Top 5 Things to do in Pokhara

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Pokhara is one of the most charming cities that always attracts travelers where you can easily stay longer than you planned. Located on the banks of Lake Phewa, the city is surrounded by impressive mountains and peaks, with some of the best trekking routes in the world.

 When you visit Pokhara, you may run out of time, but not activities that you can indulge in. The wide range of options available here make sure the visitors spend the time of their lives undertaking varied experiences and creating unforgettable memories. Being the gateway to Annapurna Circuit, Pokhara is popular among trekkers. However, there are plenty of other activities that can be enjoyed here. The adventure activities available here include but are not limited to hang gliding, boating, river rafting, kayaking, and paragliding.

Mule trains can be seen camped on the outskirts of the town, bringing goods to trade from remote regions of the Himalaya on this day. This is the land of the Magars and Gurungs, hardworking farmers and valorous warriors who have earned worldwide fame as Gurkha soldiers.Another important ethnic group here,the Thakalis are known for their entrepreneurship.

Just the perfect stop before starting your adventure in the mountains!

1.Paragliding in Pokhara

Pokhara is renowned worldwide for its mesmerizing paragliding site and without a doubt, makes for one of the best sites to enjoy the thrilling activity of paragliding.Taking a flight, you will witness to wering mountain range on one side and a beautiful lake on the other side. The view from the top will render you speechless. Imagine the thrill and excitement while gliding over the lake. To add to this, the glider lands just beside the lake which makes this whole experience more delightful. The experience of paragliding is unforgettable and is one of the most popular things to do in Pokhara.

2.Phewa Lakes (Boating, and relaxing)

Phewa Lakes is the second largest lake in the Mountain Kingdom roughly measuring 1.5 by 4km, is the center of attractions in Pokhara. Here, one can sail or row a hired boat across to the water or visit the Island temple in its middle.

 The eastern shore, popularly known as Lakeside, the favorite home base for travelers where most of the handicraft shops,  hotels and restaurants,are located.Take a day to just walk around the lake and relax.  You can hire a boat to admire the mountains from beautiful Lake Phewa.

3.Visit The World Peace Pagoda (some hike involved)

There are two World Peace Pagodas in Nepal. One is in Lumbini and another one is in Pokhara. The World Peace Pagoda is one of the most recommended places to visit in Pokhara.A Pagoda style buddhist monument which is located on the hill top of Ananda hill. You have to walk till the top to have the spectacular look of the place. 

4. Bindhabasini Temple & Old Bazaar.

Bindhabasini Temple is the center of religious activity in the old Bazaar. The park and Tuesdays when devotees flock there to offer sacrifices, take on a festive local flavor.                            Bindhabasani Temple is one of the foremost Shaktipiths of western Nepal and all the rituals are strictly followed as per the Hindu culture. If you are lucky enough you can get a chance to witness a nice Nepalese wedding.

5.Trekking the Himalayas

Trekking is the main reason most people visit Pokhara. The most popular routes are the Annapurna circuit, which can be completed in about 21 days, and the hike to the Annapurna base camp, which can be completed in about 8 days.