Gandaki Culture & history

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Pokhara: Private City Tour and Sarangkot Sunrise

1. Pokhara: Private City Tour and Sarangkot Sunrise

Wake up early morning and meet your guide at your hotel lobby in Pokhara. Drive in a private vehicle for around 45-60 minutes to Sarangkot. Enjoy the breathtaking sunrise view over the Himalayas, Pokhara Valley, and Phewa Lake from Sarangkot. You can also choose to book a 30-minute paragliding session at Sarangkot. This is a renowned paragliding spot, overlooking the Pokhara valley with panoramic mountain views from 8,000 meters. After the glorious views from Sararangkot, drive back to Pokhara for a break. Continue with a Pokhara city tour and visit both natural and religious sites. See Devi's Falls and its tunnel, which is approximately 500 feet (150 m) long and runs 100 feet (30 m) below ground level. See traditional Nepali houses nearby as well as a series of statues of Nepali figures. Visit Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave, a beautiful cave opposite Devi's Falls. A giant stalagmite within this case is honored as a Shiva lingam and is used for prayers. Venture out on a boat and go to the Barahi Temple, built in the middle of Phewa Lake with its two-storied pagoda. Move on to the World Peace Pagoda and enjoy the spectacular view of the mountain, Phewa Lake, and the city and its surroundings. Return back to enjoy the evening’s serenity of the lakeside. You will also visit Bindhya Basini Temple, the most sacred temple in Pokhara city, as well as the International Mountain Museum, which chronicles the past and present development of mountaineering activities in the world in general. Finish your tour with a convenient drop-off service back to your hotel.

Pokhara: Tour Bus Unguided Day Trip

2. Pokhara: Tour Bus Unguided Day Trip

At 9:40 AM, meet your tour guide at your hotel to begin your Pokhara tour. This is a single-day budget bus tour, perfect for those who like to save money while travelling. On this tour you will visit: • Bindyabashini Temple • Mahendra Cave • Seti River Gorge • Gorkha Museum • Begnas Lake • Devis Fall • Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave • Fewa Lake  During this tour, a local assistant will accompany you on the bus. If you need to ask something, you may ask them.

Discover the City of Pokhara: Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

3. Discover the City of Pokhara: Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

Pokhara is the second largest city of Nepal one of the country's main touristic areas. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains and planked by the lovely Seti River, its hidden natural beauty is a sight to behold and a welcome escape from the bustle of urban centers. Begin the day with a pick-up at your hotel and head to the celebrated International Mountain Museum to learn about the mountaineering people of Nepal and their fascinating lifestyles. Continue the day with a drive to see the spectacular Davis Fall and the beauty of the Seti River, and visit the nearby Gupteshwar Cave, one of the most ancient in the Pokhara Valley. After lunch along the way, head over to the freshwater Phewa Lake to visit the ancient Barahi temple that lies in the middle of the lake, and enjoy an hour of boating before continuing to the ancient Bindabasini Temple. Cap the day off with a drive to the gorge of the Seti River, and then transfer back to your hotel to end the tour.

Easy Full-Day Hiking with Sunrise from Sarangkot

4. Easy Full-Day Hiking with Sunrise from Sarangkot

Start your day bright and early at 5:00 AM at your Lakeside area accommodation in Pokhara. Here, waiting in the lobby, your friendly driver/guide will be eager to meet you and after a brief meet and greet, you will head off on a short and scenic 40-minute drive to the top of Sarangkot hill.  Upon your arrival at Sarangkot hill, you will have the opportunity to take a scenic 30-minute hike to get yourself to a great vantage point that is excellent for views. From this location, you will have unimpeded views of the Sunrise over Mount Annapurna, truly a sight to behold. After your Sunset viewing experience, you will then enjoy a hike that descends through villages and forests. Your guide will be sure to fill you with heaps of information about the surrounding area as you pass through it. You will continue your descent until you reach Fewa Lake from the North-west, here, you will commence your walk on flat rice terrace for roughly 40-minutes. Whilst doing so, you'll cross a small bridge before ascending again to the World peace Stupa. From the top of Stupa, you will again enjoy more breathtaking views of the Annapurna ranges, Fewa Lake and Pokhara valley. During your time here you'll also get to explore the world peace pagoda and the Buddhist chanting room. Continue on your descent further for another hour until you reach the bottom of the hill. At this point, you will walk further to reach Devi's waterfall, and in front of it, the Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave. After your waterfall and cave experience, you will be transported back to the Lakeside area, completing your day of adventure. 

Peace Stupa Hike in Pokhara with Boat Ride

5. Peace Stupa Hike in Pokhara with Boat Ride

Peace Stupa is a Buddhist monastery located on a hill ridge surrounding Pokhara valley. Pokhara valley is Himalayan Shangri-la, also called Lake City. Your guide will come to your hotel at 8.30 am, and meet you at the hotel lobby. You will start walking to Phewa Lake area and cross Phewa Lake by boat. Start your uphill climb to Peace Stupa: 2.5 hours walking time. You will also explore typical villages located en-route. Spend time and cherish the moments with the wonderful view of Himalayan ranges combined with overlooks of Pokhara valley floor with Phewa Lake. Later trek down to Phewa Lake (1.5 hours downhill walk) and cross the lake by boat. Walk to your hotel located at Lakeside area.

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What people are saying about Gandaki

Book a private tour at any time, even if there is an additional charge

The local partner gave the advice to convert the inexpensive bus tour into a private car tour for a relatively small surcharge. We have no regrets. The guide was very knowledgeable, nice and thoughtful. A total experience added value!

Very kind. It is a weak trip compared to the developed countries. It was a reasonable time considering rain and taxi fare. It was great to see their usual out of the car. I was considerate not to lose. Blessings to guides and articles

Nice driver who was very funny. You can go for this trip and enjoy without tour guide actually.