Pokhara, the city of lakes, they say, is a traveler’s paradise. Trust me, you haven’t seen heaven until you have been to Pokhara. The turquoise, quaint lakes with pictures of the Himalayas being reflected! The vibrant streets radiating amazing vibes make Pokhara a must-visit place in Nepal.
Detailed Itinerary of 3 Night 4 Days Pokhara Tour
Day 01: Arrival in Pokhara
On this day, you will travel from Kathmandu to Pokhara. The day starts pretty early.
There are several options to reach Pokhara from Kathmandu. You can go from Kathmandu to Pokhara on an airplane, on local buses, on tourist buses, or on private vehicles.
Pokhara is at a driving distance of 200 kilometers from Kathmandu. Driving from Kathmandu to Pokhara will take nearly 7 to 8 hours. The trail is highly scenic. The bus drives along the beautiful road with splashing rivers on the side. We will stop for lunch somewhere in between.
(You can also take a 30 minutes flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara. The flight is the shortest and easiest way of going there. Also, it is highly comfortable than traveling by roadways for 7 to 8 hours. The flight is highly scenic. You will see amazing aerial views of the Gorkha Durbar, Manakamana Temple, Trishuli river, Seti river, and several others.)
After arriving in Pokhara, we will check into a hotel. Take rest for some time. You can stroll around the vibrant streets in Pokhara for sometime in the evening.
Overnight in Pokhara.
Day 02/03: Sightseeing in Pokhara
So, now begins your sightseeing day in Pokhara. We will be visiting some of the most popular places in Pokhara. You will get a wakeup call at 5:30 am in the morning. At 6 am, we will leave our hotel and will start the sightseeing tour.
In Pokhara, we will visit some of the beautiful sites like:
Phewa Lake is the major attraction of Pokhara. After returning from the tour, when you say Pokhara, the image of boating in Phewa will occupy your mind. Phewa lake is also the second biggest lake in Nepal, after Rara.
Phewa is something that adds beauty to the beautiful Pokhara valley. The big lake, tranquil and mesmerizing! You will love visiting the Phewa lake. Phewa Lake changes its colors with the changing sunlight. This lake looks marvelous during sunset.
Phewa is really calm to those who are acquainted of nature. The lake is beautiful! The image of the Annapurna Himalayas reflecting under the tranquil lake of Phewa will leave you spell-bounded. The dazzling views of the snow giants, you’ll love them.
Along with being a point of natural attraction, Phewa is equally popular for different water sports. Some of them are boating, sailing, canoeing, swimming, bird watching, angling, and kayaking. On the eastern bank of Phewa lake, there are many hotels, shops, and restaurants.
Devis fall also called as Patale Chango in Nepali is a famous waterfall in Pokhara that makes an underground tunnel at the bottom. This waterfall is situated on the south-east direction of the Phewa lakeside.
This is one of the most visited places in Nepal. The waterfall is a beautiful one. You will see an amazing waterfall where the waterfall has eroded the rocks giving beautiful shapes to the gorge. The source of Devis fall is the Phewa Lake.
“Devis fall” has a story. A foreigner named Davi, she drowned in a pit and the waterfall swiped her body. After the painful incident, the waterfall got its new name, “Devis fall”. Devis fall makes its way through the caves and gorges.
This place is popular amongst both the international and the internal tourists. There is a good luck pond where you’ll see people throwing coins trying to place it in the statue of god for good luck.
Also, there are some models of Nepali traditional houses. You can also click some pictures with your head and body of the statues wearing traditional Nepalese dresses.
Devis fall is a safe place to visit. Watch out for your kids if you are going with them. There are metal fences fencing the risky spots.
This cave is one of the popular mysterious caves in Nepal. This cave is also a religious one that is highly popular among the Hindu pilgrims. This cave lies near the Davis fall. Inside the cave, there is a phallic symbol of Lord Shiva that is worshipped as Gupteswar Mahadev by the locals.
Mahendra Gupha and Chamero Gupha
These two caves are the two popular caves in Pokhara lying close to each other. These both are the wonderful natural sites. These caves are known for bats and are also called as the “house of bats”. You will see the clusters of bats clinging on the rocky walls of the cave.
People also enjoy climbing the difficult rocky walls inside the cave making their way out through a small opening. A visit to these caves is wonderful and is thrilling if you attempt getting out through the small opening.
This temple is said to be the oldest temple in Pokhara. This beautiful temple was build in the 16th century. This temple houses a shrine of Goddess Durga. Goddess Durga is a really powerful Hindu goddess. Lots of Hindu devotees, they visit the temple especially on Saturdays and during the festivals.
Bindhabasini Temple is situated in the old Pokhara Bazaar. This is the place where the traditional Pokhara bazaar was. The temple is a beautiful one. Around the temple, there are several small temples and monuments.
Gorge of Seti Gandaki River
The Seti Gandaki river in Pokhara is an interesting one. The river enters the Pokhara valley and disappears inside the land and emerges out on the other end. It is an ‘underworld river, some people say.
The river appears at some places in the valley. One of the most popular gorges of Seti river is near the Mahendra Pul, a small bridge at the center of Pokhara. There, the river makes a deep gorge. You’ll see the river making a dreadful rush.
The river when viewed is barely two meters wide. But the depth, you cannot imagine how deep it is. The Dudh Kosi river appears white. The water passes through the limestones under the valley eroding them. That’s how it gets its white color.
Tal Barahi Temple
Tal Barahi temple is a famous one. The temple is built on a small island in the middle of Phewa lake. The temple is a pagoda-styled temple with two stories. It is a Hindu temple of Varaha that represents a shakti pith.
One can visit the temple taking a boat there and back. If you want to, you can row your boat and visit there. Every Saturday, they sacrifice several animals and birds to the goddess Barahi.
World Peace Pagoda
World Peace Pagoda is an amazing Buddhist Stups situated over a hill above the Phewa lake. This place is an incredible viewpoint of the Phewa lake. There is a big stupa of Lord Buddha built there.
From the stupa, you can get an incredible sight of the glistening Annapurna range and the beautiful and small city of Pokhara.
Sarangkot, the best sunrise viewpoint
Sarangkot is a place situated atop of a hill near Pokhara city. This place is popular for two things. One is the sightseeing of Pokhara valley and the amazing Phewa lake. And the other is the most fascinating sunrise view over the Annapurna Himalayan range.
We will drive to Sarangkot early in the morning and will wait for the sunrise view. Also, we will see the fantastic Himalayan ranges around and the bluish-green Phewa lake that looks magnificent from there.
Day 04: Drive Pokhara to Kathmandu
Today is your last day in Pokhara. We will have breakfast at a hotel in Pokhara and will wait for the bus. You will be driving on a tourist bus to Kathmandu. The drive is scenic. We will be driving through the scenic trails. We will be traveling along the beautiful rivers like Seti and Trishuli.
We will stop at someplace for lunch and will continue the drive to Kathmandu. Finally, after 7 or 8 hours of continuous drive, we will reach Kathmandu.