Are you planning to visit Pokhara? Or Want to know the best places to visit in Pokhara?
Pokhara is one of the popular cities in Nepal. The gorgeous mountains, hills, amazing caves, lakes, temples lie around the city.
In this article, we will share with you the top 16 best places to visit in Pokhara:
1. Phewa Lake
Phewa Lake is the second largest and most visited lake in Nepal. It is a freshwater lake in which we can see the mirror-like reflections of various mountains(Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Machhapuchhre) and is surrounded by green forest hills.
Tal Barahi Temple, the important religious monument of Pokhara is located on an island in the Phewa lake. The lake is also famous for boating.
2. Davi’s Fall
The second most beautiful place to visit in Pokhara is Davi’s Fall. It is a small waterfall located in the very busy street which meets the Gupteshwor cave secretly.
The fall seems normal but has great historical meaning.
It is a must-watch fall in Nepal. Commonly, Monsoon is supposed to the best time to visit the fall.
3. Begnas Lake
Begnas Lake is a freshwater lake and is famous for boating, fishing, and swimming. It takes nearly 40 minutes by bus to reach the lake from Pokhara city.
Begnas Lake is the second largest among the eight lakes in Pokhara valley. The water level of the lake varies seasonally because of rain and use for irrigation.
Mahendra Cave is one of the most visited places in Pokhara. According to people’s belief, it was founded by two shepherds by accident and named by prior King Mahendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev.
The cave is formed by a variety of rocks especially limestone which sparkle when light strikes on it. Cave passages are completely dark but torches and artificial lightening systems are always provided. `
Inside the cave, we can find several stalactites, stalagmites, and images of Lord Shiva which is the main attraction of Mahendra Cave.
It takes about 30 minutes on the taxi to reach Mahendra Cave from Pokhara Airport.
The greenery hills around the Cave capture the attention of a large number of visitors per year.
5. Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave
Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave is one of the longest and a natural cave in Nepal. The water from the Davis Fall passes through this cave. It has also religious value where people worship to Lord Shiva, Parvati, Saraswati, and Nageshwor.
Due to the drain of the waterfall, the path gets slippery and moderately difficult that’s why adults and children are not admired to visit this cave.
6. Bindhyabasini Temple
Bindhyabasini temple is a white beautiful pagoda style temple which is one of the oldest temples in Pokhara. It is located at a small hill-lock near to the main old market and Bagar.
The temple is famous for the Hindu goddess Bhagawati where a large number of devotees come during the great festival of Dashain. From the temple, we can see the magnificent view of the snow-clad mountains.
7. International Mountain Museum
Have you made a plan for climbing mountains?
If you want to know more about the mountain and want to observe Himalayan flora and fauna, then the International Mountain Museum can be the best choice for you.
In this museum, we can study the history of mountains and mountaineering activities. It is also a famous place to study the value and mystery of the Himalayan region. So, this is one of the best places to visit in Pokhara.
8. Sarangkot Village
A small beautiful village located nearby the Pokhara valley. It is a famous place for trekking and the best place to enjoy the view of sunrise and beautiful mountains such as Annapurna, Manaslu, and Dhaulagiri range.
One of the attractive features of Sarangkot is Paragliding where brave tourists make the adventurous experience every day.
It is one of the nearest hiking hills from Pokhara and takes only 3 hours on a trek. Don’t miss visiting this heavenly village if you have extra time to spent on Pokhara.
9. Gurkha Memorial Museum
Gurkha army is introducing as the people that live in the Gorkha district who joined the British Army since 1815 and later into the Indian Army. The museum is dedicated to the acts and history of bravery Gurkha soldiers.
The museum was filled with lots of historical photographs, uniforms, and bravery medals including the Victoria Cross achieved by the Gurkha soldiers. Especially for those who are interested in military history, Gurkha Memorial Museum is one of the best places to visit at least once.
10. Shanti Stupa Pokhara
If we talk about the top 10 places to visit in Pokhara, then Pokhara Shanti Stupa is one of them. It is the first World Peace Pagoda in Nepal which is made on Buddhist pagoda style.
It provides not only trekking experiences but also provides a beautiful view of the Pokhara city, Fewa Lake, and Annapurna range. The magnificent view of sunrise and sunset from Anadu Hill (where Stupa lies) is another attraction of Shanti Stupa.
11. Annapurna Butterfly Museum
Annapurna Butterfly museum is the best place for insect lovers. It includes the collection of birds, stone, the culture of different countries, and different species of butterflies.
There are nearly 690 species of butterflies in Nepal which are in the state of extinction. Annapurna Butterfly Museum offers a collection of the specimens of the butterfly.
This museum provides lots of information about the flora and fauna. So, don’t forget to visit it if you are a nature lover.
12. Poon Hill trek
Poon Hill is a must visited and short trekking place in Pokhara, Nepal.
It is a 4-5 day short and comfortable trek in the Annapurna mountain range. That’s why Poonhill trek will be the best choice for those adventure lovers who have packed schedules.
The forest of blooming rhododendrons, delightful villages, waterfall, and a marvelous view of mountains and sunrise make the trek more enjoyable.
13. Rupa Lake
Rupa lake is a freshwater lake and one of the most visit places in Pokhara.
In this lake boating and fishing are available. More than 36 species of water birds found at Rupa lake attract thousands of national and international visitors every year.
We can reach here by 15 kilometers drive to the east of Pokhara valley.
14. Seti Gandaki
Seti Gandaki river is located in western Nepal. The limestone of this river makes the water white which is the main attraction of this river.
In some cases, Seti Gandaki flows completely underground and near to the city. It is also the holiest river where Hindu people worship. During Seti Gandaki’s visit, it will provide a trek experience and a wonderful view of the bridge and forest.
15. Bat Cave
This is a most visited places in Pokhara, Nepal. Bat Cave is famous for horseshoe bats and includes the different species of bats. Through the cave, you will find the thousands of bats hanging at the ceiling of the cave.
It is the slippery dark cave and adventurous cave followed with a narrow exit tunnel. You get guide facilities also, however, it will be better if you prepare yourself at first with torches and closed shoes.
16. Shree Gaden Dargay Ling Monastery
Shree Gaden Dargay Ling Monastery is a peaceful and perfect place for relief. It is situated in the Tashi Ling Tibetan Village.
This small spiritual traditional Tibetan monastery welcomes all of the visitors. It is also a great platform to experience Tibetan culture and lifestyle.
The charge for entry is free.
We hope this article helped you find the best places to visit in Pokhara.