Pokhara is the third largest city in Nepal with about one million people in 2013. It is the starting point for most of the treks in the Annapurna area. It is considered by some to be the most beautiful place in the world.
You can travel to Pokhara from the capital Kathmandu using the tourist buses that are readily available or the local microbuses or buses which leave Kathmandu for Pokhara almost every 15min. These buses are available until late afternoon. One of the more reliable tourist options is the Greenline bus service, connecting Lakeside in Pokhara with the east side of Thamel in Kathmandu for USD20, lunch included, for a six-to-eight-hour trip. There are night buses as well running on this route but these can be a painful ride, so avoid them. The local buses will cost you around NPR400-600. Coming from the southern border to India, several buses leave to Pokhara from the border city. It takes about 8h and costs between NPR280-380. Compared to the border town of Sunauli, if you can travel to the nearby town of Butwal, you will get more options for travelling to Pokhara. A 12-seater vehicle will cost around INR5,500 from Butwal to Pokhara.
Flights cost roughly USD95 each way and take only 40min from capital. air viva operates 10 direct flights daily between Pokhara and Kathmandu. They have the bonus of giving you a bird's eye view of the countryside and of the panoramic mountains themselves.
Pokhara is a fairly small city. If the destinations are close by, it is best to walk around the city and enjoy the local sights with ever present views of Machhapuchhre (Mt FishTail) accompanying you. You can meet and greet the locals. Most of the residents are very welcoming and warm hearted. You can get to places where vehicles or bicycles can't reach.
By local transport
Most routes have mini van services. These won't be especially comfortable but the fare is cheap. If you are entitled, take advantage of student discounts. Another option is to hire a taxi, and although more expensive than the bus services it is more comfortable with a secured seat.
Can be hired in a lot of shops in Lakeside for NPR100-300 a day. Make sure the seat is not too hard, and try realigning the seat if it is set uphill way, instead of sloping down. Besides the Lake area, you can go for a bike ride towards the airport, on the way to the Tibetan settlement where there is a nice little monastery, a school, and refugee jewellery and craft stalls.
By motorbike and scooter
It is also possible to hire a scooter or a motorbike in Lakeside, from NPR550+ a day - cheaper in off-season. You will have to buy petrol at about NPR120 per litre. It is not possible to reach Sarangkot or the World Peace Pagoda with an automatic motorbike or scooter due to the steep uphill road, so get a manual gear model if you intend to travel to those places.
- Phewa Lake. One of the Nepal's most beautiful spots, Phewa Tal is surrounded by a combination of monkey-filled forests and the high white peaks. The reflections in the mirror-like water in the early mornings are impressive. Hire a boat and row yourself across the lake, or hire a local to do it for you - there are some fine times to be had on this lake, even in the middle of the night.
- Begnas Lake. Out of town and away from the hustle, Begnas Tal is quiet, clean and peaceful. There are a few basic hotels to stay in and the odd refreshment shop. The walk along the road leading to Begnas Tal is fascinating, the seasonal rhythms of daily life in the country make great images.
- Rupa Tal. One of the more remote lakes in Pokhara with limited accessibility and hence more serene and unspoiled compared to the other lakes. A must visit for any nature lover
- Dipang Tal. Beautiful lake where you can find wild lotus and wild swan. It is located about fifteen minutes walk from Sisuwa, the city centre of Lekhnath municipality
- Devi's Falls. Also known locally as Patale Chhango. Spectacular, especially after heavy rains. Devi's Falls plunge into a cave and disappear into the earth. The name is from a Swiss couple who were washed away (or fell in) and drowned. NPR20.
- World Peace Pagoda (Shanti Stupa). Built about 16 years ago atop a hill overlooking Phewa Tal, the Stupa offers a great place to see the mountains and the sunset over Pokhara. It can be accessed by hiring a boat across the lake and following a pretty good track upward, climbing up through the forest (but watch out for leeches during the monsoon)or by foot from the road that passes Devi's Fall, turning right at the end of Chhorepatan. Taxis can now drive up to within 15min walk of the Stupa - ask them to use the Chhorepatan road, which is shorter and therefore should be a little cheaper than the Kalimati road.
- Hike to the top. From the small fork road behind the bakery in Damside, go south 200m, past a few hotels to the road bridge over the big canal. Go southwest along smaller road to the cable bridge over the creek, notice the "peace" sign on bridge anchor cement. Cross, then go up steps to rite, hence main walking trail to left along rice fields. 200m to a small temple and water tap. Notice another peace sign and arrows pointing zig zag up behind tap. Follow ziggy trail through forest to steps and continue up them to top of spur ridge. Follow the large trail through lovely forest with monkeys at times. Warning: there have been reports of a few robberies. Reach forested ridge top at a mudhole/saddle, hence trail crosses over to north side, through more nice forest. Look for tree markers. gradually up until you reach open main ridge, within sight of Peace Pagoda. A few small cafes and a hotel here, then steps up to top. Morning views are best. Often Hindi/Nepali movies being shot on top. It should take around 35min from the hotels near the road bridge over the big canal.
- Sarangkot. The perfect pre-trek warm-up. Head up Sarankot in the late afternoon, and be prepared as it's steep and hard work. You can rent a motor bike for under NPR700 and take yourself to the top. The road is rough, but traversable. Great views, spectacular images and a great way to get a taste of what it's like to be trekking.
- Sarangkot south slope trail. A challenging run/polewalk workout. Go north through Lakeside about 5 km, through Kare, around corner to SediBogar village. Park bike/moto at the Caravan Restaurant, which is the last spot to buy water & snacks. Follow stone road 1+km directly north towards Sarankot's forested slopes, past houses, to school. Don't try to ride a motorbike or bike up this road, too rocky. road ends to rite (east) of school, follow trail behind, east (right) into seasonal creek gully, then 100m up it trail goes off a bit to left and soon the grueling stone steps begin. Take water. Follow steps all the way, follow the arrows carved into stones where confusing, cross 3 new jeep roads but stay on stone step trail, way up you'll come out on the jeep road along north to Kalipani and Naudada villages at a restaurant/school 3/4's of the way up, follow road 100m left to parasail jump off, then continue up obvious steps to Sarankot village, with hotels/cafes/shops, and up cement steps to lookout tower. Morning views are best. This trail takes at least 52min from the bottom at Caravan park spot. Knee jarring descent takes 40min, or possible to take taxi or even hitch a ride in a parasail truck going down.
- Mahendra Cave (North of Pokhara near Batulechaur).
- Chamare Gufa - Bat cave. It is another cave located some ten minutes away from the famous Mahendra cave. This cave is famous for the bats that can be seen hanging by the walls
- Gupteswar Mahadev Cave (South of Damside near Devi's Falls). Contains a large stalagmite venerated as a representation of Shiva; two caverns: one the temple and the other leading to a spot near Devi's Falls. NPR30 or NPR100.
- International Mountain Museum, Ghari Patan, Pokhara, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Daily 09:00-17:00. Displays about the people living in the Himalayas, of the 14 highest peaks and their most famous expeditions. NPR100 for SAARC visitors; NPR300 for others.
- Gurkha Memorial Museum (North of K.I. Singh bridge near Seti River Gorge), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. 08:00-16:30 everyday. Museum dedicated to the famous soldiers from Nepal. You can observe here the various historic uniforms, their famous knives and the different flags. NPR150 for foreigners. NPR80 for SAARC resident.
- Farmstay Just outside Pokhara is Hemjakot where Ishwar has opened his house for guests. He has a beautiful house and farm with an incredible view of the Annapurna range and his wife does fantastic Daal Bhat, and that's what you get for lunch and dinner, Price is NPR800 per person per day for all food and lodging. Call Ishwar on +977 9806 576 980 to arrange, he can either meet you in Pokhara or arrange to meet at Hemjakot. From Hemjakot it is a 50min walk up the ridge to his village. Rooms shared.
- Boating just hire a boat and go out in the water for a day
- Learn to ride custom bikes. With Hearts & Tears Motorcycle Club or just rent a motorbike at one of the many other places to rent motorbikes as the Enfields are expensive.
- White Water Rafting 1-10 day adventure expeditions on beautiful Nepali rivers. There are many operators offering trips.
- Paragliding. Don't miss soaring around Lake Pokhara and the Annapurnas with Lammergeyer eagles or huge Gryffon vultures to guide the way.
- Tandem There are several companies that organize tandem flights, even for those with no experience, ranging from 30 minutes - 1.5h, as well as cross-country. You will find advertisements on the main road as well as most guest houses and hotels. In 2011 prices started from around USD90.
- Lessons All the paragliding centres also offer lessons. A beginners course costs about USD120 per day including equipment rental. You will need a course of at least 15 days before you can obtain an international paragliders licence.
- For experienced pilots Pokhara is a rewarding location for experienced cross country and/or acrobatic pilots. Any of the paragliding schools will be able to help you with logistics such as equipment hire, transfers to take-off, advanced training & folding of reserve parachutes.
- Parahawking. Why go tandem paragliding when you can go tandem parahawking! Paragliding with a hawk that lands on your arm several times during the flight for a quick feed.
- Festivals Diwali is always a favourite.
- Tushita Recreation Centre, Lakeside (Across the lake fewa). A yoga , music and meditation centre across the lake.
- Mountain bike. Consider these two fun bike rides:
- Sarankot/Naudada/Hemja loop. 3h hard from Lakeside is a fast time. Go towards downtown (Mahendrapul) from Lakeside, turn north at "Zero Kilometre" along the main road to Baglung. Be careful as it's crowded. Ride about 5–6km north, slowly up, past the nasty old bus park, to the Sarankot Road junction, turn left (west). The climb time starts at the fork 50m further. Follow paved road up incredibly steep climb, 1st gear almost all the way. You'd rightly doubt a rental bike could do it. Good pavement mostly, climb zigs past houses and ends at a small village on a saddle. It takes around 40min from bottom. From here you can park bike and hike up old ridge trail to Sarankot, but for this loop continue west along rocky jeep road along mountains south slopes, past parasail place and onwards, rolling ascent to Kalipani village and after and hour or so jeep road hits the "hi-way" at Naudada village on ridgetop. From here good pavement zigs steep down to valley bottom, then its a long gradual decent to Hemja village, and back into Pokhara.
- Dobindy Pass ride. A fun up and back hillclimb to a pass on pavement southwest of Damside. Take paved road south from Damside to Birota area then turn right (west) along main road, the "hi-way to Syangja and Tansen, gradually down towards Devi's Falls, continue west to the Chorepatan area to base of climb. The steep bends begin here, road climbs steadily, though not too steep, along south side of Peace Pagoda ridge, up to a few villages, then after a short steep decent into a forest for last climb up to the pass at Dobindy village. At least, it'll take just under an hour from Lakeside. From here you can continue west through scenic rolling country towards Syangja town, but it's usually possible to zip back down to hotel in about 35min. Beware; this road is getting more crowded, and sometimes with lots of buses & trucks in the wrong lane.
- Parties ask around, there are sometimes full moon parties
- Rock There's a great music scene, especially at Busy Bee
- Canoe on the lake. Small white water canoes can be hired but these can often be difficult to steer on a calm flat lake. Sit on top kayaks would be ideal but so far no one seems to be renting those here.
- Vulture Restaurant. No you don't eat the vultures! Due to vultures eating dead cows that have been injected with a drug that helps the cows in old age but poisons the vultures when they eat them after their deaths, the population of certain species of vulture has collapsed in many parts of Asia. A charity group has set up a kind of cow hospice for cows coming to the end of their lives. They look after the cows but ensure they don't have any of the drug that kills the vultures. When the cows eventually die they are given as food to the vultures. Trips are arranged to view such early morning vulture feasts. To find out more and to be emailed if a cow should die, visit Blue Sky Paragliding.
- A motorcycle. Do your own thing in real style and avoid the tourist buses. Hearts & Tears Motorcycle Club next to Busy Bee offer lessons and rentals for experienced riders with Enfields and other Indian manufactured, "modern vintage" motorcycles.
- Jewels and trinkets from the lovely Tibetan women who ply the streets with their wares in backpacks or blankets. Sit and enjoy the atmosphere, and make sure you bargain as starting prices are generally highly inflated.
- Nabil Bank ATM, Lakeside. This is one of the best ATM's for withdrawing cash, as it has a high maximum withdrawal amount of NPR35,000 and is located next to an actual Nabil Bank, so if you go when the bank is open and have any problem using your card, you can report it to someone working at the bank straight away.
The cheapest (and often the best) food is found at the street stalls, selling MoMos (NPR40 and NPR10 pieces), samosas (NPR10 each) or fried noodles (NPR50). Early in the morning, children walk the streets with trays of pastries; chocolate croissants, cinnamon rolls and other cakes. Each cost about NPR15.
Along the Lakeside road are a variety of restaurants, including:
- Asian Teahouse. Located along the main road through Lakeside on the opposite side from the lake. The only way you'll find this place is to look out for the handwritten sign sitting at the end of the alleyway that the restaurant sits in. Or by looking for a large shop named 'Almonds'; directly under this sign is an arcade that you walk through and it is at the end on the left. The food is great, in huge servings and the cheapest food in the area. The family that owns the restaurant is friendly, hospitable and informative.
- Babita Organic Cafe. Great value food including momos.
- Bistro Caroline. Sister branch of the upmarket KTM restaurant with a garden on the lake and stylish interior. Offers a good selection of French and continental food. Probably the best wine list in Pokhara- expensive, but the toilets alone are worth it.
- Blue Diamond Restaurant, Lakeside Rd (just 3 shops south of Mt.Kailas Resort, south end of Lakeside). Good western style breakfasts for NPR180, good Nepali Khanna (Dhal Bhat) for NPR130.
- Busy Bee Cafe. A beautiful outdoor garden bar, with Pokhara's best rock & roll acts on stage around 20:00.
- Clay Oven, Lakeside. Nice and cheap restaurant over looking the lake. Nice sizzler meals and USD3 pizzas.
- El Sol Spanish Restaurant, north Lakeside. Good and cheap Spanish food cooked by a Spanish chef. Pleasant and slightly hippy atmosphere.
- Emon Cafe (in front of Busy Bee). This restaurant and bar has nightly live music upstairs with indoor and balcony seating. Cheap beer that they may even discount a little more if you ask them nicely! Nice rooftop where they have a camp fire at night.
- Everest Steak House, Pokhara (100m after Club Amsterdam on the left hand side). The best steaks in town, including a gigantic steak which can only be eaten by a minimum of 3 people.
- Fewa Paradise, Lakeside. This restaurant stretches from the main road to the lakeside. Great for breakfast and lunch overlooking the lake. In the evenings they have nightly cultural music and dance shows 19:00-21:00, to enjoy along with your dinner.
- Friendship Restaurant (20 metre down the side street near Bella Napoli in the southern end of Lake-side). 07:00-22:00. A small place that is deservedly popular with the locals. budget.
- Cafe Fusion Restaurant & Bar, Lakeside (Near Standard Chartered Bank), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Food from every corner of the globe. reasonable.
- German Bakery (1), Central Lakeside, Pokhara (Streetside at the Boomerang Restaurant). Similar to the other German Bakery locations. This one is attached to the Boomerang Restaurant so customers have the use of free Wi-Fi and tables.
- German Bakery (2), North Lakeside. There are three German Bakery locations (at least) in Pokhara. This one is take away only.
- German Bakery (3), Damside, Pokhara (Near airport on Damside Marg). Another location of this popular bakery chain. This one is especially good if you're walking into town from the airport or on your way to or from the hike to the World Peace Pagoda. Several tables, free Wi-Fi, good breakfasts including honey curd muesli as well as the usual bakery items. NPR40 and up.
- Godfather Pizzeria, north Lakeside. Great oven baked pizza.
- Hanging Garden. This is one of the outlets of the famed Fulbari Resort and a one of its kind restaurant in Nepal because of its design and location. It is located at the end of the cliff facing the Seti river gorge. It offers a breathtaking view of the Seti gorge below and some of the best cuisines in Pokhara.
- Hua-Han (Opposite the Royal Palace, near Jazz Cafe). Excellent Chinese restaurant, famous for its Kung Pao Chicken. Prices are at the high end, and the interior indicates that it caters to customers better dressed than the usual trekker.
- Jazz Cafe. Great pizzas, less great pasta.
- Koto Japanese restaurant (Opposite the Royal Palace, near Jazz Cafe). luxurious Japanese restaurant with excellent Beef Teriyaki and sushi.
- Lemon Grass, north Lakeside. Nice restaurant with lake views on the north end of Lakeside.
- Mike's Breakfast. Pokhara branch of the famous KTM restaurant.
- Monsoon Cafe, ☎ . 09:00-19:00. Lovely cafe to enjoy breakfast or lunch. Fabulous dessert - the lemon cheesecake is divine. Also quiche, baked potatoes, and sandwiches are very tasty. Salads you can trust as well!
- Moondance. Great and popular place to eat though prices are high but so is the quality. Their lemon meringue pie is awesome.
- Natssul Korean Restaurant, ☎ . Located next to Lakeview Resort towards the tourist bus stand end of town, this is an outdoor garden restaurant run by a Korean couple and serves authentic Korean dishes. Recommended are Vege Bibimbob Hotpot, Beef Bulgogi stew and pork skewers. Free Wi-Fi and the complimentary side dishes are lovely.
- Once upon a time, Lakeside, ☎ . 07:30-23:30. Italian and Indian Cuisine, very old restaurant in Pokhara. moderate.
- Once upon a time 2, Lakeside 6 Pokhara, ☎ . opening hours 07:30-23:30. The new restaurant offers Italian and Indian cuisine.
- Olive Cafe, Lakeside. Nice food in central Lakeside.
- Peace Dragon Lodge & Restaurant (close to the World Peace Pagoda, just a 4 minute walk downward and eastward from the main gate), ☎ . Serves a good range of Nepali, Indian & Western dishes and light snacks. Prices are moderate, and the views are stunning.
- Perky Beans. Popular place to eat, good breakfast, chapati wraps and their famous 500mL shakes and smoothies.
- Pokhara Steak House restaurant, hallan Chock, Lakeside Pokhara (main junction for Khahar and going to Bazar.), ☎ . 10:00-23:30. Speciality for all kind of steak dishes, sirloin, ribeye and T-bone. Prices are moderate.
- Pokhara Thakali Kitchen, Just off Baidam Road (Lakeside East behind the Trek-o-Tel Hotel), ☎ . 11:00-21:00. Authentic Thakali meals (including Daal Bhat) served on a large platter with several different curries. One of the best places to eat in Pokhara if you're looking for authentic regional dishes. NPR200-400.
- Punjabi Restaurant, Lakeside, Pokhara. Authentic Indian vegetarian curries and breads. Another in a list of excellent places to eat in Pokhara if you like good quality curries. NPR180-300.
- The China Town (Chinese Restaurant & Bar), 137 Lakeside Rd (Centre Point), ☎ . 09:00-22:00. Serves typical Chinese food, especially sweet & sour dishes. Fresh and locally grown/caught duck, fish and chickens. Also, a food menu for vegetarians.
- Sun Welcome, Lakeside. Small family run place 5min north of the main strip, a few spots up from Newari. Cheap and delicious. Open all day, can even BYO.
- Sweet Memories Restaurant, north Lakeside. Nice and cheap food with friendly staff.
- Tushita Organic Restaurant, Lakeside, Basundhara Park. Serves Japanese food, sea food; specialist in sushi. Also offers Nepali food. Grilled fish, steak, pizza, herb wine are popular dishes. Delivery service for groups larger than 4.
- Wooden coffee House (100m down the side street between Trek-o-Tel and Natssul). 07:00-20:00. A lovely little place with outdoor seating in the sun, serving excellent coffee. It's set up by a joint Dutch-Nepal non-profit organization, helping single women with children. budget.
- Coffee Culture Cafe, ☎ . Various types of espressos, and other hot and cold drinks. The only completely dedicated organic coffee shop in Pokhara.
- Gorkha Bar One of the famous outlets of the Fulbari resort this bar offers all kinds of drinks, cocktails and mocktails.
- Pushkar Guest House Not just beer, but COLD Carlsberg beer. They make a pretty good lassi as well.
- Pema Tibetan Restaurant offering Thukkpa (Tibetan Soup Noodles), Mo Mo (Tibetan style dumplings), with sukuti, sekuwa and locally brewed alcoholic drinks.
- Busy Bee Great spot on the lake in the heart of Pokhara. Late night, with live music from 20:00. Pool tables, decent food, local beers and imported spirits.
- Tushita Sushi Bar, Lakeside -Basundhara Park. Local speciality "Sushi Bite with Delight" and Himalayan herb wine.
- Bullet Basecamp, ☎ . 10:00-23:00. A Dutch-Australian establishment.. Situated a little away from the touristy strip of Pokhara.
- Cafe Fusion Restaurant & Bar, Lakeside (For all Kinds of drinks). Chilled beer, variety of wine, spirits and soft drinks such as smoothies, cocktails and mocktails.
- Oxygen Lounge Bar, lakeside, Pokhara (Near barahi temple, opposite to hotel Meera), ☎ . 08:00-late. Its a great place located in the centre of lakeside with beautiful view of lake n mountains from the garden of the bar. Live band every night, and late night camp fire.
Virtually all tourist accommodation is located in Lakeside and Damside, near Phewa Lake, but there is also a great new lodge and restaurant just a few minutes' walk from the World Peace Pagoda. Views from here are 'out of this world', making it ideal for a one or two night relaxing stay or as a base for short treks, whilst also enjoying the sunrise and sunset. There exist as well a dozen of guesthouses uphill, in Sarangkot, but they are often heavily overpriced with their food menu prices being twice or three times higher than in the downtown, counting on the absence of restaurants and any real food store, giving virtually no choice for tourists. Sarangkot turned in the last years into a village where all the locals expect to become rich fast and easily from the tourism industry and it is very difficult to find any exception to that. According to the reports, some hotels located uphill (such as Superview Guesthouse) force the travellers that stay there to have at least two meals a day in the hotel, with the prices on the menu being stratospheric (one lunch being equal to the daily price for the room). The upside of Sagrangkot is its serenity and absence of air pollution. Last bus from downtown departs at 17:30, taxi to Sarangkot costs NPR500 and doesn't takes you all the way uphill to the hotels. 20min walk uphill on gravel from the taxi stand.
- Amrit Guest House. Lakeside; nice little hostel that has both dorms and double bedrooms. Dorm NPR150, dbl room 200+.
- Angle Hotel, ☎ +977 61 464713, mobile: +977 984 602 5580. Lakeside. Quiet, family run, clean rooms and hot shower. NPR200-300.
- Baba Lodge. Fine meals in a great outdoor dining area overlooking the "Damside" end of Phewa lake. Gynendra will make you welcome.
- Banana Garden Lodge, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com.. Khahare, north of lakeside, started in early 1990s is one of the most popular budget guest houses in Pokhara. Its slight elevation gives the most spectacular views to the lake. Run by a family.
- Butterfly Lodge, Central Lakeside, Pokhara, ☎ 977-61-461892. Helpful staff, reasonable prices, big rooms with some of their profits going to the Butterfly Foundation charity. Also they can arrange tours.
- Crown Hotel. A friendly, family run place that is handy for paraglider pilots/students as it is very near some of the paragliding schools. The rooms are fine and the atmosphere mellow. Be aware that there have been reports of a fake website for this hotel, that shows real pictures of the hotel but is rumoured to lead to fraudulent bookings.
- Green Peace Lodge, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.. Sedi Bagar, Lakeside. One of the finest view over the lake provides the most elegant sunset.Busy throughout the year.
- Karki Guest House, lakeside, +977 61 535708. This guest house is quiet and clean and the owner is fantastic. Clean rooms and bathrooms and hot water all the time. Prices vary by season.
- Hotel Lake Side, one of the oldest hotels in the town, overseeing the famous Phewa lake.
- Hotel Temple Villa, lakeside, towards the northern end in a very quiet street. Friendly owners and basic but clean rooms, some with balcony. Located next to the Octagon Hotel and has a pleasant garden. Double with shared bath NPR500, with attached bath NPR600.
- Hotel Mountain View, ☎ . Lakeside, near Basundhara Park. Family run hotel with clean peaceful rooms, can see the lake from the room, hot shower facility. Arrangement for trekking to ABC, Ghandruk, Ghorepani, and many places on demand. Air, bus tickets booking facility.
- Lonely View Lodge, Kharare Pokhara (5 min walk in north direction from Lake Side on main road), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Small family based guesthouse with beautiful view to lake Fawe NPR300-500.
- Machhapuchhre Guesthouse, North Lakeside (about 150 m north of Laughing Buddha Restaurant on right), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Free Wi-Fi, kitchen & dining room in hotel, views to Lake and mountains. USD8-25.
- Nanohana Lodge, Lakeside East, Pokhara, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Clean and well-managed, just off Lakeside Rd (Baidam Rd). USD10-20.
- Samrat Home, lakeside - north part, small homestay with clean, cosy rooms. Owner is an English teacher, and can provide useful information about Pokhara and surroundings. Rooms from NPR300; NPR500 with attached bathroom. Friendly atmosphere, convenient store downstairs with filtered water station for NPR10.) firstname.lastname@example.org Owner: Khaji Thapa.
- Penguin Guest House, towards the more Relaxed end of Lakeside, Almost opposite the Royal Lake House. Exceptional Budget Rooms, NPR200 a night for double or twin room, with shared bathroom, or NPR350 for double/twin with en-suite bathroom. Great cheap food, and Smoke Friendly. Owner is fluent in Japanese, and so it is popular with Japanese visitors.
- Pleasant Home Hotel, Lakeside Pokhara (just north of Lakeview Resort, 200m up small road). Nice budget hotel with friendly owners and decent NPR500 rooms. TV, mountain views with balconies and secure parking. Quiet and rarely full. NPR500.
- Pushkar Guest House, a relaxed and comfortable guest house. Has a variety of rooms to suit all budgets, hot showers, a rooftop restaurant. Overlooks the lake.
- Pushpa Guesthouse, Lakeside, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Popular and friendly budget guesthouse in good location just off the main lakeside road.
- Sweet Dreams, lakeside, very small relaxed hotel with a small bar/cafe/garden attached which is great for escaping from the noise of the main road. Rooms from NPR300, next door to Billy Bunters.
- Top Lonely Guesthouse, Kharare Pokhara (6 min walk in north direction from Lake Side on main road little up on the right), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Guesthouse with nice view. Wi-Fi and attached bathrooms available NPR250-700.
- Hotel Travel Inn, Lakeside. Good cheap hotel in Lakeside.
- Hotel Yeti, Lakeside East, Baidam-6, ☎ 977-61-462768, e-mail: email@example.com. On a side street no more than 75 m off Baidam Rd (turn near La Bella Napoli restaurant) away from the lake. Draped with flowering vines. Clean, quiet, free Wi-Fi, nice garden. Modest breakfast available. Next to the Hotel Bedrock. Starting at NPR600.
- Hotel Castle Resort, ☎ . Small, resort-style accommodation with a faux "castle" on a small hill overlooking Fewa lake with ten rooms, heated swimming pool and an Irish pub.
- Hotel Diplomat, Pokhara lakeside (south side near the old palace grounds). A nice new place with friendly owner and family run. All rooms have new fixtures, silent generator, double beds. Mattresses are above par and visitors can sit on the roof and enjoy the views over the lake and mountains. USD15.
- Hotel Garden, Pokhara Damside (near Damside chowk and airport), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. A modern, comfortable hotel with great, friendly staff, roof-top view, free Wi-Fi, orchid garden restaurant and bar.
- Hotel Meera, e-mail: email@example.com. Centrally located it provides clean and spacious rooms for about USD30. They also have a great restaurant.
- Hotel Pokhara Inn, fewalake,pardi Pokhara (Five minute walk from the dam towards the airport. Next to Hotel Dragon and Hotel Sports.), ☎ . Completed in summer 2012, this 5 storey hotel provides rooms with full western bathrooms, comfortable mattresses, television sets, Wi-Fi Internet access, lock boxes and northerly views of the Himalayas. The hotel's driver can provide transport around town when needed or to/from the airport. The hotel's generator provides electricity when the local power goes out. Air conditioned rooms are also available at a slightly higher rate. USD15-25.
- Lake View House (Lake Side North, main road). Nice family run guesthouse. Just 4 rooms, nice garden, view of the lake, 2 shared bathrooms, hot shower. Homemade food by request. NPR200.
- Octagon Guesthouse Pokhara, pokhara lakeside (Central location down a quiet lane ask anyone). A small family run place. Octagon Shape building will amaze you as will the owner hospitality. USD15.
- Peace Dragon Lodge, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Located within 4min walk from the World Peace Pagoda and surely enjoying the best view in the whole of Pokhara, overlooking Phewa Lake and the mountain range stretching from Daulaghiri to Himal Ganesh, between them the Annapurnas, Fishtail (Machhapuchhre) and Manasalu. All tastefully-furnished rooms are en suite with solar powered hot water and 24 hour back-up power, so essential given Nepal's erratic electricity supply. Magnificent rooftop restaurant. With Western and Nepali co-owners, Peace Dragon Lodge offers the best of both worlds. Internet connection available. USD 30-45 but discounts of up to 25% are often available..
- Pension Tushita Located in the best location. Lake, Park and Jungle just in front and mountain view in the background. All the modern amenities (Mini Kithen too) Beautiful garden with bees and rabbits. Recreation room, Japanese style hot bath and organic restaurant are its speciality. Sgl USD16, dbl USD23. 20% of profits are donated to education and environment issues project CSR.
- Sampada Inn, ☎ 977 61 462817, e-mail: email@example.com. An attractive new hotel in traditional Nepali design with engraved windows and brick work. The rooms are unique with exposed Nepali brickwork, natural wood furniture etc. Free Wi-Fi. Located on a quiet street and 2min walk to the lakeside area. It is family operated. Rooms start at USD40.
- The Silver Oaks Inn, Lakeside-6 (In a quiet lane, take the road at the 7-eleven /Standard Chartered Bank.), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Check-in: noon, check-out: noon. Four storey hotel with nice views and a shady, colourful garden. Clean rooms. Good views from balcony or rooftop. Traveldesk and big lounge/restaurant. Free Wi-Fi /desktop. Sgl USD23, dbl USD47 - both incl breakfast and tax; 25% discount in offseason.
- The New Pokhara Lodge, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Lies on the shores of Pokhara's largest Lake. Sufficiently set back from the main road to guarantee peace, quiet & privacy, there are just 16 rooms all with attach tiled toilets and 24 hours hot and cold running water. Standard rooms with attached bath and Deluxe room with bathtub & air-con available.The Lodge is built around one of the best gardens in Pokhara. New Pokhara Lodge offer free high speed wireless Wi-Fi internet. €11-30.
- Third Eye Inn, Pahari Marg, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Lovely renovated hotel with clean comfortable rooms and amazing views from the rooftop. Same management as Sacred valley Inn. USD20-30.
- Trekkies Guesthouse, 231 Nahar Marg, Lakeside, 6, ☎ +977 61 465520, +977 980 652 1406, e-mail: email@example.com. A clean quiet little place in a rural like setting, yet only a short walk from the main road.The family running the guesthouse are helpful and friendly, the owner Bhadra is also an expert trekking guide. Meals and laundry services are provided, along with a roof top view of phewa tal. NPR600 with attached bathroom.
- Sacred Valley Inn, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Tourist favourite since 1998. Great location in Lakeside. Lovely airy rooms - some with balconies. Delicious breakfasts on the roof with amazing views. USD15-30.
- Hotel Nirvana, Durbar Marg, Lakeside (opposite the Palace), ☎ 977-61-463332, e-mail: email@example.com. Big airy rooms - some with mountain views. Lovely garden and great rooftop area for sitting and enjoying the views. Good breakfasts, Wi-Fi, helpful staff. USD10-25.
- The Fulbari Resort & Spa, ☎ . Nepal's only 5-star resort located outside of the capital. About ten minutes from the airport and offering unfettered views of the surrounding Himalayan ranges. Alongside the hotel is a former glacial canyon and the Seti-River gorge. Facilities at the hotel include four restaurants, one bar, a spa/health club, golf club, and a casino for those slow or wet nights.
- Buses to Kathmandu Tourist buses run from the bus depot starting at 07.30 every morning, and will arrive in Kathmandu sometime after 14:00. Tickets are sold at all travel places and prices can start from NPR350, up to USD20. The two best but most expensive bus companies are Greenline and Metro Inn. Greenline leaves from its office location in Lakeside East at 08:00 every morning with a hot, sit down lunch included at a resort overlooking the Trisuli River for USD20.
- Ride to India Buy an Indian registered Royal Enfield from Hearts & Tears Motorcycle Club for €400-800. Ride around Nepal and India, then sell it at the end of your trip.
- Ride home Nepali bikes qualify for a Carnet de Passage (a passport for a vehicle) so you can ride virtually any country in the world. Hearts & Tears can arrange a bike, papers, mechanics lessons, tools and spares: everything you need for around €1,500.
- Lumbini - the birthplace of the Buddha, 3-4 h by bus.
- Trekking Pokhara is close to the start of several treks in the Annapurna area. Buses run from Pokhara to Besi Sahar, the approximate start of the Annapurna Circuit trek. Advancing roads on that side of the Annapurnas mean (sadly) that is is possible to travel by vehicle as far as Chame. Buses also leave the Baglung bus station for Phedi, the beginning of the Annapurna Sanctuary trek. The same buses can take you to Naya Pul where you can do a loop trek through Ghorepani and Ghandruk in a few days.