Pokhara at a Glance

Pokhara- Nepal

Pokhara at a Glance

Pokhara, Nepal.

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 Β£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.

Enjoying the scenery while @markshirran does all the paddling 🌚

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Phewa Tal

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!

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Paragliding

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 Β£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!

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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.

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Devi's Falls

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.

Transport

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.

Emily Holm

Emily Holm

32 Comments

  • Two Small Potatoes

    We went sky diving for the first time this summer and love it, but paragliding is still on our bucket list. Nepal looks like a beautiful place to do it. I’m not surprised you fell in love with it after flying over Austria. It’s such a beautiful country.

    4th January 2017 at 1:27 pm
    • Emily Holm
      Emily Holm

      Ah wow where did you do the skydiving? I want to do that this year hopefully!

      4th January 2017 at 1:46 pm
  • LocalNomads

    Wow what an incredible adventure! Did you blog as you travel or do you blog from home mostly? How was the Wifi in Nepal? I’d love to visit!

    4th January 2017 at 1:32 pm
    • Emily Holm
      Emily Holm

      I write the blogs when im out there and would usually post them then too but the wifi wasn’t strong enough! So i had to wait to post when i got home last week. Bad wifi is so annoying… would rather have none at all!

      4th January 2017 at 1:48 pm
  • Neha Verma

    The place looks beautiful. But I had a hard time believing it’s actually in Nepal. Since Nepal is at such high attitude and this place looks so like a valley. Love the pictures though, I will visit here when I go to Nepal.

    4th January 2017 at 2:12 pm
    • Emily Holm
      Emily Holm

      I know what you mean! I would love to go back one day and do trekking, this trip was very much the opposite!

      5th January 2017 at 10:11 am
  • Jesper, The Biveros Effect

    Nepal is so far only in my dreams. Would really like to visit the country one day and experience the landscape it has to offer. All the photos I have seen so far really tell a story of an amazing place filled with adventure. πŸ™‚

    4th January 2017 at 9:11 pm
    • Emily Holm
      Emily Holm

      I couldn’t recommend it enough!

      5th January 2017 at 10:34 am
  • Sid - The Wanderer

    The place looks as amazing as I imagined it to be! A few years back I almost booked tickets for it, but had to cancel the plans at the last minute…your post makes me want to re-plan πŸ™‚

    5th January 2017 at 12:26 pm
    • Emily Holm
      Emily Holm

      Ahh no how annoying… I definitely would if i were you!

      5th January 2017 at 12:36 pm
  • Soumya Nambiar

    I would love to go Paragliding too here. The pictures look enticing. The Phewa tal looks so dreamy. I have never been to Nepal before but would love to go soon.

    5th January 2017 at 6:07 pm
    • Emily Holm
      Emily Holm

      We could have just relaxed on the lake all week… We would definitely recommend you add it as a 2017 trip!

      5th January 2017 at 11:39 pm
  • Swati & Sam (The Tales of a Traveler)

    My parents visited Nepal way back on 90’s and they keep raving about the country. In fact we did plan a visit but had to unfortunately cancel everything due to the Earthquake. Pokhara is picturesque and your amazing captures makes me regret cancelling my trip.

    8th January 2017 at 6:00 am
    • Emily Holm
      Emily Holm

      Oh no what a shame! I would definitely reccommend booking those flights again!

      8th January 2017 at 3:07 pm
  • Wanderlust Vegans

    That’s so cool you got a chance to go paragliding as it looks like the perfect place for it. That lake looks fantastic as well. Good to hear the Pokhara is well connected and easy for tourists to get to as we’d like to visit sometime.

    9th January 2017 at 8:35 pm
    • Emily Holm
      Emily Holm

      It was one of the best experiences! Thanks guys!

      9th January 2017 at 11:36 pm
  • Sandy N Vyjay

    Pokhara is such a beautiful place with lots of adventurous and fun things to do. I would love to try paragliding there.
    The shanti stupa and Tal looks so peaceful.

    10th January 2017 at 3:32 am
    • Emily Holm
      Emily Holm

      So many things to do! But also great for chilling out, the Tal was our favourite!

      10th January 2017 at 10:45 am
  • Parnashree Devi

    Great post. Pokhara is blessed with some of the breathtaking landscapes. Its great to know about your journey. I must visit it soon. Thanks for sharing.

    10th January 2017 at 9:34 am
  • Indrani

    Wow! Seems to be a well developed tourist destination, need to head there some time. The para gliding event seems worth doing.

    10th January 2017 at 12:39 pm
  • eostories

    I wasn’t expecting it to be that cheap! 3.50 for a meal is pretty cool. Now this is an amazing place for paragliding. I would definitely love to try it out and see this gorgeous landscapes from above.

    10th January 2017 at 12:59 pm
    • Emily Holm
      Emily Holm

      I know we were surprised too! You cant get a much better view than the himalayas!

      10th January 2017 at 7:10 pm
  • Adam Biernat

    Cool post! It was a pleasure to read it πŸ™‚ Nepal is on my bucket list. I hope to go there this year πŸ™‚

    10th January 2017 at 5:29 pm
    • Emily Holm
      Emily Holm

      Thanks so much adam! Hope you make it

      10th January 2017 at 7:10 pm
  • Snigdha

    Wow.. What an adventurous and an amazing trip you’ve had. Glad you enjoyed it. Never been to Nepal.. But will definitely try to make it. I’ve heard a lot about casinos there… Did you try your luck…??

    10th January 2017 at 5:38 pm
    • Mark Shirran
      Mark Shirran

      I have to admit we didnt even know there were any casinos there! Will have to use that as an excuse to go back πŸ™‚

      2nd February 2017 at 11:36 am
  • esanye

    OMG! It looks amazing!! Actually I liked the post a lot since I woild do similar activities too paddling, sky paragliding, walking! The pics are incredible guys! It increases the wanderlust of any reader! πŸ™‚ Nice Nepal!!! Enjoy the rest of the trip!

    10th January 2017 at 7:55 pm
    • Emily Holm
      Emily Holm

      Sounds like we have a lot in common! Thanks Esanye!

      11th January 2017 at 7:36 pm
  • Nerdventurists

    Your photos are GORGEOUS. Paragliding is something I want to do, but I’m also terrified to. But with a view like that… might have to give it a go.

    11th January 2017 at 3:45 am
    • Emily Holm
      Emily Holm

      Thanks so much guys! It was so worth it πŸ™‚

      11th January 2017 at 7:40 pm
  • OurSweetAdventures

    Wow what a fun trip! I definitely like the paragliding. We have always wanted to do that and Nepal looks like beautiful place to do it.

    11th January 2017 at 4:02 am
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