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Pokhara, Nepal Travel Guide

Pokhara checks all the appropriate boxes, with adventure activities, spectacular scenery, as well as food and accommodation choices galore. Whether you have endured a hellish bus trip or returned from a 3-week trek, Lakeside Pokhara is the ideal place to energize your batteries. Here are the top must-see attractions in Pokhara, Nepal. 

Old Pokhara

For a glance at what this city was before the tourist restaurants, chaos, and traffic besieged the one-time village, visit the old town. The best way to peruse this area is on foot. From the Nepal Telecom edifice at Mahendra Pul, go northwest across Tersapati, passing several religious shops selling Buddhist and Hindu paraphernalia. At the Nala Mukh intersection, look out for the Newari houses with ornately carved windows and decorative brickwork. 

Phewa Tal

Phewa Tal is a favorite among many travelers to Pokhara and is Nepal’s second-largest lake. Compared to the tacky tourist development of the Lakeside, the southwestern shore is alive with birdlife and it is densely forested. The lush Queen’s Forest or Rani Ban confers an emerald shade to the lake, and the Annapurna Mountains are on a clear day perfectly reflected on its surface.  

Devi’s Falls

The Devi’s Falls is also known as Patale Chhango; it marks the spot where the Pardi Khola river disappears underground. After monsoon rains when the river is at full bore, the water plunging sound over the waterfalls is deafening. The waterfalls are just 2 kilometers southwest of the airport.

International Mountain Museum

This vast museum is dedicated to Nepal Mountains, those who call the mountains home and the mountaineers climbing them. Inside, there is an original gear from the first Himalayan ascents and displays on the geology, culture, history as well as the fauna and flora of the Himalaya. Once the climbers of the past have inspired you, head out to where there is a 21-meter climbing wall and a 9.5 meters model of Mount Manaslu.

Varahi Mandir

The most well-known Hindu temple in Pokhara, the 2-tiered pagoda-style temple sits on a small island in Phewa Tal, close to the erstwhile Royal Palace (Ratna Mandir). Founded in the eighteenth-century, this temple is devoted to the boar incarnation of boar. Over the years, it has been renovated extensively and is now home to a lot of cooing pigeons. Boats to the temple depart from Varahi Ghat in the Lakeside. 

Gurkha Museum

Located north of Mahendra Pul, close to the KI Singh Bridge, this museum celebrates the famous Gurkha regiments achievements. It covers the history of Gurkha from the nineteenth-century Indian Uprising, through 2 World Wars to present-day peace-keeping and disputes missions.

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