Pokhara is a remarkable place of natural beauty. Situated at an altitude of 827m from the sea level and 200km west of Kathmandu valley, the city is known as a center of adventure. This enchanting city has several beautiful lakes and offers stunning panaromic views of Himalayan peaks. The serenity of lakes and the magnificence of the Himalayas rising behind them create an ambience of peace and magic. So today the city has not only become the starting point for most popular trekking and rafting destinations but also a place to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature.
Pokhara is part of a once vibrant 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 Gurungs and Magars, 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.
Highlights of Pokhara
Phewa Lake or Phewa Tal is a freshwater lake located in the south of the Pokhara Valley that includes Pokhara city; parts of Sarangkot and Kaskikot. The lake is stream-fed but a dam regulates the water reserve, therefore, the lake is classified as semi-natural freshwater lake. It is the second largest lake in Nepal, the largest in Gandaki Zone followed by Begnas Lake. Phewa lake is located at an altitude of 742 m (2,434 ft) it covers an area of about 5.23 km2 (2.0 sq mi) with an average depth of about 8.6 m (28 ft) with maximum water depth is 24 m (79 ft). The Annapurna range on the north is only about 28 km (linear distance) away from the lake, and the lake is famous for the reflection of mount Machhapuchhre and other mountain peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges on its surface. The Taal Barahi Temple is situated on an island in the lake.
International Mountain Museum
International Mountain Museum is about mountaineering and its history. You could have description of the people living in the Himalayas and descriptions of the 14 highest peaks and their most famous expeditions.
Barahi temple or Taal Barahi, is one of the essential cultural monuments of Pokhara. It is an amazing temple situated almost at the center of the famous, beautiful and second largest lake of Nepal, Lake Phewa. It is the pagoda style, two storied temple which is decorated with magnificent arts works based onNepali architecture. The roof of the temple is of copper sheets and theGajur (pinnacle) is made of pittal(brass with gold coated).
Gurkha Memorial Museum
Located just north of Mahendra Pul, near the KI Singh Bridge, the Gurkha Museum celebrates the achievements of the renowned Gurkha regiment. Accompanied by sound effects of machine-gun fire, it covers Gurkha history from the 19th-century Indian Uprising, through two World Wars to current-day Afghanistan, with a fascinating display on Gurkhas who have been awarded the Victoria Cross medal.
Begnas Lake is a freshwater lake in Kaski district of Nepal located in the south-east of the Pokhara Valley. The lake is the second largest, after Phewa lake, among the eight lakes in Pokhara Valley. Water level in the lake fluctuates seasonally due to rain, and utilization for irrigation. The water level is regulated through a dam constructed in 1988 on the western outlet stream, Khudi Khola.
Located in the city of Pokhara, Nepal, Bindhabasini Temple is one of the most popular temples in The Western Region. It is the only temple of note which lies in the center of Pokhara City. It’s shady hilltop location is more interesting than its several shrines, none of notable design or antiquity. The original temple was destroyed in 1949 fire, which started from a fire offering run amok.
Gupteshwar Mahadev Temple and Gupha
Gupteshwor Mahadev cave is probably the longest and attractive cave in south Asia which is located at the pristine location of northwestern part of Pokhara, a world famous tourist destination in Gandaki zone and Kaski district. In 1970, 1980 and 1982 a British Expedition Organization named British course Research Cave Expedition expatiated this cave and published about it in The Atlas Great Cave of the World. This cave was formally established in 1994 which is a religious and touristic destination and called as Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave.
Annapurna Butterfly Museum
This museum is situated in the premises of P.N. campus. Generally we think museums are in bigger buildings, spread in huge but this museum is in a small house. It is established and conducted under Annapurna conservation project. As clear by its name it has very good collections of butterflies found in Pokhara and surrounding hilly/mountain areas. Butterflies are kept preserved in drawers/boxes with English/ local names and scientific nomenclature, drawings, idols and few preserved forms of animals and birds are also in the museum. It also has miniatures of traditional houses of Pokhara valley. You can see statues of various ethnic groups in their traditional attires on the pillars at the entrance.
Davis Fall is a waterfall located at Pokhara in Kaski District, Nepal. An interesting aspect of the falls is that the water travels through a natural tunnel prior. The water from the fall flow about 500 feet through the natural tunnel at the depth of 100 feet from ground level. In the year 1961, a Swiss tourist who was just swimming in the Fewa lake was swept away due to the unexpected overflow in the dam water and her husband was helpless. Thus, her body was never recovered and was vanished forever. Then the fall was named after her name as Davis Fall. In Nepali it is also called Patale Chango, which means underground falls.
As the name given, the water flows under the ground through its natural tunnel of 500 feet from the fall made by the water currents beneath the land. The water passes through the cave called Gupteshwor Mahadev cave beneath the land. The source of water is provided through the dam of Fewa Lake and in the rainy seasons the rise in the water level increases the flow and density of water in this fall. The natural scenery is very impressive.
You won’t find Adam West or Christian Bale lurking in the dark and spooky Bat Cave, but instead thousands of live horseshoe bats, clinging to the ceiling of a damp and slippery chamber and occasionally chirruping into the darkness – claustrophobics beware. Daredevils can continue to the back of the vault and wriggle out through a tiny chute to the surface.
World Peace Pagoda
The World Peace Pagoda is a good place to find individual peace. The trail to the pagoda passes through a dense forest that offers excellent birding. After watching your fill of birds, climb to the top and take in a captivating bird’s-eye view of Phewa Tal.
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