Nepal’s Lakeside area of Pokhara is a vibrant tourist spot full of hotels, shops, bars and restaurants and is the jumping off point for visits to the Annapurna region, including treks to Ghandruk, Ghorepani – Poon Hill, Ghalegaun, Annapurna Sanctuary, the Annapurna Circuit and Upper Mustang. Pokhara is the major paragliding centre and a base for kayaking and rafting on the Seti, Kali Gandaki and Marsyangdi rivers.
Recommended activities in the area include one day hikes, boating (kayaking, paddling or sailing) on Lake Fewa, with a visit to Tal Barahi Temple and its island, a ½ day’s excursion to the fab view point at Sarangot and/or a meditation course at Ganden Yiga Chozin or yoga classes with Preeti at the Jiva Cafe and Spa in Lakeside.
The 2 hour hike up to the views of the World Peace Pagoda through sal forest and past temples is a great half day’s activity.
The world’s highest ‘water touch bungee‘ is now open 20 minutes journey from Pokhara. The jump is from a tower extended 30 metres above a 50 metre cliff over Lake Fewa. The total height jumped is just over 70 metres. The price is approximately US$ 64.50.
For those wishing to visit temples we can recommend Bindhya Basini Temple on the northern edge of ‘old’ Pokhara.
Here’s a Map of Pokhara.
Here’s a quick promo film for Pokhara, not put together by us.