A remarkable place of natural beauty

Situated at an altitude of 827m and 200km west of the Kathmandu Valley, the city is known as a centre for adventure.  The serenity of its lakes with the magnificence of the Himalayas rising behind them create an ambience of peace and magic.  So today the city has not only become the starting point for the most popular trekking and rafting destinations in Nepal it is also a place to relax and enjoy the beauties of nature. Pokhara is part of a once vibrant trade route extending between India and Tibet.  Even today, mule trains can be seen camped on the outskirts of the town, bringing goods to trade from remote regions of the Himalayas.

This is the land of Magars and Gurungs, hardworking farmers and valorous warriors who have earned worldwide fame as Gurkha soldiers. The Thakalis, another important ethnic group here, are known for their entrepreneurship. The climate of Pokhara is slightly warmer than Kathmandu with daytime temperatures hovering around 15C degrees  in winter and 35C degrees in summer.

The best time to visit is between October and April.  The activities of foreign visitors to Pokhara focus around two districts known as Damside and Lakeside (or Pardi and Baidam, in Nepali, respectively).  These two areas, with their strips of hotels and restaurants, are a few kilometres south-west of the main Pokhara bazaar.  Phewa lake, the second largest lake in the kingdom, roughly measuring 1.5 km by 4 km, is the centre of all the attractions in Pokhara.

This enchanting lake is an idyllic playground. Brightly painted wooden boats and sailboats can be rented at a  reasonable price around the lakeside. The lake is neither deep (roughly 47 meters at most) but the water is warm and swimming is pleasant.The eastern shoreline of the lake, popularly known as Lakeside or Baidam, consists of a seemingly endless strip of lodges, restaurants, bookshops and souvenir shops. One of the fascinating parts of Lakeside is the splendid view of the mountains, especially when the still water reflects the peaks, creating a double image.

Divided by the forested hillock called Panchabhaiya Danda, the lakes offer the perfect nature retreat because of their relative seclusion. Built almost in the middle of Phewa lake, the two storied pagoda is dedicated to the boar manifestation of Ajima, the protector's deity representing the female force Shakti.  Besides being an impressive sight in itself, the shrine is a great vantage point which offers spectacular views of the Annapurna range and Pokhara city.

A small bridge near the old Mission Hospital, provides a perfect view of the river's dreadful rush and the deep gorge made by its powerful flow.

Locally known as Patale Chhango (Hell's Fall), Devi's fall (also known as Devin's or David's) is an awesome waterfall lying about 2 km south-west of Pokhara airport on the highway to Tansen.

A great way to experience the Pokhara Valley is by balloon. Balloon trips begin early - to benefit from the spactacle of the sunrise over the Annapurnas. Balloon flights last around an hour and are a fantastic way of seeing all the Valley has to offer - Phewa Tal, the city of Pokhara, the rural valley surrounds - as well as the stunning range of mountains bordering the valley.

A sacred cave, lies 2 km from Pokhara airport on the Siddhartha Highway leading southwest from the city. The entrance is right across from Devi's Fall and the cave is almost 3 km long.

Also known as the Natural History Museum, is located at Prithvi Narayan Campus east of the old bazaar.Pokhara boasts a bustling nightlife.  There are restaurants, clubs, discos, many with live entertainment, to help you have a good time.

One of the most popular ways of taking in Mount Fishtail (Macchapuchare) the Annapurnas and the other sights of the Pokhara Valley is to hire a microlite. Fresh mountain air, the ability to fly - and being spoilt for choice over which part of the scenery to explore - what more could you ask for?

Is the second largest in Nepal. It is the crowning glory of the Pokhara Valley, soaking up sub-topical temperatures and framed by the breathtaking Annapurna range of the Himalaya. A boat trip out to the Barahi Temple is recommended to see devotees pay daily homage to Barahi, the angry goddess of the lake.

 Two days, a circuit through Lhachowk to Ghachowk and down to Batulechaur, north of Pokhara,close up view of Fishtail mountain.

 Five to seven days long, up to the Gurung village of Ghandruk village, great views of the Annapurna range, north-west of Pokhara.

 Day trip, great view of the mountain range including Dhaulagiri, north of Fewa Lake, 1592m altitude.

  • Annapurna Base Camp (14days)
  • Annapurna Circuit (23days)
  • Ghalekharka (8days)
  • Gorkha (10)
  • Ghorepani - Poon Hill (7days)
  • Jomsom (10days)
  • Royal Trek 1 (8days)
  • Royal Trek 2 (10days)

Region is the most popular trekking region in Nepal. This is partly because of the spectacular scenery and partly because options include the easier as well as more demanding trekking routes.

Nepal's second city, Pokhara, is the hub and main meeting point for trekkers, with good connections to Kathmandu, major border crossings and other key destinations. Pokhara sits beside Lake Fewa in the Pokhara Valley, framed by the Annapurna range of the Himalaya.

 Fifteen days trip to the north of the Annapurna range is the Mustang region - lying at a maximum of 5,400 metres above sea level. As well as offering some of the most astonishing views of the Himalaya, the Upper Mustang region offers true seclusion from modernity - unspoilt by 'development'