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Pame Pokhara Delights: Exploring Street Ambiance and Lakeside Bliss

Picture Pokhara‘s streets as self-contained worlds—no exaggeration. Strolling through them immerses you in the lively essence of the city. Each street, a perfect blend of local charm and tourist appeal, hides gems like Nepali handicrafts and traditional clothes. Skipping a street exploration in Pokhara is a missed opportunity.

As daylight fades, Pokhara transforms. The city comes alive at night, aglow with countless lights. Cafes and restaurants offer the best seats to watch the streets evolve with the night. The ambiance blends traditional and modern architecture, providing a range of Western and local food. Top it off with a stunning view of Mt. Annapurna and Phewa Lake.

What’s the Ambiance Like in Pokhara?

Now that we’ve dived into the vibrant atmosphere of Pokhara, let’s uncover the various vibes hidden in its streets for you to explore.

Cultural Hubs/Cafes/Bars:

Nestled in Pokhara’s streets are numerous cafes and bars beautifully showcasing Nepali culture. These spots exude a warm, homely feel, with some staff even wearing traditional Nepali costumes, offering visitors an authentic taste of Nepal. Cultural bars and hubs frequently feature local artists performing traditional songs and dances, providing international tourists a glimpse into Nepal’s rich culture. For domestic tourists, it’s an opportunity to reconnect with their roots. Check out these places for a cultural experience:

a) Pokhara Pub and Restaurant:
– Renowned for live music, including occasional traditional performances. Be sure to check the pub for the schedule.

b) Potala Bar and Restaurant:
– Known for its unique blend of Tibetan and Nepali ambiance, offering live music and traditional performances.

c) Busy Bee Cafe:
– Ideal for live music, showcasing bands and occasional traditional music performances.

Sophisticated and Luxurious Ambiance

For those seeking luxurious and high-end ambiance during their Pokhara visit, we have just the list you need.

a) Shangri-La Village Resort:
– A 7-minute drive from Lakeside, offering one of the best luxurious atmospheres in the city. Featuring spacious rooms, a beautifully maintained garden, an inbuilt swimming pool, and spa. This place provides a sophisticated ambiance surrounded by stunning mountain views.

b) Temple Tree Resort and Spa:
– Boasting one of the most beautiful and peaceful ambiances in Pokhara, with typical Nepali architectural houses providing a homey feeling and luxurious interiors. Indoor swimming pools, a spa, and a spacious garden space make it a perfect destination for those wanting to stay in Nepali houses without compromising comfort.

c) The Pavilion Himalayas:
– Offering a Westernized ambiance, situated on the outskirts of Pokhara, providing an escape from city chaos despite being located within the city. Expect high-end comfort, facilities, and food options with the added bonus of a majestic view of Mt. Annapurna.

Places along Lakeside

When you think of Pokhara, the term ‘Lakeside’ inevitably follows suit. As the afternoon unfolds, Lakeside transforms into its prime. The sunset casting its reflection on the picturesque Phewa Lake and the majestic Mt. Annapurna, coupled with a gentle breeze, creates an atmosphere akin to heaven. The surrounding places at Lakeside illuminate with twinkling lights, creating a tranquil ambiance. Meanwhile, local street food stalls offer an authentic taste of Nepali snacks.pokhara-night-life

Right beside Lakeside, you’ll discover Pokhara’s own Disneyland, featuring various rides for an adrenaline rush. Inside, a skate park, shooting games, food stalls, and more await, bringing out the inner child in you. When in Pokhara, ensure you make the most of what Lakeside has to offer.

Note: For those seeking a weekend retreat away from the city’s hustle and bustle, Pokhara offers many villas that have become attractions for both domestic and international tourists. Notable ones include

  • The Ghost Villa Pokhara
  • Fishtail Villa
  • Bali Villa
  • The Peepal Tree Mountain Villa
  • Deumadi Mountain Cottage

In conclusion, Pokhara provides a diverse range of ambiance for you to explore. Choose what suits your taste buds best and relish the experience.

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    Tiji Festival in Upper Mustang

    Tiji Festival in Upper Mustang is a rich cultural celebration in the remote region of Lo Manthang in the Himalayas. Have you heard about it before? Or are you wondering what is and why it is so special?

    This year’s Upper Mustang Tiji Festival is approaching soon. Upper Mustang is observing the three-day festival at the end of this month from 27-29 May. The festival is a rare chance to explore, enjoy and immerse in the ancient cultural tradition of Lo Manthang.

    What is Tiji Festival in Upper Mustang?

    Tiji is a wonderful cultural and spiritual celebration in the remote Himalayas of the Upper Mustang in Nepal. This annual festival observes timeless traditional myths and rituals for three days in Lo Manthang. This unique mountain cultural festival marks the victory of god over a demon. The demon is believed to have been living on human beings and tried to cause storms and drought to destroy the life in the region. Lord Buddha incarnated as a ferocious creature to demolish the demon and free the people from its captivity.

    The name of the festival is originally Tenji, which is now commonly famous as Tiji. Tenji is a Tibetan word that comes from “Tempa Chhirim” which means “prayer for world peace”. The sole purpose of celebrating this festival is to pray for peace to prevail in the life of the people of the region.

    Religious Myth

    The festival is based on the Tibetan Buddhist myth. According to the belief, the legendary incarnation of Buddha, Dorjee Sonnu, fought the demon Man Tam Ru, to save the whole region from destruction. This three-day-long festival has a performance that enacts the story of the troubles caused by the demon. The performance shows the birth of Dorje Sonnu and his battle with and victory over the demon. It is a special time of the year when the monks from Choedhe monastery of Lo Manthang organize and perform the show.

    Going on a tour during the Tiji festival in Upper Mustang is a great cultural escape. You will have a rare opportunity to explore and immerse into the unique cultural tradition of Upper Mustang.

    Tiji Festival in 2022

    Tiji festival falls typically in the month of May and this year the special occasion is from 27-29 May. You can go to Upper Mustang Trek and add three additional days for the festival celebration in Lo Manthang. Or you can also take an Upper Mustang Jeep Tour with additional three days in Lo Manthang to enjoy the festival.

    In addition to the beautiful trekking adventure, this trip brings an exceptional and rare cultural experience. You can also enjoy breathtaking mountain views, beautiful landscapes, a blue skyline, wall caves, and beautiful settlements along the route.

    Let us know if you want to experience the Tiji moment.

    Maha-Shivaratri Celebration in Nepal

    Maha-Shivaratri or Shivaratri is the festival to worship one of the Hindu Trinity – Lord Shiva. Shivaratri literally translates as the Night of Shiva and it is the most important occasion to worship the god. Maha-Shivaratri celebration in Nepal is one of the most important festivals.

    Shiva is one of the Trinity in Hinduism and plays the role of a destroyer. He is the most revered god of all in Hinduism. His temples are commonly found throughout the country. And, on Shivaratri, the Shiva temples around Nepal get special celebrations.

    Nepal is observing and celebrating Shivaratri today for this year and Shiva temples are full of devotees. Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu observes the biggest celebration of the day where hundreds of thousand devotees and pilgrims visit. The temple does not only get devotees from Kathmandu but also from other parts of the country and India too.

    Maha-Shivaratri Celebration in Nepal

    The festival is celebrated by the Hindus living across the country. It is the night of Shiva and Parvati’s union, thus, an important day. However, it is not the only reason why the day is important. There are many other mythical beliefs behind the celebration.

    Whatever the reason might be, the day has its importance, which every Hindu living in the country celebrates. From small to big Shiva temples, people flock to worship the destroyer.

    An Immersive Cultural Tour Experience

    A tour to the Pashupatinath temple on Shivaratri can also be a great cultural tour experience in Nepal. It can be a part of a bigger tour itinerary while it can also be only a day tour. Either way, you will get to observe and immerse in the spiritual and cultural vibes of the day.

    As it is the main day to worship Shiva, you can experience a wave of people heading towards the temple. Exploring the Pashupatinath temple and its surroundings on Shivaratri is an overwhelming cultural experience that you can cherish.

    Festival Tour in Nepal

    Nepal observes and celebrates many festivals of various faiths throughout the year. If you want to experience a festival tour in Nepal, the Maha-Shivaratri celebration can certainly be one of many. Although you can plan a festival tour throughout the year, the Shivaratri celebration will have a unique experience.

    Let us know if you want to learn more about cultural and festival tours in Nepal.

    Happy Shivaratri to all.

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