Travel Guide to Pokhara

About the location

Indian Embassy near Pokhara

Embassy of India

P.O. Box. 292

336, Kapurdhara Marg, Lainchaur

Kathmandu, Nepal

General Telephone: 977-1-4410900

Visa Requirements

Indian nationals travelling to Pokahara do not require a visa. However, a photo identity proof like passport or Aadhar card is a necessary requirement.

Pokhara Lekhnath is a metropolis and is the largest city of Nepal in terms of area. It is situated 120 miles west of the capital city, Kathmandu. It is the most expensive place in Nepal after Namche Bazaar, which is the main trading centre and hub for the Khumbu region. Pokhara lies on an important trading route between India and China. In the 17th century, it was part of the kingdom of Kaski which was one of the 24 kingdoms of Nepal. Pokhara was envisioned as a commercial centre by the King of Kaski in the mid-18th Century A.D. At that time, most of Pokhara was inhabited mainly by Khas (Brahmin, Chhetri, Thakuri and Dalits). There are many gumbas and temples in the vicinity of Pokhara valley. The temples here serve as a place of worship for both Buddhists and Hindus. Some of the popular temples and gumbas (Buddhist ecclesiastical fortifications of learning, lineage and sadhana) are Bindhyabasini Temple, Bhadrakali Temple, Tal Barahi Temple, Sitaladevi Temple, Matepani Gumba etc. The hill villages around Pokhara host mixed community of Khas and Gurung.

Places to visit in Pokhara

There are many popular tourist destinations to visit in Pokhara. Below-stated is some of them:

  • Phewa / Fewa Lake (Phewa/Fewa Tal):Surrounded by lush green forests and snow-capped peaks, the Phewa lake is one of Nepal’s most beautiful spots. One can hire a boat and row across the lake by themselves to enjoy the awe-inspiring sights.
  • World Peace Temple:The temple was opened in 1999, and it is situated atop a hill just south of Phewa Tal. It is the first Peace Pagoda to be constructed in Nepal. It offers great views of the Annapurna Mountains, including Fishtai, Annapurna III, Annapurna South and Dhaulagiri. This place is also famous for its breathtaking sunset and sunrise.
  • Sarangkot:It is the perfect pre-trek warm-up destination. Heading up Sarangkot in the late afternoon and going to the top for sunset is a sight to behold not to tell.
  • Gupteswar Mahadev Cave:It is one of the many caves in Pokhara famous for its religious importance. The cave is in the southern end of the city of Chorepatan. In this cave, the famous Hindu God Lord Shiva is worshipped.
  • Mahendra Cave:It is another famous cave located in Batulechur, at the northern end of the Pokhara city.
  • Begnas Lake:Far from the madding crowd and away from the hustle, Begnas Tal is the quiet, clean and peaceful place. The road leading to the lake provides tourists with a glimpse of the countryside life.
  • Rupa Lake (Rupa Tal): It is one of the remote lakes in Pokhara with limited accessibility and hence more serene compared to the other lakes. This place is a delight to the eyes of any nature lover.
  • Dipang Lake (Dipang Tal):Located about fifteen minutes’ walk from Sisuwa, the city centre of Lekhnath municipality. This lake is famous for wild lotus and wild swans.
  • International Mountain Museum:It is a museum about the rich history of mountaineering in Nepal and one of the famous places in Pokhara. Here the descriptions of the native people of the Himalayas and tales regarding their famous expeditions can be found.
  • Gurkha Memorial Museum:This place is dedicated to famous soldiers from Nepal. The visitors can observe here the various historical uniforms, famous knives and the different flags of the Gurkhas.
  • Dobindy Pass - Mountain biking ride: It is a fun hill climb to a pass on pavement southwest of Damside.
  • Tibetan Refugee Camp – A bike ride toward the Tibetan settlement is the perfect way to enjoy this place. There are many jewellery and craft stalls here.
  • The Annapurna Region:The trekking base here includes the world’s 10th tallest mountain, Annapurna I. There are thirteen additional peaks over 7,000m and 16 more peaks over 6,000m. All of these treks offer amazing views of this mountain range.

How to reach Pokhara

Daily flights to Pokhara Airport from Kathmandu are available via local tourist agents. Yeti Airlines, Buddha Air, and Simrik Air are popular airlines that operate regular flights. The flights offer a bird’s eye view of the countryside and the panoramic mountains themselves. The 200 km journey from Kathmandu to Pokhara can be covered easily as there are buses every 15 minutes from morning to afternoon. Greenline operates a convenient bus every morning between the popular tourist areas of Thamel in Kathmandu and Lakeside in Pokhara. The journey offers a peek into the lifestyle of the rural people. Train services are not available in Pokhara.

Travelling in Pokhara

As traffic is less substantial, tourists can avail car services. But Pokhara is easy to traverse by foot. For exploring the city properly, it is easier just to hop on a bus and walk from there. One can also rent a motorbike for leisure ride around the place. Mountain biking here is enjoyable.

Best time to visit (best seasons and events)

Winters can involve bitter sub-zero temperatures in and around the city. Most local guest houses and restaurants offer open fires and gas heaters for their customers. Summers here are dry and hot with low humidity. The surrounding ice-caped mountains may give an illusion during this time as one may find oneself baking in a t-shirt and shorts. Peak tourist season starts in September/October with June-July also being good months.

Air-acrobatics, precision skills and other paragliding specific events are held for everyone to view between mid and late January. Deepawali (the equivalent of Indian Diwali), also known as Tihar, is the festival of lights and the time of the year when the native people drink, dance and enjoy five days of festive feasting and family gatherings. Around the 28th December to 4th January there is a week-long new year’s festival organised by the local community.

What to pack (as per seasons, events)

T-shirts, half pants etc. are more comfortable for a summer stay. Pack shoes and sandals for leisurely walks, as the roads here are unpaved. It may get very cold at high altitudes, so quick-drying, long underwear is very useful. Hiking is one of the things to do in Pokhara and a wool hat, fleece jacket, and gloves are essential for hiking and camping. Lightweight and sturdy hiking boots will be useful for treks. For camp use or fording rivers, strapped sandals are excellent. Don’t forget to carry all the necessary medicines.

Top Delicacies

Pokhara serves different types of food as per your need. There are many national and international restaurants, serving you your desired meal. For Korean food- you can go to Natsal Restaurant; for Chinese food - China Town Restaurant; for Italian - Caffe Concerto; for Thai - Krishna’s Kitchen; for Japanese -AoZoRa and Koto for Tibetan; for French - Metro; for Indian - Marwadi Restaurant and many more. Some restaurants like Moondance Restaurant, serve international food. Words can’t describe the taste of fresh fish caught from Phewa Tal. Macchhapuchre Kiss can easily be termed as the best dessert in the world.  Widely available frozen yoghurt is similar to ice-cream, but it is made using yoghurt instead of cream. Like ice-cream, it is available in different flavours. The cheapest and often best food is found at the street stalls which sell momos, samosa or fried noodles.

Indian Restaurants in Pokhara

Once Upon a Time Restaurant

  • Located at:Baidam | Lakeside, Pokhara 33700, Nepal
  • Cuisine:Indian, Asian, Italian
  • Contact No.: +977 61-461881

Marwadi Restaurant

  • Located at:Lakeside, Pokhara 33411, Nepal
  • Cuisine:Indian, vegetarian-Friendly
  • Contact No.: +977 9856027322

Desi Tadka Restaurant

  • Located at:Hallan Chowk 6, Pokhara 33700, Nepal
  • Cuisine:Indian, Asian, Nepalese
  • Contact No.: +977 61-526394

Shopping List Essentials (what to buy at the location)

Kathmandu may have the edge in artefacts, but there's nowhere else in Nepal that can top Pokhara for counterfeit trekking stores. There are dozens of outlets lining lakeside's main road. All are selling the latest Chinese, and local rip-offs of branded trekking gears at rock bottom prices. If you want to buy, please bargain and check the quality thoroughly. You can easily find beautiful souvenirs at the local shops. Tibetan baskets, silver jewellery, local traditional dress, wall hangings etc. are some favourite items of purchase.

Healthcare Centers

The medical centres in Pokhara are accessible the whole year. Moreover having a medical insurance during your trip will always prove helpful. The insurer will cover all your medical emergency expense and will also suggest you the nearby medical centre for a treatment.

Manipal Hospital in Fulbari, Pokhara is a teaching hospital, with all facilities for the patients. International Medicare & Assistance Center (IMAC) is located at Lakeside Pokhara. After being opened in 1999, within a short period, it has become a highly developed centre for Emergency Medical Care and Nursing. It cares for the patient from local people to the foreign tourists. CIWEC Hospital also provides quality medical treatment.


Varied ethnic and cultural groups live in Pokhara, and there are several languages and dialects spoken by different sections of the community. Nepali is the primary language, but because of the influence of tourism, use of Hindi/Urdu is also prevalent. Many local people use English as their second language. You can remember the following Nepalese phrases to communicate easily with the locals:

English Nepali
Good Morning Subha - prabhata
My Name is Mero nama
Where is Kaham cha
Yes Ho
No Ho'ina
Please Kr̥paya
Sorry Mapha garnuhos
How much is this? Yo kati cha?

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