|Pokhara is the third largest city in
Nepal. It is
the starting point for most of the treks in the Annapurna area. It
is considered by many to be the most beautiful place in the world.
You can travel to
Pokhara from the
capital Kathmandu using the tourist bus travels that are readily
available or the local microbuses or buses which leave Kathmandu for
Pokhara almost every 15
minutes. These buses are available until late afternoon. There are
night buses as well running on this route but these can be a painful
ride, so avoid them. The local buses will cost you around NRs. 400
to 600. Coming from the southern border to India, several buses
leave to Pokhara from the border city, mainly in the very wee hours
(first at 4AM). It takes about 9 hours and costs between 280 and 380
Rs. Flights cost roughly $90 each way and take only 1/2 hour from
KTM. They have the bonus of giving you a bird's eye view of the
countryside and of the mountains themselves.
It is possible to hire a bicycle in a lot of shops in Lakeside
for a small price (Rs 100-200 a day). If you are hiring a bicycle
make sure the seat is not too hard. Also, try realigning the seat if
it is set uphill way, instead of sloping down. Besides the Lake
area, you can go for a bike ride down to the airport way, on way to
the Tibetan settlement where there is a nice little monastery, a
school, and refugee jewelery and craft stalls. Be prepared to ride
all the way uphill on return trip to Lake area. If yours is a
mountain bike it is paddleable all the way back. But it is wise to
take a rest halfway if you want to avoid suffering from cramps and
weariness the following day, from the long ride.
It is also possible to hire a scooter or a motorbike in Lakeside
(from Rs 450 a day). You will have to buy the petrol yourself (Rs 85
per liter). It is not possible to reach Sarangkot or the World Peace
Pagoda with gearless motorbike or scooter due to the steep road.
Phewa Lake. One of the Nepal's most beautiful spots,
Phewa Tal is surrounded by a combination of monkey-filled forests
and the high white peaks. The reflections in the mirror-like water
in the early mornings are something you must see at least once
before you die. Hire a boat and row yourself across the lake (or
hire a local to do it for you - there are some fine times to be had
on this lake, even in the middle of the night!)
Begnas Lake - Out of town and away from the hustle,
Begnas Tal is quiet, clean and peaceful. There are a few basic
hotels to stay in and the odd refreshment shop. The walk along the
road leading to Begnas Tal is fascinating, the seasonal rhythms of
daily life in the country make great images.
Rupa Tal. One of the more remote lakes in Pokhara with
limited accessibility and hence more serene and unspoilt compared to
the other lakes. A must visit for any nature lover
Dipang Tal. Beautiful lake where you can find wild lotus
and wild swan. It is located about fifteen minutes walk from Sisuwa,
the city centre of Lekhnath muncipality
Falls,. Spectacular, eerie and
unusual, Devi falls plunge into a cave and disappear into the earth.
World Peace Pagoda (Shanti Stupa). Built about 16 years
ago atop a hill overlooking Phewa Tal, the Stupa offers a great
place to see the mountains and the sunset over Pokhara. It can be
accessed by hiring a boat across the lake and following a pretty
good track upward, climbing up through the forest (but watch out for
leeches during the monsoon)or by foot from the road that passes
Devi's Fall, turning right at the end of Chhorepatan. Taxis can now
drive up to within 15 minutes' walk of the Stupa - ask them to use
the Chhorepatan road, which is shorter and therefore should be a
little cheaper than the Kalimati road. Hike to the top! From the small fork road behind the bakery in
Damside, go south 200m, past a few hotels to the road bridge over
the big canal. Go southwest along smaller road to the cable bridge
over the creek, notice the "peace" sign on bridge anchor cement.
Cross, then go up steps to rite, hence main walking trail to left
along rice fields. 200m to a small temple and water tap. Notice
another peace sign and arrows pointing zig zag up behind tap.
Follow ziggy trail through forest to steps and continue up them to
top of spur ridge, notice the USA style tree "blazes" (cuttings)
wherever confusing. Follow the large trail through lovely forest
with monkeys at times. (Warning; a few robberies over the years so
this route is not recommended for 1-2 people) Reach forested
ridge top at a mudhole/saddle,
hence trail crosses over to north side, through more nice forest.
Look for tree markers. gradually up until you reach open main
ridge, within sight of Peace Pagoda. A few small cafes and a hotel
here, then steps up to top. Morning views are best. Often
Hindi/Nepali movies being shot on top. It should take around 35
minutes from the hotels near the road bridge over the big canal.
Sarangkot. The perfect pre-trek warm-up. Head up Sarankot in
the late afternoon (be prepared, it's steep and hard work) find
yourselves a warm guest house before sunset, go up the top for
sunset and again for sunrise... you won't be disappointed. You can
rent a motor bike for under 700Rs and take yourself to the top. The
road is rough, but traversable. Great views, spectacular images and
a great way to get a taste of what it's like to be trekking.
Sarankot south slope trail. Go north through Lakeside about 5km, through Kare, around
corner to Sedi bagar village. Park bike/moto at the Caravan
Restaurant (last spot to buy water/snacks)—the stopwatch starts
here. Follow stone road 1+km directly north towards Sarankot's
forested slopes, past houses, to school. Don't try to ride a moto
or bike up this road, too rocky. road ends to rite (east) of
school, follow trail behind, east (right) into seasonal creek
gully, then 100m up it trail goes off a bit to left and soon the
grueling stone steps begin. Take water! Follow steps all the way,
follow the arrows carved into stones where confusing, cross 3 new
jeep roads but stay on stone step trail, way up you'll come out on
the jeep road along north to Kalipani and Naudada villages at a
restaurant/school 3/4's of the way up, follow road 100m left to
parasail jump off, then continue up obvious steps to Sarankot
village (hotels/cafes/shops) and up cement steps to lookout tower.
Morning views are best. Sometimes a ticket taker asks for top
admission fee of 20 rupees but a simple trick of just runnig by
saying you are on the clock may help you to dodge the toll. This
trail takes at least 52 minutes from the bottom at Caravan park
spot. Knee jarring decent takes 40 minutes, or possible to take
taxi or even hitch a ride in a parasail truck going down.
Absolutely brutal workout!
is a famous cave located in Batulechaur, the northern end of the
Chamare Gufa - Bat cave.
It is another cave located some ten minutes away from the famous
Mahendra cave. This cave is famous for the bats that can be seen
hanging by the cave's walls
Gupteswar Mahadev Cave.
Another cave famous for it's religious importance located in the
southern end of the city, Chorepatan. This cave has a famous Hindu
Devis Fall : Most people pronounce Devi's fall
as Davi's Fall. Locally known as Patale Chhango. On 31st july 1961 A.D. in the
afternoon a sudden flood from Fewa Lake swept away a Swiss citizen Mrs. Devis who was having a bath with her husband beside it. She was
flowed and dead.
International Mountain Museum,
A museum about mountaineering and its
history. You could have description of the people living in the
Himalayas and descriptions of the 14 highest peaks and their most
famous expeditions. Rs 100 for SAARC
She was recovered after a long attempt since then. It has been taken
its name "Devi's Fall"
061-541966, . 08:00-16:30 everyday.
Museum dedicated to the famous soldiers
from Nepal. You can observe here the various historic uniforms,
their famous knifes and the different flags.
Rs 150 for foreigners. Rs 80 for SAARC resident.
White Water Rafting 1-10 day adventure expeditions on
beautiful Nepali rivers. There are many operators offering trips
with one of the best, Rapid runner Expeditions is run by Raja and
Tessa Lama who offer superb high quality experiences. For more
information visit their office at Centre Point on Lakeside.
Paragliding Don't miss soaring around Lake Pokhara and
the Annapurnas with eagles to guide the way! There are several
companies that organise flights ranging from 40 minutes - 1.5
hours, as well as cross-country. You will find advertisements on
the main road as well as most guest houses and hotels. Prices
start from around US$75-85 (2008).
Mountain bike. If you have your own quality bike,
instead of a junker they rent, consider these two fun bike
- Sarankot/Naudada/Hemja loop. 3 hours hard from
Lakeside is a fast time. Go towards downtown (Mahendrapul) from
Lakeside, turn north at "Zero Kilometer" along the main road to
Baglung. (be careful, its crowded.) Ride about 5-6km north,
slowly up, past the nasty old buspark, to the Sarankot Road
junction, turn left (west). The climb time starts at the fork
50m further. Follow paved road up incredibly steep climb, 1st
gear almost all the way. You'd rightly doubt a rental bike could
do it. Good pavement mostly, climb zigs past houses, up, up, you
can ignore ticket taker guys, up up, pavement ends at a small
village on a saddle, where you can stop my watch for the climb.
(Perhaps about 40 minutes from bottom.) From here you can park
bike and hike up old ridge trail to Sarankot, but for this loop
continue west along rocky jeep road along mountains south
slopes, past parasail place and onwards, rolling ascent to
Kalipani village and after and hour or so jeep road hits the
"hi-way" at Naudada village on ridgetop. From here good pavement
zigs steep down to valley bottom, then its a long gradual decent
to Hemja village, and back into Pokhara.
- Kobinde Pass ride. A fun up and back hill climb to a
pass on pavement southwest of Damside. Take paved road south
from Damside to Birauta area then turn right (west) along main
road, the "hi-way to Syangja and Tansen, gradually down towards
Devi's Falls, continue west thru Chorepatan area to base of
climb. The steep zigs begin here, road climbs steadily, though
not too steep, along south side of Peace Pagoda ridge, up to a
few villages, then after a short steep decent into a forest for
last climb up to the pass at Kobinde village. At least, it'll
take just under an hour from Lakeside. From here you can
continue west through scenic rolling country towards Syangja
town, but it's usually possible to zip back down to hotel in
about 35 minutes. BEWARE; this road is getting more crowded each
year, sometimes lots of buses/trucks often in wrong lane. Still
a fun ride however. Wear a helmet. Take water.
Place to Eat - Restaurants
Pokhara Thakali Kitchen,
Awesome Thakali versions of Daal Bhat
which is regarded as the best type of Daal Bhat in Nepal.
Rs 110 for a Daal Bhat.
- Busy Bee Cafe A beautiful outdoor garden bar, with
Pokhara's best rock & roll acts on stage around 8pm
- Hanging Garden - This is one of the outlets of the
famed Fulbari Resort and a one of its kind restaurant in Nepal
because of it's design and location. It is located at the end of
the cliff facing the Seti river gorge with part of the restaurant
inching out in the open air. It offers a breathtaking view of the
Seti gorge below and some of the best cuisines in Pokhara.
- Lumbini Restaurant - Probably the cheapest food in town
and really good. A breakfast with a large cup of tea/coffee, eggs,
hashbrowns, toast is 70Rs. The people who own the place are
genuinely good people and most customers will return because of
the great deal. The restaurant is on the road perpendicular with
the main bazaar road. It's the same road that takes you to the
public (not tourist) bus stop. It's also the road across from the
pier. Go up this road for about 1/2 a kilometer and the restaurant
is a little place located on the left.
- German Bakery - Great cakes, in off-season the cakes
can be a few days old.
- Hua-Han Chinese restaurant, that has been suspected of
causing food poisoning.
- Koto luxurious Japanese restaurant.
- Mike's Breakfast - Pokhara branch of the famous KTM
- Jazz Cafe - Great pizzas, less great pasta.
Everest Steak House,
after Club Amsterdam on the left hand side).
The best steaks in town, including a
gigantic steak which can only be eaten by a minimum of 3 people.
Once upon a time,
Baidam 6 Lakeside Pokhara
(on the right hand side facing to
0730 to 1130pm.
Italian and Indian Cuisine, very old
restaurant in Pokhara lakeside.
Once upon a time (850m.),
Lakeside 6 Pokhara
(Main street of the Lakeside road,
on the right hand sight when you facing to the north.),
opening hours 0730 am to 1130 pm.
restaurant is famouse for ITALIAN and
INDIAN CUISINE. all dishes prises are
modarate and very reasonable cheap..
Pokhara Steak House (850m.),
Lakeside Pokhara (main
junction for Khahar and going to Bazar.),
1000am to 1130pm.
Speciality for all kind of Beef steak
dishes, Serolion, ribeye and T bone Steak.
Price is modarate.
The China Town (Chinese Restaurant &
Lakeside Rd (Centre
Serves typical Chinese food, especially sweet & sour dishes. Fresh
and locally grown/caught duck, fish, and chickens. Great menu for
vegetarians, too. reasonable.
Hotels, Lodge, Guest House, Resorts
accommodation in Pokhara.
All tourist standard hotels are located in
Lakeside and Dam side. Each year new hotels with modern facilities
are coming. There are hotels in central Pokhara Mahendra Pul and
Prithivi Chok bus park. You can find some nice hotels from
. If you like to sleep in a peace and quite place then always ask
with hotels about local tourist and indian tourist. Some hotels care
very much about peace and quite. Now it is very difficult to find
peace and quite place to sleep in Pokhara. Those hotels are very
noisy where local (group) tourist and Indian (group) tourist come to
stay, the hotels near main street, disco and bar are also noisy.
Below are some of well known hotels name in Pokhara. For
complete list of Hotels visit
Shangrila Village: The Shangri-La Resorts Village nestles in
the tranquil heart of Pokhara - the great getaway of Nepal -
beneath a towering rampart of majestic snow peaks. Every room
offers a spectacular view. Architecture inspired by the forms and
textures of village Nepal, charming gardens, reflecting pools that
mirror that splendor of the Himalaya, a swimming pool that is also
Hotel Grand : The facilities and service is top notch and rooms are extremely well- appointed.
Top of the line 78 deluxe rooms including four suites all come with individual
bath, IDD and satellite TV, individually controlled air-conditioning, tea/coffee
maker and a mini-bar.
Hotel Barahi has an excellent choice of comfortable, well appointed and
scrupulously clean accommodation. All rooms include a private balcony from
which guests can enjoy spectacular views of Fishtail Mountain and the
- New Pokhara Lodge:
The New Pokhara Lodge,
Lies on the shores of Pokhara's largest
Lake. Sufficiently set back from the main road to guarantee peace,
quiet & privacy, there are just 16 rooms all with attach tiled
toilets and 24 hours hot and cold running water. Standard rooms
with attached bath and Deluxe room with bathtub & AC available.The
Lodge is built around one of the best gardens in Pokhara. New
Pokhara Lodge offer free high speed wireless Wi-Fi internet in
Mount Kailash: Situated in the heart of Pokhara city just 5
minutes drive from the airport , next to Fewa Lake and
colorful bazaars. This is one of the newest and best deluxe hotel in
Mark Hotel: With 35
cultural ethnic heritage amenities tastefully furnished deluxe rooms that
offers peaceful atmosphere, spectacular mountain views. Rooms with
veranda, bath tub, multi channeled remote colour television, IDD
telephones, room to room telephone..
The Fulbari Resory & Spa . Is Nepal's only 5-star
resort located outside of the capital. It is located about ten
minutes from the airport and offers unfettered views of the
surrounding Himalayan ranges. Also alongside the hotel is a former
glacial canyon and the Seti-River gorge. Facilities at the hotel
include four restaurants, Cafe Fulbari, Masala Bazar, Komagane,
Hanging garden, one bar, Gorkha Bar, a spa/health club, golf club,
and a casino for those slow or wet nights. Latitude: 28°10'36.69"N
Out from Pokhara
- Buses to Kathmandu Tourist buses run from the bus depot
starting at 7.30 every morning, and will arrive in Kathmandu
sometime after 2pm. Tickets are sold at all travel places and
prices can start from 350 ruppees, up to $US18.
: There are more then 20 flights
between Kathmandu and Pokhara each Day. The most popular flight
operated by Agni Air, Guna Air, Yeti Air and Buddha Air. We offer
best fare for flight ticket.
- Ride to India Buy an Indian registered Royal Enfield
from Hearts & Tears Motorcycle Club for Euro 400-800. Ride around
Nepal and India, then sell it at the end of your trip.
- Ride home Nepali bikes qualify for a Carnet de Passage
(a passport for a vehicle) so you can ride virtually any country
in the world. Hearts & Tears can set you up with a bike, papers,
mechanics lessons, tools and spares ... everything you need for
around Euro 1500.