Ten things to do in Pokhara

Pokhara is a beautiful city in the western part of Nepal. The picturesque lake city is surrounded by the beautiful snow capped Himalayas. Various cultural festivals and events take places in this most popular tourist destination of Nepal. The city is not only rich in cultural and natural heritage but also offers various different adventurous activities. The beautiful lake city has various landscapes for sight-seeing, some of them being the Devi’s fall, Phewa Lake, Seti gorge, Mahendra cave, Bat cave, World Peace Pagoda, Museums, mountain views, etc. Pokhara is one of the must-visit destinations for tourists visiting Nepal.

Besides sight-seeing, ten things that you can do in Pokhara are listed below.

1.       Boating

What could be more fun than rowing on a boat in the beautiful lakes of Nepal? Boating on the second largest lake in Nepal (Phewa Lake) is an incredible experience. There is a small island in the middle of the lake that accommodates the temple of Barahi which is locally known as the Taal Barahi temple.  The eastern shore of the lake, also known as the lake side, is the tourist hub in Nepal while its opposite shore is pristine and secluded. Also the Rupa Taal and the Begnas Taal offer boating services. The boats could be hired for an hour or a day and you could also take the boat all by yourself without the boatman.

The winter months between October and February is best time for boating as on this time of the year, the beautiful Himalayas cast their pristine reflections on the beautiful and clear Phewa Lake.

2.       Ultra-lights

The place that looks beautiful from the ground looks even more splendid from above and everyone at some point of their life has a desire to have a bird’s view of the beautiful landscapes. The desire can be fulfilled and you can watch the beautiful lake city from the sky through the ultra-light flights. The two-sitter flight operates from Pokhara airport beginning September through June. They can take off and land on a field or even a dirt road and can ascend to a maximum height of 5000meters.

3.       Paragliding

Paragliding is one of the most amazing adventurous sports. Gliding above the earth’s surface and watching the majestic Himalayas in the distance and villages, monasteries, lakes and jungles below is an experience no one could forget. If you ever desired of being a bird then you can fulfill your desire by paragliding.

4.       Rafting

The most popular river for rafting in Nepal is Trishuli River which flows along the Kathmandu-Pokhara highway. Also, the rafting is equally exciting and thrilling in the Kali Gandaki and Seti Rivers.

5.       Fishing

You can rent a fishing rod and other required instruments from the shops around lakeside and go for your catch in the lakes.

6.       Golf

The two world class golf courses in Pokhara make the golfer’s stay in this city more interesting. You can play golf and enjoy your time in the city.

7.       Pony Riding

Pony riding is another pleasant way of enjoying the views around the city and the nearby areas. The rides in the valley and surrounding hills are organized by the operators of the ride.

8.      Short Hikes

Pokhara usually acts as a transit for the fervent trekkers. It is a great place for relaxing before and after a trek. The city itself offers so much to see that one cannot resist going on short hikes around the city streets for refreshment.

9.       Motor Biking

Imagine riding through the beautiful landscapes, thanka and handicrafts stores, and the areas with rich cultural and natural beauty of Pokhara in a motorbike. The bikes are available on hire at reasonable prices set per hour. All you need to do is to provide an identity card and contact information to the rental owner and you can hire the bike on your own and enjoy the breathtaking view of the lake city.

10.   Mountain Biking

Mountain biking gives you an opportunity to explore the beautiful city, riding through the lush green vegetations, delightful little villages, up and down the hills, along the river banks, around the temples and along the highway. The bikes could be rented on an hourly basis or for a day from the various bicycle rental shops around the city. You can also take a guided trip if you do not want to miss the coolest spots and the understanding of the culture and lifestyle of the villages.