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  • Sedi, Pokhara, Nepal
  • info@dorjes.com
  • +977- 9856016343
    +977- 61590735.

Top 10 places to visit in Pokhara

Pokhara, the City of Lakes or the Jewel of the Himalaya is nestled amidst the breathtaking landscapes of Annapurna range and the serenity of the cluster of 8 lakes. With its magnificent natural beauty, rich and vibrant culture, Pokhara hosts thousands of tourists every year. It offers an unparalleled adventure and a tranquil retreat for all who visit and trekkers heading up the ABC route. 

And now that technology has made our life much much easier, one can just search the most famous places to visit in Pokhara if you ever get a chance to visit this beautiful city.

Pokhara undoubtedly is a haven for adventurous people and nature lovers. Each year, thousands of diverse people from around the globe visit this city; some in search of adventure and thrill while some go there to find solace in temples and meditating places. In recent years, Pokhara valley has also grown as a family vacation destination and for adventure sports like paragliding, skydiving, boating, mountain biking, bird watching, trekking, and ultra-light aircraft flights. 

One can fly directly from cities like Kathmandu, Bhairawa, Nepalgunj, and Chitwan or take a bus or drive from their respective city. If one is lucky enough, you can see the whole Annapurna range from the flight on a clear morning. As a first-timer, it can be overwhelming to decide where to start exploring, what to do, and where to stay. So let’s talk about some famous places to visit in Pokhara with your family in this new year.

Phewa Lake 

If you’re a solo traveler or a first-timer in Pokhara, you can start exploring the beautiful city starting from Phewa Lake. It is one of the most famous and one of the best places to visit in Pokhara. Phewa Lake is the biggest lake in the city and is often referred as the Jewel of the city. On a clear sunny day, you can witness the majestic Annapurna and Machhapuchhre peaks with the lake sparkling like a sapphire under sunlight.  

Besides the beautiful serenity, one can boat and paddle around the lake and enjoy swimming. You can also hire a boat and visit Tal Barahi temple of goddess Barahi which is located at the center of the lake. Tal Barahi is a symbol of the manifestation of Ajima which represents female force.  Another attraction nearby the lake is Ratna Mandir, a former palace used by the Nepalese Royal families. It is a temple built by Late King Mahendra for his wife queen Ratna in 1956. 

A bonus tip: If you visit the lake around 6 pm in the evening, you’ll get a chance to experience the Aarati, a hindu ceremony in which lights are lit and offered to gods.

Sarangkot Hill

The second most visited place in Pokhara is Sarangkot Hill which is quite known for its panoramic mountain view of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, and Annapurna as well as a spectacular sunrise and sunset view. Sarangkot is renowned as the best viewpoint around Pokhara with its 360 view of the valley and the mountains. 

You can easily reach the top via newly opened cable car service, drive or ride, or even hike up the hill starting from Sedi Village through the lush green forest. Besides the breathtaking view, Sarangkot is the one and only point from where you can paraglide in Pokhara. 

Bonus tip: Since it’s one of the most visited places in Pokhara, get there as early as possible to avoid crowds, especially in the morning and the evening.

World Peace Pagoda 

Nestled atop Anadu Hill, World Peace Pagoda or Shanti Stupa overlooks Phewa Lake, Annapurna range, and Pokhara city. Built in 1973, the stupa is a symbol of peace, harmony, and tranquility. 

Situated at the height of 1100 meters, you can reach the top via car or bike or you can hike through lush forest soaking in the spiritual ambiance. 

Bonus tip: Avoid wearing sleeveless, short, or revealing outfits as visitors are encouraged to dress modestly in this spiritual site. 

Devi’s Fall

Devi’s Fall or Patale Chhango is a mesmerizing natural wonder which emerges from Phewa Lake, diving into an underground tunnel that truly comes to life during monsoon season revealing its raw power. Devis Fall’s backstory, along with its scenic beauty and power makes it one of the most famous places in Pokhara.

A fascinating tale linked to Devi’s Fall narrates a tragic event: A Swiss tourist David was swept away by its currents. His companion, Devi, unsuccessfully tried to rescue him, giving the waterfall its name. A must-visit while at Devi’s Fall is Gupteshwor Cave, a natural limestone cavern housing a sacred Hindu temple devoted to Lord Shiva.

Bonus tip: Visitors are advised not to get too close to the fence especially in monsoon and carry a raincoat or an umbrella to avoid getting wet. 

Bindhyabasini Temple

One of the oldest temples in Pokhara, Bindhyabasini Temple is a shrine devoted to goddess Bindhyabasini, a Bhagawati or incarnation of goddess Kali. Hindu devotees visit this place to pay homage to the goddess. Nonetheless, the peaceful ambiance, breathtaking city view, and stunning architecture is the main tourist attraction. 

For a bonus tip, visit the temple early in the morning to avoid the crowd. Also, visit the nearby local market for traditional and authentic souvenirs.  

International Mountain Museum

As a country known for its magnificent Himalayas and mountain ranges, the International Mountain Museum shares a history of their own. This place shares the story, culture, and history of indigenous habitants of the mountain regions of Nepal as well as the world.  You can interact and get an opportunity to learn valuable insights about rocks, mountains, gears, and the legendary takes of the mythical creature, Yeti.

A bonus tip: Visit this place during a special event or exhibitions for a truly enriching experience.

Mahendra Cave

Named after the Late King Mahendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev, Mahendra cave is one of the largest limestone caves in Nepal. As you venture through the cave, you get a unique and unforgettable experience as you navigate through the maze-like rock formations and stalactites. 

The caves’ eerie yet fascinating geological formations and atmosphere is what makes it a top 10 places to visit in Pokhara. 

Bonus tip: Hire a local guide for insightful commentary on the cave’s history and geology. 

Begnas And Rupa Lakes

Yet another must visit places in Pokhara are Begnas and Rupa lakes which offer a tranquil escape and serene retreat amidst nature just as much as Phewa Lake. Both of these lakes are surrounded by lush green forest making them a perfect place for relaxation, boat rides, swimming, and picnic by the shores. 

You can also explore the nearby hiking trails and hidden viewpoints for panoramic lake view, mountain range, and surrounding landscapes. 

Bonus tip: While exploring Begnas lake, visit their famous lakeside restaurant to experience the authentic taste of Begnas’ local fish. Likewise, while exploring Rupa lake, don’t forget to visit Rupa Lake Wetland Reserve to soak up its peaceful ambiance and spot rare bird species. Visitors and bird enthusiasts are advised to take binoculars for a better experience. 

Gurkha Memorial Museum

Have you ever heard of fierce Gurkha warriors? Well, Pokhara is home to mostly Gurung and Magar community people who have earned world-wide fame as Gurkhas. Nepalese joined the British Army in 1851 and the Indian Army after 1947 as Gurkha Soldiers. In their honor, Gurkha Memorial Museum showcases their history and heroic deeds through exhibitions, artifacts, and photos. 

The museum offers an enlightening journey into Nepal’s martial heritage, narrating the valor, and sacrifices of these legendary warriors.

Bonus tip: Try to visit the museum during special events and ceremonies to witness and pay homage to the Gurkha legacy. 

Breakfast at Bèllè Lyìpá

In recent years Bèllè Lyìpá, a patisserie nestled in the heart of Pokhara has gained a lot of attention for its irresistible variety of croissants and pastry items. Bèllè Lyìpá has become a go-to spot for tourists as well as the locals for their flaky, buttery, and affordable croissants. 

The cafe’s cozy, clean, and peaceful ambiance makes it a must-visit place in Pokhara. A pro tip; arrive at the cafe as early as possible to secure a table and savor the warm perfectly baked croissant paired with a cup of coffee. Foods at Bèllè Lyìpá will leave you craving for more. 

Dorje’s Resort – Best resort in Pokhara for ultimate relaxation

After your travel destinations are sorted out, then comes the next tough decision about where to stay? The accommodations in Pokhara also offer a variety of choices from average hotels and inns to world-class resorts. 

And one of the best and the most loved resorts to spend quality time while in Pokhara is Dorje’s Resort and Spa. It is perched gracefully at Sedi, Lakeside overlooking the breathtaking view of the city and Phewa Lake.

Dorje’s offers a serene experience with the comfort of home with an impeccable blend of traditional Nepali architecture with modern amenities designed to provide a blissful retreat for every guest. From exquisite cuisine and dining options to spacious and elegantly furnished rooms, Dorje’s offers a picturesque escape amidst the breathtaking beauty of Pokhara. 

From traditional Nepali cuisine to international favorites, their skilled chefs craft a delectable array of dishes using locally grown ingredients. But what sets Dorje’s apart from the rest is their unwavering commitment to hospitality and sustainability efforts to go above and beyond making sure every need is met with love, care, and sincerity. 

At Dorje’s Resort and Spa you get to experience the perfect blend of scenic beauty, comfort, and hospitality with every moment infused with tranquility and charm.  So don’t be late and book your stay at Dorje’s Resort today !