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Around Pokhara Valley
Pokhara at a glance
Pokhara is a remarkable place of natural beauty and the second largest city of Nepal. This is situated at an altitude of 827m above from sea level and 200km west of Kathmandu valley. This enchanting city has several beautiful lakes and offers stunning panoramic views of Himalayan peaks. The serenity of lakes and the magnificence of the Himalayas rising behind them create an ambience of peace and magic. This valley is the most famous trekking starting gateway for world famous trekking areas such as to Fishtail, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri area and for rafting destinations.
Climate The climate of Pokhara is slightly warmer than Kathmandu with daytime temperature hovering around 15 degrees Celsius in winter and 35 degrees in summer. The monsoon season which lasts from mid-June to mid-September is very wet; in fact Pokhara records the highest rainfall in the country. Best time to visit is between October and April.
Access Pokhara is accessible by road as well as by air from Kathmandu. It takes 6-7 hours by road and 30 minutes by air from Kathmandu. Dailly more than 15 flights are operating for pokhara by different Airlines company & flightVision int'l Travel have a right to sell the tickets from our table.pokhara is most famous for honest people, pleasant climate and good accessibility, Pokhara is enjoyable throughout the year always peace and beauty on Nature.
Major Sights of Pokhara
Phewa Tal (Lake)
Phewa lake, the second largest lake in the kingdom, roughly measuring 1.5 km by 4 km, is the center of all attractions in Pokhara. The enchanting lake is an idyllic playground. Brightly painted wooden boats and sailboats can be rented on reasonable cost around lakeside.
The lake is neither deep (roughly 47 meters at most) nor particulary clean, but the water is warm and swimming is pleasant if you don't think about the probable pollution. The eastern shoreline of the lake, popularly known as Lakeside or Baidam, consists of seemingly endless strip of lodges, restaurants, bookshops and souvenir shops. One of the fascinating parts of lakeside is the splendid view of the mountains, especially when the still water reflects the peaks, creating a double image.
Seti Gandaki (River Gorge) 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! Mahendra
Pul, 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
Barahi Temple/Island Temple of fewa
This is the most important religious monument in Pokhara. Built almost in the middle of Phewa lake, the two storied pagoda is dedicated to the boar manifestation of Ajima, the protectress 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.
Devi's Fall/ Patali Chhanga
Locally known as Patale Chhango (Hell's Fall), Devi's fall (also known as Devin's or David's) is an awesome waterfall lying about 2 km south-west of Pokhara airport on the highway to Tansen. An interesting modern legend says that a foreigner named David was skinnydipping in the Pardi Khola (river) when the floodgates of the dam were opened, sweeping him into an underground passage beneath the fall, never to be seen again.
International Mountain Museum
Pokhara is Nepal's third biggest city and attracts visitors from all over the world. Although the cities receive a lot of attention because of attractions and historical sites, there is one more reason foreigners visit Nepal, namely itsmountain ranges. The Himalayas have captured the imaginations of climbers and adventurers for centuries, with its challenging terrain and peaks luring countless mountaineers each year. The International Mountain Museum in Pokhara pays tribute to the mountains of Nepal, as well as those who have dared to take them on.
Appa Sherpa and Ms. Tabei Junko opened the doors to the International Mountain Museum completely to the public in 2004. It was established to document the developments in mountaineering from past to present and operates on the generous donations received from mountaineering clubs and private contributions. The exhibitions within the museum are divided into two groups, namely the Mountain and the Mountain People. The four main galleries are the Mountain People Gallery (displaying the heritage and culture of tribes living in the mountains), Mountain Activities (detailing famous explorations, the development of mountaineering gear and legendary trekking expeditions), Associates (background on the non-profit organizations that work and run conservation projects in the mountain ranges) and Mountain Gallery (an in-depth look at the fauna and flora of the mountains and geology).
Over and above viewing documents, artifacts and photographs in regard to famous mountaineers, the mountains and the organizations dedicated to promote and conserve this rich heritage, visitors will also learn more about the legends and folklores of the mountains that have been passed down through the centuries. The museum also hosts a prayer room and a library that is home to over two thousand book about the mountains and their fascinating history. The International Mountain Museum offers visitors the opportunity to relax and enjoy fun activities on the museum grounds, with a traditional craft village that doubles as another small museum, a breathtaking souvenir shop and a colorful restaurant that serves a variety of dishes, as well as traditional Nepali foods. For those who have been inspired by the museum to plan their own mountain adventure, there is an artificial climbing wall (21 meters) for future mountaineers to practice on. The International Mountain Museum is educational, interactive and extremely interesting, and is a recommended attraction when visiting Pokhara.
World Peace Pagoda
The pagoda is a massive Buddhist stupa
and is situated on top of a hill on the southern shore of Phewa lake.
Besides being an impressive sight in itself, the shrine is a great
vantage point which offers spectacular views of the Annapurna range and
Pokhara city. You can get there by crossing the lake by boat and then
hiking up the hill.
Gupteswar Gupha (cave)
Gupteswar Gupha, a sacred cave, lies 2 km from Pokhara airport on the Siddhartha Highway leading southwest from the city. The entrance is right across from Devi's Fall and the cave is almost 3 km long. It has some big hall-size rooms and some passages where you have to crawl on all fours. This cave holds special value for Hindus since a phallic symbol of Lord Shiva is preserved here in the condition it was discovered. An entrance fee of Rs. 5 is charged and taking pictures inside the cave is prohibited.
Mahendra Gupha (cave)
Mahendra Gufa, locally called Chamero Odhaar ("House of Bats"), is the large limestone cave. Shepherd boys are said to have discovered it around 1950. A two hour walk to the north of Pokhara, it is best to bring your own torch to see the stalactites and stalagmites, although most of them have been carted out by souvenir hunters.
The Old Bazaar (Ganesh tole and Ram Krishna Tole)
Pokhara's traditional bazaar is colorful and so are its ethnically diverse traders. In its temples and monuments can be seen ties to the Newar architecture of the Kathmandu Valley. Located about 4 km from Lakeside, the market's original charm is alive and well.
Bindhyabasini temple is the center of religious activity in the old bazaar. It is dedicated to goddess Bhagwati, yet another manifestation of shakti. Worshippers flock here to perform sacrifices, and especially on Saturdays the parklike grounds take on a festive fair.
Matepani Gumba (Buddhist Monastry)
There is a splendid Buddhist Monastry on the top of the small forested hill above Matepani east of Mahendra pool. It overlooks a large section of the Pokhara city and once there on find oneself lost in time amid the chanting Ramas, there colossal guardian images of the Buddha accompanying two other gurus and a prayer house with exquisitely carved columns and friezes.
To the south of the Buddhist Monastery there is another small but beautiful hill and in this pleasant sylvan setting lies Bhadrakali temple which also merits a visit. Museums
Pokhara Museum, located between the airport and Mahendra Pul, reflects the ethnic mosaic of western Nepal. The lifestyles and history of ethnic groups such as the Gurung, Thakali and the Tharu are attractively displayed. Open daily, except Tuesdays and holidays, from 10 am to 4 pm. Entrance fee is Rs. 5 and there is an extra Rs. 10 for cameras (Tel: 0612041 3).
Annapurna Museum, also known as the Natural History Museum, is located at Prithvi Narayan Campus east of the old bazaar. Managed by the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP), the museum has an exceptional collection of butterflies, insects, birds, and models of wildlife as well as samples of various precious and semi-precious stones and volcanic rocks. Open daily, except Saturdays and holidays, from 9 am to 4 pm. Entrance is free (Tel: 061-21102).
The boatyard is just opposite to the hotel. You can hire a boat on hourly or daily basis. If you want to avoid the labor, you may also hire a boatman. From the boatyard, you may make a trip to the island temple Barahi or cross the lake to scan the shores of Raniban (jungle). Besides, a leisurely trip around the lake is quite a great way to spend a full day in pokhara.
Fewa is a great lake for fishing. The lake is full of local fishes such as legendary “Golden Mahasheer”, Rahu, Rewa, Naini and Fangeta. In the last decades, a variety of alien fishes were introduced to the lake, including German carp, grass carp and cat fish. Fishing poles and rods are available for rent at the shops close to the boatyard. For a home made bamboo fishing pole and line set, please enquire at the front office.
Himalayan View From Pokhara
The magnificent Annapurna panorama that's visible on the northern skyline of Pokhara is quite incredible. The main peaks are Annapurna I to IV and the beautiful Machhapuchhare (or Fishtail Mountaian, so named after its twin peaks). Besides these, you can also see the Himchuli, Varahashikhar, Gangapurna and other peaks. The mountains will probably be hidden in the clouds between April and September. A nice evening on the banks of Fewa Lake with the mountain range as the backdrop is what Pokhara is really about!
Nightlife and Entertainment There is not much of a nightlife in Pokhara other than dining. The town shuts down by about 10:30 in the evening. Until you can hang out some of the bars and pubs that are becoming trendy in the area. Fishtail Lodge puts up an hour long nightly Nepali cultural show with dances and such.
Sarangkot Sunrise Tour
Nepal is one of the best countries for sightseeing, where as" pokhara is seen paradise of Nepal "with its long history, fascinating art and distinctive and varied architecture. The vast diversity of people, their culture, language and traditions will intrigue anyone. The two predominant religions, Hinduism and Buddhism, are ever present with the variety of gods and goddess, numerous temples, stupas and monasteries, and depict the deep faith of the people. The panoramic mountain scenery and a diversity of beautiful landscape will enchant you and make your visit one of the most romantic and memorable ones you have ever experienced.
Begnas lake and Rupa lake
The lakes are located about 15km from Pokhara at the end of a road that turns north from the highway to Kathmandu. Divided by the forested hillock called Panchabhaiya Danda, the lakes offer the perfect nature retreat because of their relative seclusion. Splendid boating and fishing can be done here.
Poon Hill /Ghorepani trek
Ghorepani trek is a colorful short foray into the Annapurna region. The trail winds through patchwork valleys, dense mossy forests and past icy waterfalls where you can stop to cool your face. Around every corner is a tantalizing glimpse of the high mountains, whole horizons of which will be revealed to you as you reach the high points of your trek. This trek in the Annapurna foothills to the view point on Pun Hill offers all the best of trekking in Nepal.
Enjoy trekking in the spectacular mountain scenery through charming villages inhabited by the Gurung, dense rhododendron forests full of birds and deep sub-tropical valleys, all set below the Annapurna with the picturesque fluted peak of Machhapuchhare (Fish Tail Peak) dominating the skyline. At the climax of this trek you will climb Poon Hill at dawn to enjoy one of the most spectacular mountain escape on Earth. As the sun touches the snow-capped summits the Himalayan giants, Dhaulagiri (8,167m) and Annapurna (8,091m) along with a maze of other peaks, slowly begin to appear, like magic, before our eyes. A rewarding trek that can be enjoyed by every lover of nature and beautiful landscape.
If you want to get the most mountain views in the least amount of time, the trek up from Naya Pul to Ghorapani and then over to Ghandruk should satiate your desire for Himalayan vistas. From the sunrise above Ghorepani to the in-your-face view of Machhapuchhare and Annapurna South from Chomrong, this trek does not disappoint.
5 to 7 days long, upto the Gurung Villages of Ghandruk village, great views of the Annapurna Range, North-West from Pokhara.
Ghachowk Trek: - 2 days, a circuit through lhachowk & down to Batulechour, north of Pokhara, close of view of fishtail mountain.
2 days, to Naudanda from Suikhat & then bask through Kaski, West of Pokhara.