5 Things to do in Pokhara.
Pokhara is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in Nepal. Located 200 kilometers west of Nepalese capital, it is also the most frequented city by tourists, only second to Kathmandu. While Kathmandu is the epitome of Nepalese culture with its religious and historic grandeur, its safe to say Pokhara is a perfect place to exemplify the beauty of the Himalayan country, with its awe-inspiring mountains, dwindling white rivers, and serene lakes.
Boating in Phewa Lake.
Be it your first visit or tenth, Pokhara tour is incomplete without boating in the Phewa Lake. Also, the second largest lake in Nepal, it consists of a small island in the middle which houses the shrine of Tal Barahi. While the eastern shore of the lake is a buzzing tourist hub, the steep southwestern shore is densely forested and secluded. The plush Rani Ban, known as Queen’s Forest gives the lake an emerald façade, and on a clear day, the Annapurna Range is perfectly mirrored on the lake’s surface.
Ride on a two-wheeler.
Walking is the best way to explore Pokhara. However, the next best alternative is a two-wheeler. It gives you the rare chance to explore the vibrant city faithfully as you cycle past handicraft and thanka stores riding on the paved streets. Likewise, it opens the gates to pretty hamlets and rich vegetations, away from the city buzz. You can rent a motorbike or a cycle conveniently at reasonable prices set per hour.
Visit old Pokhara.
If you want to experience Pokhara before it became the bustling tourist centre it is today, travel northwest from bustling MahendraPul on foot to the older towns. Here, you can check out very old Newari houses with intricate brickwork and ornately carved doors and windows. You can also visit 200-year-old Bhimsen Temple characterized by intricate wooden design and erotic carvings, a shrine dedicated to the Newari god of commerce and trade. Around 200 meters northward is a small hill topped by the 17th century BindhyaBasini Temple.
Go for a short trek.
Located in the shadows of the Annapurna Massif, Pokhara is also known as the gateway to Nepal’s western trekking haven. While all major treks of Nepal’s Annapurna and Dhaulagiri commence from Pokhara, there are also equally alluring short trekking destinations in close proximity to the city. Take a break from your fast-lane city life and unwind in the foothills of the western mountains by planning a short trek from Pokhara. Popular trekking destinations like Mardi, Khumai, and Ghorepani are located in close proximity to Pokhara and make ideal destinations for short treks.
Indulge in adventure sports.
The Nepalese nature capital has one more feather to its cap – being a budding adventure sports center. For all adrenaline-rush lovers, you can paraglide above the earth’s surface and watch down on the serene Himalayans, the lakes, and beautiful landscape, or you can go for rafting in the gushing Trishuli, Seti, and Kali Gandaki rivers. If that’s still not enough for the thrill-seeker inside you, indulge some more with zip flying, water canoeing, kayaking, and fishing.
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