GETTING THERE

ABOUT POKHARA

Pokhara’s tranquil beauty has been the subject of inspiration for many travel writers. Its pristine air, spectacular backdrop of snowy peaks, blue lakes and surrounding greenery make it ‘the jewel in the Himalaya’, a place of remarkable natural disposition. With the magnificent Annapurna range forming the backdrop and the serenity of the Cluster of 9 Lakes with three major ones – Phewa, Rupa and Begnas – Pokhara is a great destination for a weekend getaway as well as a long relaxing holiday. Pokhara Valley, gateway to the Annapurna region where many a trekker find their Shangri-la, sits high on the list of ‘must visit’ places in Nepal.

Pokhara once lay on the important trade route between India and Tibet. To this day, mule trains set up camps on the city outskirts, bringing goods from remote Himalayan regions including Mustang. Gurungs and Magars, who have earned world-wide fame as fierce Gurkha warriors, are predominant here. Thakalis, indigenous of the Thak Khola region of Mustang, are known for their entrepreneurship and run tea houses along the trek routes in the Annapurna region. Pokhara is best known for the stunning view of the Annapurna range. It is perhaps one of the few places on earth from where mountains above 6,000 m can be seen unobstructed from an altitude of 800 m within the distance of 28 km.  Credit: Nepal Tourism Board 

GETTING THERE

Please note that although the new Pokhara International Airport opened on 1st January 2023; there are still no direct flights available. Most likely you will need to take a domestic flight (25 minutes) or take a tourist bus (a beautiful 200km journey that takes around 5-6 hours) from Kathmandu. We thus strongly advise that you allow an additional day to reach Pokhara and an additional day for the return trip to Kathmandu. We make this recommendation even if you are flying domestically. 

We have arranged special rates for delegates who  wish to stay in the same hotel where the conference is being held.  However,  Pokhara has some excellent hotels to suit all budgets and needs.  

TRAVEL OPTIONS

  • FLY

    We recommend that you fly with Buddha Air as it is the safest and most reliable domestic airline. The flight takes 25 minutes from Kathmandu.

  • TOURIST BUS

    If you wish to take a bus, we strongly advise you take a tourist bus such as the Greenline Inner City bus or something similar. Local buses and Hiace Microvans are available but not for the faint hearted! The journey takes between 5-6 hours so best to travel comfortably.

  • CONFERENCE TOUR

    We plan to offer a free complementary tour from Kathmandu to Pokhara and back as the 125 mile journey is spectacular and takes you on a journey through rustic Nepal. Time: Full day. If you are interested, please let us know when you register for the conference.

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