When anyone talks about touring Nepal then the first city that pops up in the mind of most of the people is Kathmandu. But you should know that there is another popular adventure destination in Nepal and it is known as Pokhara.
Pokhara is basically a metropolitan city located in Nepal and it also acts as the capital of Gandaki Pradesh. It is the second largest city in Nepal in terms of both population and area and it is situated just 200 Km away from the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu. You should know that three out of the top 10 mountain ranges of the world are located within 24 to 56 km range of Pokhara and this is one of the main reasons why it is one of the most popular cities of Nepal and a perfect tourist destination for the whole world.
Kathmandu might be the official capital of India but you should know that Pokhara is known as the tourist capital of Nepal. The city is the home to Gorkha soldiers who are famous all around the world for their bravery and this amazing city also acts as a base for trekkers that plan for the Annapurna circuit. The city has mostly a humid subtropical climate but the high elevation always keeps the temperature moderate. During summer, the temperature will range between 25 to 32 C and during winters, it will drop down to -2 to 15 C. In the whole of Nepal, Pokhara receives the highest amount of rainfall. You may not see snowfall in the city but in the surrounding areas, snowfall is very common.
In addition to acting as the base for trekkers and home of Gorkhas, the beautiful city of Pokhara also houses many temples. There are many different temples in Nepal that acts as combined places of worship for Hindus and even for Buddhists. There are more than 17 popular temples in Pokhara that are visited by tourists and rest, the list is very long. In addition to the long list of temples, there are many old Newari houses that are a major attraction of the city as well.
There are basically two hilltop points to view the whole city of Pokhara; World Peace Pagoda and Sarangkot. So, if you are planning to visit Nepal then you shouldn’t miss visiting the amazing city of Pokhara which is truly a gem of Nepal.
Here are some of the top places to visit and top things to do in Pokhara.
Although Pokhara is famous for many things but for most of the people, it acts as the base for Annapurna Circuit which is a very popular Himalayan trek in the Annapurna range. If you are looking forward to test your patience, endurance and strength then you shouldn’t miss the amazing Annapurna Circuit. The trail will take you to some of the highest mountains in the world and that’s why they are so important.
This surreal looking lake is the second largest lake of Nepal and it is a major attraction of not only the city but the whole country. You should know that it is a semi-natural freshwater lake that is surrounded by the astonishing looking forest along with the mind blowing reflection of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain. If you are looking forward to viewing the Himalayan sunrise then this is the place to visit for you.
This beautiful village is known for the amazing sunrise and sunset view of Annapurna and it is located on the Srangkot mountain. If you are looking forward to capturing the mesmerizing view of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Manasul mountain then you must visit this amazing village that is covered with greenery and mountains only.
Also known as Peace Pagoda, the very famous Shanti Stupa is an astonishing monument that is located on the Anadu Hill. You will get the amazing view of Phewa Lake with an amazing view of the mind blowing Annapurna mountain. For all the intrepid climbers, the Shanti Stupa is a very famous attraction as the surrounding beauty is surely captivating.
Tibetan Refugee camp
The very popular Tibetan settlement camps located at Pokhara are surely an amazing world in itself. After the Chinese overtaking of Tibet, thousands of Tibetan refugees came for shelter in Nepal and these amazing settlement camps were built at that time for the Tibetan refugees. You can buy artistic pieces of jewelry, carpet and good looking clothes in these camps. If you are looking forward to buying souvenirs then you should definitely visit this place.
International mountain museum
The very famous International mountain museum of Pokhara houses stunning stories, photographs and original gear of the mountains, the people and the explorers who have tried to climb the mountains. You will get a complete description of the people living in the Himalayas through this museum.