17 Things to do in Pokhara, Nepal besides the Annapurna Trek

Things to do in Pokhara

Pokhara is one of those places with an endless list of things to do. Pretty much walk in any direction, and you're surrounded by beauty. It's a haven for trekking and adventure sports. For those  who don't fancy themselves "thrill seekers" there's tons of places to sit back and relax as well. The best part, it's not expensive. Below is a list of all the things I was able to do during my time in Pokhara.

1. See the Sun Rise from Sarangkot

My friends and I attempted to...

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Running Off a Cliff in Nepal: Better Known as Paragliding

Paragliding Pokhara Nepal

I ran across the street in the downpour of rain. Within seconds my entire outfit was soaked. My friends and I all looked at each other and laughed while everyone in the bar was dry. The rain pounded the roof so loud, you almost couldn't hear the live band. If we were going to be stuck in the bar, we might as well make the most of it. After a couple of beers, a local man sat down, and I was introduced. My friends knew so many people in Nepal that it seemed crazy.

I'd been looking for a...

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Learning the Art of Making Momos in Pokhara, Nepal

momos cooking class pokhara nepal

Momos seem to be synonymous with Nepal. It was the one thing I heard consistently every time I did research or told someone what country I was visiting. "Eat all the momos," they said. I knew they were a form of dumpling, but I wasn't really sure what made them so special. I arrived in Kathmandu on the last day of Dashain (a major festival) when everything was closed. Only super touristy restaurants were open, so I hopped into a place and ordered the momos. Like most hyped up things, they...

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Chasing Waterfalls and Abseiling Them in Nepal

Nepal is a mecca for adventure tourism. I knew I wanted to go bungee jumping, which you can read about here, but to be honest, I didn’t know if I’d have the guts to jump. I didn’t want to take a 4 hour bus ride to The Last Resort with nothing to show for it. After looking at their website, I fell in love with the idea of canyoning (better known as waterfall abseiling). I decided to sign up for both activities and an overnight stay at the resort.

Initially, I thought it would be...

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Bungee Jumping at the 9th Highest Bungee in the World

Bungee Bungy Jump Nepal The Last Resort

The sound of screams echo in the distance. The ground beneath me moves, just slightly, bouncing up and down like a gentle wave. I’m a firm believer that the wait is always the worst part. Those excruciatingly long moments right before you do something really brave. Those few seconds can feel like an eternity. Both of my hands are planted firmly on either side of the narrow suspension bridge, my knuckles turning white from gripping for too long. My breath has steadied, but the line in front...

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Book Review: Buddha by Deepak Chopra

On my quest to learn about other cultures, I’ve become truly fascinated by Buddhism. The principles are simple and at the same time are so difficult to follow. Personally, working towards being less attached to physical items has been extremely challenging for me. After living out of a backpack for almost three months, I’m starting to get the hang of it. My belongings mean so much less to me than they used to and it’s kind of liberating.

I met a fellow backpacker in Kochi, India...

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How to Apply for a Nepal Tourist Visa

I've read so many blogs and am always surprised when they say that Nepal is one of their favorite countries. If applying for a Nepal tourist visa is any consolation, then I'm already in love. It may not be as easy as hopping off the plane and getting approved, but the paperwork is easy to find, understand, and process. Here is how to apply for a Nepalese Tourist Visa. Please note, this was written for a US citizen in December of 2016. Please check the Embassy of Nepal website for up...

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Which Travel Vaccines to get for Southeast Asia

I'd like to start by stating that I am by no means a doctor in any way shape or form but thought it might be helpful to provide some info on which travel vaccines I decided to get for a year long trip to 10 countries in Southeast Asia (Thailand, Myanmar, India, Nepal, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam). I chose the vaccines mentioned below based on my past vaccine history, research done on the CDC website, and consulting my doctor. Each person is...

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Book Review- Little Princes by Conor Grennan

When I was younger I hated to read. Every time someone put a book in front of me, I would turn up my nose with disinterest. Little did I know, I loved autobiographies about regular people living in unfamiliar worlds. Before reading Little Princes, I had no intention of going to Nepal. The thought had never crossed my mind. Now it’s one of ten countries I’ll be visiting next year.

Little Princes is about a young man named Conor who decides to spend a year...

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