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How to Spend 1 Day in Pokhara

How to Spend 1 Day in Pokhara

Pokhara, at the foot of the Annapurna mountain range, is a popular jumping-off point for multi-day treks in the Himalayas, but it’s also a rewarding destination in its own right. If you only have one day in the lakeside city, here’s how to spend it.

Morning: Sunrise at Sarangkot

Get up early and take a private vehicle up to Sarangkot, a hill above Pokhara, to see the sunrise over the Annapurnas. While the enormous peaks are somewhat visible from Pokhara city, the view from the top of the hill is spectacular. It can be cold up there, though, even in the warmer months, so don’t forget your sweater. After sunrise, head back down to Pokhara for breakfast, then spend a leisurely couple of hours shopping for souvenirs, walking along the lakeside promenade, or enjoying your hotel pool.

Afternoon: Paddle on Fewa Tal

Pokhara’s centerpiece is the pretty Lake Fewa (Fewa Tal), and the colorful wooden boats that line its banks are an iconic Pokhara sight. Spend an hour or two in the afternoon paddling on the lake, enjoying the peace and quiet and taking some impressive pictures. You can rent a small boat with an oarsman, hop on a slightly larger canopied boat that holds more people, or even take a kayaking lesson on the lake. Sightseeing-boat rides make a stop at the Tal Barahi Temple on a little island in the lake. 

Night: Happy-Hour Cocktails at Sunset

Although Pokhara isn’t a large city, its Lakeside area has a lively nightlife scene, and visitors can find lively bars and restaurants any night of the week. Many of the bars with views of the lake offer happy-hour specials around sunset, so pick one you like, and relax as you watch the sky turn pink over the lake. Wrap up your visit with dinner at a local restaurant. There are many Nepali and international dining options in Pokhara, so you’re sure to find something to suit your tastes. 

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Sightseeing Tour of Pokhara Including Himalayan Sunrise View from Sarangkot

Sightseeing Tour of Pokhara Including Himalayan Sunrise View from Sarangkot

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Enjoy personalized attention and a flexible itinerary on this full-day private tour of Pokhara City and Sarangkot. Get impressive views of the Annapurna region and the Himalayas, and make stops at sights along the way like Gupteshwor Cave and Bindabasini Temple. Accompanied by a dedicated guide, your private party will have plenty of time to ask questions; private transportation included.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$65.56
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Private Half-Day Tibetan Refugee Camp Tour in Pokhara

Private Half-Day Tibetan Refugee Camp Tour in Pokhara

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The Tibetan refugee community has lived in Pokhara since 1959, an important part of Nepal’s multicultural population. Escape the tourist track and discover three different Tibetan settlements on this informative guided excursion. At each camp, you’ll get a firsthand peek at monasteries, monk schools, and handicraft workshops as you learn about the history and culture of the Tibetan diaspora. The tour includes an authentic Tibetan lunch at a local restaurant.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$65.00
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Half Day Afternoon Tibetan Cultural Tour to Tibetan Settlements Pokhara

Half Day Afternoon Tibetan Cultural Tour to Tibetan Settlements Pokhara

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Learn all about Tibetan culture, religion, and the stories of Tibetan refugees in Nepal on this half-day guided tour to Pokhara’s Tibetan settlements. Your guide is Tibetan, so you’ll hear interesting first-hand stories from them. You’ll also eat traditional food with a Tibetan family, to learn more about their daily life.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$60.00
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Private Hiking Tour to Peace Pagoda Including Fewa Lake Boating

Private Hiking Tour to Peace Pagoda Including Fewa Lake Boating

Visit the World Peace Pagoda and go boating on Phewa Lake on this private half-day tour in Pokhara. Start with a 1-hour boat cruise on Phewa Lake and a visit to Barahi Temple. Next, hike up to the World Peace Pagoda, a towering Buddhist monument on a hilltop in Pumdi Bhumdi. Soak in views of Pokhara and the Annapurna range, then head back to the lakeshore for lunch. Your private guide shares commentary throughout your tour, which includes transportation, lunch, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 4 hours
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$50.00
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Private Hiking Tour to Peace Stupa in Pokhara

Private Hiking Tour to Peace Stupa in Pokhara

Walk from your hotel in the Lakeside district of Pokhara to the Peace Stupa on this 5-hour private tour with your own personal guide. Located on a hill ridge surrounding the Pokhara Valley, the Peace Stupa offers sweeping views of Himalayan ranges such as Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Fishtail, and Manaslu, along with a birds-eye view of Pokhara Valley and Phewa Lake. You'll also cross the lake by boat to start your hike, taking in waterside sights along the way. Includes private guide, round-trip boat tickets, and entrance fees.
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  • 4 hours
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$75.00
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Pokhara Tour Exquisite Excursion-1 day

Pokhara Tour Exquisite Excursion-1 day

Pokhara’s top sights are spread throughout the lakeside city, but you’ll cover the highlights in a single day on this guided excursion. Join worshippers at the oldest shrine in Pokhara, get a peek inside Bat Cave, and browse regional handicrafts at the city’s Old Bazaar. Tours include comfortable ground transportation in your own private vehicle plus entrance fees.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$130.00
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