Pokhara is a tranquil travelers paradise located on the shores of Fewa lake. It’s a popular honeymoon destination with locals thanks to its postcard perfect views over the lake and surrounding mountains. Most visitors to Nepal will pass through Pokhara at some point during their trip, and most people will never want to leave.
Things To Do:
Our main reason for visiting Pokhara was to visit the Atmashree Yoga and Meditation retreat, we planned on staying 3 nights but we loved it so much that we stayed longer. The classes are perfect for beginners as well as experts, the teachers are amazing and really understand what they are teaching. The meditation sessions were fantastic and we both felt that we got a lot from our stay there. It’s a family run centre and the mother cooks the most amazing meals which are all included in the price. You can contact them directly either through their website or on Facebook for the latest rates.
Fewa lake is the perfect spot for both sunrise and sunset, there are loads of trails up the surrounding hills to get a perfect view over the lake, there is a great lookout point behind the Atmashree yoga retreat.
Pokhara is a popular spot for adrenaline junkies looking for an adventure, we had a go at paragliding (glad I tried it but won’t be doing it again any time soon!), we flew with Himalaya frontiers paragliding for Rs6,000. The price includes hotel pick up and a GoPro DVD of your flight.
If your looking for a more gentle way to appreciate the scenery, boat hire starts at around Rs500 per hour, or a little bit more if you want to hire a driver too.
Where To Eat:
The Godfather serves traditional wood fired pizzas and have two restaurants in Pokhara. Even though Nepal has some of the best food in the world, we all need a good pizza from time to time!
Sean’s put the vegetable curry at the double view restaurant in his top 5 Indian curries ever, no other words needed.
A direct bus from Kathmandu will cost between 800 and 1000 Rs and it takes anything from 6 to 10 hours depending on traffic. You can pre book your seats and any travel agents, most buses leave at 7am.
Pokhara also has a domestic airport but flights are expensive during peak season. A flight to Kathmandu is around 35 minutes and costs an average of £65 to £95 depending on season.
Where To Stay:
We stayed in the OYO Hotel Badmin close to the lakeside. It only cost £9 per night on hotels.com including breakfast and was such a nice hotel that we stayed there again the next time we passed through Pokhara after our yoga retreat.