Lakeside Pokhara - Your Guide To Plan A Trip

The beautiful and mystical country of Nepal never fails to impress, with its dense jungles, cloudy mountaintops, exotic wildlife, fascinating cultures and scintillating topography. The lakes, glimmering like mirrors and reflecting the enviable skyline of snow-capped mountains and blue skies make for perfect postcard moments. Apart from the welcome change, the idyllic region is also pocket-friendly. This gives you much-needed respite from bustling city life but does not deny you all the luxury you deserve. One of the best locations in Nepal to enjoy your holiday is at Pokhara. Here is your guide to discover Pokhara, complete with activities, sites and everything else you will need!

Lakeside Pokhara

Where is Lakeside Pokhara?

Pokhara is the second largest city in Nepal, after Kathmandu. The town is about 200 kilometres away from Kathmandu, to the west. It rests at the foot of the Annapurna range and is a favourite trekking starting point. The city of Pokhara can be divided in two - the charming Lakeside Pokhara, and the Old City. The Lakeside part offers many tourist attractions and beautiful views, while the Old City is the commercial hub of Pokhara. You can choose to stay in either location, although we recommend Lakeside. The Lakeside is further divided into the North and the Southside. Lakeside is named so, as it surrounds the Phewa Lake or the Phewa Tal, a gorgeous freshwater lake which is eerily similar to a mirror! The lake gained popularity for its breathtaking reflection of the blue skies and the towering Mt. Machhapuchhre of the Annapurna range.

Annapoorna Range, lakeside Pokhara

How to reach Lakeside Pokhara

Pokhara Airport, Lakeside Pokhara

Places to visit in Lakeside Pokhara

1. World Peace Pagoda

Built after World War II by Buddhist monks from the Nipponzan Myohoji organisation of Japan, this towering Pagoda stands on a ledge overlooking Phewa Lake. This destination can be reached by rowing on the Phewa Tal, and trekking for about an hour on the other side. The views are breathtakingly beautiful, and the serenity is bound to make you contemplate and meditate. You can also take a bus to the Pagoda.

Cost: Bus: NPR 10
Boat: NPR 800

World Peace Pagoda, Lakeside Pokhara

2. Varahi Mandir

Cost: NPR 100 (two-way rowboat)

Varahi Mandir, Lakeside Pokhara

3. Gurkha Museum

Timings: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Cost: Foreigner outside SAARC nations: NPR 200
Foreigner from SAARC nations: NPR 100
Camera: NPR 20

Gurkha Museum, Lakeside Pokhara

4. International Mountain Museum

Timings: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Cost: Foreigner outside SAARC nations: NPR 400
Foreigner from SAARC nations: NPR 200
Citizens: NPR 80
Garden tour: NPR 20

International Mountain Museum, Lakeside Pokhara

5. Devi's Falls

Devi's Falls, Lakeside Pokhara

Things to do in Lakeside Pokhara

1. Paragliding

Solo flight (only if you're qualified): USD 65
Tandem flight: USD 85 - USD 150
Paragliding lessons: USD 390

Paragliding in Lakeside Pokhara

2. Trekking

As Lakeside Pokhara is the starting point for trekkers attempting to scale the Annapurna range, this is a welcome opportunity for you to meet like-minded people and trek with them. October to December is the best time to trek the Annapurna Circuit, which is a famous route. A minimum of three days is required to cover at least a part of this route - ideally, it takes 21 days to complete. Remember that you have to possess a permit card from the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (which costs NPR 2000) before you can attempt this route. Guided tours start from USD 25. We recommend that you book trekking packages that include accommodation and food after you reach the country, as prices are cheaper. If you are trekking solo or are indulging in a self-guided trek, you can buy supplies nearby.

Trekking at Annapurna Base Camp

3. Whitewater rafting and kayaking

Narayani River, Nepal

4. Boating

Boating at Lakeside Pokhara

5. Lounging by the lakeside

Phewa Lake, Pokhara

Transport in Lakeside Pokhara

Bus at Lakeside Pokhara

Food Options in Lakeside Pokhara

Restaurant, Lakeside Pokhara

Pokhara is truly a spectacle of nature and a tourist's delight. There are so many places to be discovered, and this guide is sure to help you in that quest. Which place do you plan on visiting? What are your memorable experiences in Lakeside Pokhara? Tell us in the comments section!

This post was published by Nivedha Narayanaswamy

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