Pokhara is known as the “Natural and adventure capital” of Nepal, because of its astounding setting of extreme beautiful lakes with lush hills offering unique view of Himalaya. Pokhara is the second most popular tourist destination in Nepal after Kathmandu.
Pokhara is famous for sightseeing and mountain views. Pokhara offers magnificent views of Dhaulagari, Manasulu and the mind blowing views of Annapurna range to the north of Pokhara including Annapurna I and VI, Annapurna South and Machhapuchhare gives you an amazing feeling. When the sun rises, you can see the reflection of the mountains in the lake, truly a photographer's paradise.
It is popular as "City of Lakes". Phewa Lake, Begnas Lake and Rupa Lakeare some of the major attractions. Pokhara’s attractions are endless. Pokhara also provides the perfect opportunity to hire a bike and zoom off into the sunset up any of the surrounding mountains to get a scintillating panoramic aerial view of the lake.
Pokhara Valley has in recent years grown as a destination for adventure sports such as paragliding and ultra-light aircraft flights. And with boating, bird watching, trekking and mountain biking as other attractions, Pokhara has it all. It is the starting point for many of Nepal's most popular trekking and rafting destinations.Thakalis, indigenous of the Thak Khola region of Mustang, are known for their entrepreneurship and run tea houses along the trek routes in the Annapurna region.
Hike at Sarangkot Hill
It lies at the altitude of 1592m. This hill sits north of Pokhara overlooking the valley and Fewa Lake. Just a short scenic hike through small villages and jungle from the main tourist area of Pokhara, or a 30 minute drive can get you there. Sarangkot is a beautiful village best known for its view of sunrise, where on a clear day you can see an unobstructed view of the Himalayas of Dhaulagiri 8167m, Manaslu 8163m and Annapurna 8091m and, in the middle of the Annapurna range, the Machhapuchhre 6993m (Fishtail). The best sunrise, beautiful green hills, terraces of rice and the beautiful view of Pokhara valley can be seen from Sarangkot Hill. It is also the takeoff spot for paragliding, ultralight flight and Zipline.
Booting In Phewa Lake
Pokhara owes its popularity to the enchanting Phewa Lake, and along its eastern shore has grown the Lakeside or Baidam, a thriving resort town of hotels, restaurants, bars and souvenir shops that allow travelers to relax and enjoy. Phewa Lake is the largest and most beautiful of the three lakes, attracting a large number of visitors who enjoy boating on its placid waters. Boats can be hired, and many visit the island temple of Barahi in the middle of the lake.
Locally known as "Pataley Chhango", this is an awesome waterfall lying about two km. southwest of Pokhara airport. Legend has it that a trekker (Devin David) was washed away by the Pardi Khola (river) and mysteriously disappeared down into an underground passage beneath the fall.
Gupteswar Mahadev Cave
Gupteswar Mahadev Cave famous for its religious importance located in the southern end of the city, Chorepatan. This cave has a shrine of Hindu god Shiva. The water from Davis fall flows into this cave.
Pokhara is blessed with stunning panoramic views of the Annapurna range which forms its backdrop. The mesmerizing Machhapuchhre also called Mt. Fishtail dominates the scenery because of its proximity to the valley and can be seen from anywhere in Pokhara. Stretching from east to west, the Annapurna massif includes Annapurna 1 to IV and Annapurna South. Further away are seen the giants, Dhaulagiri (8,167m) and Manaslu (8,163m).