Things to do
Pokhara offers unforgettable hikes ranging from beginner-level to peak challenges. The most famous is the Annapurna circuit, a quest to base camp at the foot of the 8000m mountain that ordinarily takes almost two weeks. But shorter routes offer a satisfying taste of the Himalaya. For a day’s exploration delve into its network of caves, and marvel at stunning stalactites and the Bat cave (not that one). You’ll be rewarded at the end with views of the secluded Davi’s falls.
If the mountains aren’t enough to get your heart racing in Pokhara, try a whole host of adventure sports. Bungee jump into water, take the world’s longest and steepest zipline for an unmatched view of the Annapurna mountain range, or race down the Seti river in a white-water raft. If you have any energy left, paraglide for a bird’s eye view of Lake Phewa.
Take the pace down a notch and soak up the atmosphere of the sacred sites of Pokhara. One of the most picturesque is the Tal Barahi Temple, accessible only by boat. In the middle of Lake Phewa, this Hindu temple tells stories of deities and demons. Then disembark and hike up to the World Peace Pagoda for spectacular city and mountain views, and insights into Buddhist teachings.