Since September 2021, Swift Holidays Pokhara has launched a City Sightseeing Bus in Pokhara, with a package of only NPR 600. This is the first sightseeing bus in Nepal.
Pokhara, the second-largest city, is the center point for most of the trekking destinations. Lots of tourists, including both domestic and international ones, visit Pokhara every year. However, it is too expensive for visitors to roam around the city in a reserved vehicle.
Therefore, Swift Holidays launched the Pokhara sightseeing bus service for the benefit of those tourists who cannot afford the expensive price of reserved transportation.
Generally, two buses have been brought into operation. One bus is for the city sightseeing route, and one is for the hill hiking route. Tourists will be able to travel in the 25-seat capacity bus, which will include information on major tourist destinations in Pokhara.
Pokhara Sightseeing Bus Routes
Before diving into the brief description of the Pokhara Sightseeing Bus routes, here’s a summarized chart table for each route with respective locations.
Here’s a chart table detailing the Pokhara Sightseeing Bus Routes:
City Sightseeing Route
– Vindhyavasini Temple – Chameri Gufa – Mahendra Cave – Seti River Gorge – Begnas Lake (lunch stop) – Devis Falls – Gupteswar Mahadev Cave – Khapaudi
Hill Hiking Route
– Vindhyavasini Temple – Sarangkot View Tower – Old Traditional Markets (Mohoria Toll, Bhimsen Toll, Ganesh Toll) – Rato Pahiro (Bungee Jump) – Davis Falls – Gupteswar Mahadev Temple – World Peace Pagoda – Lord Shiva Statue (Pumdikot)
Route 1 – City Sightseeing Route
The city sightseeing route is a package tour of around 8 hours. The bus will depart from Hallanchowk, lakeside. Route 1 includes the following destinations.
The first destination will be the Vindhyavasini temple, which is one of the major temples of Pokhara. It is located northwest of Pokhara, and, about 5.1 kilometers from Lakeside. Every year, many tourists visit the Vindhyavasini temple, most of whom are Indian tourists. The Vindhyavasini temple is of great importance in Hinduism.
The second destination will be Chameri Cave, also known as Bat Cave. The bus will take you within 15 minutes. Many tourists visit Chameri Cave every year to see Chameri (bat). The cave is quite dark and slippery as well. Undoubtedly, visiting Chameri Cave will be an adventurous trip and a lifelong experience.
Mahendra Cave is also a major tourist destination in Pokhara. It is only a few miles east of Chameri Cave. The cave is about 200 meters long, with electric bulbs placed at various points inside the cave. It is a popular picnic spot for the people of the valley and surrounding districts.
Seti River Gorge
The next destination will be Seti River Gorge, which is a holy site for Hindus. It lies in KI Singh Pool, about 6.4 kilometers from Lakeside.
Then the next destination will be Begnas Lake, which is situated to the east of Pokhara city. It is the 3rd largest lake in Nepal. The bus will stop there for lunch.
After lunch, the next destination will be Davis Falls. It is one of the popular waterfalls of Pokhara. It is located about 4 kilometers from the lakeside. This place is crowded with mostly local and Indian tourists.
Gupteswar Mahadev Cave
Gupteswar Mahadev Cave is next to Davis Falls. It is one of the major holy places in Nepal. Many devotees travel to the cave from all over Nepal and India. Moreover, the cave is quite slippery and crowded with locals and tourists.
Then the bus will go back to the lakeside, towards the Khapaudi. The bus will stop there for an hour. Khapaudi is a pleasant place to hang out. It is a beautiful village, which lies on the banks of Phewa Lake. Thereafter, tourists will be dropped off back at Hallanchowk.
Route 2: Hill Hiking Route
The Hill hiking route will start from the Fishtail Gate, Basundhara Park, Pokhara. Route 2 includes the following destinations.
The first destination will be Vindhyavasini Temple same as the Route 1.
Sarangkot View Tower
Then the next destination will be Sarangkot View Tower, which is situated at an altitude of 1600 meters above sea level. From the view tower, you can have a mind-blowing view of the Himalayan Range, the magnificent Phewa Lake, and a panoramic view of Pokhara Valley. It is one of the popular hill stations in Pokhara.
Old Traditional Markets
Thereafter, it will roam around the old bazaars of Pokhara, which include Mohoria Toll, Bhimsen Toll, and Ganesh Toll. You can learn about the Newars’ traditional cultures. The Newars are an indigenous and historical group in Nepal. Moreover, Newar houses are built in the old traditional architecture, which is worth seeing.
The next destination will be the bungee jump at Rato Pahiro. This is a newly established bungee jump in Pokhara. Then the bus goes to Davis Falls and Gupteswar Mahadev Temple.
World Peace Pagoda
After lunch at Davis Falls, the next destination will be the World Peace Pagoda. Located at an altitude of 1000 meters above sea level, it is a major tourist attraction in Pokhara. Similarly, the World Peace Pagoda is also called the Japanese Stupa or Shanti Stupa.
Lord Shiva Statue
The final destination of Route 2 will be the Lord Shiva Statue at Pumdikot in the Kaski district. The 51-foot-tall statue is still under construction. However, the public is allowed to enter the property. Moreover, it is only a few miles away from the World Peace Pagoda.
However, tourists have to arrange all the expenses like entrance fees, and food expenses during the trip. The tickets for the Pokhara Sightseeing Bus are available from travel agencies. Nevertheless, it is a good opportunity for tourists who are willing to travel to Pokhara for a short duration and on a low budget.
The Pokhara Sightseeing Bus is the first-ever city sightseeing bus in Nepal. Swift Holidays Pvt. Ltd. offers this as its most effective and traditional service. Ltd. in the development of tourism in Pokhara.
Pokhara Sightseeing Bus Contact Number
You can book the Pokhara Sightseeing Bus tickets by calling these numbers: