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1. Lakeside Pokhara

Lakeside Pokhara
Great For Family Outing 4.6 /5

5 km
from city center
1 out of 33
Places To Visit in Pokhara

The Lakeside part of Pokhara surrounds Phewa Lake, which is popular for its reflections of blue skies and the lofty Mount Macchapucchre. Tourists can row to the middle of the lake to reach Varahi Mandir, the holiest Hindu shrine in Pokhara, while the World Peace Pagoda waits on the other side of Phewa Lake.

2. Shanti Stupa, Pokhara

Shanti Stupa, Pokhara
Top Attraction 3.8 /5

6 km
from city center
2 out of 33
Places To Visit in Pokhara

Shanti Stupa in Pokhara, also called Peace Pagoda, is a stunning monument located on the Anadu Hill overlooking the mesmerizing Phewa Lake with the charming Annapurna Mountain range in the backdrop. One can either cycle through one of the tracks that lead to the top of the hill, take the road to the Stupa, or enjoy a drive through the scenic location.

3. Sarangkot

Sarangkot
Great For Couples

5 km
from city center
3 out of 33
Places To Visit in Pokhara

Located on the scenic Sarangkot Mountain, Sarangkot is a village famous for its sunrise and sunset view of Annapurna and the take-off site for paragliding. The village lies at an elevation of 1600 metres above sea level and is a perfect place to capture a mesmeric view of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, the Manaslu Mountain Ranges and the valley of Pokhara.

4. Devi's Falls

Devi's Falls
Top Attraction

6 km
from city center
4 out of 33
Places To Visit in Pokhara

Devi's Fall in Pokhara is an extraordinary waterfall which creates a 500 feet long underground tunnel as it reaches its bottom. This tunnel has brought the fall its name, i.e. Patale Chango in the Nepalese language, which means "underground waterfall." Fed by Phewa Lake Dam, the waterfall is surrounded by abundant flora. A landmark of Pokhara, Devi's waterfall is a must-visit when in Nepal. Witness the grandeur of nature as you see this colossal fall struggling with rocks to set itself free.

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5. Phewa Lake

Phewa Lake
Great For Family Outing 4.5 /5

6 km
from city center
5 out of 33
Places To Visit in Pokhara

Phewa Lake is the second largest lake in Nepal. It is a semi-natural freshwater lake enveloped by rani ban or queen's forest and stunning reflection of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges in the clear lake waters. It is also a perfect place to experience the ever so glorious Himalayan sunrises.

6. Paragliding in Pokhara

Paragliding in Pokhara
Top Things To Do

5 km
from city center
6 out of 33
Places To Visit in Pokhara

Paragliding in Pokhara is an exhilarating adventure that offers an unmatched aerial perspective of Nepal's stunning landscapes. Pokhara's Sarangkot Hill serves as the launch site, providing an ideal vantage point to soar above the city and its surroundings. The tandem paragliding flights offer breathtaking bird's-eye views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges, creating an awe-inspiring backdrop for an adrenaline-pumping experience.

7. Bindhya Basini Temple

Bindhya Basini Temple

1 km
from city center
7 out of 33
Places To Visit in Pokhara

The ancient Bindhyabasini Temple in Pokhara stands on top of a small hill. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga, an incarnation of Devi Parvati. The Goddess worshipped is in the form of a Shaligram. According to a local legend, King Siddhi Narayan Shah bought the idol from Bindhyachal in India.

8. Poon Hill

Poon Hill
Great For Family Outing

35 km
from city center
8 out of 33
Places To Visit in Pokhara

Situated at an altitude of 3210 m, Poon Hill is a popular short trekking destination, offering an impeccable view of sunrise and sunset. Most trekkers hike here from the village of Ghorepani to enjoy the spectacular view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. The terrain is comparatively easier and leads to the Annapurna Mountain Ranges.

9. Rafting in Pokhara

Rafting in Pokhara
4.4 /5

3 km
from city center
9 out of 33
Places To Visit in Pokhara

The Upper Seti River in Pokhara is one of Nepal’s best rafting destinations for families and water sports lovers of all skill levels. This river is a hidden gem with energising whitewater rapids of class 3 and 4, lush jungles, waterfalls, and native wildlife. Most rafting trips on the Seti are 90 minutes, priced about NPR 5,700. For whitewater rafting amidst Pokhara’s snow-capped mountains, head to Kali Gandaki River spanning Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Range.

10. International Mountain Museum

International Mountain Museum
4.2 /5

6 km
from city center
10 out of 33
Places To Visit in Pokhara

The International Mountain Museum in Pokhara has a stunning collection of artifacts, original gear, stories, and photographs of the mountains, their inhabitants, and the explorers who climbed some of the highest peaks in the world. The museum describes the people living in the Himalayas, the 14 highest peaks, and their most famous expeditions.

11. Gupteshwor Mahadev Temple

Gupteshwor Mahadev Temple

7 km
from city center
11 out of 33
Places To Visit in Pokhara

Gopteshwar Mahadev Mandir is a cave temple dedicated to Lord Shiva near the place where Seti River emerges from underground. A self-emerging Shiva Lingam was found in the 3 km long cave during the 16th century. Apart from the holy temple, the long, deep and dark cave offer an excellent opportunity to explore the natural wonders in its truest form.

12. Ziplining in Pokhara

Ziplining in Pokhara
Top Things To Do 4.4 /5

3 km
from city center
12 out of 33
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Enjoy epic adventures in Pokhara with ziplining tours, where you can shoot through the sky harnessed by rope, over the lush, snow-tipped Himalayas, valleys and jungles. Zip flyer Nepal in Pokhara is the world’s steepest zipline, with over a 2,000-metre vertical drop over 1.8 kilometres at 100 miles per hour. The other zipline in Pokhara starts from Pokhara Lake, headed for the shadow of Annapurna III.

13. Boating in Pokhara

Boating in Pokhara
Great For Family Outing

5 km
from city center
13 out of 33
Places To Visit in Pokhara

Pokhara is a popular destination for enjoying boat rides under a shining sun. Hire a big paddleboat, a kayak, sailboat or a rowboat and head to the various lakes such as Phewa or Begnas lake to enjoy quiet boating. It is the best possible method to enjoy the spectacular view picturesque landscape of Pokhara Valley. Starting from around NPR 300 per hour to NPR 1200 for 8 hours, you can hire a paddleboat near Mike's Restaurant and use it for an entire day.

14. Bat Cave Pokhara

Bat Cave Pokhara

4 km
from city center
14 out of 33
Places To Visit in Pokhara

For those looking for a different level of adventure, the Bat Cave or Chamero Gufa in Pokhara is just perfect. It is where one can find thousands of bats thriving in the cave's dark, gloomy, and moist chambers. If one's up for it, they can even explore the complete cave (which takes about 10 minutes) till the end and wiggle their way through a narrow shaft to reach the surface.

15. Begnas Lake

Begnas Lake

12 km
from city center
15 out of 33
Places To Visit in Pokhara

The Begnas Lake is the second largest lake in the Pokhara Valley. This freshwater lake is quite a crowd puller for its beautiful natural surroundings. On a clear day, at the foothills of the Himalayas, the lake waters reflect the surrounding mountain ranges. One may choose to take a leisurely stroll on the banks or rest. Those seeking to get closer to nature and absorb the enchanting vibe amidst dense forests in the Pokhara Valley must visit the Begnas Tal.

16. Adventure Sports in Pokhara

Adventure Sports in Pokhara
3.7 /5

5 km
from city center
16 out of 33
Places To Visit in Pokhara

Highlights: Paragliding, Zip Lining, Bungee Jumping, Whit (Read More)e Water Rafting & Kayaking, Trekking & Hiking, Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing

Pokhara is renowned as an adventure sports hub, offering a diverse range of thrilling activities amid its stunning natural landscapes. From paragliding over the Pokhara Valley to the adrenaline rush of bungee jumping into the Bhote Koshi River's depths, the city offers an array of daring experiences. Zip-lining across river canyons, navigating challenging rapids while white water rafting, or exploring off-road trails on mountain bikes allows visitors to immerse themselves in nature's beauty.

17. Bungee Jumping in Pokhara

Bungee Jumping in Pokhara
4.5 /5

3 km
from city center
17 out of 33
Places To Visit in Pokhara

Bungee jumping is one of the most popular activities in the Himalayas. Pokhara is home to the world’s second highest bungee jump, the Kushma Parbat offering an adrenaline-packed 70-metre vertical drop and 3 seconds of free fall. Operated by Highground Adventures, Pokhara Lakeside Bungee Jump is the world’s only water-touch bungee jump. Tandem bungee jumping in Pokhara costs about NPR 4,500.

18. Tal Barahi Temple

Tal Barahi Temple

5 km
from city center
18 out of 33
Places To Visit in Pokhara

Tal Barahi Temple, also known as Lake Temple or Varahi Temple, is a two-story pagoda temple on a small Phewa Lake island. Dedicated to Goddess Varahi, who is an incarnation of Goddess Durga, both Hindu and Buddhist followers visit here for worship. It is believed that the temple was built by King Kulmandhan Shah because of a dream that he saw. 

19. Gurkha Museum Pokhara

Gurkha Museum Pokhara

1 km
from city center
19 out of 33
Places To Visit in Pokhara

Located near Mahendra Pul in Pokhara, Gorkha Museum is a grand structure dedicated to commemorating the service of Gurkha soldiers. Gurkha soldiers joined the British Army in 1815 and this museum is a beautiful picture gallery to learn more about the lives of Gurkhas.

20. Annapurna Circuit

Annapurna Circuit
4.3 /5

20 out of 33
Places To Visit in Pokhara

The Annapurna Circuit, starting from Pokhara in Nepal, is a legendary trekking route renowned for its diverse landscapes, cultural richness, and spectacular mountain vistas. The trail spans approximately 160-230 kilometers (100-145 miles), taking around 15-20 days to complete, depending on the route taken and acclimatization breaks.

21. Yoga in Pokhara

Yoga in Pokhara

5 km
from city center
21 out of 33
Places To Visit in Pokhara

Nepal is a hub of a variety of spiritual seekers looking for peace of mind and soul. Various yoga and meditation centers around Pokhara offering peaceful environment and a magnificent landscape are perfect for such retreats. Visitors can learn a new way of life with more happiness and less stress in these yoga centers. Introductory classes are sometimes free.

22. Seti River Gorge

Seti River Gorge

1 km
from city center
22 out of 33
Places To Visit in Pokhara

Seti River is famous for its deceptive river course and its milky white water. The water cuts a deep gorge right across the mighty Mahabharata range and then runs a deep chasm in the middle of the town. The gorge can be seen from a park in the Old pokhara close to the Gorkha Museum.

23. Mahendra Cave

Mahendra Cave

4 km
from city center
23 out of 33
Places To Visit in Pokhara

Located in Batulechaur, Mahendra cave is a magnificent cave that tourists can explore in the town. The cave is named after King Mahendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev and is a vast natural formation in limestone. Hindus consider the cave sacred and have installed a statue of Lord Shiva, but geographically, this is a cave with calcium salt deposits forming stalactites and stalagmites. 

24. Trekking

Trekking

4 km
from city center
24 out of 33
Places To Visit in Pokhara

Pokhara is a trekker's paradise. The northern region of the city offers several short treks ranging from one to as many days as you like. The treks offer a spectacular view of the Himalayan range and the surrounding valley. Some of the popular trekking trails are Ghorepani Poon Hill, Mardi Himal, Khopra Danda, Dhampus Village, and Annapurna Base Camp.

25. Annapurna Butterfly Museum

Annapurna Butterfly Museum

0 km
from city center
25 out of 33
Places To Visit in Pokhara

Annapurna Butterfly Museum was established in 1965 in the city of Pokhara. The museum houses almost all of Nepal? 660 common, rare and endemic species of butterflies. The collection is kept in such a way to illustrate their mimicry and camouflage. Several charts comparing these species with others found in parts of the Palearctic region are also showcased.

26. Old Pokhara Bazaar

Old Pokhara Bazaar
Hidden Gem

5 km
from city center
26 out of 33
Places To Visit in Pokhara

The Old Pokhara Bazaar in Nepal is a vibrant and historic marketplace showcasing the region's cultural heritage. Wander through narrow alleys lined with shops selling authentic Nepalese handicrafts, including handmade pottery, Tibetan rugs, traditional clothing, and intricately crafted jewelry. You can also enjoy traditional Newari and Nepali cuisine at local eateries and street food stalls.

27. Tibetan Refugee Camp

Tibetan Refugee Camp

3 km
from city center
27 out of 33
Places To Visit in Pokhara

The four official Tibetan settlement camps in the city of Pokhara is a small world in itself. These refugee camps were built for the thousands of Tibetan refugees that came to settle in Nepal after the Chinese takeover. They sell beautiful handmade jewellery, trinkets, carving and carpets for the visitors to showcase the beauties of Tibet. This is a popular place where tourists come to buy souvenirs.

28. Shree Gaden Dhargay Ling Monastery

Shree Gaden Dhargay Ling Monastery

9 km
from city center
28 out of 33
Places To Visit in Pokhara

Shree Gaden Dhargay Ling Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery located in Pokhara, Nepal. It was established with an aim to spread Buddhist teachings and Tibetan influence in the country. The peaceful, quiet and secluded environment of the monastery is perfect for meditation and some introspection. The prayer ceremonies here are awe-inspiring and enchanting. The Monastery isn't very big and houses about 28 monks.

29. Ghorepani Hill

Ghorepani Hill

35 km
from city center
29 out of 33
Places To Visit in Pokhara

At an elevation of 3210 metres above sea level, Ghorepani Hill is the most preferred trekking trail in Nepal. Hundreds of adventurers visit to experience the thrill of traversing the magnanimous hill. Also known as Nepal's Classic Himalaya Trek, it has been an important attraction for nature lovers. These treks are a little elaborate and last for a little over a week. They begin at Pokhara and pass through the Ghorepani, and some even continue to the Poon Hill.

30. Rupa Lake

Rupa Lake

15 km
from city center
30 out of 33
Places To Visit in Pokhara

Rupa Tal, located in the city of Pokhara, is the only freshwater lake of Nepal. At an altitude of 600 m, the beautiful lake is famous for the variety of flora and fauna that it supports. There are boating facilities available for the visitors, from where people can enjoy the charming landscape. One can even engage in fishing activities.

31. Bhimsen Temple

Bhimsen Temple

1 km
from city center
31 out of 33
Places To Visit in Pokhara

The 200-year-old Bhimsen Temple is dedicated to the Newari God of trade and commerce. It is said to be the oldest temple in the city and it replicates the pagoda style of architecture. The exterior of the temple is covered with intricate erotic carvings and exquisite woodcarvings on doors, windows, pillars and struts.

32. Pokhara Regional Museum

Pokhara Regional Museum

2 km
from city center
32 out of 33
Places To Visit in Pokhara

In Pokhara, the Regional Museum is where one can find insights into the ancient culture and history of Pokhara Valley with the help of exhibits from the time as old as the Stone Age and covering centuries of evolution of the civilisation. With a simple setup and artefacts depicting the tribes, their lifestyle and traditions, the stately museum houses collections that depict the tribal population of the town as well.

33. Basundhara Park

Basundhara Park
4.2 /5

5 km
from city center
33 out of 33
Places To Visit in Pokhara

Located next to Phewa Lake, Basundhara Park attracts tourists all year round. The park offers boat rides and fishing opportunities on the lake, and visitors can also rent boats and row across the lake on their own. Early morning joggers in the park can also spot birds in the Serene environment of the lake.

FAQs on Pokhara

What are the top hotels in Pokhara?

There are 488 Hotels in Pokhara which can be booked through Holidify. The most popular hotels in Pokhara are Hotel Snow Leopard, Hotel Noble Inn, Hotel Beijing Lu, Bamboo garden, AirBnB Bijay, Om Gaura Hotel. You can see all the hotels in Pokhara here

What are the top activities in Pokhara?

The top activities in Pokhara are Shared Tourist Bus Transfers from Pokhara to Kathmandu, Paragliding Pokhara, Pokhara City Sightseeing, Ultralight Flight, Sarangkot Sunrise View, Upper Seti River Rafting.

What are the top sightseeing places in Pokhara?

The top sightseeing places in Pokhara are Annapurna Circuit, Phewa Lake, Sarangkot, Shanti Stupa, Pokhara, Tibetan Refugee Camp, International Mountain Museum.

How much does a package cost for Pokhara?

The packages for Pokhara start at INR 5000 which can be further customized based on number of people, days, hotel category, vehicle type and customizations. You can have a look at all packages here

How can I commute within Pokhara?

Being a small city in the hilly area, traveling by foot is your best way to explore the city. Also, in many places vehicles can't reach. Other popular ways are by taking shared minivans or by private taxis. Bicycle and motorcycles are available near lakeside at NPR 100 - 300 and NPR 600+/day respectively.
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