Places to See in Pokhara Nepal, City of Lakes
There are many places to See in Pokhara Nepal, City of Lakes. Pokhara is a piece of heaven in the world, lies in Nepal. There are many beautiful and interesting places to visit in Nepal, outside the Kathmandu Valley.
Pokhara is one of the most scenic and exciting valley in Nepal. Pokhara valley is the ‘Jewel of the mid-west’, second major tourist sport in Nepal but the favorite of tourists from around the globe.
Top 15 Places to See in Pokhara Nepal
- Phewa Lake
- Begnas lake and Rupa lake
- Barahi temple
- World Peace Pagoda
- Seti Gandaki
- Devi’s Fall
- Gupteswar Gupha
- Mahendra Gupha
- The Old Bazaar
- Bindbyabasini Temple
- Himalayan Vista
- Nightlife and Entertainment
- Around Pokhara
- Phewa Tal (Lake)
The Barahi temple is the most important monument in Pokhara, built almost in the center of Phewa Lake. The Temple is two-storied pagoda, 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.
Phewa Lake is the second largest lake in the Kingdom, 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 across to the water or visit the island temple in its middle.
Boat can be hired and many visit the island temple that lies out in the middle of the lake. The other past time is sailing. Lakeside or Baidam, is a thriving resort town of hotels, restaurants, bars and souvenir shops that allows travelers to relax and yet have all they need.
Devi’s Fall is locally known as the Patale Chhango (Hell’s Fall). Devi’s Fall (also known as Devin’s and David’s) is a lovely waterfall lying about two km south-west of the Pokhara airport on the Siddhartha Highway.
Legend has it that a trekker (Devin, David.) was washed away by the Pardi Khola and mysteriously dis appeared down into an underground passage beneath the fall, never to be seen again.
Another of Pokhara’s natural wonders that unfailingly interests visitors is the Seti Gan – daki river. 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 rivers’s dreadful rush and the deep gorge made by its powerful flow.
Mahendra Gupha (cave):
Another major attraction of nature’s wonders in Pokhara is the Mahendra Gupha. 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 in order to see the stalactites and stalagmites, as well as the local winged residents. Visitors will be well-advised to bring their own torches to closely inspect the formations.
The Old Bazaar
Pokhara’s traditional bazaar is colorful and so are its ethnically diverse traders. A stark contrast to Lakeside Pokhara, the old Pokhara Bazaar is 4 km away from Phewa Lake. Located about four km from Lakeside, the market’s original charm is alive and well.
This area strewn with shops selling commodities from edibles and cloth to cosmetics and gold is a pleasant and shady spot to stroll around. The temples and monuments bear a close resemblance to the Newari architecture of Kathmandu Valley.
Except for the large concrete buildings that have cropped up, the market place retains much of its original charm. It makes for a pleasant walk; there are shops selling anything from edibles and clothing to cosmetics and gold.
The old bazaar is also home to one of Pokhara’ s most important shrines. Locally called the Bindhyabasini Mandir, 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 is worth a visit. Located between the bus stop and Mahendra Pul, it reflects the ethnic mosaic of the diverse cultures that thrive in western Nepal. The lifestyles and history of the Gurungs, Thakalis and Tharus are attractively represented by models, photographs and artifacts.
Of much interest and also a major attraction is the recently discovered remains of an 8000-year-old settlement in Mustang. Open daily from 10 am to 5 pm, except on Tuesdays and public holidays.
Annapurna Regiional Museum:
Another interesting museum in Pokhara is the Annapurna Regional Museum which is also known as the Natural History Museum. 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 daily from 9 am to 5 pm except on Saturdays and public holidays.
International Mountain Museum:
The International Mountain Museum (IMM) has an impressive façade. It was built with the objective of recording, documenting, exhibiting and chronicling the entire past up to the present day, the development of mountain and mountaineering activities in the world.
It has received much support from the many mountaineering clubs and associations as well as individual donors from around the world. The museum was established by Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) with the theme ‘Man, Mountain and Mountain activities around the world’. Accordingly, the entire display area of the museum has been divided along the theme.
Begnas & 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. The lakes offer the perfect natural retreat because of their relative seclusion. Splendid boating and fishing oppertunities can be had here.
Further 12 km east of Pokhara at the end of a road that turns north from highway to Kathmandu lies the Begnas Lake offering the perfect nature retreat because of its relative seclusion. Splendid hiking, boating and fishing opportunities can be found here.
The Begnas Lake Resort, located on a hillside of unspoiled forestland with guest rooms built on rice terraces close to the lake offers magnificent views over tranquil waters of the Begnas, beautiful ethnic villages on the opposite hillsides and the snowy mountain peaks from every room.
World Peace Pagoda
World Peace Pagoda is a massive Buddhist stupa and is situated on 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 great view. 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.
Just opposite of Devi’s fall, on the other side of the road there is Gupteshwor Cave. This cave is popular for the different natural forms made from limestone deposits. 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.
This is one of the oldest temples in Pokhara. Bindhyabasini temple is the center of religious activity in the old bazaar. It is dedicated to goddess Bhagwati, yet another manifestation of shakti.
Legend says that when Pokhara was a part of Kaski Kingdom, the main deity of the temple, Goddess Durga, was brought from India. Worshippers flock here to perform sacrifices, and especially on Saturdays the parklike grounds take on a festive fair. 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 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.
This famous Buddhist monastery is situated on the eastern part of Pokhara, on a hillock and one gets good view of the city from here. It was built by the Buddhist from Manang in 1960’s.
Manang is one of the most famous situated Annapurna Circuit trek. Images of Buddha and Padmasambhava are its major attractions. Moreover, beside this many monks reside here.