The thrill of exploring Pokhara valley on a motorbike is incomparable. Natural beauty abounds around Pokhara and the ride becomes an adventure packed excursion. The friendly locals make you feel at home while you roam freely in the unrestricted valley. A good bike and a reliable map is all you need for a great adventure.
Pokhara's Phewa Lake is usually busy with visitors. Boating is a favorite past time any time of day. The second largest lake in Nepal, the Phewa measures approximately 1.5 by 4 km. The other two lakes, Begnas and Rupa Tal are located 15 km out of Pokhara at the end of a road that turns off the Kathmandu highway. Much less frequented, but these two attract those looking for a tranquil setting to enjoy some peace and relaxation. Boats can be rented easily on an hourly basis to check out the other banks that are lush green and tranquil. Taking a swim on a warm sunny day can be a wonderful experience as well.
Best time for boating in Pokhara is in winter between October and February. The skies clear up, the mountains are visible and the sun is milder.
For a superb bird's eye view of the entire Pokhara Valley, there is nothing like an Ultra-light flight. Enjoying unhindered views of the mountains and shimmering lakes far below, this is an experience of a life time. From September through June, these flights take off from Pokhara Airport. Ultra-lights have no restrictions and can take off and land on a field or even on a dirt road making them easy to operate. Seating only two, a passenger and the pilot, Ultra-lights can fly for hours ascending to a maximum height of 5000 meters. Surprisingly these little crafts can fly for hours even with the engine shut off. The pilots have over 6000 flights under their belt ensuring a safe flight.
Paragliding has become so popular, there seems to be someone coming off Sarankot all the time. Flying over Pokhara valley is an exhilarating experience enjoying the spectacular view of majestic snow-capped mountains, villages, monasteries, temples, lakes and jungles below you. Flying season is from November lasting through February, the best months being November and December.
Anglers can spend their time fishing in the lakes around Pokhara. The lakes and rivers in Nepal have a large variety of fishes. Fishing rods can be rented from the shops around lakeside.
With a climate suitable for golfing, Pokhara is a good place to head out to the putting green. The sport was introduced here many years ago and there are at present two world class golf courses in Pokhara valley.
Riding ponies doesn’t require much experience and pony rides are a delightful way of getting around Pokhara. Ride operators arrange interesting trips for visitors around the valley and the surrounding hills.
Rafting is a thrilling adventure and Nepal has an abundance of fast flowing rivers, some of which are ranked high in the world of professional rafting. Pokhara is ideally situated for raft trips along its rivers and rafting is a great way to reach various destinations. The most popular river for rafting is the Trishuli River, which flows along the Kathmandu-Pokhara highway. Some of the other rivers frequently used by rafters are the Kali Gandaki and Seti rivers.
Besides lazing around in Pokhara, one can also do some easy hikes. Walking up the surrounding hills reveals spectacular views and breathing the fresh mountain air is refreshing. There is much to see even around Pokhara as you explore the sights and sounds around the city. Short hikes are typically 3-4 hours long but can be extended by several hours.
One of the more challenging pastimes is mountain biking but it is also one of the best means to explore the surroundings. Head out to the countryside and there’s no limit to where you can go. Mountain bikes can be easily rented for the day or even longer from the countless bicycle rental shops in and around Pokhara. Ride up and down the hills through lush green rice fields, charming villages, along river banks and visit temples along the way. Guided trips are also available to help you understand local culture and to find interesting spots along the way.
206 km west of Kathmandu, Pokhara is just a half hour flight away or a 6 to 7 hour drive from the capital city. On a clear day the flight is rewarding as a panoramic view of the Himalayan chain is fascinating. There are daily flights and buses between Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Pokhara enjoys mild tropical temperatures and winters are milder compared to Kathmandu. Pokhara at 827m has a relatively warm climate making it a favorite among tourists. Monsoon in Pokhara begins from early-June lasting to September. Summer temperatures can go up to 30-32 degree and a minimum of 6-degree Celsius during the winter.