Pokhara valley (827m.) lies in 200 Km west of Kathmandu valley. The valley is the most popular destination in Nepal after Kathmandu. It is the second biggest city of Nepal where around 135000 inhabitants live. This city became the most interesting especially when explorers found that it is the only valley in the world from where one can see snowcapped mountains higher than 8000m. from below 1000 m. These mountains lie in about 25 to 35 km. Arial distance. This valley is the most famous trekking starting gateway for world famous trekking areas such as to Fishtail, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri area. More than 70% of the total trekkers of Nepal trek in Annapurna region. scenery .There are seven lakes including the second biggest lake of the country in this beautiful valley and it is known as the most beautiful tourist valley of Nepal. Pokhara is main entry point for Annapurna trekking. The crystal clear reflection of snow capped mountains on the lake really makes the city unique and adds more features to make the city more attractive. There are several ethnic groups and the Gurungs who are world famous British Gurkhas live harmoniously and all of them preserve their cultural features. The smooth and harmonious blend of natural beauty and cultural attractions make this city as a unique city. It is only 30 minutes flight and 6 hours drive from the capital. There are around 20 flights and several deluxe tourist bus services daily. More over, This city is also linked with some mountain airports. Mustang (3000m) and Manang (3400m.) are major of them. you can reach in 20 minutes to such wonder places from this city. There are hundreds of tourist standard hotels including around a dozen of star level hotels. All sorts of tourist amenities such as; Foreign currency exchange, ACAP entry permit, visa extension, flight ticket reconfirmation etc. are available in this multi -cultural city. This city popularly known as “City of Tourism” is absolutely free from any type of pollution and city dwellers and their leaders are aware about the effect of the pollution. Fewa Lake Fewa Lake is the most beautiful and second biggest take in Nepal. Its average depth is 8.6m and maximum depth is 19m. Its covers an average area of 4.4 sq. km. On its southwest side there is a protected dense forest and on the Northeast side there is a beautiful built-up area. “The Lake Side” the main tourist center of Pokhara. In the middle of the lake there is an island where a famous Barahi Temple is located. Fewa Lake is famous for its flat water boating. Engine boats are not allowed in the lake. Barahi Temple Located in the middle of the lake, Barahi temple (Pagoda style) is a famous pilgrimage site. Everyday hundreds of visitors visit the temple. Different types of trees and flowers cover the small island. It takes less than 10 minutes by boat to reach the island. It is an ideal place in Pokhara to enjoy the lake, Himalaya views and the lakeside built up area at the same time. Devi’s Fall Devi’s Fall is one of the popular tourist sites in Pokhara. It is also popularly known as Patale Chhango (underground water fall). Devi’s Fall is named after the name of Swiss women Ms. Devi. One day in 1961, Ms Devi was swimming near the waterfall of Fewa Dam with her husband and at the same time the dam overflowed suddenly and swept away her into a deep gorge to death in 1961. Since then the waterfall is named as Devi’s Fall. It is and awesome waterfall just 2km south of the Pokhara airport. City buses and taxis are available to go to the waterfall. Gupteswor Cave Opposite of the Devi’s fall, there is a beautiful cave. The whole area of the cave is very big and needs well preparation to explore it. The cave also a popular pilgrimage site. There is a natural image of Lord Shiva, which was naturally found beneath the earth. Many devotees visit the cave everyday. Well-maintained steps are constructed with sufficient lights to enter into the cave. There is a small tunnel behind the Shiva image that links the cave to the Devi’s fall. It takes about 10 minutes to reach Devi’s fall through the tunnel. It is an exciting part of the cave that adventure visitors have also the opportunity to enjoy the underground view of Devi’s Fall. Since the tunnel is a kind of adventurous aspect that one should take care while being in the tunnel. Mahendra Cave Another natural wonder in Pokhara is the Mahendra Cave. The cave has not been fully explored yet. It is advised that visitors should have a torch or a guide to enter into the cave. The cave management committee also provides guide an torch if requested. Mahendra Cave is named after the late King Mahendra and is situated some 9 km. North of Pokhara Airport. City buses and taxis are regularly available to go to the cave. There is another cave nearby Mahendra Cave known as the Bat’s Cave or Chamere Gupha. Bindabasini Temple It is an wonderful and the most popular pilgrimage site located on a small beautiful hillok some 4 km. North of airport. Bindabasini is regarded as Shakti Pitha of goddess Bhagabati. The temple area is like a park and is ideal for sightseeing. There are also few more temples including one Shiva temple nearby Bindabasini Temple. Bhadrakali Temple Situated in the middle of a beautiful forest on the top of a small hillock, Bhadrakali Temple is one of the attractive sightseeing spots in Pokhara. The location is superb for mountain view and Pokhara city view. situated some 4 km. east of airport at Matepani, Bhadrakali is a peaceful area. it is also a right place for birds and butterflies watching. A park is being developed around the temple. Old Bazar In the heart of Pokhara city, a historical Bazar is located. The houses are traditional and resemble and architectures of Malla period of Kathmandu Valley. The Newar Community trades and maintains their traditional types of business. The old Bazar is about 4 km. north from airport. Tibetan Refugee Camp There are three Tibetan refugee camps. One is 2km. South from the airport near the Devi’s fall at Chhorepatan, the second is in Prithwichowk and the third is 7km. North of airport in Hemja. All the camps are worth visiting to know Tibetan culture, their tradition and living style. Within the camps there are handicraft centers. Buddhist Monastery It is also called Nyeshang Monastery established in 1960 by Manangi Buddhists. This monastery is situated at Matepani about 4km east of the airport. It is built on a small hillock and one can enjoy nice view of Pokhara city as well as the mountain ranges. Seti River It is another mysterious natural wonder of Pokhara. Originated from the Machhapuchre glacier, Seti river runs through the main city area. The river provides a perfect view of its dreadful rush before it goes underground or disappears at Bagar into a deep gorge. The gorge is narrow but very deep that in some place it goes down to more than 60 meters deep. KI Sing Bridge, Mahendrapool and Prithvichowk are the main places to observe the underground river and its roaring sound.The surprising aspect of the river that even during the rainy season the swelling floodwater does not block into the narrow gorge. Begnas and Rupa Lakes Begnas lake lies 17km east of Pokhara airport. Like Fewa lake, Begnas lake is also perfect for boating. It reflects the beautiful image of Annapurna IV. Rupa lake is situated at the east of Beganas lake. A small hillock has separated the two lakes. Both lakes are famous for boating and fishing. There are buses running from city center of Pokhara to Beganas and Rupa lakes MUSEUM Pokhara Regional Museum Located at Naya Bazar, 2km north of the airport, Pokhara museum reflects the ethnic mosaic of western Nepal. The life style, and history of ethnic groups such as the Gurung, Thakali and Tharus have been attractively displayed in the museum. Annapurna museum It is also known as the natural history museum or butterflies museum and is located inside the compound of PN Campus. The museum has an exceptional collection of butterflies, insects, birds, models of wildlife and samples of stones and volcanic rocks found in an around Annapurna region. This museum is 5km north of the airport. Gorkha Memorial Museum It is located at damside 1km west of the airport. There are a wide ranges of collection of Gorkha Regiment uniforms, equipments, photographs and medals (including Victoria Cross) of Gorkha veterans. Some of the collection dates bact to the First World War. International Mountain Museum Nepal is predominantly a Mountainous country in the world. It congregates more than 1310 peaks of above 6000m including the highest summit of the earth, The Mount Everest (8848m). Nepal is, therefore also known as the playground of mountaineers in the world. The International Mountain Museum provides the detail information about mountaineering activities in Nepal as well as the mountaineering profiles and history of all the mountaineers who came to Nepal for mountaineering. The collections in the museum are equipments, climbing gears, clothes and other items used by the mountaineers during their expedition period. VIEW POINTS Sarangkot (1590 m) Sarangkot is situated on the top of a hill, north of Fewa lake. It is the most popular viewpoint center of Pokhara. One can get there by a three hours gentle trek from lakeside of drive half and hours or one hour cycling. There is a view tower with powerful Binocular that one can see a close view of the whole Himalaya range from Dhaulagiri to Manaslu. It is also viewpoint for the spectacular views of sunrise and sunset. Sarangkot lies in a popular trekking route i.e. Sarangkot-Kaskikot-Naudanda trek. World Peace Stupa (1100m) The World Peace Stupa is situated on the top of hill above the Fewa Lake. It is a huge Buddhist stupa. The place where the stupa is located is famous for its spectacular views of the Annapurana range and Pokhara valley specially the Fewa lake and the lake side area. One can drive or cycle near to the stupa or can trek about one hour to the stupa. It is a worth visiting site in Pokhara.
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