Top 10 Must Visit Places in Pokhara Nepal
Do you like an adventure tour and exploring Nepal? Then you must think about Pokhara, Pokhara is a perfect destination in Nepal for adventure sports?
Also, if you want to go for a vacation with family and looking an engaging peaceful and relaxed expedition in budget, you will like this city. This Himalayan city of Nepal has spectacular mountain scenery and unique culture of tradition also the best place for adventure activities. You can enjoy boating, kayaking, river rafting, paragliding and trekking here.This article illustrates 10 most attracting tourist destinations of Pokhara, with pictures and short description.
Pokhara City, Nepal
Pokhara is the second largest city of Nepal, located approx 200 km away from Kathmandu (The capitol of Nepal). This beautiful city is located in tranquil valley and rounded off by Himalayan Annapurna mountain region. Pokhara has plenty of green mountains and glittering lakes, Now days Pokhara is one of the most preferred travel destination after Kathmandu. This city has various panoramic views of the Annapurna mountain, lakes and is famous as centre of adventure. Pokhara is also Known as tourism capital of Nepal, the best time to travel is from November to February.
1: Phewa Lake
Phewa Lake Pictures
Phewa Lake is the most preferred tourist spot of Pokhara and most alluring and largest lake of three lakes of Pokhara. It's surrounded by the green hills and has reflection of mount Machhapuchhre and other mountain peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri to its surface.The most important monument of Pokhara, Barahi Temple is located at a small island In the middle of the lake.
This is one among the best places for Boating and kayaking in Nepal. Kayaking boats and suits can be hired here on hourly basis. You can hire a boat for couple or individual or you can join a group of shared boat. Boating is allowed here, till 7:00 Pm.
At evening you can have relaxed time and enjoy the restaurants, bars, dance bars and souvenir shops at eastern shore of lake. Some resorts and restaurants organises cultural and western musical shows in evening. Most of the restaurants and bars serve up till 11:00 pm.
2: Barahi Temple
Barahi Temple Island
Barahi Temple is Located in the middle of Phewa Lake, It's one the most important monuments in Pokhara. The two- storied pagoda is dedicated to the boar manifestation of Ajima who represents the female force, Shakti. Sacrifices take place here, and the largest crowds of devotees are seen on Saturdays.
You need to take a boat to reach here, Temple will be open from early morning to till 7:00 Pm.
3: World Peace Pagoda (Vishwa Shanti Stupa)
Pokhara world peace pagoda is a Buddhist pagoda-style monument on a hilltop in Ananda hill of Pokhara. First Pagoda foundation stone was founded on 12 September 1973, by a Japani monk Nipponzan-Myohoji. Pokhara Shanti Stupa is constructed for a symbol of world peace. Pokhara peace pagoda is also known as "Vishwa Shanti Stupa", Which has meaning in Hindi/Nepali and Sanskrit , "Vishwa - World, Shanti - peace, Stupa -Pagoda".
This Pagoda is one among the, world's 80 Peace Pagodas. Founded till year 2000, around the world in Europe, Asia, and the United States. Pokhara Peace pagoda is situated at the height of 1100 meters on the Ananda Hill. You may enjoy view of Phewa Lake, paragliding on lake and Annapurna Mountains.
Stupa, View From Ultra-Light Flight
4 : International Mountain museum
Pokhara International Mountain Museum was constructed in February, 2004. Basic purpose to build this mounument was to introduce and promote rich cultural values of the mountain people, geological mysteries of Nepal to promote mountain tourism in Nepal. Nepal has the world's tallest mountain peaks and many natural habitats that include thousands of known and unknown species. The museum contains three main exhibitions halls - Hall of Great Himalayas, Hall of fame and Hall of World Mountains. This museum is spread over 12.5 acres of land.
International Mountain Museum visit is allowed - Monday to Friday, 10.00 AM to 05.00 PM
Rs 300/- for foreigners
Rs 100 for SAARC Nationals
Rs 50 for Nepalis
Rs 35 for Students
Outside view around Museum
5: Sarangkot Sunrise View from Pokhara
Sarangkot is the highest viewpoint for sunrise. This is a perfect spot to see, panoramic view of three Himalayan mountain peaks of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and Machhapuchhare. Sunrise and sunset views and view of the Pokhara Valley from Sarangkot are amazing experiences. You must visit sunrise at early morning around 5:00 to 5:30 am, when morning sunlight rays reflect on these mountain peaks.
At evening, you can enjoy the valley and lake view and city light of Pokhara from Sarangkot. Paragliding is another attraction of Sarangkot, at day time (around 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, depends on weather), you can enjoy Paragliding here.
Amazing Sunrise View From Sarangkot
Sunrise View From Sarangkot
6: Mahendra Gufa (Cave) or Bat Cave
This place is located near Seti river, and is an exceptional example of a cave system in Nepal containing stalagmites and stalactites. This cave is also famous as Kumari or bat cave. You can see, thousand of bats inside the cave. Inside the cave the statue of Hindu lord Shiva can be found. Except this, there is nothing else to see. Possible the place is famous because of its historical importance.
7: Davis Falls
Davis fall is an interesting fall, it travel through a natural tunnel. In Nepali, people call it "Patale Chango", means underworld falls. This fall got it name "Davis fall" because "In the year 1961, a Swiss tourist who was just swimming in the Phewa Lake was swept away due to the unexpected overflow in the dam water and his wife was helpless. Thus, his body was never recovered and was vanished forever. Then the fall was named after his name as Davis Falls .
The water from the fall flow about 500 feets through the natural tunnel at the depth of 100 feets from ground level.
8: Seti River
Seti River Rafting
Seti river is also known as Seti Gandaki or White Water river of Nepal. Speciality of this river is, this appears to be lost amongst caves and tunnels for a short distance, at various points Seti is only 2 m wide but its depth reaches up to 20 m.
This river passes through two beautiful scenic areas offering a good variety of Nepali landscapes with local villages, terraced rice fields, waterfalls, jungle corridor and a beautiful white sandy beaches and that make this river, one of the best attraction for tourist to go for Kayaking, boating, river rafting.
Sky view, Seti River
9: Bindhyabasini Mandir (Bindhyabasini Temple)
This is a Hindu temple of Goddess Durga, near Old Bazar of Pokhara. This temple is constructed on top of hill, in white dome Style like Pagoda. It is said that the temple was founded in BS 1845, when the goddess ordered king Khadag Bum Malla to set up her statue here. Daily worship of “Goddess Bhagwati (Other form of Goddess Durga)” and special animal sacrifices on Saturday and Tuesday presented here.
10: Old Bazar
Old bazaar is old market of city, around 4 Km from Phewa Lake. Tourist likes to visit this place to purchase traditional Nepali items, cloths, woolen and leather garments, wooden items. This is the main junction for ethnically diverse group of traders in Pokhara. Some old temples and monuments of Newari architecture are attractions for foreign tourists.
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