Pokhara Valley is the most picturesque and popular destination for visitors to Nepal, enchanted by its lovely lakes Phewa, Begnas and Rupa. Pokhara offers magnificent views of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhre, Annapurna etc. Pokhara Valley to create your journey to Nepal extra adventurous and memorable. Kathmandu City is famous for its Cultural and pilgrimage tour while Pokhara City the natural beauty of its lakeside location and its proximity to the mountains has made it the natural choice for trekkers and adventures. Pokhara is also starting and base point for the most famous trekking circuits and adventurous trekking of Nepal.
Heaven is a myth, Pokhara is real.
When one thinks about traveling & spending the best holidays of a lifetime, people start to think about the Pokhara City of Nepal, as it has been the dreamland of tourists for a very long time. By itself surrounding area provides ample scope for short walks and day trips, suitable for children or weary trekkers that can be made around the valley. Pokhara’s popularity has led it to accommodate people of many nationalities and there is no dearth of hotels, guesthouses and other lodgings, ranging from the deluxe to the super economy. It is the combination of the magnificent location, good-value accommodation and food, and the proximity of local village life that accounts for much of Pokhara’s appeal. Sightseeing Around Pokhara Valley Visitors destination Pokhara, the city itself offers quite a few places of interest for the casual and longer staying visitor.
One of the most iconic images of Pokhara is Fewa Lake, the second largest lake in the country, and there are two other larger lakes in Pokhara that is Begnas and Rupa Lake. The other iconic image of Pokhara is Machapuchhre Himal. Mountain bike provides one of the best ways to see Pokhara. Some of the popular places to see around Pokhara are Phewa Lake, Mahendra Cave, Chamero Gufa, Davies Fall, Bindabasini Temple, and Peace Monastery. As well there are several activities like Paragliding, Ultralight aircraft. Pokhara is the beginning place for some of the most popular trekking routes along the western region of Nepal. It is also a gateway to the world-famous Annapurna circuit trekking, Annapurna Base Camp, Ghorepani, Ghandruk, Pooh Hill, and Jomsom Muktinath trekking trail. So Pokhara is the center of adventure.
Things to do in pokhara
- Sky Diving
- Museum Tours
- Bungee Jumping
- Mountain Biking
- Mountain Viewing
- Ultralight Flights
7 lakes of Pokhara
There are many lakes in Pokhara such as Fewa Lake, Begnas Lake, Rupa Lake, Dipang Lake, Maidi Lake, Gude Lake, Neurani Lake & Khaste Lake. These seven lakes of Pokhara are popular among domestic and foreign tourists.
Boating PHEWA LAKE, Pokhara tour, Pokhara sightseeing, Sarangkot hikingPhewa Lake is the center of all attractions in Pokhara. It is the largest and most enchanting of three lakes that add to the resplendence of Pokhara. Here, one can sail or row a hired boat across the water of the lake or visit the island temple in the middle of the lake, The eastern shore, popularly known as Lakeside or Baidam, is the favorite haunt of all traveler’s restaurants, handicraft shops and other tourist facilities are located.
Rupa Lake is located southeast of Pokhara which is the third biggest lake in Pokhara. It is about 10 km far from Pokhara.
The second largest among the lakes in Pokhara Valley, Begnas Lake is located in the southeast of the Pokhara. It is a popular tourist destination in Pokhara.
Maidi Lake the smallest lake in the municipality. The lake, which is spread over 1.17 hectares, is one of the most beautiful lakes. It is surrounded by snow-capped peaks and lush green forests.
Dipang lake popular as honeymoon lake. This lake is listed in the World Wetland List in 2016.
Gude Lake is located on the northeast side of Budhibazar in the Lekhnath municipality of Kaski.
Neurani Lake and Khaste Lake
Neureni Lake and Khaste Lake are separated just by a dam. These lakes are located in the Lekhnath municipality of Kaski, Nepal. Neureni Lake is also known as Niureni Lake and Nyureni Lake. Neureni Lake is proposed to be developed for fishery operations and Khaste Lake is proposed for bird watching.
The Barahi temple is the most important monument in Pokhara. Built almost in the Center of Fewa Lake, this two-storied pagoda is dedicated to the boar manifestation of Ajima, the protector deity representing the female force of Shakti.
Begnas Lake is situated in the eastern part of Pokhara Valley, at a distance of 15 km from Pokhara. Tourists can relax in the lodges and resorts situated alongside the lake. Yet another popular lake of Pokhara is the Rupa Lake. It is separated from Begnas Lake by a bridge known as Pachabhaiya. The lakes offer the perfect nature retreat because of their relative seclusion and opportunities for boating and fishing.
Bindabasini Temple is devoted to the goddess Bindhyabasini. This temple is believed to be one of the oldest temples in Pokhara. Hindu wedding ceremonies are done on the premises of this temple.
Devi’s Fall Locally known as Patale Chango, is a lovely Waterfall about 2 km south West of Pokhara airport on the Siddhartha Highway.
Caves in Pokhara
Mahendra Cave is the Another of nature’s wonders in Pokhara is the Mahendra gufa. This large limestone cave is locally known as the House of Bats an apt name for it. A two- hours walk to the north of Pokhara, it is best to bring your own torch to see the stalactites and stalagmites, as well as the local winged residents.
A large limestone cave Mahendra Cave is located at Batulechaur in Pokhara. The mouth of the cave is easy to enter and the width of the entrance of this cave is 16 meters. The width in the middle of the cave is 3.5 meters and its length is 275 meters. It is about 6 km from downtown Pokhara, 4 km from Mahendrapul and 6 km from the Lakeside.
The Crazy Cave
The Crazy Cave is located on a hillside of Armala, a town and sub-metropolitan in Pokhara. It is a 300 meters long cave where few people have tried to enter. This cave can have strange effects on you as you go into its depths. It is also said that this cave is not suitable for faint-hearted people. It is advised not to enter this cave without an experienced guide because tunnels within the cave might confuse you. There are bushes all over the cave area.
One day an American yogi thought to meditate inside the cave. He entered the cave and was astonished to see the cave. When he came out from the cave, he said Oh god, it’s a crazy cave. Since then, the cave has been named, “The Crazy Cave”. Inside the cave, you’ll find glittering stones when you throw a beam of light onto these stones. Tourists can reach there from Prithvi Chowk or Lakeside.
In the Nepali language, Bat Cave is known as Chamero Gufa which is situated half km west of Mahendra Cave. This cave is one of the popular tourist destinations in Pokhara which is formed of limestone. It is surrounded by forest and has one entrance and one exit.
Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave
Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave a scared cave underneath a waterfall is located near Davi’s Falls in Pokhara where the Seti River emerges from underground. Pokhara is the second largest beautiful city in Nepal surrounded by the snow-capped peaks on the horizon.
Seti Gandaki Gorge Another of Pokhara’s natural wonders is the Seti Gandaki River. Flowing right through the city, the boisterous river runs underground at places. Amazingly, at certain places, the river appears hardly two meters wide. However, its depth is quite beyond imagination, over 20 m. Mahendrapul, a small bridge near the old mission hospital, provides a perfect view of the river’s dreadful rush and the deep gorge made by its powerful flow.
The main attraction of this village is the Bajra Barahi Shrine. Barahi is the name of one of the Mother Goddesses Ajima. It lies in the center of a thick grove, three hundred meters from the center of the village. The temple was built 500 years ago. Locally called the Bindhyabasini Mandir, this white dome-like structure dominates a spacious stone–paved courtyard built atop a world peace temple, peace pagoda, Pokhara tour, Pokhara sightseeing, Sarangkot hiking shady hillock. It is dedicated to Goddess Bhagwati, yet another manifestation of Shakti. The park–like grounds offers a fine picnic area; on Saturdays and Tuesdays when devotees flock there to offer sacrifices, it takes on a festive flavor.
World peace pagoda
World peace pagoda is situated on the top of a hill on the southern shore of Fewa Lake. It has Buddha facing in four directions. The Pagoda is an impressive sight and its hilltop location commands a grand view. It is a great vantage point, which offers a spectacular view of the Annapurna range and Pokhara city.
Stretching from east to west, the Annapurna massif includes Annapurna I to IV and Annapurna South. Although the highest among them is Annapurna I at 8091 meters, it is Machhapuchhre, which dominates all others in this neighborhood.
Ultralight air craft
Ultralight aircraft is being operated from Pokhara. It has a unique blend of both mountain and plateau areas. While flying over the Pokhara valley, you will not miss the scenic beauty of both the Himalayas and the most famous lake of Nepal ‘Phewa’ Lake. The flight will be a journey through nature. This is truly a unique experience.
Museums in Pokhara
International Mountaineering Museum
The International Mountaineering Museum is located 5 km from Lakeside. You can get information on mountaineering in this museum.
Annapurna Butterfly Museum
This museum is located inside the Prithvi Narayan campus complex. It is also known as the natural history museum where you can find a collection of butterflies, insects, birds etc.
Gurkha Memorial Museum
This museum is on the premises of the British Camp. Here, you’ll find uniforms, medals, pictures etc used by Gorkha soldiers during the first and second world wars.
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