Kathmandu to Pokhara

Kathmandu to Pokhara

It has been a long time we did not backpack due to lockdown. I and my wife decided to visit medium distance travel. The very first place that comes to our mind to visit nearby Kathmandu was Pokhara. Pokhara Valley is famous for Lakes, Caves and sightseeing.

I checked the websites of some travel agencies offering tour and trip packages from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Most of the trip packages were 2-night stays. The price was reasonable but we later decided to go on our own as we would have the freedom to ride anywhere if we took our own vehicle.

We planned to go on our scooter. So 2 weeks prior I asked some of my friends if we can ride on a scooter. Most of the review was disappointing as the highway is a little unsafe to ride a scooter.

The total travel distance from Kathmandu to Pokhara is 201 km by road. It seemed it would take 10 to 12 hours during estimation but took 11 hours to reach Pokhara from Kathmandu on a scooter.

Kathmandu to Pokhara route

Source: Kathmandu to Pokhara – Route map with Google Map.

Route: Google Route

I had been twice to Kulekhani from Kathmandu and returned the same day. So I do have experience of 12 hours drive in a day so I was pretty sure can travel to Pokhara from Kathmandu. I asked about her views too. She was excited about the views that she could see during the ride.


Saturday 5:30 am
We backpacked and started heading Kathmandu to Pokhara at 5:30 am. Started from Nayapati – Sundarijal, Kathhmandu at 5:30 am on Honda Grazia Scooter. After around 40 minutes of drive, we reached Kalanki. Feuled full tank – 5 liters of petrol and headed Naubise down-road.
The road condition was a little bit off-road due to road construction going on between Thankot and Naubise.

Luckily there was no traffic jam in that area so enjoyed the riding. After around 2 hours of drive, we stopped at a local tea shop somewhere in Dhading. It was cold and foggy so decided to take a few min breaks.


8:30 am
Took around 20 min break and started heading to Pokhara. Dhading to Pokhara distance was approximately 171.8 km, which we had to travel.

Around 11:30 am
As per the plan, we took Thakali rice at the Mugling. Spend around 40 minutes. Fueled full tank again as already 100 km passed. Discussing our next stop will be Begnas Lake, we headed forward.

I had studied the route map well a few weeks prior. I opened the Google map when I reached Lekhnath, Pokhara University Area.
I checked for Talchowk and turned right heading to Begnas Lake.

Asked a few locals the way to Begnas and finally reached there around 4 pm.


4:30 pm

The magnificent view of the Himalayan range, reflection in the Begnas lake healed the tiredness that we had reaching there. The glimpse of the lake was beyond my imagination and expectation.

Begnas Lake

Picture: Begnas Lake

One can boat here in Begnas.


5:17 pm

We headed towards Rupa Lake as it was nearby Begnas Lake. We reached in around half-hour to Rupa Lake but it was quiet and we just stayed around 5 minutes there. Took some clips and move towards Lake side.

A day prior we had booked a hotel from Kathmandu for a room, it was nearby Lakeside. Finally we reached at around 6:30 pm at the hotel in Lakeside, Pokhara of 11 hours of drive.

We took a walk around the Phewa Lake that evening till late night.


Sunday 8:00 am

The Pokhara trip started from visiting World Peace Pagoda also called Shanti Stupa. We planned a hiking from the Phewa Lake to Shanti Stupa.

We hired a boat, visited Tal Barahi Temple and crossed the Phewa Lake. We then started hiking to a 2-story pagoda stupa.

On the way to World Peace Pagoda

On the way to World Peace Pagoda

It was around 1 hour hiking to reach the Shanti Stupa. The stunning view from the Shanti Stupa was outstanding.

View from Shanti Stupa

View from Shanti Stupa


9:30 am

World Peace Pagoda

World Peace Pagoda – Shanti Stupa

Then we move down to Fewa Lake. Boating back to Lake side.

Boating on Fewa Lake

Boating on Fewa Lake

We had traveled Sarangkot, Shree Bindhyabasini Temple, Mahendra Cave, Bat Cave, Devis Fall, Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave and returned to the Fewa Lake in the evening.

Fewa Lake

Fewa Lake

The nightlife was awesome in Pokhara. Enjoyed a lot. It was a magnificent short trip, 3 days and 2 nights.

It took 10 hours in returning back to Kathmandu from Pokhara.

Note: Pokhara to Mugling Distance is 90.4 km and Mugling to Kathmandu distance is 110.4 km. In total Pokhara to Kathmandu distance is approximately 201 km.

If you want boating even near than Pokhara then boating in Kulekhani will be the best option.

Even you can plan a trip in new year to Pokhara.

Useful Link: Pokhara University, Lekhnath, Pokhara.


12 Places to Visit in Pokhara

  • Phewa Lake
  • Begnas Lake
  • Rupa Lake
  • Tal Barahi Temple
  • Shree Bindhyabasini Temple
  • Sarangkot
  • Shanti Stupa
  • Davis Falls
  • Bat Cave
  • Mahendra Cave
  • Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave
  • International Mountain Museum


7 Things to do in Pokhara

  • Paragliding
  • Boating in Fewa Lake
  • Boating in Begnas Lake
  • Spa
  • Zipline
  • Cable Car
  • Canyoning


Information about Pokhara

  • Location: Pokhara Metropolitan City, Kaski District, Gandaki Province, Nepal
  • Elevation or Altitude: 822 m (2,697 ft)
  • Area Code: 061
  • Postal code of Pokhara: 33700
  • Area: 464.2 kmĀ²

(Source: Wikipedia)

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