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Not many people who have been to Nepal miss the Lake city of Pokhara- thanks to the beyond belief beauty that Pokhara possesses. If you have been to Kathmandu and believe that Kathmandu Valley is the cultural center of Nepal, then Pokhara certainly is the natural hub of the country.
Pokhara is also a major stop for trekkers. It acts as the gateway to many popular trekking destinations such as Annapurna Circuit trek, Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) trek, Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, Dhaulagiri Trek, Ghorepani Poonhill trek and Jomsom Muktinath trek.
Sometimes it is hard to believe the simplicity with which people live given that these have established themselves as one of the most ferocious fighters with their valor and unshakeable courage.
While you’re at it, be sure not to miss out on any of these destinations- some of which are an integral part of local’s lifestyle and livelihood.
Phewa Lake is the hub of Pokhara’s tourism and nightlife- though it has lost its glamor because of the policy of Government of Nepal. Nonetheless, the overall life revolves around Phewa Lake in downtown Pokhara. The boating trips are very cheap best suited for enjoying the magnificent vista of the Himalayan range on the backdrop of Pokhara.
You can even take a boat out yourself if you want a romantic time with your partner. But please note that it will not be the best option if you haven’t rowed a boat before. Phewa is the biggest lake in Pokhara. If you don’t know how to row, you will be in trouble.
It will be safe to put that no other destination has contributed more to Pokhara tourism than Phewa Lake. The surrounding area of Phewa Lake is famously known as Pokhara lakeside. Your Pokhara trip will be curtailed without the boating in Phewa.
The famous reflection of the Fishtail mountain in the Phewa Lake is an iconic symbol of Pokhara. That iconic picture hangs on the wall of most of the hotels in Pokhara.
Tourists flock this famous hill station to catch a glimpse of the sun rising from beyond the snow white Himalayas. The ambience of vibrant yellowish orange color that kisses the peak of the mountains as the sun steps up the horizon is an impassable event.
But sometimes the weather plays its tricks and the curtain of cloud that engulfs the mountain range drops too late.
Begnas Lake lies on the outskirts of Pokhara. The surrounding environment is more serene than Fewa Lake. The water of Begnas is clear and it is huge! Since the lake is not as frequently visited as its neighboring counterpart Phewa, the water of Begnas is more clean and clearer.
Get to the rooftops of one of the hotels and just chill out. If there was ever a Pokhara sightseeing places’ list, Begnas will certainly make it.
Davi’s fall is another iconic landmark of Pokhara. As much as the fall might seem appealing, you cannot go near the drop. And there is a pretty good reason.
A Swiss couple went to enjoy the waterfall- one of whose name was Davi (d/e) did not make it back alive. The fall is now barred to keep the visitors safe from the abysmal torrents underneath.
The international mountain museum has the record of all the major mountaineering events from all over the world. The primary goal of IMM is to record, document and chronicle the past and present development in the world of mountaineering and trekking.
Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) initiated the development of IMM. Though the foundations were laid on December 1st, 1995, it was opened for public on February 5th, 2004.
The museum has also put its best effort to epitomize the art, culture, tradition and lifestyle of ancient Pokhara and the surrounding regions.
The entrance fee for a foreigner is 400, SAARC national is 200 and Nepalese citizen is 80 Nepalese rupees. Students get 50 percent discount.
Chamero Gufa is a creepy cave. It is not as huge as Siddha Gufa. But it certainly is very daunting for the ones who have never been to a cave. The final stretch is very exciting. You are handed You have to adjust your body to get through the small opening at the end of the cave. A photograph of you getting out of the small opening will make a nice souvenir.
And yes, there will be bats around. After all, it is a bat cave we are exploring.
Rupa Lake like Begnas Lake is in the environs of central Pokhara. The lake is smaller in size than Begnas and Phewa. But it certainly has its place.
Mahendra Gufa is not a grand Gufa. It has made the list because of its historic importance. It is said that during the immediate revolt after the democracy, Late King Mahendra stayed in the cave to skip all the nuisances of the outside environment.
This is the reason why many people include this landmark in their Pokhara tour.
Gupteshwor Cave is a holy site. It stretches a length of 3km and goes right underneath the aforementioned destination- Davi’s fall. It is huge with chambers that stand at hundreds of feet. A phallic symbol of Lord Shiva is preserved in the state it was found in this cave.
And there are also interesting statues in the entrance.
Taal Barahi Temple is the temple that you see in the middle of the Phewa Lake. You must take a boat to get to the temple. Every year hundreds of thousands of people visit the awe-inspiring temple.
People believe that the female face of Hindu religion- Goddess Durga demands the sacrifice of male living beings. And hence, devotees take the male goats and other animals to be sacrificed in the temple.
Bindhyabasini temple is one of the oldest temples of Pokhara Valley. The monument of deity Durga with 8 hands is worshiped with great belief in this temple. A great number of goats, ducks and cocks are sacrificed in this temple. It is believed that whatever you wish will come true if you devote an animal to Goddess Durga.
Whether you want to dive into a scenic adventure or visit historic landmarks or delve yourself into religious activity to prepare for the afterlife (secure your place in heaven), the places to visit in Pokhara has got you covered.
You can also indulge yourself in other activities such as paragliding, river rafting, ultra light zip flying and cycling in Pokhara.