A little bit about Pokhara
Pokhara is the second largest city, after Kathmandu, in Nepal. It is home to 3 of the 10 highest mountains in the world – Dhaulagiri, Annapura and Manaslu. For this reason, Pokhara attracts a lot of tourism, drawing people in with its spectacular views, adventure activities and serene atmosphere. Time seems to move slowly in this magical place and the locals’ laid back vibe spreads within you, relaxing you into the atmosphere. The focal point that lies beneath the mountains is the beautiful Phewa Tal lake. On good-weather-days the calm waters reflect its surrounding Himalayan region perfectly.
Nepal is known for its outdoors sports and activities, but you’ll find no place better for tandem paragliding. Visit Devi’s Falls and experience the rush of paragliding over some of the world’s most perfect scenery, or grab your hiking boots and take a relaxed walk up to the World Peace Pagoda, a narrow ridge above Phewa Tal that was built by Buddhist monks to promote world peace. The direct route takes about an hour to walk, however if you’re feeling too tired, you can catch the local bus to the shorter twenty minute route and enjoy a snack and a drink at one of the local cafes when you reach the pagoda.
Phewa Tal is the second largest lake in Nepal, and when visiting, it’s a must to take a leisurely doonga (brightly coloured boat) ride across the still waters. After your ride, have a relaxing lakeside lunch whilst taking in the beautiful panorama of the Annapurna region. Love the relaxed Phewa Tal vibe? Head 10km South-east of Pokhara to visit Begnas Tal and Rupa Tal – two gorgeous lakes that attract less tourism. If you’re seeking peace and serenity, these are the places to be. Rupa Tal is the more secluded of the two lakes, being about a 3km hike from Begnas Bazaar. It is perfect for those seeking quiet and makes a great meditation spot.
If festivities are your thing, be sure to visit during Nepali New Year in April or visit Pokhara for its street festival which is held 28th December – 1st January to indulge in great food and cultural shows.
You cannot leave Pokhara without witnessing sunrise/sunset at Sarangkot. Vibrant pinks, purples, oranges and golds illuminate the sky in keeping with the serene ambiance of this breathtaking place. Sarangkot homes ancient ruins of an old fort that is now occupied by the army, setting a beautifully dramatic scene – don’t worry, photos are permitted! It is from here that you have the best view of the Annapurna Himalaya and all of the peaks in the region, so worth a visit.
A Bit of History
As our daily blog readers will know, we love to learn about the history of a place. Pokhara is home to Tibetan refugee settlements. Venture 5km to Tashi Palkhel village, where Jangchub Choeling Gompa is located in its centre, housing two hundred monks. Between 3.30pm – 5pm you can witness the monks’ prayer session where you will experience endearing meditation chants. For a real Tibetan experience, attend New Year celebrations at Jangchub Choeling Gompa. Elaborate masked dances are performed displaying ancient traditions that are just mesmerising!
Best Time To Visit
The best time to visit Pokhara is throughout Nepal’s high and shoulder seasons, from October through until April. During this time you should experience clear skies, warm autumn days and blooming filigree when reaching spring. During low season (June – September), you should expect low visibility and landslides caused by monsoon storms.
It is because of all these reasons that we just love Pokhara! Natural beauty, vibrant culture, peace and serenity, adventure, history and character…what more could you want from a place?!
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