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*'''Rupa Tal'''. One of the more remote lakes in Pokhara with limited accessibility and hence more serene and unspoiled compared to the other lakes. A must visit for any nature lover
 
*'''Rupa Tal'''. One of the more remote lakes in Pokhara with limited accessibility and hence more serene and unspoiled compared to the other lakes. A must visit for any nature lover
 
*'''Dipang Tal'''. Beautiful lake where you can find wild lotus and wild swan. It is located about fifteen minutes walk from Sisuwa, the city centre of Lekhnath muncipality
 
*'''Dipang Tal'''. Beautiful lake where you can find wild lotus and wild swan. It is located about fifteen minutes walk from Sisuwa, the city centre of Lekhnath muncipality
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*'''World Peace Pagoda (Shanti Stupa)''' [http://pokhara.net/Peace-Pagoda-Buddhist-Stupa]. Built about 16 years ago atop a hill overlooking Phewa Tal, the Stupa offers a great place to see the mountains and the sunset over Pokhara. It can be accessed by hiring a boat across the lake and following a pretty good track upward, climbing up through the forest (but watch out for leeches during the monsoon)or by foot from the road that passes Devi's Fall, turning right at the end of Chhorepatan. Taxis can now drive up to within 15 minutes' walk of the Stupa - ask them to use the Chhorepatan road, which is shorter and therefore should be a little cheaper than the Kalimati road.
 
*'''World Peace Pagoda (Shanti Stupa)''' [http://pokhara.net/Peace-Pagoda-Buddhist-Stupa]. Built about 16 years ago atop a hill overlooking Phewa Tal, the Stupa offers a great place to see the mountains and the sunset over Pokhara. It can be accessed by hiring a boat across the lake and following a pretty good track upward, climbing up through the forest (but watch out for leeches during the monsoon)or by foot from the road that passes Devi's Fall, turning right at the end of Chhorepatan. Taxis can now drive up to within 15 minutes' walk of the Stupa - ask them to use the Chhorepatan road, which is shorter and therefore should be a little cheaper than the Kalimati road.
 
**Hike to the top! From the small fork road behind the bakery in Damside, go south 200m, past a few hotels to the road bridge over the big canal. Go southwest along smaller road to the cable bridge over the creek, notice the "peace" sign on bridge anchor cement. Cross, then go up steps to rite, hence main walking trail to left along rice fields. 200m to a small temple and water tap. Notice another peace sign and arrows pointing zig zag up behind tap. Follow ziggy trail through forest to steps and continue up them to top of spur ridge, notice the USA style tree "blazes" (cuttings) wherever confusing. Follow the large trail through lovely forest with monkeys at times. (Warning; a few robberies over the years so don't carry all your money.) Reach forested ridge top at a mudhole/saddle, hence trail crosses over to north side, through more nice forest. Look for tree markers. gradually up until you reach open main ridge, within sight of Peace Pagoda. A few small cafes and a hotel here, then steps up to top. Morning views are best. Often Hindi/Nepali movies being shot on top. It should take around 35 minutes from the hotels near the road bridge over the big canal.
 
**Hike to the top! From the small fork road behind the bakery in Damside, go south 200m, past a few hotels to the road bridge over the big canal. Go southwest along smaller road to the cable bridge over the creek, notice the "peace" sign on bridge anchor cement. Cross, then go up steps to rite, hence main walking trail to left along rice fields. 200m to a small temple and water tap. Notice another peace sign and arrows pointing zig zag up behind tap. Follow ziggy trail through forest to steps and continue up them to top of spur ridge, notice the USA style tree "blazes" (cuttings) wherever confusing. Follow the large trail through lovely forest with monkeys at times. (Warning; a few robberies over the years so don't carry all your money.) Reach forested ridge top at a mudhole/saddle, hence trail crosses over to north side, through more nice forest. Look for tree markers. gradually up until you reach open main ridge, within sight of Peace Pagoda. A few small cafes and a hotel here, then steps up to top. Morning views are best. Often Hindi/Nepali movies being shot on top. It should take around 35 minutes from the hotels near the road bridge over the big canal.

Revision as of 10:40, 7 April 2013

The Annapurna Mountains above Pokhara's Phewa Tal lakeshore.

Pokhara is the third largest city in Nepal. It is the starting point for most of the treks in the Annapurna area. It is considered by many to be the most beautiful place in the whole wide world.

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Get in

You can travel to Pokhara from the capital Kathmandu using the tourist buses that are readily available or the local microbuses or buses which leave Kathmandu for Pokhara almost every 15 minutes. These buses are available until late afternoon. There are night buses as well running on this route but these can be a painful ride, so avoid them. The local buses will cost you around Rs. 400-600. Coming from the southern border to India, several buses leave to Pokhara from the border city. It takes about 8 hours and costs Rs. 280-380. Compared to the border town of Sunauli, if you can travel to the nearby town of Butwal, you will get more options for travelling to Pokhara. A 12-seater vehicle will cost around Rs. 5500 from Butwal to Pokhara.

Flights cost roughly US$98 each way and take only 40 minutes from the capital. air viva operates 10 direct flights daily between Pokhara and Kathmandu. They have the bonus of giving you a bird's eye view of the countryside and of the panoramic mountains themselves.

Get around

By bicycle

It is possible to hire a bicycle in a lot of shops in Lakeside for a small price (Rs 100-200 a day). If you are hiring a bicycle make sure the seat is not too hard. Also, try realigning the seat if it is set uphill way, instead of sloping down. Besides the Lake area, you can go for a bike ride down to the airport way, on the way to the Tibetan settlement where there is a nice little monastery, a school, and refugee jewellery and craft stalls. Be prepared to ride all the way uphill on the return trip to Lake area and it is wise to take a rest halfway if you want to avoid suffering from cramps and weariness the following day, from the long ride.

By motorbike and scooter

It is also possible to hire a scooter or a motorbike in Lakeside (from Rs 550+ a day - cheaper in Off-Season). You will have to buy petrol yourself (Rs 120 per litre). It is not possible to reach Sarangkot or the World Peace Pagoda with automatic motorbike or scooter due to the steep uphill road (Though a good scooter will get you very close). Get a manual gear bike if you intend to travel to those places.

See

Lakeside trail
  • Phewa Lake. One of the Nepal's most beautiful spots, Phewa Tal is surrounded by a combination of monkey-filled forests and the high white peaks. The reflections in the mirror-like water in the early mornings are something you must see at least once before you die. Hire a boat and row yourself across the lake (or hire a local to do it for you - there are some fine times to be had on this lake, even in the middle of the night!)
  • Begnas Lake - Out of town and away from the hustle, Begnas Tal is quiet, clean and peaceful. There are a few basic hotels to stay in and the odd refreshment shop. The walk along the road leading to Begnas Tal is fascinating, the seasonal rhythms of daily life in the country make great images.
  • Rupa Tal. One of the more remote lakes in Pokhara with limited accessibility and hence more serene and unspoiled compared to the other lakes. A must visit for any nature lover
  • Dipang Tal. Beautiful lake where you can find wild lotus and wild swan. It is located about fifteen minutes walk from Sisuwa, the city centre of Lekhnath muncipality
  • Devi's Falls, [1]. Rs 20.
  • World Peace Pagoda (Shanti Stupa) [2]. Built about 16 years ago atop a hill overlooking Phewa Tal, the Stupa offers a great place to see the mountains and the sunset over Pokhara. It can be accessed by hiring a boat across the lake and following a pretty good track upward, climbing up through the forest (but watch out for leeches during the monsoon)or by foot from the road that passes Devi's Fall, turning right at the end of Chhorepatan. Taxis can now drive up to within 15 minutes' walk of the Stupa - ask them to use the Chhorepatan road, which is shorter and therefore should be a little cheaper than the Kalimati road.
    • Hike to the top! From the small fork road behind the bakery in Damside, go south 200m, past a few hotels to the road bridge over the big canal. Go southwest along smaller road to the cable bridge over the creek, notice the "peace" sign on bridge anchor cement. Cross, then go up steps to rite, hence main walking trail to left along rice fields. 200m to a small temple and water tap. Notice another peace sign and arrows pointing zig zag up behind tap. Follow ziggy trail through forest to steps and continue up them to top of spur ridge, notice the USA style tree "blazes" (cuttings) wherever confusing. Follow the large trail through lovely forest with monkeys at times. (Warning; a few robberies over the years so don't carry all your money.) Reach forested ridge top at a mudhole/saddle, hence trail crosses over to north side, through more nice forest. Look for tree markers. gradually up until you reach open main ridge, within sight of Peace Pagoda. A few small cafes and a hotel here, then steps up to top. Morning views are best. Often Hindi/Nepali movies being shot on top. It should take around 35 minutes from the hotels near the road bridge over the big canal.
  • Sarangkot. The perfect pre-trek warm-up. Head up Sarankot in the late afternoon (be prepared, it's steep and hard work) find yourselves a warm guest house before sunset, go up the top for sunset and again for sunrise... you won't be disappointed. You can rent a motor bike for under 700Rs and take yourself to the top. The road is rough, but traversable. Great views, spectacular images and a great way to get a taste of what it's like to be trekking.
    • Sarangkot south slope trail. A killer run/polewalk workout. Go north through Lakeside about 5km, through Kare, around corner to SediBogar village. Park bike/moto at the Caravan Restaurant (last spot to buy water/snacks)—the stopwatch starts here. Follow stone road 1+km directly north towards Sarankot's forested slopes, past houses, to school. Don't try to ride a moto or bike up this road, too rocky. road ends to rite (east) of school, follow trail behind, east (right) into seasonal creek gully, then 100m up it trail goes off a bit to left and soon the gruelling stone steps begin. Take water! Follow steps all the way, follow the arrows carved into stones where confusing, cross 3 new jeep roads but stay on stone step trail, way up you'll come out on the jeep road along north to Kalipani and Naudada villages at a restaurant/school 3/4's of the way up, follow road 100m left to the parasail jump off, then continue up obvious steps to Sarankot village (hotels/cafes/shops) and up cement steps to lookout tower. Morning views are best. Sometimes a ticket taker asks for top admission fee of 20 rupees but a simple trick of just running by, saying you are on the clock may help you to dodge the toll. This trail takes at least 52 minutes from the bottom at Caravan park spot. Knee jarring decent takes 40 minutes, or possible to take taxi or even hitch a ride in a parasail truck going down. Absolutely brutal workout!
  • Mahendra Cave[3] is a famous cave located in Batulechaur, the northern end of the Pokhara city.
  • Chamare Gufa - Bat cave. It is another cave located some ten minutes away from the famous Mahendra cave. This cave is famous for the bats that can be seen hanging by the cave's walls
  • Gupteswar Mahadev Cave [4]. Another cave famous for it's religious importance located in the southern end of the city, Chorepatan. This cave has a famous Hindu god Shiva.
  • International Mountain Museum, Ratopahiro, 061-460742. A museum about mountaineering and its history. You could have description of the people living in the Himalayas and descriptions of the 14 highest peaks and their most famous expeditions. Rs 100 for SAARC resident.
  • Gurkha Memorial Museum, 061-541966, [5]. 08:00-16:30 everyday. Museum dedicated to the famous soldiers from Nepal. You can observe here the various historic uniforms, their famous knifes and the different flags. Rs 150 for foreigners. Rs 80 for SAARC resident.

Do

  • Farmstay Just outside Pokhara is Hemjakot where Ishwar has opened his house for guests. He has a beautiful house and farm with an incredible view of the Annapurna range and his wife does fantastic Daal Bhat (which is lucky as that's what you get for lunch and dinner). Price is 800Rs per person per day for all food and lodging. Call Ishwar on 9806 576 980 to arrange, he can either meet you in Pokhara or arrange to meet at Hemjakot. From Hemjakot it is a 50min walk up the ridge to his village. This is a brilliant place to stay. Rooms shared.
  • Boating just hire a boat and go out in the water for a day
  • Ride Learn to ride custom bikes with Hearts & Tears Motorcycle Club .

There are also many other places to rent motorbikes as the Enfields are expensive if you're an experienced rider.

  • White Water Rafting 1-10 day adventure expeditions on beautiful Nepali rivers. There are many operators offering trips with one of the best, Rapidrunner Expeditions [6] is run by Raja and Tessa Lama who offer superb high quality experiences. For more information visit their office at Centre Point on Lakeside.
  • Paragliding[7] Don't miss soaring around Lake Pokhara and the Annapurnas with Lammergeyer eagles or huge Gryffon vultures to guide the way!
    • Tandem There are several companies that organize tandem flights (no experience required) ranging from 30 minutes - 1.5 hours, as well as cross-country. You will find advertisements on the main road as well as most guest houses and hotels. Prices start from around US$90 (2011). Sunrise Paragliding, the original company operating there, is also one of the best.
    • Lessons All the paragliding centres also offer lessons. A beginners course costs about US$120 per day including equipment rental. You will need a course of at least 15 days before you can obtain an international paragliders license
    • For Experienced Pilots Pokhara is a rewarding location for experienced cross country and/or acrobatic pilots. Any of the paragliding schools will be able to help you with logistics such as equipment hire, transfers to take-off, advanced training & folding of reserve parachutes.
  • Festivals Diwali is always a favorite
  • Tushita Recreation Center, Lakeside (Accross the lake fewa), [8]. A yoga , music and meditation center across the lake.
  • Mountain bike. If you have your own quality bike, instead of a junker they rent, consider these two fun bike workouts.
    • Sarankot/Naudada/Hemja loop. 3 hours hard from Lakeside is a fast time. Go towards downtown (Mahendrapul) from Lakeside, turn north at "Zero Kilometer" along the main road to Baglung. (be careful, its crowded.) Ride about 5-6km north, slowly up, past the nasty old buspark, to the Sarankot Road junction, turn left (west). The climb time starts at the fork 50m further. Follow paved road up incredibly steep climb, 1st gear almost all the way. You'd rightly doubt a rental bike could do it. Good pavement mostly, climb zigs past houses, up, up, you can ignore ticket taker guys, up up, pavement ends at a small village on a saddle, where you can stop my watch for the climb. (Perhaps about 40 minutes from bottom.) From here you can park bike and hike up old ridge trail to Sarankot, but for this loop continue west along rocky jeep road along mountains south slopes, past parasail place and onwards, rolling ascent to Kalipani village and after and hour or so jeep road hits the "hi-way" at Naudada village on ridgetop. From here good pavement zigs steep down to valley bottom, then its a long gradual decent to Hemja village, and back into Pokhara.
    • Dobindy Pass ride. A fun up and back hillclimb to a pass on pavement southwest of Damside. Take paved road south from Damside to Birota area then turn right (west) along main road, the "hi-way to Syangja and Tansen, gradually down towards Devi's Falls, continue west thru Chorepatan area to base of climb. The steep zigs begin here, road climbs steadily, though not too steep, along south side of Peace Pagoda ridge, up to a few villages, then after a short steep decent into a forest for last climb up to the pass at Dobindy village. At least, it'll take just under an hour from Lakeside. From here you can continue west through scenic rolling country towards Syangja town, but it's usually possible to zip back down to hotel in about 35 minutes. BEWARE; this road is getting more crowded each year, sometimes lots of buses/trucks often in wrong lane. Still a fun ride however. Wear a helmet. Take water.
  • Hiking. Dhampus Sarangkot is situated in the western part of Nepal. It is a very popular trek due to its spectacular mountain scenery; the elevation is about 1700m/5573ft. Here you will be astounded by spectacular panoramic views of Annapurna (8091m/26527ft), Manasalu (8165m/26770ft), Ganesh Himal (7446m24413ft), Dhaulagiri (8167m/26777ft), and Machhapuchare. This area also offers views of the Pokhara Valley with all its natural beauty. Sarangkot is another spot renown for observing the sunrise over the Himalayas within only a short hike. Sarangkot is also famous paragliding launching point. This trek starts from Phedi, some 7-8 hours drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara followed by 1 hour drive from Pokhara. This is a trouble-free and sweet walk in the middle hills of Nepal in the vicinity of beautiful city of Pokhara. The theme of this hike centres on the local culture and custom, fascinating hills in the heart of Nepal, extensive Pokhara valley and the white peaks of Himalayan Mountain. Deu Bahadur; a highly knowledgeable trekking guide with 20 years of handwritten recommendations can be contacted to arrange treks around the Annapurna region +977 9846269818 GMT +5:45 / deu.chandra@gmail.com [9]
  • Jiva Cafe & Spa, (On Phewa Lake walking path behind Busy Bee). 9am-7pm. Jiva Cafe and Spa is Pokhara's relaxation destination situated on the shore of the picturesque Phewa Lake. Our spa features a café and unique private treatment cottages decorated in a traditional style. In this natural setting one can enjoy a range of services such as therapeutic massage, acupuncture, beauty therapies and delicious food and drinks. Jiva is like no other Spa in Pokhara. varies.
  • Parties ask around, there are sometimes full moon parties
  • Rock There's a great music scene, especially at Busy Bee

Buy

  • A motorcycle Do your own thing in real style, and avoid the tourist buses. The motorcycles for rent are usually junk.
  • Jewels and trinkets from the lovely Tibetan women who ply the streets with their wares in backpacks or blankets. Sit and enjoy the atmosphere, and make sure you bargain as beginning prices are generally highly inflated.


Eat

The cheapest (and often best) food is found at the street stalls, selling Mo mo's (40 Rs, 10 pieces), Samosa (10 Rs each) or Fried noodles (50 Rs). A personal favorite is in the morning between 7 and 8 a.m. when the kids are abound the streets with trays of pastries; chocolate croissants, cinnamon rolls and other yummy stuff. All priced at 15 Rs (depending on your negotiation skills).

Along the lakeside road, a variety of quality restaurants can be found. Here are some that users have chosen to post.

  • Asian Teahouse Located along the main road through Lakeside on the opposite side from the lake. The only way you'll find this place is to look out for the handwritten sign sitting at the end of the alleyway that the restaurant sits in. Or by looking for a large shop named 'Almonds', directly under this sign is a arcade that you walk through and it is at the end on the left. The food is great, with huge servings, and the cheapest food on the strip. The family that owns the restaurant is great too, very friendly, hospitable and informative. The momo's are all hand made, you can tell because no two are alike.
  • Natssul Korean Restaurant Located next to Lakeview Resort towards the tourist bus stand end of town, this is an outdoor garden restaurant run by a Korean couple and serves fantastically authentic Korean dishes. Recommended are Vege Bibimbob Hotpot, Beef Bulgogi stew and Pork Skewers. Free Wifi and the complimentary side dishes are lovely. Ph 061229198 [www.natssul.com]
  • Pokhara Thakali Kitchen, Baidam Road (Lakeside), +977-61462306. Awesome Thakali versions of Daal Bhat which is regarded as the best type of Daal Bhat in Nepal. Rs 110 for a Daal Bhat.
  • Busy Bee Cafe A beautiful outdoor garden bar, with Pokhara's best rock & roll acts on stage around 8pm
  • Hanging Garden - This is one of the outlets of the famed Fulbari Resort and a one of its kind restaurant in Nepal because of it's design and location. It is located at the end of the cliff facing the Seti river gorge with part of the restaurant inching out in the open air. It offers a breathtaking view of the Seti gorge below and some of the best cuisines in Pokhara.
  • Pushkar Guest House - best budget breakfasts in town
  • German Bakery - Great cakes, in off-season the cakes can be a few days old.
  • Hua-Han, (Opposite the Royal Palace, near Jazz Cafe). Excellent chinese restaurant, famous for its Kung Pao Chicken, but the menu holds all the delights you would expect from a Chinese Restaurant. Prices are in the high end, and the interior indicates that it caters to customers better dressed than the usual trekker.
  • Koto, (Opposite the Royal Palace, near Jazz Cafe). luxurious Japanese restaurant with excellent Beef Teriyaki, and sushi.
  • Mike's Breakfast - Pokhara branch of the famous KTM restaurant.
  • Laughing Buddha Restaurant - North Lakeside. Small family run place 5 mins north of the main strip across the road from the Chilly Bar. It's the perfect choice for simple and good Nepali dishes in friendly atmosphere. From cheap, filling breakfast-sets (100-140 NR) to lovely dinner you can find everything. Don't miss the great Chicken Tikka Butter Masala or Grilled Fish (fresh from the lake).
  • Bistro Caroline - Sister branch of the upmarket KTM restaurant with a garden on the lake and stylish interior. Offers a good selection of French and continental food. Probably the best wine list in Pokhara- expensive, but the toilets alone are worth it!
  • Jazz Cafe - Great pizzas, less great pasta.
  • Everest Steak House, Pokhara (100M after Club Amsterdam on the left hand side). The best steaks in town, including a gigantic steak which can only be eaten by a minimum of 3 people.
  • Once upon a time, Baidam 6 Lakeside Pokhara (on the right hand side facing to the north), 061461881. 0730 to 1130pm. Italian and Indian Cuisine, very old restaurant in Pokhara lakeside. moderate.
  • Once upon a time (850m.), Lakeside 6 Pokhara (Main street of the Lakeside road, on the right hand sight when you facing to the north.), 061461881. opening hours 0730 am to 1130 pm. restaurant is famous for Italian and Indian cuisine. all dishes prises are modarate and very reasonable cheap..
  • Pokhara Steak House restaurant (850m.), hallan Chock, Lakeside Pokhara (main junction for Khahar and going to Bazar.), 061692505. 1000am to 1130pm. Speciality for all kind of Beef steak dishes, Serolion, ribeye and T bone Steak. Price is modarate.
  • Tushita Organic Restaurant, Lakeside, Basundhara Park, [10]. Serves, Japanese food, sea food, Specialist in Sushi. Beside this , Nepali food, Grilled Fish, Steak, Pizza , HERB WINE are popular dishes of this restaurant. Pick up service for group above 4 pax.
  • Peace Dragon Lodge & Restaurant, (close to the '''World Peace Pagoda''', just a 4 minute walk downward and eastward from the main gate), 061621182, [11]. Serves a good range of Nepali, Indian and Western dishes and light snacks. Prices moderate. Views stunning!
  • The China Town (Chinese Restaurant & Bar), 137, Lakeside Rd (Centre Point), 061463847. 9AM-10PM. Serves typical Chinese food, especially sweet & sour dishes. Fresh and locally grown/caught duck, fish, and chickens. Great menu for vegetarians, too. reasonable.
  • Sun Welcome, Lakeside. Small family run place 5 mins north of the main strip, a few spots up from Newari kitchen. Set A breakfast for 100 rs is not to be missed, likewise the rest of the menu is cheap and delicious. Open all day, can even BYO. Go once and you will keep going back.
  • Blue Diamond Restaurant, Lakeside Road (just 3 shops south of Mt.Kailas Resort, south end of Lakeside). We found it to be one of the cheapest and consistently good small eateries along Lakeside, and ate there daily for months. Good western style breakfasts for 180 rupes ($2.50usd), good Nepali Khanna (Dhal Bhat) for 130 rupes. Why pay 200-300 for Nepali food elsewhere? Friendly owners, say hi to "Mousa" (Rosmi) their little girl.
  • Wooden coffee House, (100 meters down the side street between Trek-o-Tel and Natssul). 07:00-20:00. A lovely little place with outdoor seating in the sun, serving excellent coffee. It's set up by a joint Dutch-Nepal non-profit organization, helping single women with children, so not only is it cheap, it also improves your karma. budget.
  • Friendship Restaurant, (20 meters down the side street near Bella Napoli in the southern end of Lake-side). 7AM-10PM. A small place that is deservedly popular with the locals. I hear the Dal Bhat is good, but I always come for the steak (250-300 Rs). Another excellent feature of this place is that it doesn't challenge your math skills with the usual extra 10% when the bill comes. budget.
  • Cafe Fusion Restaurant & Bar (Food from every corner of the globe.), Lakeside (Near Standard Chartered Bank), +977 61466141, [12]. best combination on food & price probably only one in the Pokhara with the fewa lake, sarangkot, Peace Pagoda & Pick of fishtail view. Delicious & hygienic food: Indian, Chinese, Continental, whole live fish on order, Pasta, Lasagne, Mexican, Green MoMo & Noodles, Sandwich & Burger, and Typical Nepali Food. reasonable.
  • New Fast Food Cafe and Restaurant, Rambazar (Near Indian Pension Camp), 9846160685. 08:00-20:00. About a 20 minute drive from the lakeside, this joint is in the local part of town, and thus is slightly cheaper than the touristy joints by the lake. Best buff momo in town, and also offers burgers, sandwiches and pizza if you prefer. They are also one of the rare places which offer delivery in Pokhara. Ask for Alex, the friendly proprietor. about Rs 210 per pax (about 2 USD).
  • big bite fastfood, mahendra pul (in the city), [13]. 9am-8pm. Situated in the heart of the city. Probably the best burgers and pizzas in the town. less than $10.


Drink

  • Gorkha Bar One of the famous outlets of the Fulbari resort the Gorkha Bar offers all kinds of drinks, cocktails and mocktails.
  • Pushkar Guest House Not just Beer, but COLD Carlsburg beer. They make a pretty good lassi as well.
  • Pema Tibetan Restaurant A local joint for Thukkpa (Tibetan Soup Noodles), Mo Mo (Tibetan style dumplings) great taste, with sukuti, sekuwa and Locally brewed liquor
  • Busy Bee Great spot on the lake in the heart of Pokhara. Late night, with live music from 8pm. Pool tables, decent food, local beers and imported spirits.
  • Tushita Sushi Bar, Lakeside -Basundhara Park, [14]. Local speciality "Sushi Bite with Delight" and Himalayan herb wine. It would be a life time memory to take Herb wine with Wild honey.
  • Bullet Basecamp, +977 98 08 38 59 70, [15]. 10:00-23:00. A Dutch-Aussie creation, opened a few months ago. Situated a little away from the touristy strip of Pokhara in the neighbourhood of the people, this bar embodies the "same same, but different" mentality. A welcomed mixed clientele of bikers, locals, general transients, entrepreneurs, volunteers, storytellers and story seekers makes this one of gems of Pohkara. An oasis amidst the daily rumblings of work and play nearby. Whether it’s a break for WiFi and a brew, a pool game and a pint, a quick bite and a beverage, or a moment for unwinding and perhaps a conversation or two, a bit of honest travellers advice, arranging your bike tour or to helping you out with your own Bullet; the Bullet Basecamp and the faces behind always deliver. A spot that will get you hooked. (28.12.683,083.57.987)
  • Cafe Fusion Restaurant & Bar, Lakeside (For all Kinds of drinks). Chilled Beer, variety of wine, Imported liquer, Whisky, Gin, Vodka, Rum,variety of soft drinks like smoothies, cocktails and mocktails.
  • Oxygen Lounge Bar, lakeside, Pokhara (Near barahi temple, 0pposite of hotel Meera), 9804103258. checkin: 8am; checkout: latenight. Its a great place located in the centre of lakeside with beautiful view of lake n mountains from the garden of the bar. Live band every night. Late night camp fire. Varietes of drinks and cocktail. Good times Ever times.

Sleep

Virtually all tourist accommodation is located in Lakeside and Damside, near Phewa Lake, but there is also a great new lodge (Raniban Retreat) and restaurant just a few minutes' walk from the World Peace Pagoda. Views from here are 'out of this world', making it ideal for a one or two night relaxing stay or as a base for short treks, whilst also enjoying the sunrise and sunset. There exist as well a dozen of guesthouses uphill, in Sarangkot, but they are often heavily overpriced with their food menu prices being twice or three times higher than in the downtown, counting on the absence of restaurants and any real food store, giving virtualy no choice for tourists. Sarangkot turned in the last years into a village where all the locals expect to become rich fast and easily from the tourism industry and it is very difficult to find any exception to that. According to the reports, some hotels located uphill (such as Superview Guesthouse) force the travellers that stay there to have at least two meals a day in the hotel, with the prices on the menu being stratospheric (one lunch being equal to the daily price for the room). The upside of Sagrangkot is its serenity and absence of air pollution. Last bus from downtown departs at 17:30, taxi to Sarangkot costs 500 NRs and doesn't takes you all the way uphill to the hotels. 20 min. walk uphill on gravel from the taxi stand.

Budget

  • Amrit Guest House [16], Lake Side, nice little hostel, that has both dorms and double bedrooms. Recommended by the "Lonely Planet" Dorm price: 150Rp, room prices: 200+
  • Banana Garden Lodge, [17], Tel:00977-61-464901, Email:contact@bananagardenlodge.com. Khahare.... north of lakeside, started in early 90's is one of the most popular and best budget guest house in Pokhara. Slightly elevated, gives the most specular views to the lake. Run by the family, helps one to experience true friendliness with great hospitality. Beautiful garden,sitting place and the hammock, makes it one of the best resting place.
  • Butterfly Lodge, [18] this place is amazing, the people are really friendly and its very reasonable, with their profits going to the butterfly foundation charity. Also they can arrange tours and stuff. USD $7.00 to $60.00
  • Crown Hotel is a friendly family run place very handy for paraglider pilots/students as it is very near some of the paragliding school. The rooms are fine and the atmosphere mellow. Be aware that there have been reports of a fake website for this hotel, that shows real pictures of the hotel but is rumoured to lead to fraudulent bookings. The real Crown Hotel is a very good place to stay.
  • Family Peace Home, Khahare.... north of lakeside, Pokhara, Nepal is one of the popular guest house for peace and tranquility.Often busy, people who run the quest house are friendly who offer a true hospitality.
  • Green Peace Lodge, [19], Email: greenpeaceresort5@yahoo.com,tel: +977-61-462134. Sedi Bagar, Lake side. Great people and great environment for the holiday makers. One of the finest view over the lake provides the most elegant sunset.... .Busy through out the year. Please make early bookings or reservations.
  • Hotel Lake Side, one of the oldest hotels in the town, over viewing the famous Phewa lake.
  • Hotel Temple Villa, Lake side, towards the northern end in a very quiet street. Friendly owners and basic but clean rooms, some ith balcony. The place is next to the Octagon Hotel and has a pleasant garden. Double with shared bath 500Rp, with attached bath 600Rp.
  • Hotel Mountain View, Tel: +97761465281. Lake side, near Basundhara Park. Family run hotel with clean peaceful rooms, can see the lake from the room , hot shower facility . Arrangement for trekking to ABC, Ghandruk , Ghorepani , and many places on demand. Air, bus tickets booking facility. Affordable cost.
  • Karki Guest House, Lake side, +977-61-535708. This guess house is quite and clean and the owner is fantastic. Clean rooms and bathrooms and hot water all the time. Prices vary by season.
  • Machhapuchare Your friendly host is Krishna, who manages the hotel with his father Boom. Krishna speaks many languages and is very knowledgeable about trekking. Thoroughly recommended, he is trustworthy, hard-working, a fantastic host and properly qualified trekking guide.
  • ‘“Mera Peak Guesthouse”’, This family run guesthouse is located on the only dead end in Central Lakeside. The guesthouse was recently renovated, so the rooms are very clean and a great value. You get the best location, without all the noise. Vijay, the owner, runs the little shop outside the guesthouse. During low season, you can easily bargain for the best price. Also has good connections if you need a flight and has a personal boat which you could go on the lake with. If you‘re lucky he’ll take you fishing and his wife will cook you a delicious, fresh fish dinner.
  • Penguin Guest House, Towards the more Relaxed end of Lakeside, Almost opposite the Royal Lake house. Exceptional Budget Rooms, Rs200 a night for double or twin room, with shared bathroom, or Rs350 for double/twin with en-suite bathroom (Solar powered showers are hottest at midday.) Great Owners (recognized me and called by name after 3 months!) Great cheap food, and Smoke Friendly. Owner is fluent in Japanese, therefore popular with japanese Travelers coming in from Varanassi.
  • Pleasant Home Hotel, Lakeside Pokhara (just north of Lakeview Resort, 200m up small road). a nice budget hotel with friendly owners and decent 500 rupee rooms. we stayed there for months over the years. TV/cable/hot water/mtn view balconies/secure parking, rarely full, quiet. 500.nrs.
  • Pushkar Guest House, A relaxed and comfortable guest house where open attitudes and good humour abound. Has a variety of rooms to suit all budgets, hot showers, a rooftop restaurant (BEST breakfasts in Pokhara with great crusty brown bread!) overlooking the lake and with awesome views of sacred
  • Samrat Home, Lake side - north part, small homestay with clean, cosy rooms. Owner is an English teacher, also providing useful information about Pokhara and surroundings. Free morning tea if you ask owner's wife - Sadana. They have two nice lively boys. Modest and nice people. Rooms from 300Rs, 500Rs with attached bathroom. Friendly atmosphere, convinient store downstairs (with filtered water station for 10Rs.) highly recommended !!! fewa_kaji@hotmail.com Owner: Khaji Thapa.
  • Sweet Dreams, Lake side, very small relaxed hotel with a small bar/cafe/garden attached which is great for escaping from the noise of the main road. Rooms from 300Rs, next door to Billy Bunters.

Mid-range

  • Hotel Diplomat, pokhara lakeside (south side near the old palace grounds), [20]. A nice new place with friendly owner and family run. All rooms have new fixtures, silent generator, double beds. Mattresses are above par and visitors can sit on the roof and enjoy the views over the lake and mountains. 15.
  • Hotel Garden, pokhara damside (near damside chowk and airport), 977-61-463681 (), [21]. A modern, comfortable hotel with great, friendly staff, roof-top view, free Wi-fi, orchid garden restaurant and bar.
  • Hotel Meera, (). Centrally located it provides clean and spacious rooms for about $30. They also have a great restaurant
  • Hotel Pokhara Inn, fewalake,pardi Pokhara (Five minute walk from the dam towards the airport. Next to Hotel Dragon and Hotel Sports.), 977-61-465398. Completed in summer 2012, this 5 story hotel provides rooms with full western bathrooms, comfortable mattresses, television sets, wi-fi Internet access, lock boxes and northerly views of the Himalaya. The hotel's driver can provide transport around town when needed or to/from the airport. The hotel's generator provides electricity when the local power goes out. Air conditioned rooms are also available at a slightly higher rate. 15-25 USD per night.
  • Lake View House, (Lake Side North, main road). Nice family run guesthouse. Just 4 rooms, nice garden, view of the lake, 2 shared bathrooms, hot shower. 200Rp for a double. Homemade food by request.
  • Octagon Guesthouse Pokhara, pokhara lakeside (Central location down a quiet lane ask anyone), [22]. A small family run place much better and quieter than the rest. Octagon Shape building will amaze you as will the owner hospitality. 15.
  • Peace Dragon Lodge [23] Located within 4 minutes' walk from the World Peace Pagoda and surely enjoying the best view in the whole of Pokhara, overlooking Phewa Lake and the mountain range stretching from Daulaghiri to Himal Ganesh, between them the Annapurnas, Fishtail (Machhapuchhre) and Manasalu. All tastefully-furnished rooms are en suite with solar powered hot water and 24 hour back-up power, so essential given Nepal's erratic electricity supply! Magnificent rooftop restaurant. With Western and Nepali co-owners, Peace Dragon Lodge offers the best of both worlds. Internet connection available. ROOM RATES USD 30 - 45 but discounts of up to 25% are often available. email:juliettecunliffe@yahoo.co.uk Tel: 00977 61621182.
  • Pension Tushita Located in the best location. Lake, Park and Jungle just infront and mountian view in the background. All the modern amenities (Mini Kithen too) Beautiful garden with Bees and Rabbit. Recreation room, Japanese style hot bath and organic resturant are its speciality. US$ 16 for Single and US$ 23 for Double.20% profit has been allocated for education and environment issues project CSR.
  • Sampada Inn, 977-61-462817 (), [24]. A gorgeous new hotel in traditional Nepali design with engraved windows and brick work. The rooms are unique with exposed Nepali brickwork, natural wood furniture etc. Stay in the deluxe suites if available. Wifi is complimentary. Located on a quiet street and 2min walk to the lakeside area. Its family run by some lovely folks. Rooms start at US$ 30.
  • The Silver Oaks Inn, Lakeside-6 (In a quiet lane, take the road at the 7-eleven /Standard Chartered Bank.), 00977-61-462147, [25]. checkin: noon; checkout: noon. www.hotelpokhara.com. info@silveroaksinn.com.np Four storey hotel with nice views and a shady, colourful garden. Clean rooms. Good views from balcony or rooftop. Traveldesk and big lounge/restaurant.Free wifi /desktop. US$23 standard single incl.breakfast and tax/ $47 deluxe/ac double with breakfast and tax 25 % discount in offseason.
  • The New Pokhara Lodge, 977-61-464990 (), [26]. Lies on the shores of Pokhara's largest Lake. Sufficiently set back from the main road to guarantee peace, quiet & privacy, there are just 16 rooms all with attach tiled toilets and 24 hours hot and cold running water. Standard rooms with attached bath and Deluxe room with bathtub & AC available.The Lodge is built around one of the best gardens in Pokhara. New Pokhara Lodge offer free high speed wireless Wi-Fi internet. Price from Euro 11 to Euro 30.
  • Trekkies Guesthouse, 231 Nahar Marg, Lakeside, 6, (977) 9806521406. A clean quiet little place in a rural like setting, yet only a short walk from the main drag.The family running the guesthouse are helpful and friendly, the owner Bhadra is also an expert trekking guide. Meals and laundry services are provided, along with a roof top view of phewa tal. Rooms 600rs with attached bathroom. contact:bhadra_trekking@hotmail.com phone:(977)61-465520

Splurge

  • Baba Lodge Baba Lodge has fine meals in a great outdoor dining area overlooking the "Damside" end of Phewa lake. Gynendra will make you welcome.
  • Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge [27]. This award winning eco-lodge situated 30 minutes out of Pokhara has stunning mountain views, fine home cooking with local and organic produce and 18 excellent bed rooms. A unique infinity pool complements the surroundings and a range of massage, yoga and meditation therapies are available. Expert local guides escort walks exploring local culture, flora and fauna.
  • The Fulbari Resort & Spa [28]. Is Nepal's only 5-star resort located outside of the capital. It is located about ten minutes from the airport and offers unfettered views of the surrounding Himalayan ranges. Also alongside the hotel is a former glacial canyon and the Seti-River gorge. Facilities at the hotel include four restaurants, one bar, a spa/health club, golf club, and a casino for those slow or wet nights. Latitude: 28°10'36.69"N Longitude: 83°59'58.81"E

Get out

  • Buses to Kathmandu Tourist buses run from the bus depot starting at 07.30 every morning, and will arrive in Kathmandu sometime after 14:00. Tickets are sold at all travel places and prices can start from 350 rupees, up to $US18.
  • Ride to India Buy an Indian registered Royal Enfield from Hearts & Tears Motorcycle Club for Euro 400-800. Ride around Nepal and India, then sell it at the end of your trip.
  • Ride home Nepali bikes qualify for a Carnet de Passage (a passport for a vehicle) so you can ride virtually any country in the world. Hearts & Tears can set you up with a bike, papers, mechanics lessons, tools and spares ... everything you need for around Euro 1500.
  • Flight to Kathmandu takes 30 minutes. From Kathmandu you can connect to international flight, Kathmandu to Pokhara airfare is USD 102



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