayan valley with a heart of major actions and adventures.
Surrounded by beautiful snow-caped mountains, with a magnificent lake of crystal-clear pure Himalayan water, all-year round pleasing weather, and friendly Pokhralis will greet you with a smile and leave you with the most unforgettable moments in your life. So pack up your bag, load your camera, and get ready for Pokhara experience!
Pokhara may be isn’t a must. But with Phewa Lake and Annapurna range, it attracts people. Stopping by Pokhara during a Nepal trip was extremely relaxing, especially after chaotic life of Kathmandu. A small boat trip over the lake before sunset and a short visit to the Hindu temple on the small island could be the only thing to do with some shopping, of course. There are several bookstores, lots of outdoor sports outfit stores, jewelry stores, pashmina sellers in Pokhara. And it is a blessing to be able to shop without hassle.
From Pokhara to Kathmandu you can see west side view of Himlaya ;Anapurna, Machapuchre (Fish tail).
If you want to see Mt Everest clearly yo need to fly to east area, there some airline (Budha Air) at Kathmandu provide flight to fly around MT Everest , cost 150USD/person
Do you fancy doing something " Different " -- Then why not fly with the eagles !!?? Now in Pokhara this is possible !!! Take a Tandem paragliding flight with " Sunrise Paragliding " The price of $75 includes the jeep ride up to Sarangkot, some instructions then before you know it you are up there with the eagles !!! --- GREAT !!! The flight lasts for approximately 30 / 40 minutes and when the conditions are good the views are Awesome and you go up about another 300 meters so that you really Do get that Birds Eye view of Pokhara and Fewa Tal -- Highly recommended
Prices have neither gone up nor down in 2006 and the of the information in this tip is still as good now as when I wrote it in 2004 -- Happy Travels in Nepal -- Rob
Only a 22 minute flight from Kathmandu – and it is as if you are in a different world. Pokhara is a wonderful place to visit. Very laid back, with the Anapurna Mountain Range, creating an unbelievable backdrop.
Take a trip on the Fewa Lake during early morning or late afternoon.
I thought the nightlife in Pokhara to be better compared to that of Kathmandu. It was easier to get to know locals and staff and services were friendlier and better.
Although most things happen around the Dam- and Lakeside, Pokhara is much bigger. Do venture out to the city where it is less touristy and get a feel for everyday life in Pokhara.
The serenity of lakes and the magnificence of the Himalayas rising behind them create an ambience of peace and magic. The city has not only become the starting point for most popular trekking and rafting destinations, but also a place to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature.
You can visit the World Peace Pagoda, Devi's Falls, museums etc.
For more details – see my Pokhara page.
If you have some cash to spare and want some Real Excitement the I can Thoroughly Recommend taking a Micro-Light flight in Pokhara.
The Views are Awesome and the Thrill of flying in one of these small craft with the wind blowing through your hair is certailiy one that you wont forget in a hurry !!
You have a choice of durations for the flight, I opted for the ½ hour one and thought that was sufficient, Mind you they aren’t cheap, I paid around about $120 + airport tax.
But – If you can spare the cash, then give it a go, you certainly won’t regret it !!
Forget Six Flags, Disneyworld and Wonderland. This ferris wheel is the best Nepal has to offer. With heavy smoke coming out of the wheel engine, the wheel still spins fastest than anywhere i have seen.
Even with millions of insurance coverage and availability of the best cardiovascular medicine at my disposal, I will still choose to pass this fun opportunity.
Celebrity hotels where public persons such as former US president, prince charles, thai princess used to stay. USD135 for deluxe room. Adjacent to the lake, so it's a beautiful scenery and where you can rent a boat.
Because the hotel is in the other side of town, so this water transport (don't know how to call it) is a mean to get to the hotel.
The best in the area.
Biking around Pokhara is definitely a must do. Dismissing hotels and agencies who will offer you a local day tour to Devi's fall, new and old bazaar, temples, monastery and others. You can do all these in your biking. All places are not too far apart where travellers settles (around the lake). Get your bike rented from street vendors rather than hotel and agencies, the cost is dirt cheap from street vendors.
But keep in mind that there are no street signs. So you only hv your own sense of directions and local people as your saviors. Good luck.
Oh another way to pass the time is doing boating around the lake. There is one island Bhuddist temple in the lake that you don't want to miss but beware of strong wind during raining season. Bring on the life jacket please.
Pokhara is a lovely laid back place used as a stopping off point for treks to Annapurna
Pokhara spans 8 km from north to south and 6 km from east to west but, unlike Kathmandu, it is quite loosely built up and still has much green space.
The Seti Gandaki flowing through the city from north to south divides the city roughly in two halves with the down-town area of Chipledunga in the middle, the old town centre of Bagar in the north and the tourist district of Lakeside (Baidam) in the south all lying on the western side of the river.
Pokhara lies on an important old trading route between Tibet and India. In the 17. century it was part of the influential Kingdom of Kaski which again was one of the Chaubise Rajaya (24 Kingdoms of Nepal) ruled by a branch of the Shah Dynasty. There is also a large tibetan presence as many people fled there when the Chinese invaded Tibet in 1959.
There is not much to do in Pokhara but chill and go shopping. Fortunately it is very geared up for both. You can rent boats on the lake or people watch from cafes or shop for handicrafts or trekking gear (the do a good line in fake North Face gear)
You can also get up before sunrise and take a trip to a nearby viewpoint to watch the sun rise over the mountains. I would love to show you a shot here but it was foggy both days we went up there! Shame
Heres a picture of the lake instead.
For many travelers to Nepal, Pokhara is one of the most wanted destinations – base-camp for the Anapurna, for various other treks or sporting activities, from paragliding to rafting….but for my first visit to Nepal, Pokhara meant only….killing some hours between two buses:
a lake row with an awkward oar boat on a somewhat cloudy weather, an island temple, endless bargain for Tibetan bracelets and necklaces made of Iak bones, stretch the feet and treat the hunger on the first terrace we came across on the main street, a curfew and…the beginning of a nightmarish bus ride to Tansen....via Mugling :-))
Despite the few tourist numbers in Nepal those days, Pokhara between X-mas and the new year was bustling with tourist groups, and with its numerous cafes, restaurants, loud music and cars all along its main street, this touristy resort reminded me of the watering and climate resorts in Prahova Valley in the Carpathians, suffering from uncontrolled tourist development. Don’t get me wrong – Pokhara is a small town located in a magnificent setting - lake, wooden hills and snowy peaks, fresh air and nice parks….but it was too touristy and artificial for my taste. I would probably have had another perspective on this town if I had splurged for a weekend in one of the nice villas with a view, on the other side of the lake.
To do justice to Pokhara, I should recommend going there for the sporting and trekking opportunities….and if you don’t like the crowds, try and avoid the week-ends and the hotels on the main road.