Pokhara: Poet’s inspiration, cupid’s cradle, nature’s masterpiece, tourist’s paradise, photographer’s delight, adventurer’s sports venue, hospitality’s epitome, trekker’s base and the second largest city of Nepal. Let’s visit Pokhara, the renowned tourist destination of Nepal. Pokhara day tour offers and introduces you to pristine lakes, mysterious caves, snowy mountains, waterfalls, refugee camps, carpet factories, museums and much more. All in one place and at a small cost and short time. A short and scenic hike to World Peace Pagoda and Sarangkot is the other most amazing activity in Pokhara. We can also include boating on the Phewa Lake which is a delightful experience and paragliding from Sarangkot at an extra cost.
Short brief of Pokhara Day Tour
Our Pokhara day tour starts at 05:AM with the sunrise view from Sarangkot and ends at 04:PM. The visit includes these places such as Mahendra Cave, Phewa Lake, World Peace Pagoda, David’s fall, Bharahi Temple, Gupteshwar Mahadev Cave, and International Mountain Museum.
Pokhara (City of Lakes, Caves, and Mountains)
Pokhara, the city of the lake is the second-largest city in Nepal, after Kathmandu. At an altitude of about 850m, it is one of the popular cities, making it the base for many adventure treks in the Annapurna region. The highlight of the town is its Lakeside, which is a boating paradise flanked by charming shops, dreamy cafés, restaurants and pubs that make up this postcard-perfect town.
For adventure seekers, Pokhara is a popular starting point for many adventure treks in the Annapurna region as well as many paragliding, zip flyer, and Tandem flight opportunities. This city is a beautiful contrast to the bustling Lakeside Pokhara and Old Pokhara, which is home to many beautiful historical temples and is also the city's commercial hub. Phewa Lake, a spectacular lake that borders Lakeside Pokhara and Old Pokhara, flawlessly reflects the mountains that border it, making it a breathtaking photo opportunity. The old city houses shops where you can buy famous handicrafts, woodwork, and wool-work.
How to reach Pokhara?
Since the city is just 200 kilometers away from Kathmandu, you can access it by both roads and by air. Traveling by road is cheaper, of course, costing you about US$ 10 one way by a comfortable tourist bus. You can also access the city by air, several airline companies are flying from Kathmandu to Pokhara but Buddha Air and Yeti Air are some of the best and most reliable airline companies. It cost you about US$ 120 for a one-way flight and takes about 35 minutes. A tourist bus journey takes about 6 to 7 hours, but the countryside views are definitely worth it. Moreover, a private Car or Van is also available from Kathmandu to Pokhara, which costs you about US$ for a Car and US$ 150 for Van (one-way).
World Peace Pagoda
Situated on a narrow ridge high above Phewa Lake, the brilliant-white World Peace Pagoda was constructed by Nipponzan Myohoji clan monk Morioka Sonin (Buddhist monk from Japanese origin) with support from local people. The entire initiative was led by Nichidatsu Fujii, the founder of the Nipponzan Myohoji clan of Buddhism who is famously known as the initiator of constructing Peace Pagodas across the world. During the construction phase, there had been many disruptions from Nepal Government and it was not officially passed by Nepal Government till 1992 and in October 1999 it was formally inaugurated.
The Pagoda sits atop a hill overlooking the Annapurna Himalayan range which reflects off Lake Phewa below. It is thusly one of the more serene peace pagodas in the world. The World Peace Pagoda in Pokhara offers a lot more than just a Stupa. It's a lake, a small trek, and a mountain view. Add in some side trips and it's a great little outing to do while in Pokhara.
Considered the holiest Hindu shrine in Pokhara, this beautiful temple is located right in the middle of Phewa Lake, on a small island. You can access the temple by rowboat from Varahi Ghat and pay your respects to the Holy Bharahi temple; it is believed that one can achieve his/her wishes after visiting this temple.
International Mountain Museum. The International Mountain Museum is an exclusive space devoted to the Himalayas and her explorers. Containing the mountain scaling equipment of yore, champion trekkers and other exciting details, the museum also holds exhibits of the unique flora and fauna of the Himalayas.
This waterfall is special because half of it is underground. On the surface, it is a small stream that swells during the monsoon, but the water leads into an underground tunnel, surfacing at the Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave near the World Peace Pagoda. Patale Chhango is the actual name of this waterfall, but it is locally known as Devi's fall.
Gupteshwar Mahadev Cave
Gupteshwar Mahadev Cave in Pokhara is the cave where Devi’s fall leads to. Just across the road from Devi’s fall, a spiral staircase takes you to the entrance of Gupteswar Mahadev Cave. As you enter the cave, there are walls dripping water and the way around the cave is lit with a string of lights that often go off, so carrying torches in recommended. About 40m in you can see a statue of Lord Shiva which was discovered when two locals accidentally came across the cave. The statue is considered important and holy according to Hindus and witnesses quite a number of devotees on particular days. To reach the second part of the cave, you walk through a path cut off from the underground rocks, some sections of which are quite interesting and moderately difficult, the rock formations and the fact that water drips from every point of the cave are quite interesting.
As you reach the end you can finally see where Devi’s fall ends, there is a temporary staircase built to climb to the point where you see the slit in the center of the cave. As you reach the platform the roaring of the waterfall mutes all else, the force of the water is strong enough to splash droplets even if you stand quite far from it. A natural wonder in the truest sense.
Sarangkot Viewpoint (1600m)
There are many viewpoints in Nepal, but none of them match the allure and beauty of the Sarangkot viewpoint in Pokhara. Sarangkot sits in the formerly known VDC of Pokhara in the Kaski district, which was later added to the main city of Pokhara. Sarangkot is an amazing hill station in Nepal, which sits 5km from the Lakeside of Pokhara. It is a major destination for tourists, as it presents picturesque views of the major mountains of the Annapurna region like Annapurna massif (8,091 m), Machhapuchhre (6,993 m), and Dhaulagiri (8,167 m). The beauty of Sarangkot is best witnessed in the morning when there is still morning fog. There is a small village just below the viewpoint, which sits on an ancient fort. It is also the best place for Paragliders to fly.
Sarangkot Viewpoint is a mini version of Poon Hill, but it offers almost the same level of scenery and enthusiasm as Poon hill. There is a small temple here, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. During the morning, people come here to witness the glorious mountain peaks whereas during the day people visit here to relax.
Our day tour of Pokhara city includes Sarangkot Viewpoint to see the sunrise over the breathtaking Himalayas.
Food Options in Lakeside Pokhara
There are many options for specialists in fine food in Lakeside Pokhara. There are many restaurants that offer continental, Italian, Indian, Thai, French, Burmese, Chinese, Japanese and Nepali options. Pokhara is also known for its distinct brew of coffee, so step into a roadside café and drink away. The city also has some cafés, pubs, and bars that you can frequent. Lakeside Pokhara promises you food with a good view, as most restaurants and cafés are located overlooking Phewa Lake.