Pokhara valley is located roughly 200 km west of Kathmandu. Flying over the snow-capped Himalaya to the north and the green Mahabharat range to the south is thrilling, while the overland journey past sparse rural settlements nestled along the Trisuli River provides a view of life particular to Nepal's middle hills. There are daily flights and bus services between Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Pokhara is the center of adventure in Nepal as it is the starting point for many of Nepal's most popular trekking and rafting destinations. The magical beauty of Pokhara is found in viewing the reflection of Machhapuchhre (6977m) on the serenity of the shimmering waters in Phewa Lake. At an elevation lower than Kathmandu, it has a much more tropical feel to it, a fact well appreciated by the beautiful diversity of flowers that prosper in its environs. Indeed, the valley surrounding Pokhara is home to thick forests, gushing rivers, emerald lakes, and of course, the world-famous views of the Himalaya.
Pokhara is part of a once energetic trade route extending between India and Tibet. To this day, mule trains can be seen camped on the outskirts of the town, bringing goods to trade from remote regions of the Himalaya. This is the land of the Magars and Gurungs, hardworking farmers and valorous warriors who have earned worldwide fame as Gurkha soldiers. The Thakalis, another important ethnic group here, are known for their entrepreneurship.
Mountain Views from Pokhara Valley
Clearly the most stunning of Pokhara's sights is the spectacular panorama of the Annapurna range which forms its backdrop. Stretching from east to west, the Annapurna massif includes Annapurna I to IV and Annapurna South. Although the highest among them is Annapurna I (8,091 m), it is Machhapuchhre which dominates all others in this neighbourhood. Boastfully levitating in the skyline, the fish-tailed pinnacle is the archetypal snow-capped, needle-pointed mountain. If you want to see the mountains up close, Everest Air offers a mountain flight from Pokhara that takes you on an aerial sightseeing tour of the western Himalaya.
Phewa Lake, second largest in Nepal, is the center of all attraction in Pokhara. It is the largest and most enchanting of the three lakes that add to the resplendence of Pokhara. Here, one can sail or row a hired boat or visit its island temple. The eastern shore, popularly known as lakeside or Baidam, is the favorite home base for travelers where most of the hotels, restaurants and handicraft shops are located.
The Barahi temple is the most important monument in Pokhara. Built almost in the center of Phewa Lake, this two-storyed pagoda is dedicated to the boar manifestation of' Ajima, the protesters deity representing- the female force Shakti. Devotees can be seen, especially on Saturdays, carrying male animals and fowl across the lake to be sacrificed to the deity.
Another of Pokhara's natural wonders that unfailingly interests visitors is the SetiGandakiriver. Flowing right through the city, the boisterous river runs completely underground at places. Amazingly, at certain points the river appears hardly two meters wide. But its depth is quite beyond imagination (over 20 meters).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.
Locally known as the PataleChhango (Hell's Fall). Devi's Fall (also known as Devin's and David's) is a lovely waterfall lying about two kilometers south-west of the Pokhara airport on the Siddhartha Highway. Legend has it that a trekker (Devin, David) was washed away by the PardiKhola and mysteriously disappeared down into an underground passage beneath the fall.
Another of nature's wonders in Pokhara is the MahendraGupha. This large limestone cave is locally known as the House of Bats, an apt name for it. A two-hour walk to the north of Pokhara, it is best to bring your own torch to see the stalactites and stalagmites, as well as its winged residents.
The Old Bazaar
Pokhara's traditional bazaar is colorful and so are its ethnically diverse traders. In its temples and monuments, we can be seen similarities to the ancient architecture of the Kathmandu Valley. Located about four kilometers from Lakeside, the market's original charm is alive and well. This area strewn with shops selling commodities ranging from edibles and cloth to cosmetics and gold is a pleasant and shady spot to stroll around.
The old bazaar is also home to one of Pokhara's most important shrines'. Locally called the BindhyabasiniMandir, this white dome-like structure dominates a spacious stone-paved courtyard built atop a shady hillock. It is dedicated to Goddess Bhagwati, yet another manifestation of Shakti. The park-like grounds offer a fine picnic area, and on Saturdays and Tuesdays when devotees flock there to offer sacrifices, it takes on a festive local flavor.
The Pokhara Museum, located between the bus stop and MahendraPul, reflects the ethnic mosaic of western Nepal. The lifestyles and history of ethnic groups such as Gurungs, Thakalis and Tharus are attractively displayed through models, photographs and artefacts. One major attraction is a display highlighting the newly-discovered remains of an 8000-year-old settlement in Mustang. Open daily, except Tuesdays and holidays, from 10 am to 5 pm.
The Annapurna Regional Museum, also known as the Natural History Museum, is another interesting visit in Pokhara. Run by the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP), the museum has an exceptional collection of butterflies, insects, birds and models of wildlife found in the area. Located at Prithvi Narayan Campus east of the old bazaar, it is open from 9 am to 5 pm except on Saturdays and holidays.
Pokhara is the starting and finishing point for some of the most popular treks including the Annapurna Circuit and the Jomsom Trek. It also offers a number of short treks for those who cannot opt for long, challenging ones. The most popular destination among them is Sarangkot (1592 m), a former Kaski fort lying atop a hill to the west of Pokhara. The panoramic view of the Himalaya seen from this point is superb. Kahundanda, Naudanda, Ghandrung, Ghorepani, and Ghalchok are other favorite destinations around Pokhara.
World Peace Pagoda
This pagoda is situated on the top of a hill on the southern shore of Phewa Lake. It has four images of Buddha facing in our directions. The pagoda is an impressive sight and its hilltop location commands a great view. It is a great vantage point, which offers spectacular views of the Annapurna range and Pokhara city. Peace pagoda is the best viewpoint of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain range.
The Buddhist monastery situated on the eastern part of Pokhara on a hillock is well known for its excellent views of the city. It was built by Buddhists from Manang in 1960's. Manang is a popular destination that lies along the Annapurna Circuit trek. Images of Buddha and Padmasambhava are its major attractions. The Tibetian refugee camp is major attraction for Buddhists.
Just opposite of Devi's fall, on the other side of the road lies the Gupteshwor Cave. This cave is popular for the different natural forms made from limestone deposits.
This is one of the oldest temples in Pokhara. Legend says that when Pokhara was a part of Kaski Kingdom, the main deity of the temple, Goddess Durga, was brought from India. Apart from the peace and tranquility that can be felt in this region, the premises of the temple offers a good view of the Himalaya on a clear day. The temple is in the area of the Bazaar; hence, a journey of the old bazaar can be combined with a visit to the temple.
Senic views of Himalayas
City of lakes
Gateway of Annapurna trek
City of natural beauty
Day 01:Drive to pokhara
Day 02:Day sightseeing in a valley
Day 03:Day sightseeing in valley and boating
Day 04:Drive to Kathmandu
Bothway bus ticket .
Airport drop and pick up in kathmandu.
pick up from buspark to hotel and drop to buspark.
Sightseen with local guide.
2 nights hotel accomodation in pokhara.
Transportation for a sightseen.
hotel in kathmandu.
Food and drinks.
Tips for guide.
Day 01Drive to pokhara Today you will drive for 6-7 hrs and you will be in a pokhara. you can chill around pokhara lakeside.
Day 02Day sightseeing in a valleyToday car and guide will be in your hotel for sightseeing. you can visit world peace pagoda early morning, from there you can see mountain view and city view. After that have breakfast in a hotel and go for a day trip to the International mountain museum, David falls, gupteshower cave.
Day 03Day sightseeing in valley and boatingtoday we will drive boating and for hour and drive to seti George, Mahendra cave and drive back to hotel.
Day 04Drive to Kathmandu 6-7 hrs drive to kathmandu from pokhara
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