Pokhara: Goa in Nepal … Yes u have seen correct. The question is why so? The answer to it is huge amount of Hotels along the lakeside, scores of german bakeries, Shisha Lounges, Internet Cafes, Pizzerias, pool bars and also budget friendly restaurants dots the place. It’s the place where one can sit back and relax few days.
It’s one of the best backpackers’ destination due to its budget friendly ambience. The place is so beautiful that one can easily stroll half of the day along the side of the lake. I liked Pokhara mostly due to its Beauty and its ambience. One can roam around with their loved ones or solo clicking pictures around. And have lip smacking foods at the lakeside cafeterias and restaurants. The best vibes of the area comes up at evening when some restaurants organize traditional Nepali folk dance which makes the ambience groovy. One can easily spend 2-3 days here.
Pokhara in other side is the “Gate of Annapurna Region” - It is base for many treks like: Annapurna Circuit Trek, Annapurna North and South Basecamp, Poonhill Trek, Khopra Ridge and some remote treks like Mardi Himal, Nar Phu, and Sikles etc…
I was there mainly for relaxation and trek to Poon Hill. The region is quite vast. Pokhara not only has a single lake but also some other small lakes like: Begnas Lake and Rupa Lake.
Places to See Around:
1) Peace Pagoda
2) Begnas and Rupa Lakes
3) Davis Falls
4) Gupteswor Mahadev Cave
5) Mahendra and Bat Cave
7) Tal Barahi Temple
Things to Do around Pokhara:
Pokhara is Hub for adventure Activities but the best thing to enjoy in Pokhara is firstly:
1] Stroll around the Lakeside:
Enjoying the beauty along the side of the Lakeside is ultimate. Evening and early morning are the best times to stroll with a sunset/sunrise to click and to see colorful boats floating over the lakes. Having juice or coffee at a roadside café is best enjoying the lake. It’s totally a time for Lake Hour and nothing else. One can also indulge themselves in boating across Phewa Lake.
2] Visit Davis Falls
Also knows as “Patale Chhango” is tourist attraction of Pokhara. But its beauty is best felt in monsoon or just after the monsoon. Situated right off the Siddhartha Rajmarg is a beautiful place but is well populated and not as the countryside waterfalls. There are many souvenir shops where one can also collect souvenirs for homes and their loved ones.
Ticket Cost: 50 per person
4] Visit Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave
Just opposite road to Davis Falls one can see the entranceway to Gupteshwor Cave. One can visit the cave , I was short in time so I skipped the caves
Ticket Cost: 100 per person.
Last thing one can opt for a day at evening is a:
5] Visit to Peace Pagoda.
Peace Pagoda is a Buddhist pagoda style monument. Peace Pagoda is best in the golden hours of the day mainly due to its beautiful sunset. The view from above is picturesque with lake and Pokhara city views and the white stupa in front will make any heart fall in love for Nepal. It’s just beautiful. It remains open from 8am – 6pm.
This was my visits of places on half day just after reaching pokhara. But i loved the sunset from Pokhara . And it always calls me to visit the place again .