Here are the top 28 tourist attractions to see in Pokhara:

1. Annapurna Circuit

4.3 /5

154 km
from city center
1 out of 28
places to visit in Pokhara

Annapurna Circuit is a popular Himalayan trek in the Annapurna range.

2. Phewa Lake

4.5 /5

6 km
from city center
2 out of 28
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.

3. Sarangkot

5 km
from city center
3 out of 28
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. Shanti Stupa, Pokhara

3.8 /5

6 km
from city center
4 out of 28
places to visit in Pokhara

Shanti Stupa in Pokhara also called as Peace Pagoda is a stunning monument located on the Anadu Hill overlooking the mesmerising Phewa Lake with the charming Annapurna Mountain range in the backdrop. It is a popular tourist attraction and a striking landmark or a pleasant pit stop for the intrepid climbers. The surroundings have several trekking trails to cross to Phewa Lake and explore the Himalayas. 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. The picturesque beauty is quite captivating, and the tranquil vibe of the monument is worth a visit for those seeking it.

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5. Tibetan Refugee Camp

3 km
from city center
5 out of 28
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.

6. International Mountain Museum

4.2 /5

6 km
from city center
6 out of 28
places to visit in Pokhara

The International Mountain Museum in Pokhara has a stunning collection of artefacts, original gears, stories and photographs of the mountains, their inhabitants' and the explorers who climbed some of the highest peaks in the world. The museum gives you a description of the people living in the Himalayas and the 14 highest peaks and their most famous expeditions. It also includes some exhibits from other mountain areas such as Slovenia and Japan.

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7. Tal Barahi Temple

5 km
from city center
7 out of 28
places to visit in Pokhara

Tal Barahi Temple, also known as Lake Temple or Varahi Temple is a two-storey pagoda temple located on a small island on Phewa Lake in Pokhara. 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. The main shrine set has traditional pagoda type architecture mostly made of wood, bricks and stone and has a premise large enough to accommodate a number of devotees. The premise also has decent seats where one can sit for a moment or two before heading back to the city. When visiting the Phewa Lake, sailing to the island and exploring the temple is much recommended.

8. Davis Falls

6 km
from city center
8 out of 28
places to visit in Pokhara

Davi'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.

9. Adventure Sports in Pokhara

3.7 /5

5 km
from city center
9 out of 28
places to visit in Pokhara

Pokhara is the most famous adventure activities hub in Nepal.

10. Begnas Lake

12 km
from city center
10 out of 28
places to visit in Pokhara

One of the famous lakes in Pokhara, the Begnas Lake is the second largest lake in the 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 and the clouds that resemble cotton balls creating a stunning view. One may choose to take a leisurely stroll on the banks or rest for a while listening to the sounds of the lake waters and the melodies sung by the birds. Those seeking to get closer to nature and absorb the enchanting vibe amidst dense forests in the Pokhara Valley must visit the Begnas Tal.

11. Old Pokhara

5 km
from city center
11 out of 28
places to visit in Pokhara

With the onset of tourism, Pokhara has evolved tremendously. Some changes were definitely beneficial but the real charm of Pokhara is sort of lost and what one can see upfront is the traffic, the crowds and the chaos. In one region, known as Old Pokhara, locals have somehow managed to maintain the old town appeal of Pokhara. In Old Pokhara, one can get a glimpse into what it was like before it was struck by modernization.

12. Gupteshwor Mahadev Temple

7 km
from city center
12 out of 28
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, long, deep and dark cave offers an excellent opportunity to explore natural wonders in it truest form.

13. Seti River Gorge

1 km
from city center
13 out of 28
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.

14. Gurkha Museum Pokhara

1 km
from city center
14 out of 28
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.

15. Bindhya Basini Temple

1 km
from city center
15 out of 28
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.

16. Rupa Lake

15 km
from city center
16 out of 28
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.

17. Ghorepani Hill

35 km
from city center
17 out of 28
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.

18. Bat Cave Pokhara

4 km
from city center
18 out of 28
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. As the name suggests, it is where one can find thousands of bats thriving in the dark, gloomy and moist chambers of the cave. These are mostly Horseshoe Bats, and they are found clinging upside down on the ceilings of the cool (chilly even) and dingy caves. 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. This cave could get extremely confined, so those who have claustrophobia might want to rethink their visit.

19. Mahendra Cave

4 km
from city center
19 out of 28
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. 

20. Poon Hill

35 km
from city center
20 out of 28
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 trekking trail covered with rhododendron forest an amazing landscape is perfect for modest trekkers. The terrain is comparatively easier and leads to the Annapurna Mountain Ranges, thus allowing the trekkers to absorb the natural beauty of the location. From the top of the hill, one can get a fabulous view of the Gangapurna, Annapurna I, Annapurna South, the Dhaulagiri and the Hiunchuli Mountains. Those who get a high when they climb mountains must visit the Poon Hill in Pokhara.

21. Pokhara Regional Museum

2 km
from city center
21 out of 28
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.

22. Annapurna Butterfly Museum

0 km
from city center
22 out of 28
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.

23. Shree Gaden Dhargay Ling Monastery

9 km
from city center
23 out of 28
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.

24. Bhimsen Temple

1 km
from city center
24 out of 28
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.

25. Trekking

4 km
from city center
25 out of 28
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.

26. Boating in Pokhara

5 km
from city center
26 out of 28
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.

27. Paragliding

5 km
from city center
27 out of 28
places to visit in Pokhara

Stretching along the shore of a serene lake and mountains at the backdrop Pokhara is arguably among the best five paragliding venues in the world. Imagine jumping off the cliff, relieving yourself from all the anxieties, and flying like a free bird. Doesn't it sound magical to you?. If you are visiting Nepal, you cannot bounce back without getting to fly over the lakes competing with the heights of the high held mountains. Take to the skies on thermals over the snowcaps with experienced pilots here in Pokhara. You can choose from the fully paragliding courses, tandem flights, solo flights or even fly with hawks. Experience paragliding like never before! 

28. Yoga in Pokhara

5 km
from city center
28 out of 28
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.

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