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After our seven day Everest View Trek in Nepal, we took a private car and spent some happy days relaxing here. Whether you only have one day in Pokhara or a few to fill, there is plenty to do.

Pokhara is billed as a resort town, and it’s built on a lake with lots of little shops, restaurants, and hiking trails to spend your days exploring.

Like Lukla is the starting point for Everest treks, Pokhara is the base point for treks into the Annapurna mountain range, so the mornings boasted exceptional views of the rocky Annapurna peaks, before the smog and haze inevitably rolled in to obscure them for the day.

We spent our days rowing on the lake, hiking up to stupas and viewpoints in the surrounding hills, day drinking in beer gardens and enjoying the warm sun. If you’re only passing through, though, this is the best way to spend 1 day in Pokhara.


Nepalese man in the World Peace Pagoda


What to do in Pokhara

These are the top three things to do in Pokhara and a surefire itinerary for an awesome day in this lakeside town.


1. Paragliding

This is one of the most a popular activities in Pokhara, and if you do it on a clear day it offers stunning views of the lake, city, and Annapurna mountain range.

It costs around $80 pp, unless of course you choose to upgrade to parahawking (you know, paragliding with a hawk on your arm, normal stuff.)


2. Visiting the World Peace Pagoda

This was great because we rented a boat to row across the lake for a couple dollars, then once we reached the other side, there was a dock and a trail to hike up to the World Peace Pagoda.

It offered beautiful views of the city, lake, and surrounding mountains.


3. Eat, drink, and relax!

Chances are you’re visiting the resort town after a grueling trek in the Everest or Anapurna ranges.

When it comes to things to do in Pokhara, my favorite was to just chill. There are paths along the lake to walk in the sun, beer gardens, and plenty of restaurants and shops to explore. 

Book a hotel in Pokhara with a pool or balcony with a view for an even more relaxing experience.


View from the Peace Pagoda in Pokhara, Nepal


It’s easy to create an itinerary for your day in Pokhara that’s jam-packed with fun things to do. 

Go paragliding, hike up to the World Peace Pagoda, and most importantly, spend a couple hours just relaxing in the warm sun!

Ready to go? Use Skyscanner to find the cheapest flights to Pokhara and then explore accommodation like unique stays on Airbnb or the top-rated hotels on to plan the perfect night, weekend, or long-term stay in the city.


This article is part of the Natural Nepal series. Read the rest below:

Nepal FAQ: Everything I Wish I Knew Before I Went

Everything You Need to Know About the Everest View Trek

What to Do for Two Days in Kathmandu


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