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

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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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What is a Homestay? Why Should You Stay in One?

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Every once in a while, I realize that people are fascinated by what I consider the most trivial parts of my travels. This week it came to my attention that homestays are a mysterious thing. After telling a couple of women that we were staying in a homestay, they looked intrigued and said, “What is that like?” They also looked a little concerned, as if it were the third world. It was in that moment that I realized, I had no idea what one was until I started backpacking.

My...

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Learning the Art of Making Momos in Pokhara, Nepal

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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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Your Cheat Sheet for Bali – The Island of the Gods

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I'd met several people who claimed they didn't like Indonesia, but when I told people I'd be spending most of my time in Bali, their eyes lit up. It was as if I was talking about a totally separate country. To be honest, it does feel like its own country. The people are Hindu, they speak Balinese, they have their own local cuisine, and their own type of massage. The subculture here is so different from the rest of Indonesia, that it's hard to generalize it with the rest of the country....

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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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How Much it Costs to Backpack in Southern Thailand

Thailand is one of the countries where it's super easy for me to live on a $30 a day budget. In January, I spent 18 days in Northern Thailand (budget- here), but I knew I wanted to go back and explore the south. This time I stayed for just under 4 weeks (27 days), and managed to stay well under budget. A big factor in that was attending an 11 day silent retreat which cost only $60 including all food and accommodations.

My Itinerary

1 night in Surat Thani - Since I...

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Bungee Jumping at the 9th Highest Bungee in the World

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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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20 Things to Do & See on Nusa Lembongan, Bali

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Nusa Lembongan (a small island off the coast of Bali) felt like a mystery to me. My only plan while there was to go to the beach. Beyond that, I really wasn't sure what the island offered, and I found it hard to find information online. It seemed most people only stayed there a couple of days at most. Leave it to me to spend two weeks in a place that most people deemed an overnight trip. After exploring, I really feel like this is the perfect place to chill and do nothing while being...

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Failing the PADI Open Water Scuba Course in Bali

PADI Open Water SCUBA Diving Course in Nusa Lembongan Bali - Manta Ray Bay

After getting off to a rough start snorkeling, I wasn’t sure I wanted to learn to dive in Nusa Lembongan. I knew that getting my PADI would require me to go back to Manta Bay, the place that just a few days prior had sent my mind into an erratic state of panic. I’ve heard that if something scares you, the best thing you can do is jump back in and try again right away. Otherwise, it builds up in your mind and becomes a fear that you can’t defeat.

I decided I would talk to the people...

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