Hidden in the valley of the Annapurna Range of the Western Himalayas is Nepal’s second largest city, Pokhara, approximately 125 miles west of Kathmandu. The former China-India trading route is now noted for is many canyons, hills, gorges, and water bodies, all of which are ideal for Pokhara travel trekkers. The moderate average temperatures of 60 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit year-round makes the city a magnet for outdoor enthusiasts looking for things to do in Pokhara.
Tal Barahi Temple
On beautiful Fewa Lake in Pokhara is Tal Barahi Temple (also known as Lake Temple or Barahi Temple), located on a small island in the lake’s southeastern section. The two-story pagoda is the temple of worship by both Hindus and Buddhists and is known for its varied trees and flowers that cover the building. Its many ceremonies and rituals occur throughout the day while Pokhara travel visitors enjoy the lush landscaping and scenic views of the lake.
Patale Chhango (Devis Fall)
In July 1961, a sudden flood from Fewa Lake claimed the life of a Swiss citizen who was bathing in the waters at the time. Patale Chhango is the term given to the 500 m (1640 ft) underground water flow but was renamed Devis Fall after the tragic incident. With waters as deep as 30 m (100 ft), the falls’ powerful waters reach their height in the months of June, July, August, and September.
Also known as The Holy Mountain and the Matterhorn of Nepal, Mount Machhapuchchhre is known for its double summit pinnacle. It resembles the tail of a fish, so the name Machhapuchchhre means “fish’s tail” in Nepalese. Located 25 km (16 mi) north of Pokhara in the Annapurna Himal, the mountain has never been climbed to the summit because of its sacred status given by the locals to the god Shiva. However, trekkers are allowed to journey in the surrounding areas of the 6993 m (22943 ft) formation.
Pokhara Travel Eats
When planning your things to do in Pokhara the cuisine is most important with a mix of Asian-style, with the cheaper and most savory foods located at open-air markets and street stalls. Also, European-style bakeries offer pastries, rolls, and other classic baked goods early in the morning. Dumplings, sushi, and seasoned meats like steak and chicken are on the menus at area garden restaurants, steakhouses, and cafes. Other cuisine options available include Italian, Russian, and Indian as well as vegetarian.