Things To Do In Pokhara In One Day

  • Day Tours Nepal
  • Last Updated on Apr 13, 2024

Some travelers are confused about the fact that Pokhara is near Kathmandu and can be visited as a day trip. However, Pokhara is 210 kilometres from Kathmandu and takes 5–6 hours to reach by road. The windy roads in Nepal can make the journey longer, so it is not recommended to attempt a day trip from Kathmandu. If there is no traffic, it is even more unlikely that you will be able to see the sunset on the same day.

The quickest way to get to Pokhara is by plane, which takes only 25 minutes. Buddha Air and Yeti Air offer flights to Pokhara several times a day. You can contact us to book the best deals on flights to Pokhara.

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Things To Do In Pokhara In One Day

If you choose to drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara, you can enjoy whitewater rafting on the Trishuli River. The scenery is beautiful along the way. If you take a private vehicle, then good, because you can stop in any place to take pictures. Don't miss the waterfalls!! Besides winter and mid-monsoon (July–August), you should try rafting!

Sunrise and Mountain view

Many people think and the blog shows that mountains are far to see, but don't be a fool now. First thing, while driving from Kathmandu to Pokhara, you will see some ranges, such as Lamjung. Once you are near Pokhara, the giant snowcapped mountains will welcome you along the way to your room. But your hotel must be in a proper location and on the right floor. Hey! We can help you book the hotel in Pokhara at a better price.  Well, let's move on to where you can see the mountains from a closer and better view. 

Mountain Views From Pokhara "Things To Do in Pokhara"

The best places to see mountains, sunrises, and sunsets

  • Sarangkot

Sarangkot is a popular place in Pokhara, and people don't miss this place for sunrises, sunsets, mountain views, and landscapes. It's better to go early in the morning for sunrise because once the sun rays start kissing the Himalayas, it looks amazing. Photography and photographers, don't miss the morning kisses of the sun!. From Pokhara, it's about 35 minutes by car, so ask your hotel to give you a wake-up call in the morning. Lazy in the morning! No problem; you can enjoy the sunset view from Sarangkot. But the morning view is always pretty, and clouds might cover the beauty in the afternoon and evening. SARANGKOT SUNRISE TOUR

  • Peace Stupa

Like its name suggests, this place is peaceful and also one of the best viewpoints in Pokhara for mountains, sunrises, and the Pokhara valley. If the stupa management lets you go inside in the morning, you will see the monks chanting and welcoming the sun. From Peace Stupa, you can see the panoramic mountains, Fewa lakes, Pokhara valley, and landscapes. The sunset is also pretty good from here. Looking for meditation? This place could be the best in the morning; restaurants are nearby to have breakfast.

  • Thulakot View Point

Thulakot is a newly discovered place in Pokhara, and few travelers know about this place. The road is not good enough to reach Thulakot, but in summer and winter, 4x4 jeep drives are possible. Thulakot is 17–18 km from Pokhara Drive, and a 30-minute walk will give you incredible views. We can almost see eight lakes and the stunning Himalayan ranges from here. This is the best place in Pokhara and the future tourist destination in Pokhara. Rice terrain is another of the best things to see from here, and for photographers, you will get the best one!

  • Kahun Danda or Kahu Deurali

A newly opened view point for sunrise and mountain views The Day Tours Nepal team recently explored this area, and the view was better from the Sarangkot lower view point. For sunrise and a peaceful place, we highly recommend Kahun Danda.

  • Pumdikot Shiva Statue

The newly built tallest Shiva statue is another great place to see sunsets, sunrises, and mountain views. We highly recommend the Pumdikot Shiva statue as a sunrise spot and also for a day hike. 

  • Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour

What?? Yes! Don't be surprised because, from Pokhara, you can fly to Annapurna Base Camp and see the Himalayas in 360 degrees. Imagine flying over the world's tallest mountain peaks and standing at the base camp. You never know when you will come back to Nepal because the world is big and there are many places to visit. Day Tours Nepal arranges the daily Annapurna Base Camp Tour from Pokhara and it's 350 USD per person. Hey, it looks amazing!

Is it safe? 100% safe, and people are doing it.  This tour is 3 hours in total, from Pokhara to Annapurna Base Camp in Pokhara.

abc helicopter tour from pokhara

  • Naudanda Viewpoint

Another best place to see mountains and sunrise views of the Pokhara Valley is Naudanda. It takes 35 minutes to drive from Pokhara, and there are fewer tourists too. The best way to combine these two places is to visit Sarangkot (Upper Viewpoint) early in the morning and, after that, explore Naudanda. After Naudanda, drive to Pokhara.

Adventure activities in Pokhara

Paragliding From Sarangkot

Looking for adventure sports in the Himalayan country? Then you are in the right place to fly over the Himalayas. There are other spots for paragliding, but Sarangkot is the best place for paragliding. It costs 100 USD per person (with videos and pictures). Since the price changes during peak season and off-season, email us for current prices and offers.

paragliding in Pokhara

Ultralight Flight

Are you an adventure lover and want to fly up in the air to see and feel the thin air? An awesome ultralight flight is another thrilling adventure you can do. It costs 150 USD per person with taxes and airport tax for 15 minutes. Maybe we have offers, and the prices have changed. Contact us.

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Bungee Jumping Pokhara

Want to jump without wings but tighten up nicely? Bungee is another adventure sports activity in Pokhara, and people don't miss it. You never know if there are offers or discounts, so connect with us.

Zip Flyer

You can feel the speed, but you will not know when you land. It's extremely fun, and it’s safe. Imagine you are flying just in front of the Annapurna mountain range. We know you don’t want to miss it.

Heli Air Nepal (Pokhara)

If you want to get up close to these awesome Annapurna, Fishtail, and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges and can’t trek all the way there, Heli Air Nepal is the best! 30 minutes and a 1-hour flight to see the world's tallest mountain peaks.

Hot Air Ballooning in Pokhara

From November 17 to now, you can enjoy another adventure sport, which is a hot air balloon. The price per person was 130 rupees for foreigners, 9500 rupees for Nepalese people, and USD 130 for Indian citizens. If you are interested, email us or connect with us on WhatsApp at +9779813952417.

Day Trip Rafting in Pokhara

The 1 and a half-hour upper Seti River rafting is another thrilling adventure sport in Pokhara. It's just about a 30-minute ride from Pokhara Lakeside to reach the rafting point. With the magnificent mountain views of the Annapurna ranges, enjoy whitewater rafting in Pokhara. For day trip rafting in Pokhara, simply email us or text us.

Day Hiking Around Pokhara

You might be thinking of stretching your legs to get the mountain hiking experience. Getting quite high means you will see some great views and also experience the mountain lifestyle. Not only the beautiful landscapes, Himalayas, and lakes are things to see in Pokhara, but if you push yourself quite high or walk around, you will see some unchanged lifestyles of mountain people. From Pokhara, many treks depart in the Annapurna region, and it's like a station of Annapurna Base Camp, the Ghorepani Trek, the Mardi Himal Trek, the Khopra Danda Trek, the Upper Mustang, Muktinath, and the ending point of the Annapurna Circuit.

We are suggesting some short-day hiking trips from Pokhara that still amaze you with the Himalayas, people, landscapes, lifestyle, and many more. Day Tours Nepal is the one-day trip planner in Nepal, and we specialise in day trips, so we only place the best day hikes from Pokhara. You can visit our blog, which is famous for the best day hikes from Pokhara.

Day hiking trips from Pokhara

Places To Visit Inside Pokhara

As we mentioned above, Pokhara is not only the place to do adventure, hiking, crazy flying, jumping, and trekking, but it's also a pleasant place to relax and do some easy things. Why trek or go far in Pokhara since you can see the Himalayas from your room, streets, and lakeside? A short drive or easy walk around Pokhara Valley offers you some touristic places where you can enjoy your day. The things that you can easily do in Pokhara, places, and interests

Davis Fall

This is the place where you can see the waterfall. The fall is beautiful, but it might disappoint you during the summer. If you are in monsoon time, you will be amazed, but it is still a worthwhile place to visit and has a story behind this fall.  Some people expect the same views and things as in 1998 or before, but by the time the climate has changed, it might not look exactly like what you are seeing in pictures.

Gupteshwor Cave

This is the natural cave in Pokhara, and the Shiva statue is inside this cave. This cave is just opposite Davis Falls, and you need to walk around 250 steps down with dripping water. This place is slippery, so be careful walking inside. Guptesshwor Cave is not only a religion but also a place to see natural things, and at the end, you can see the waterfall. It is worth visiting, and this place can combine with Davis Fall.

Mahendra Cave

If you are imagining that it's wow and something magical inside, then don't visit. Mahendra Cave is another cave that is similar to Gupteshowr Cave but bigger. Mahendra cave has stories behind it, so it's better to be with the guide, and it's known as the most interesting cave in Pokhara, Nepal. Walking deep down to the earth in darkness, you will get a headlight and light inside the cave, and bats will be flying around. It's a worthwhile place to visit in Pokhara. 

International Mountain Museum

If you want to learn how mountaineers climb mountains, then it's a worthwhile place to visit in Pokhara. Here you can get so much information about the ethnic groups, the major peaks, and the people who summited the Himalayas.

Boating in Fewa Lakes, Begnas Lakes

You can even enjoy boating in the Fewa Lakes and visit Tal Barahi Temple. Tal Barahi Temple is in the middle of the Fewa Lake. Mostly in this temple, many kinds of celebrations and activities happen, such as marriage, so it is worth visiting here. Rent a boat and sail around the lake. Another lake is Begnas,which is bigger and more famous, but people don't put it in their itinerary or even in blogs. This lake is a more quiet and beautiful lake in Pokhara. You will not see all the mountain reflections in this lake, but along the way to Begnas, you can see the Himalayan ranges. It's quite far, about 20 km, from Pokhara Lakeside, but a worthwhile place to visit.

pokhara boating

Tibetan Refugee Camp and Monastery

This is a sort of cultural place where you can see Tibetan refugee settlements. This place is not like other poor refugee camps, but you can see Tibetan people and buy their pendants, jewellery, thankas, and handicraft items. Pema Tsal monastery could be another place where you can see the monks chanting, praying, and meditating. Learn Tibetan culture at this monastery.

Annapurna Cable Car

Now you can experience and reach Sarangkot for sunrise and sunset by cable car. This is a beautiful ride to see Pokhara Valley with its magnificent mountain views from the top.

Relaxing and Meditation In Pokhara

Yoga and Meditation in Pokhara

Pokhara is a peaceful town, so on your free day, you can join yoga practice or meditation courses. Yoga is supposed not to be cheap, but nowadays it's like buying McDonald's on the go! Well, you can meditate inside the monastery, and some courses are also offered in Pokhara. Connect with us for yoga and meditation courses in Pokhara. 

Shopping, Food and nightlife

Most of the shops in the downtown area of Pokhara are for tourists. It's a good place to buy souvenirs. You can bargain with shopkeepers! Pokhara is a foodie town too; you can get all kinds of foods at the many nice restaurants around the town. Restaurants with lake and mountain views are the places where you can enjoy your meals. Nightlife is not like Bangkok, and don't expect the craziness of 24-hour pubs and bars like back home! You can enjoy the walk, live music, restaurants, bars, and discos too.

Yoga and Meditation in Pokhara

Short Trekking Trips From Pokhara

short trekking trips from Pokhara

The best way to travel from Kathmandu to Pokhara

  • Morning tourist bus. Departs at 7:00 a.m. (6-7 hrs).
  • The night tourist bus departs at 21.00 (7 hours).
  • Flying to Pokhara (25 min)
  • Private vehicle (5–6 hours)

Day Tours Nepal has its own private cars, vans, and Jeeps. if you are looking for a private drive to Pokhara, contact us. Best deal for flight tickets to Pokhara, and we do issue bus tickets to Pokhara.

Pokhara Tour Packages

Creativity is our specialty, and providing you with a positively memorable time is our priority. We are not saying that all adventure sports are the major attractions in Pokhara, but the city welcomes all kinds of travellers to explore and experience its beauty. 90% of Nepal tour packages include Pokhara in their itinerary because no one wants to miss this place after being in Nepal.

Pokhara is a pleasant place for quiet people to relax, get a massage, meditate, practice yoga, and stay on Fewa Lake. The reflection of the Annapurna ranges and Mount Fishtail over Fewa Lake will make you not want to leave Pokhara. For adventure and sports lovers, Pokhara will push you to new heights. We select the best, and you choose the best for you to make your holiday memorable.

How do I get to Poon Hill from Pokhara?

There are two ways to reach Poon Hill from Pokhara. One is by taking a jeep drive to Ulleri village and trekking for about 4 hours to reach Ghorepani Poon Hill. Another way is by jeep drive from Pokhara to Ghorepani village, which takes 8 to 9 hours and 45 minutes to hike from Ghorepani village.  To book a 2-day Ghorepani Poon Hill Jeep Drive and Trek tour, follow the below link.

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