Pokhara at a Glance
Surrounded with incredible mountains and a view of the snowy peaks of the Himalayas on a clear day, Pokhara is the ultimate chill out after a trek or away from the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu. You will be spoilt for choice as to where to eat and drink. With types of food ranging from Jamacian, BBQ, to the traditional Nepali, and a typical meal only costing around £3.50 each, it would be rude not to!
Pokhara was the main excitement for us on this trip. We just couldn’t wait to get on a boat to the middle of the Phewa Tal and just chill with all the amazing views. We actually loved it so much here that we extended our stay by an extra 4 nights.
This lake is the main focus of Pokhara, with its beautiful waters mixed with the incredible mountainous views, not to mention the daily sunset. You can rent a boat with and without a driver (750RPH half day w/o driver). There is a small island home to a Hindu temple and millions of pegions which you can moor your boat up to and explore. We also heard there was a waterfall a little way in from a beach around the lake but we failed to find it, if you ever do let us know!
Nepal is amongst the names of the best countries in the world for two things, trekking and paragliding, and it’s obvious why. Since we only had two weeks in Nepal before we flew to India, there wasn’t enough time to fit in everything we wanted to see plus a trek. We will just have to come back another time (what a shame ?). With this in mind, we had our heart set on Paragliding over the Phewa Tal ever since we booked our flights. Our love for paragliding started after we flew over the Alps in Austria, so we really didn’t want to miss out on this opportunity. Prices from place to place vary but we paid £57 for a 15/30 min flight. You can pay extra to have a picture or video taken of you, or just take your GoPro! On a clear day you can see the Himalayas behind you, and the World Peace Pagoda in front!
World Peace Pagoda - (Shanti Stupa)
This is a place you have to visit if you are in Pokhara! The Buddhist monument stands tall at the top of Ananda Hill looking down at the lake below. It is a beautiful circular building with an impressive Buddha statue at the front.It shows an amazing panoramic view of Pokhara and the surrounding areas. If the sky is clear you can also see the snowy tops of the Annapurna range, in particular the Fishtail mountain (Machhapuchhare). We decided to walk from Lakeside, saying the Lonely planet guide said it only took 2 hours, but we got pretty lost, acquired 2 little local tour guides and almost had to think about sleeping in the jungle for the night! Read our nightmare journey to the a Peace Pagoda here.
After getting its name after a tragic accident involving a Swedish tourist falling in and loosing her life, Devi’s falls is a popular sight seeing spot to tick off your list. We chose to walk there from lakeside to save money and it took around 1.5 hours. Although it isn’t exactly a scenic route, it is nice to see a local town other than touristy lakeside. Entry is 30RPS per person, which is fine for what it is. The waterfall isn’t amazingly impressive, there’s high blue bars all around it so nice pictures are a no go. I wouldn’t make a specific trip out for it but if you are in the area they drop by.
Due to its popularity, Pokhara is easily accessible from many different locations by tourist bus or normal busses. Prices range from Kathmandu to Pokhara from 600RPS (normal bus) to 800 (tourist bus with air con). Most hostels will sell tickets to these busses or you can turn up on the day but there’s always the risk that it will be full. The driver stops often on the 7 hour journey so you don’t need to stock up with food! The journey is incredibly bumpy so don’t plan on getting any sleep, like at all.
To check out where we stayed, head to our Nepal accommodation list here.