Pumdi Bhumdi (पुम्दी भुम्दी) village is a very beautiful village close to Nepal’s second largest city Pokhara. It is a small rural village visited by very few tourists also known as Pumdivumdi which offers solitude and peace not found in the major tourist center.
The major tourist attractions of this village are the Pokhara viewpoint, view tower, panchhe tower, mountain views, stupas, Pokhara city from Sunset to Sunrise and a 360-degree view of Pokhara valley from Pumdikot hilltop. The main attraction near this place is the Shanti Stupa (World Peace Pagoda), sitting atop a hill overlooking Annapurna mountains and Phewa Lake. This place is developing as an attraction for both domestic tourists and tourists from abroad as well.
Heading west from Phewa Lake the trails ascend and descend switchbacks. This destination is perfect for nature lovers to spot beautiful birds, butterflies and other species. Paragliding is also a regular activity. On the way to Pumbi Bhumdi from Pokhara, just off the Siddhartha-Rajmarg Highway, you can also visit Davi’s Falls and Gupteshwor Mahadev cave.
There you can find organized homestays, tea houses, local food restaurants, and small shops that sell water, snacks, sweets and cool drinks. In the homestay, you may get facilities like a shower, hot water, and organic local food. You’ll find nice people, and culture and feel the true nature.
Pumdi Bhumdi trekking
The Pumdi Bhumdi trek can be very memorable for nature lovers, a journey via the foothills of the Annapurna region. It is normally a 3-day trek that offers views of beautiful scenery, Pokhara valley, small ethnic Gurung village, plains, paddy fields, view mountain ranges such as Dhaulagiri, Machapuchhre, Hiuchuli, Lamjung Himal, Manaslu and Annapurna range.
Pumdikot is a place where you can find 51 feet tall Shiva Statue at an elevation of 1500 meters and the temple height is 108 feet. No entry fee is required to enter. There are two ways to reach it, drive from Lakeside or plan for a day hike. Hiking from Pokhara to Pumdikot takes around 2 hours.
The main occupation of most residents in Pumbi Bhumdi is agriculture, a significant percentage of the population holds government jobs and a smaller percentage is involved in private jobs. Pumbi Bhumdi’s people go abroad to study and work. The population is a mixture of diverse Nepalese castes and the main religions are Hinduism and Buddhism.
How to get there?
Pumdi Bhumdi to Pokhara is 13 Km and it will take 35 minutes by road along the Siddhartha-Rajmarg highway. To reach the Stupa visitors can choose to canoe across the lake and hike or arrange a taxi to drive them followed by a 15-minute walk.