In the Centre Annapurna range, Pokhara is every travelers’ paradise also known as heaven of Nepal. Surrounded by lush green forests, beautiful landscape and calm lakes, Pokhara is a major tourist destination of Nepal. Every year, many of traveler both local and foreign come to the valley to enjoy the glamour of nature and touch of spirituality. To help you explore the city, following are the top places to visit in Pokhara which you can add in your things to do list in Pokhara
This lake is the 3rd largest lake in Nepal and 2nd largest in the Pokhara Valley. These sparkling water lake is a popular tourist attraction, as it has a number of beautiful resorts. The lake water helps in irrigation and caged fisheries for locals.
In 1988 Khudi Khola was built which controls dam water. The lake is so beautiful and the resorts which are beside it gives you a mesmerizing and wonderful experience, however Begnas market is 3 KM away and Begaskot, mountain point view is 2 KM away from lake.
Davi’s falls have been named after an event in 1961 when a Swiss woman (named Davi) drowned and she died while swimming.
Water from the falls does not go in river or lagoon; instead, it go to a pitch dark hole before disappearing and passing through the caves. This lends a mysterious charm to davi waterfall, making it the most attractive tourist attraction in Pokhara.
Every year, many tourists visit the falls for enjoying. There is wishing well of Goddess Manakamna Bhagwatiand outside the fall area is also a famous attraction. tourist purchase coins at the ticket counter to make a wish before tossing coin into the well, in hopes of their wish will come true.
It is located on the outskirts of Pokhara, away from the city crowd is the small hill village. Owing with rich natural surroundings, Sarangkot is home of many bird species, however spotting tiger or leopard is a very less possible. Sarangkot offers many adventure activities and breathtaking views of the Annapurna mountain range, this village is visited by many tourists. To reach sarangkot You can either trek or drive your way to reach.
The best time to take a glimpse of its stunning surroundings and mountain views are at dusk or dawn. From Dhaulagiri in the west to the Machhapuchhere and Lamjung in the east, the magical view of the Himalayas from the village is a satisfying experience.
Sarangkot is also a popular paragliders destination. Flight starts at 9:30 am and the second flight at 11:30am. So if you want to glide high above the stunning valley, reach early in the morning. Apart from paragliding, it offers many other adventure sports like it is launching point for one of the fastest and longest zip-lines in the world Starts from top of the mountain and ends down in valley. If you are trek lover you may take the rek route to Annapurna or follow the trail towards Panchase and other villages near Pokhara for a thrilling experience.
Pokhara Shanti Stupa
On the top of narrow hill above Phewa Tal is the World Peace Pagoda. It was built by Buddhist monks as a symbol of peace. You can reach stupa; via hiking, boat or walking along the dam, however the popular way is by boat. Once you reach the hill-top, a stunning view of Himalayas and Pokhara valley welcomes you.
All four statues of Buddha are from different country- Bodh Gaya from Sri Lanka, Kushinagar from Thailand Dharmacakra Mudra from Japan and Lumbini from Nepal. All statues represent important events related to Buddha. Dharmachakra means wheel of life, Bodh Gaya means intellect and grace dharma and Buddha means teaching. In the stupa daily Buddhist rituals take place and ceremonies are performed.
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Among all the popular lake in Pokhara valley, the Phewa Lake is a major tourist hotspot. Its clear waters with surrounding peaks of Mount Machhapuchhere and Annapurna. Rani Ban forest is around the lake and eastern side of the lake, known as Lakeside, lake is surrounded many cafes, bookshops and souvenir shops; western shore is densely forested. Tal Barahi Temple is situated in the centre of which is a place to visit in Pokhara
The lake offers many activities to traveler. You can sail your way to the temple or explore the lake surroundings by renting one boat. You may also set on a short trek to the World Peace Pagoda to enjoy the view of the lake. An evening stroll and spending time in cafe to enjoy food with a lake view is a good way to spend evening.
Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave
On the road from Davi’s fall, a spiral staircase leads to the Gupteshwar Mahadev Cave. The cave is centuries old and form a naturally formed structure resembling the Shiva lingam, making it site of religion and a tourist attraction. It is believed that it has been discovered in the 16th century after few locals stumbled upon it while clearing grass.
There are many stalls and a ticket counter at the entrance gate. Once you enter, the cave is well lit with lights, but carrying a flashlight is recommended. Shiva lingam is 40 meters far from the entrance. If you walk further towards the second part of cave beyond the worship site. The path is little challenging owing to the rock formations and small water water. As the end you finally get to see the mystery of the disappearing waters of Davi’s fall.
This cave was founded by the 2 brothers while herding goats, after which they told all the villagers. They named the cave on the present king who was Mahendra. This cave is known as a limestone krast cave and it was in the Pleistocene era.
Similar to tortoise shell, the cave is really beautiful and explorable. This cave is very unique which is 9 KM approx from lakeside, Pokhara. This cave is surrounded by the botanical garden which makes it more beautiful and amazing to explore.
International Mountain Museum
This museum holds the antique history about mountains and mountaineering, this museum is located in Pokhara Nepal. Every year many of local and international tourists come to visit this museum. There are many documents, international mountain museum records and things related to mountaineering and mountains. The three exhibition halls are : Hall of world mountains, Hall of fame and Hall of great Himalayas.
The museum showcases the culture of a mountaineer, highest peak around the world in detail, descriptions of famous mountaineer and the traditional culture of the Nepalese people.
Trekking on Himalayas will give another level of thrill and mesmerizing view of mountains . The hill is covered with snow is a beautiful place among the Himalayan range where traveler go for trekking. At 3,210 meters altitude, the sunrise looks beautiful. Pokhara is the nearest access to the city from the Annapurna range.
If you are planning for trekking in this beautiful mountain then visit in the mid-season of March as the weather is cold in this time. And enjoy the clear view of Himalayas .
This two story temple is beside the beautiful lake and many tourists by its cultures and it is built in the pagoda- style to the deity of Tal Barahi. Barahi temple is devoted to Ajima in the boar manifestation which is the avatar of the Goddess Shakti. The shakti is one of the Hindu Goddess.
Barahi temple is on a small island beside Fewa lake, the only communication is possible is through boats.
Tibetan Refugee Camp
This camp was established in 1959, its surroundings are full of art and color that you will love to meet local people and to explore.
There you will find few Tibetan shops in which you can buy some Clothes, accessories, art and a lot more.
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