The Thriving Resort Town of Pokhara

Features Issue 180 Nov, 2016

When speaking of Pokhara, people mostly shout out about the Fewa Lake, the majestic Machhapuchhare, and the adventures she offers, like paragliding, zip lining, sky diving, bungee jumping, boating, and so on. One never runs out of reasons to celebrate the beauty and ambience of Pokhara, a thriving town of hotels and resorts that allow travelers to relax and enjoy. She owes her popularity to her hotels and resorts to quite an extent.


Pokhara Grande

The Pokhara Grande, located at Birauta-17 Pokhara, stands for its blend of service, luxury, and tranquil setting, just a walk or bicycle ride away to the sights and market. This hotel has 4 suites and 136 deluxe rooms, and is listed among the 10 best hotels in Nepal. Guests can also enjoy both local and international cuisine and drinks in the hotel’s restaurant. Pokhara Grande is also an ideal choice for people looking for the best level of service for hosting conferences and events.

The Fulbari Resort and Spa

The Fulbari Resort and Spa is the only deluxe 5 star resort in Nepal that offers all amenities of an international standard resort with the touch of ancient Newari culture in its architecture. Situated at Dhumge Sagu, the Fulbari Resort and Spa offers majestic panoramas of the Annapurna mountain ranges and Seti River gorges. This resort has 13 suites, and 62 deluxe, 76 S-deluxe, and 13 Royal Executive rooms with culinary highlights in the restaurants and bars. The resort also offers panoramic views of Fishtail and Annapurna, making it a remarkable resort in an idyllic setting.


Hotel Barahi

Hotel Barahi is located at Barahi Path, beside Fewa Lake; set in the heart of the Pokhara valley, and surrounded by the mighty Annapurna range. Hotel Barahi is a homely retreat with 76 air-conditioned deluxe and 6 standard rooms, with private balconies offering great views of the Fishtail Mountain and Annapurna range. One feels at home with sumptuous complimentary breakfast, and takes back a little part of Nepali culture after the cultural program the hotel hosts every night. 

Tourist Class 

Waterfront Resort Hotel

Waterfront Resort Hotel, located at Sedi-6, is just a 10-minute ride from the airport, and a 15-minute walk from the tourist hub. This resort hotel offers 58 deluxe rooms, most with lake view balconies. This is a well facilitated resort hotel with free WIFI, flat screen TV, and tea/ coffee making equipment, and some rooms even have mini bars. There are two informal restaurants and terrace dining, plus a coffee bar. Also, the hotel has an outdoor swimming pool, delightful dining options, and conference halls. The resort’s other attraction is the free shuttle service that it provides to its guests to lakeside throughout the day.

Vardan Resorts N’ Apartment

Vardan Resorts N’ Apartment, located at Pahari Marga, has hygienic wooden boutique cottages and apartments with tiled floors. This resort is a perfect combination of Nepali architecture and modern amenities. With one suite, and six deluxe and six S-deluxe rooms, this resort is decorated with finely selected craft and sculpture that gives you a peek into the Nepali culture.

Hotel Landmark Pokhara

Hotel Landmark is a landmark hotel that urges the preservation of heritage and environment and the role of tourism in it. The greatest attraction of Hotel Landmark Pokhara is the construction of the building with handmade Nepali bricks, and the use of carved wood in the entire hotel premises. The hotel has 60 deluxe rooms, a hall with capacity for 130 guests, and a restaurant, bar, and café offering a variety of cuisine.


Fishtail Lodge

Fishtail Lodge is situated on a peninsula across Fewa Lake in Pokhara. Shuttle-floats or boats transport you across to the resort. With the lake on one side and a forest hill on the other, the views are spectacular. The panorama of Annapurna range and Machhapuchre (Fish Tail), and their reflection on the lake soothe your soul and refresh your spirit. Here you can enjoy a break far from the maddening crowd. This lodge surpasses tranquility, facing one of the most beautiful, breathtaking views in the world, which is why the lodge features in the bestselling book “1000 Places to See before You Die” by Patricia Schultz. The hotel has facilities for soothing treatments at the spa to relax and rejuvenate, and serves a wide variety of Nepali, Chinese, Indian, and Western cuisine at its restaurant, while drinks can be enjoyed at the cozy bar.

Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge

Perched 1,000 feet above the Pokhara valley, with a spectacular Himalayan backdrop, Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge welcomes its guests with the essence of tranquility. The lodge is ideal for pre- and post-trek guests, or for those wishing to take day walks exploring local communities, bird-watching, gentle exercise, or just to relax in a typical Nepalese rural setting. Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge is a member of Secret Retreats, a select group of some of the world’s most special experiences. Built of hand-cut stone, the cottage rooms provide welcoming, understated seclusion with cool slate and parquet floors, rich Tibetan rugs, handmade wood furniture, and original artwork. Large windows and glass double doors maximize the glorious views of the amazing location. From the lodge gardens you can enjoy the majestic peaks. The hotel has a bar that provides a full range of international and local drinks, and remains open until the last guest retires. From elegant dining to children’s favorites, the kitchen uses fresh, local, organic produce for its range of Nepali and Western meals.

The Pavilions Himalaya 

Far removed from everyday life, The Pavilions Himalaya boutique resort is nestled in a valley near Fewa Lake, Pokhara. Surrounded by farmland, forested hills, and a mountain-fed river, there are 15 luxurious, eco-friendly villas spread over organic farmland. The resort respects the natural elements, showcasing village life in Nepal, and has Classic, Grand, and Chalet Villas, with views of the tranquil natural landscape beyond, which can be enjoyed from a private terrace. The villas are designed with a traditional touch, contemporary floors and furnishings bringing the rustic feel, and topped with modern comforts.