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Top 20 things to do and places to visit in Pokhara

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Pokhara is Nepal’s favourite tourist destination. Being one of the most beautiful regions of Nepal, Pokhara has several places to visit and things to do. The town of Pokhara is the gateway to the Annapurna Mountains or many other trekking routes making it ideal for hikers.

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The region also offers a wide variety of adventure sports such as river rafting, paragliding and so much more. But this does not mean that Pokhara is only for the adventure lovers! Surrounded by the Himalayas mountains, lakes, valleys, caves, parks and beautiful landscapes – Pokhara is a perfect option to simple relax and unwind.

Whatever the intend, Pokhara is perfect for every kind of vacationer! And if you are planning to take a trip to Pokhara, here are the 20 things you must experience and places you must visit in Pokhara.

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20 things/places to experience in Pokhara:

  1. Pokhara is a trekker’s paradise there are numerous treks in the northern regions of the city. Do not miss to take at least take a short trek while in Pokhara – ranging from one to as many days as you like. The treks offer a stunning view of the Himalayan range and the surrounding valley.
  2. The Annapurna Circuit is a popular Himalayan trek in the Annapurna mountain ranges. This trek encompasses the Annapurna region and allows the trekkers to experience the natural beauty, majestic landscapes and ethnicity in the region.
  3. Phewa Lake is Nepal’s second largest lake. This freshwater lake is surrounded by the queen’s forest also referred as Ranibagh. The lake is crystal clear and offers a magnificent reflection of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain.
  4. The Sarangkot is a village located on the Sarangkot mountains is renowned for its sunrise and sunset views. Elevated on 1600 metres above sea level the village is a wonderful place to capture spellbinding views of the mountains, valleys and the landscapes revolving the various mountain ranges.
  5. Shanti Stupa in Pokhara also called as Peace Pagoda is a gorgeous shrine located on the Anadu Hill. The shrine overlooks the mesmerising Phewa Lake and is between the Annapurna Mountain range.
  6. The Begnas Lake or Begnas Tal is one among the many famous lakes in Pokhara. The lake water mirrors the adjacent mountain ranges and shadows the sky on a clear day – creating a dazzling view. Stroll on the banks, soak in the nature and absorb the enchanting vibes of the lake during forests in the Pokhara Valley.
  7. Old Pokhara has maintained the historic charms of Nepal and is an onset of tourism. In Old Pokhara, tourists can preview of what it was like before in the historic period before Nepal was struck by modernization.
  8. Gopteshwar Mahadev Mandir is a temple with a self-emerging Shiva Lingam which was found in the 3 km long cave during the 16th century. This Lord Shiva’s cave temple is near the Seti River and is a structure literally emerges from underground.
  9. Seti River is a well-known tourist destination and famous for the milky white waters. The water cuts right across the massive mountain range and then runs through the Old town of pokhara.
  10. Gurkha Museum in Pokhara is museum dedicated to honour the service of Gurkha soldiers. The Gurkha soldiers entered the British Army in 1815 and were known for their bravery. This museum is a gallery depicting the lives and tales of Gurkhas.
  11. Rupa Lake also referred as Rupa Tal is in the city of Pokhara. This freshwater lake of Nepal stands at an altitude of 600 meters and exhibits a variety of flora and fauna. Tourist enjoy strolling and boating facilities along fishing activities.
  12. At an elevation of 3210 metres above sea level, Ghorepani Hill is the most preferred trekking route in Nepal. The breath-taking scenery from the Ghorepani Poon Hill and the sunrise view of the snowy rugged Himalayan range is something you must not miss!
  13. Bat Cave is Pokhara is ideal for adventure lovers. The Bat cave even known as the Chamero Gufa in Pokhara has thousands of bats booming in the dark, gloomy and moist chambers of the cave and are a wonder to watch.
  14. Mahendra cave is situated in the Batulechaur. Named after King Mahendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev these glorious caves formed by natural limestone is worth exploring by tourists in the region.
  15. Situated at an altitude of 3210 m, Poon Hill is a popular short trekking destination. The Hill offers a perfect view of sunrise and sunset. Trekkers can hike and enjoy the spectacular view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges as well.
  16. The Regional Museum of Pokhara is good to view the ancient culture and history of Pokhara Valley. The exhibits displayed from the time are as old as the Stone Age and covering centuries of progression and various eras of civilisation.
  17. Shree Gaden Dhargay Ling Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery that is yet again a must visit in Pokhara. Shree Gaden Dhargay Ling Monastery was founded to spread Buddhist teachings and Tibetan culture in the country.
  18. The 200-year-old Bhimsen Temple is dedicated to the Newari God of trade and commerce. Also, known as the oldest temple in the city of Pokhara the Bhimsen Temple replicates architecture the Chinese pagoda.
  19. Paragliding in Pokhara is something you must try on your trip to Nepal. Paragliding on the shore of a serene lake and mountains at the backdrop Pokhara is arguably among the best paragliding venues in the world.
  20. Visit the Tibetan Refugee Camp were built for the thousands of Tibetan refugees that came to settle in Nepal after the Chinese takeover. Do not forget to shop at the Tibetan Refugee Camp. You can find handmade products and souvenirs signifying the beauty of Tibet.

But these are not the only thing that attract tourists to Pokhara. Pokhara is mainly known for hiking on the beautiful mountains, adventure sports and the tranquillity of the nature. If you would like to visit the beautiful town of Pokhara speak to a travel guru from CoreTreks today!

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