There are a lot of beautiful places in Nepal, but the most peaceful and tranquil is Pokhara. This charming little town’s claim to glory is its nearness to the Himalayan Mountain Range – it seems almost in touching distance! As you drive to Pokhara, you can see the Himalayas imminent to the right. It is a 4-6 hours’ drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. There is an airport if you would like to fly from Kathmandu. As you reach Pokhara, if the weather is good, the mountains seem to surround the town. Neither the roads going into Pokhara nor the ones inside the town are great. You can see green fields, with the mountains and valleys all around you.
Places to see in Pokhara, Nepal– Sri Bindyabasini Temple, Pokhara, Nepal
Once you have checked-in, take a break from sightseeing and head to the lake just before sunset. The Fewa Lake is beautiful and if your hotel is within walking distance, it is a treat to amble to. A pleasant wind greets you as you reach the lake. There is a walkway around one side of the lake. There are cement benches placed strategically around. Sit down, enjoy the beauty. As the evening cools off, restaurants and street food vendors get down to business. Snacks, grilled meats, and soft drink vendors sit at intermissions and even serve you at your cranny. There are restaurants with live music overlooking the lake for that romantic date-night. You can see well-dressed couples on a date, strolling around and sitting down at the restaurants. People-watching is as much fun as Nature-watching here! You can spend hours here; it’s pretty safe with police patrolling around regularly.
Places to see in Pokhara, Nepal – Fewa Lake, Pokhara, Nepal
Places to see in Pokhara, Nepal – Lake-side street food & restaurants at Phewa Lake, Pokhara, Nepal
Places to see in Pokhara, Nepal – Annapurna Peak, Pokhara, Nepal
Fresh the next morning, you had an early start before the sun became too hot, and your first visit was to Sri Bindhyabasini temple. This beautiful temple is unique in that there are Buddhist and Hindu Idols in the same property. Enjoy the beautiful monuments and head over to the viewpoint for a look at the Annapurna peak. You will feel so cheerful looking at it as the clouds cleared up! Exciting! The trek to the Annapurna base camp is just about 7-12 days from the last bus station in Kimchi near Pokhara. If that’s too much, well, a helicopter can take you in about 15 min for a few thousand bucks. There are four places to stay there and they say the view is awesome! The rest of us will enjoy the view from Pokhara…
Places to see in Pokhara, Nepal – Gupteshwar Cave
The Gupteshwar Cave is a nice little adventure to take next. A series of steps takes you into the Earth and as you go down, it gets damp and a bit cooler. In summer that isn’t an issue at all. A beautiful Pillar Lingam is worshiped here. The Devi Falls from across the street go through the cave and you can see and hear the roar of the water.
Places to see in Pokhara, Nepal – Inside Gupteshwar Caves
Places to see in Pokhara, Nepal, Seti River Gorge, and Pokhara, Nepal
The tour of Pokhara takes up about half a day and then you are back to enjoying the lake! Take a short boat ride to the Talabahari Temple in the middle of the lake. By evening, at the entrance to the lake area, people gather to watch a lovely Aarti to Maata Talabahari, whose temple is situated in the middle of the lake. The Aarti lasts about half an hour in the light of the setting sun. It’s a beautiful sight! You can see a few believers dancing in frenzy.
Places to see in Pokhara, Nepal – Aarti to Maata Taalbarahi at Phewa Lake, Pokhara, Nepal
Leave with your heart full – what a pleasant ending to a great evening by the lake. Head back to your hotel or choose to have dinner at one of the restaurants on the way back to your hotel. You could treat yourself at one of the lake-side diners with a live band even!