Mahendra Cave: – Pokhara has unique assets for the development of tourism and a great diversity of products. Key attractions include nature, trekking and adventure activities, religious and cultural sites. It has an established niche in international tourism, with tourist arrivals showing strong and stable growth.
However, the market is beginning to show some worrisome trends. Its traditional value segment for tourists has declined drastically, while its low volume segment for tourists has increased rapidly.
It says: “If there is a paradise on earth, start from the north to Pokhara.” Obviously, the landscape is great! In the lap of Annapurna Himalayan Range, Pokhara is covered by emerald blue lakes, green forests, deep gorges, underground waterfalls, caves, hills, and streams.
If Kathmandu is the cultural center, Pokhara a place of exhilarating beauty is to refresh and relax and discover the mysterious creation of nature. There are many limestone caves as an interesting part of geological study.
Among them, Mahendra Cave is an attractive cave in the city of Pokhara and is located near Bat Cave. This place is located in the north of the sub-metropolitan city of Pokhara, which is located under pavilion No. 16. It is located 6 km north of Mahendrapool Bazaar and can be accessed through the bus service of the city and a bicycle along the black road.
This limestone cave is a rare example of a cave system that contains stalactites and stalagmites. The cave attracts a lot of tourists and the middle part of the cave contains a statue of the Hindu Lord Shiva. The cave is named after the late King Mahendra.
The natural tunnel of the cave is illuminated by artificial lighting systems. Rich in different types of rocks, bright stones, and large rock rocks, this cave is an interesting attraction. The cave tunnel leads to different places like Kali Khola.
The cave of Mahendra is named after the late King Mahendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev. It is lit with bulbs up to a point, but taking safety into account, torches and emergency lights are always provided.
There is a narrow exit at the end of the cave that could be difficult to locate, so, to facilitate navigation, guides are available at a reasonable price to show you the place safely. The famous Bat Cave is just a 10-minute walk from the Bat Cave. The exterior of the cave is green and is located in the foothill, which makes the view worthwhile.
In the year 1950, this cave was discovered by the young shepherds of Pokhara. Before the visit of the late King Mahendra in 1960 AD, this cave was just a cave of bats because bats used to flit around the cave.
But after the king’s visit, the local people called him Mahendra Cave, thinking that the king would donate more money to develop the place. But it did not come true. As it is the habitat of bats, some lights inside the cave are relocated due to pressure from environmental conservationists because the lights inside disturbed the natural habitat of wildlife inside.
The cave is rich in a variety of rocks, especially limestone, and the rocks shine when light falls on it. The stone that drips from the ceiling and covers the floor of the cave comes alive under the beams of the lanterns and increases the excitement of this dark adventure.
The cave of Mahendra is also one of the main tourist attractions of Pokhara. The cave itself is amazing and we can see the various forms and natural images of various Hindu gods and goddesses in the stone made from lime.
Here, for security measures, electricity is supplied through the cave and additional torches and emergency lights can be taken for convenience. The area is surrounded by the community forest on the hillside and at the end of the road flows the small river called Kali Khola. It is also one of the most visited tourist destinations in Pokhara.
The cave is a natural tunnel and lightening is kept for the ease of visitors. The cave of Mahendra is popular for its types of rocks and different stones that shine when a beam of light hits. This cave is formed by large rock boulders and tunnels.
The corridors of the caves are completely dark with water dripping continuously on top. The cave is formed in limestone, which falls to the ground and continuously forms electric sparks. The cave consists of about 100 m of easily accessible passages and another 100 m of unstable low corridors that enter through a collapsed passage of only half a meter in height.
A report of the complete cave and the lists of bats and invertebrates that live in the interior are found in the report of the expedition of the British cave of 1976 to the region. Horse pastures and mules can be observed frequently in this area as it is rich in greenery vegetation.
This place is at the bottom of a hill covered with vegetation. Many surrounding hills full of vegetation can be observed from here. Another great cave called Bat Cave can also be visited when traveling along the trail just below the hills within a ten-minute walk.
It is exciting to see the creation of nature. In addition to the Gupteswor cave, there are many other small caves in several other places in Pokhara where some tourists visit. The caves are usually found in the limestone region, such as Mahendra Cave.
Before this cave was physically disturbed, one could enjoy the different forms of limestone, some projected down from the roof and others up from the ground. It gives a strange and exciting feeling as you watch it. But today, it has been disturbed by people.
After entering through the cave’s largemouth opening, then walk about 50 feet to the left, a small hole appears from where you can see the light coming in, which is still more exciting. Through the hole, you can move slowly. On the right, the cave tunnel goes on for about 100 meters. Actually, the trip gives an adventurous experience and enjoyment.
Author: Sudip Babu Dhakal