landscape photography of phewa lake

Pokhara is a remarkable city in western Nepal with a stunning landscape, extensive culture, and a pleasant atmosphere. This charming city lies at the foot of the Annapurna mountain range. It is one of Nepal’s best go-to tourist destinations. You can enjoy both the bustling city life of Pokhara and the tranquility of the Himalayas.

The attraction of Phewa Lake

The outstanding Phewa Tal view is Pokhara’s main attraction. You can take a boat ride across the lake to see the surrounding mountains, including the majestic Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) mountain from a different perspective, Tal Barahi temple.

Tal Barahi temple
Tal Barahi Temple

This is home to a number of fascinating cultural and historical landmarks with splendid natural surroundings. Visitors interested in Nepal’s mountaineering history can visit the International Mountain Museum located in Ratopairo, Pokhara. In addition, you can find famous climbing expeditions to Mount Annapurna and other Himalayan peaks featured in the exhibits at the museum.

It provides an outdoor experience for those seeking adventure. The mountains here are ideal for hiking and trekking, whether you’re an experienced hiker or just looking for a stroll. The well-known trek known as the Annapurna Circuit takes you through the stunning Annapurna mountain range and provides breathtaking views of the valleys and peaks that surround it.

Annapurna mountain range
Annapurna mountain range

Activities In Pokhara

  • Boating and fishing at Phewa Lake
  • Hiking and trekking in the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges
  • Paragliding over the Himalayas
  • Visiting the International Mountain Museum
  • Exploring the caves at Mahendra Gufa and Bat Cave
  • Attending a traditional Nepali cultural dance performance
  • Taking a scenic flight over the Himalayas
  • Biking along the rural roads of Pokhara valley
  • Visit the World Peace Pagoda and the Bhadrakali Temple
  • Enjoying the local street food and shopping at the Lakeside market.
boating on Phewa Lake
Boating in Phewa Lake


Pokhara’s climate is primarily influenced by its elevation of approximately 900 meters above sea level and its location in the subtropical zone.

The climate is generally mild with warm summers and cool winters. From June to September, the monsoon season brings heavy rains and high humidity levels. Hence, the best time to visit is from September to November and March to May followed by clear skies and mild weather.

Reflection of Annapurna Range; Pokhara
Reflection of Annapurna Range

During the winter of December to February, temperatures can drop to freezing where snowfall is common in higher elevations. Winter is still a desirable time to visit Pokhara full of clear skies and stunning mountain views, despite the colder temperatures.

Religious places in Pokhara

There are numerous churches, Gumbas (Buddhist monasteries), and temples in and around the Pokhara valley. Some of the most well-liked churches, gumbas, and temples located in Pokhara are:

  • World Peace Pagoda: A Buddhist temple located on a hilltop overlooking Pokhara, offering panoramic views of the city and the Himalayas.
  • Bhadrakali Temple: A Hindu temple dedicated to the goddess Bhadrakali, located in the heart of Pokhara city.
  • Tal Barahi Temple: It is located on an island in Phewa Lake, accessible only by boat.
  • Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave: A Hindu shrine located inside a cave, dedicated to Lord Shiva and believed to have healing properties.
  • Devi’s Fall: A sacred site where a natural waterfall is believed to have been created by the goddess Parvati.
  • Seti River Gorge: A holy site where devotees come to worship and make offerings to the river, which is considered sacred by the local community.
  • Bindhyabasini Temple: A Hindu temple dedicated to the goddess Durga, located near the old bazaar of Pokhara.
  • Sitaldevi Temple: The temple dedicated to the goddess Sitala, located on a hilltop near Pokhara.
  • Nepal Christiya Ramghat Church:  the first-ever church in Nepal established in 1952 AD (2009 BS).
World Peace Pagoda in Pokhara
World Peace Pagoda

These religious places offer a glimpse into the rich cultural and spiritual heritage of Nepal and are popular destinations for both tourists and local devotees.

Modes of Transportation

The various modes of transportation include:

  • Taxi: Taxis are a convenient means of getting around the city and its surroundings and are readily available.
  • Bus: Between Pokhara and other cities in Nepal, frequent public buses offer a cost-effective means of transportation.
  • Bicycle: You can explore the city and its surroundings at your own pace by renting a bicycle.
  • Motorbike: Another popular way to get around the city and its surroundings are to rent a motorcycle, which gives you more freedom and flexibility.
  • Local flight: Pokhara has its domestic airport, and there are flights to Kathmandu and other cities.
  • Car Renting: If you’re coming to here from out of town, renting a private car with a driver is a great way to get around.

Related: Transportation In Nepal: Choose your comfort

It is essential to keep in mind that traffic can get backed up in Pokhara, particularly during the peak tourist season. It is recommended that you allow extra time to reach your destination when planning your travels.

In conclusion, there truly is something for everyone in Pokhara. Pokhara has it all peace, cultural and historical experiences, adventure, and excitement. You can add Pokhara to your itinerary if you’re planning a trip to Nepal; you won’t be disappointed!

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