Pokhara is the beauty hub of Nepal located in the middle of beautiful Himalayas like Annapurna I, Manaslu and Dhaulagiri. This place is also known as the “city of seven lakes” and the tourist capital of Nepal. Pokhara is the second-largest city after Kathmandu and functions as the capital of Gandaki Province.
Pokhara has become the ideal tourist destination because this city is filled with plenty of exciting and surprising adventures for all the travelers. Although being the second-largest city the size of the population is not too big and because of that, the city is clean and pollution-free. In Pokhara, you will find a sub-tropical climate that makes this city very comfortable to live.
The cold air from the Himalayas and the peaceful sound of nature is always there to welcome the guest. It is the complete holiday package for families, couples, and thrill lovers. In Pokhara, you can either enjoy peaceful temples, stupa, monasteries, and attend various cultural programs or can have some fun activities like paragliding, bungee jump, sky diving, hiking, horse riding, boating, and many more. For many tourists, Pokhara serves as the gateway of some world-famous mountain trek of the Annapurna circuit.
Pokhara: Cultural and Traditional Aspect
Pokhara is rich in cultural values and norms. There are many cultural places and some old beautiful temples that reflect the tradition and lifestyle of old Pokhara. There are various sanctuaries and gompas, such as the Tal Barahi Temple, Shanti stupa, and the Bindhyabasini Temple, which keep the two Hindus and Buddhists with noteworthiness. The Nepal Christiya Ramghat Church, the primary church in Nepal, is likewise in Pokhara. People of every caste and religion are welcome here in Pokhara. Pokhreli people knows very well how to treat and make their guest comfortable here in Pokhara.
Pokhara is also known for its melodic conventions, and has the largest number of shows in urban Nepal. For both conventional society music called Lok geet and western roused music it fills in as an inside. Resham Firiri and Khyalee Tune are a part of the traditional music styles found in Pokhara. Many restaurants of Pokhara offers culture dance and songs to their guest. Not only that you can also find various restaurants dedicated to a specific culture where you can find the food and good vibes of that culture. Tourists visiting here enjoy eating the Thakali and Newari food of Pokhara.
Top Places to Visit in Pokhara
|1. Phewa Lake||11. Old Bazar|
|2. Davis Fall||12. Bindabasini Temple|
|3. Shanti Stupa||13. Gorkha Museum|
|4. Sarangkot||14. Ghorepani Hill|
|5. Gupteshwor Mahadev Mandir||15. Rupa Lake|
|6. Tibetian Refugee Camp||16. Bat Cave|
|7. International Mountain Museum||17. Mahendra Cave|
|8. Tal Barahi Temple||18. Poon Hill|
|9. Begnas Lake||19. Shree Gaden Dargay Ling Monastery|
|10. Seti River Gorge||20. Pokhara Regional Museum|
Phewa Lake (Fewa Tal)
Phewa Lake, Phewa Tal or Fewa Lake is the most popular tourist destination in Pokhara. The visit to Pokhara will be incomplete if you don’t visit the Phewa Lake. From Phewa Lake, you can see the beautiful view of Himalayas. In the middle of Phewa Lake, there is a Tal Barahi Temple. In Phewa lake, you can enjoy the fresh air of Himalayas, get the blessing of Tal Barahi Temple, enjoy fishing, boating, and get enjoy the beauty of nature.
Besides Phewa lake, there are many other beautiful lakes like: Begnas Lake, Rupa Lake, Niureni Tal, Dipang Tal, Kamal Pokhari, Khaste Tal, Gude Tal, and Kashyap Tal.
Gupteshwor Mahadev Mandir and Davis Fall
Gupteshwor Mahadev mandir and Davis fall are both different places but they are interconnected with each other. In Davis fall you can see the beautiful waterfall falling in the depth of a dark cave. In order to see the end part of that waterfall, you need to visit the Gupteshwor cave where Gupteshwor Mahadev mandir is also situated. Guteshwor temple is a very beautiful and religious temple. To visit the temple you need to go inside a cave. At the cave entrance, you can see beautiful sculptures of ancient god sticking on the wall and when you reach the half part of the cave then you will get to worship in Gupteshwor temple.
International Mountain Museum
If you want to understand the ancient culture and lifestyle of Nepali people then the international mountain museum is the best place to visit. In international mountain museum you will see the lifestyle of the people living in the mountain region, their tools that they use in their day to day activity and most important you will find the ancient tools used by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay to climb the highest mountain of the world i.e. Mt.Everest for the first time.
There you will also get to know about the Himalayan wildlife, plantation, and mountain rocks. In this museum, there is a hall as well where you can see a short movie regarding the Nepali culture and the lifestyle of Nepali people.
Pokhara Shanti Stupa
Shanti stupa also known as peace pagoda is a Buddhist pagoda-style memorial located at Anadu hill. It is Nepal’s first World Peace Pagoda. Each sculpture of the stupa refers to significant occasions that have been associated with the Buddha and have been called by where they occurred. A Pagoda of Peace is a symbol of peace dedicated to the entire human race. It is a perfect opportunity to get away from the Himalayan range, Phewa Lake, and the city of Pokhara. The ridge offers an incredible perspective on nightfall and dawn.
TripAdvisor has positioned Shanti Stupa as Pokhara’s second-most fascination. One popular and bold climbing path to the Shanti Stupa is the intersection of Phewa Lake by a neighborhood pontoon and a hard climb through the nearby town that takes approximately 60 minutes.
LakeSide In Pokhara
Lakeside is the tourist hub of Pokhara. It is situated beside the beautiful Phewa Lake. Lakeside is not a big area but spending time at lakeside is very refreshing and fun. Some luxurious restaurants and hotels offer a beautiful view of the Himalayas and Phewa Lake. There you can start your morning having breakfast and watching the beautiful Annapurna Mountains. Lakeside offers all the facilities that a tourist wishes for. There you will find lots of trekking guide company, money exchange services, good food, spa, resort, bar, disco, shopping stores, etc.
Old Bazar Pokhara
In case you need a break shopping or just a meander around in Pokhara, the best spot you can pick is an old bazar at that point. This spot is just 4 km from Phewa Lake and resembles a traditional bazaar with a different broker scope. In this Bazaar is situated the Bindhyabasini Mandir, one of the most important and traditional sanctuaries in Pokhara.
Fun Things to do in Pokhara
- Mountaineering- Nepal is known for the highest mountain peaks in the world. The way to eight of the world’s highest mountain peaks begins here from Pokhara. It is the base of every trekking and mountaineer.
- Rafting- In Pokhara there are some extreme rivers like Seti Khola, Trisuli River, Mardi Khola, etc. For thrill lovers, these rivers are great for rafting.
- Paragliding- For tourist Pokhara is paragliding paradise. Many tourist enjoy the beautiful landscape, lake, and mountain views with the help of paragliding.
- Boating- Pokhara offers some beautiful lakes like Phewa lake, Begnas lake, Rupa lake, etc. for boating. Many tourist enjoy boating and site viewing in Phewa lake.
- Bungee Jump- You may also go for Hemja, Pokhara, a bungee-seize. This is the only pinnacle bungee in Nepal, high ground bungee, and swing, offering various bungee bouncing choices.
Besides these activities, there are many more fun and exciting activities to do in Pokhara. Here you can experience canyoning, zip flying, cycling, horse riding, bird watching, butterfly watching, village tour, shopping, and many more.
Best Time to Visit Pokhara
If you are planning to visit the Pokhara without any disturbance and enjoy the beauty of Pokhara then the month from September to November will be the ideal time. These three months are considered as the best tourist season. If you are looking for trekking and hiking then the month from December to February will be great as you can see the pure beauty of the Himalayas covered with snow.
Summer season is off-season because during summer Pokhara receives lots of rain and humidity. After summer the mesmerizing view of Pokhara can be seen during the spring season (April-May).
Tourism Business in Pokhara (Income source for Local People)
The beautiful resources of Pokhara has provided lots of employment to the people living here. More than 17,000 people living in Pokhara are engaged in the tourism industry. In Pokhara, there are about 700 hotels that are suitable for tourists, and among them, 400 are registered with the Western Regional Hotel Association. In the tourism industry of Pokhara, more than Rs 400 billion is invested.
According to the report published by the Minister of Gandaki Province, daily an average of 400 tourist enters in Pokhara. Because of the increase rate in the number of tourist government has planned to celebrate the year 2022 as the Pokhara tourism year. Because of tourists, many people who are not involved in this tourism industry are also earning money indirectly by selling goods and services while some people are able to attract the tourist with the help of traditional handicraft products.
Improvement Required in the Tourism Sector of Pokhara
Pokhara Tourism Council and the government both are doing a lot to improve the tourism industry in Pokhara. Pokhara has been actively putting in accommodation for 10 years, and an ever-increasing number of lodgings and cafés open their entrances to Lakeside. But the usual attack on holiday-makers persisted so far. During this time the number of guests grew only irrelevantly. This is similarly due to a lack of foundation and confused excursion to Pokhara. From the capital city to Pokhara the road distance is 200km but it takes up to 10 hours to cover such a short distance because of the traffic and bad road condition.
The road condition is bad and the flight route is expensive and costs $120 per person. To attract more tourist flight costs should be reduced. Only then the tourist will feel easy to travel. In Pokhara, the construction of an International airport is going on. Once the construction will be completed then it will be a great help for the tourist to land directly at Pokhara. This project will surely increase the number of tourists and with that more employment will be created in Pokhara.
Tourism support in Pokhara
As we all know that Pokhara is the tourism hub of Nepal. In order to increase the tourism industry and to provide facilities to the tourist an organization named Pokhara Tourism Council was established in early 2002 AD. This council plays an important role in conserving and promoting the tourism places of Pokhara. It ensures that all the historical places, lakes, rivers, cultural heritage and monuments are well conserved and maintained.
Pokhara tourism council is effectively organizing various activities related to tourism like street festivals, holy festivals, and many more. In addition to focusing on harmony and safety in the travel industry, CCTV has just been introduced in the travel industry territories following coordination with security offices and other business people as associations identifying with the travel industry and, on the other hand, the introduction of sun-based street lights in the main street area from Shahid Chowk to Barahi Chowk of lakeside with the joint effort of government, Pokhara tourism council and alternative power promotion center.
For the safety and help of the tourist in Pokhara, there is a tourist police office at Dampside. The tourist police unit is always there to provide necessary information to the tourist traveling in Pokhara.
Tourist can contact the tourist police by dialing 061462761 or can send mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Is it Worth of Visiting Pokhara?
I have also visited Pokhara and my visit to the Pokhara was great. In a short time, I have experienced lots of fun adventures. Pokhara is truly a beautiful place that contains the true beauty of Mother Nature and you will feel very lucky, energetic, and relaxed after visiting Pokhara for sure. Not only Pokhara the whole of Nepal is full of exciting and thrilling adventures. From Mechi to Mahakali you will find various wildlife, beautiful Himalayas, mesmerizing view, and honest Nepali who will be always there for your welcome.
For more inquiry you can visit these official websites: pokharatourism.org.np and tourismdepartment.gov.np