Places to see in around Pokhara valley
Phewa lake in Pokhara
Phewa Lake, Phewa Tal or Fewa Lake is a freshwater lake in Nepal 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 790m from the sea level it covers an area of about 5.23 km2. with an average depth of about 8.6 m (28 ft) with maximum water depth is 24 m Maximum water capacity of the lake is approximately 4,600,000 cubic meters 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 Barahi Temple is situated on an island in the lake.
Located on an island in Nepal's Phewa Lake, stands the Barahi Temple. A visit to the island near the center of Lake Phewa,
On this pleasant, lush island you will discover the 2 story pagoda of Barahi Temple. This Hindu temple in Nepal is dedicated to Ajima in the boar manifestation, representative of the force of Shakti. Shakti is the Hindu mother goddess who is the origin of universal creativity and power. Shakti as a feminine power assumes several roles. In the form of Durga, Shakti protects the gods from demons. Durga takes on the manifestation of Ajima in the form of a boar called Barahi to pierce her evil enemies with her pointed tusks. Barahi is pictured with the face of a boar with a cup in one hand and fish in the other. As such, Barahi Temple is a very important center of worship for the Hindu devotees. Tourists are likely to see worshipers making their way to the temple on Saturdays carrying male animals for sacrifice.
Both local inhabitants of Pokhara and tourist alike flock to the Barahi temple regularly. If you plan on visiting the temple aboard your own hired boat, be sure to take a picnic along as the island in Phewa Lake is a lovely spot for relaxing, whilst surrounded by marvelous views.
Annapurna Range Skyline
The most spectacular sight in Pokhara is the sight of Annapurna range. See the following image which shows eight important mountains of the Annapurna range.
This range stretching from west to east includes Dhaulagiri, South Annapurna, Annapurna 1, Hiunchuli, Fish-tail (Machapuchare), Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, and Annapurna II. In Pokhara, the holy unclimbed mountain Macchapucchre (or also known as Fishtail Mountain), located in the middle of the Annapurna range, can be seen standing right in front of our faces
Everyone in Pokhara wakes up early to greet the mountains during sunrise. The reflection of sunlight from a mountain is always a breathtaking site. You will never forget the sight of the fishtail mountain standing right before your eyes saying "Good Morning!"
Begnas Lake, the second largest lake of Pokhara Valley is situated at an altitude of 650m. It is located in the Siswa village on the eastern part of Pokhara and is 15 km away from the Pokhara city. It covers an area of 3 sq. km. Average water depth of the lake is 9.37 and the maximum water depth is 13.84m. The capacity of the lake is 29.05 million cubic meter. It is comparatively deeper in the northern and western part in the comparision to eastern and southern part. The lake water is drained out by Khudi Khola from the western part.
The forest around Begnes lake is very rich in flora and fauna. The forest surrounding the lake is the habitat of more than 150 species of different birds. The northern part of the lake is best site for observing water fowls. The forest is also rich in mammals where abundant leopards wander majestically. The pride of this forest is that it is the home of some endangered flora and fauna. You can enjoy boating and fishing in this lake. You can travel to the nearby villages by hiring the boat all the day.
Rupa Lake is separated by the Pachabhaiya ridge from Begnas Lake , hence, these two lakes are often called the twin lakes. Rupa Lake is situated at an altitude of about 600m and covers an area of 1.12 sq km running along from north to south. The average depth of the lake is 3.0m and maximum water depth is 4.79m. Its water holding capacity is 3.1 million cubic meter.
Seti River George
Another Pokhara's natural wonders that is the Seti Gandaki River/ George . Flowing right through the city, the noisy river runs complete underground at place. Amazingly, at certain points the river appears hardly 2 meters wide. But its depth is quite beyond imagination - over 45 meters. The deep gorge can be viewed from any bridge over the Seti river. K I Singh bridge at Bagar, Mahendra bridge at downtown and Prithwi Highway Bridge near the bus park. Looking down these bridges, one can see the white turbulent flow of the Seti through an incredibly narrow canyon about 4m. deep and at places hardly one or two meters in its width.
Mahendra Cave resides in Batulechaur. Its a 10 minute drive from chipledhunga the central market place of the Pokhara city. Mahendra cave has been named as per the Late King Mahendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev. This is also one of the most demanding tourist attraction center here in pokhara. It resides in the northern settlements of the valley.
This snap here features a visitor within the interior of the cave. This cave is a natural tunnel which is provided with artificial lighting systems. Bulbs are used by the cave incharge so that the visitors can visit it without any difficulty. But do take a torch light with you just in case the electricity goes off.
Bat Cave (Chamera Gupha) :
This cave is located a little far form the Mahendra cave in the west .This cave was also discovered by the owner of the land – a farmer in the year 2040.Though the entrance is quite narrow but the inner part of the cave is wide enough. The images of the elephant tusk, gods and goddess have been craved on the inner walls of the cave.
This cave is 150 meter long, 7metres high and of the shape of “U”. This cave is famous for the bats and gives shelter to more than 15 thousand bats of different species.
Devi's Falls (Patale Chhango)
Pokhara is the only city in Nepal which is famous for water falls. As we drive by the river sides below the hills we can see several beautiful and dashing water falls flowing downhill and finally flowing to the rivers. The city itself has a beautiful waterfall within itself and it is known as Davis Fall (In Nepali: Patale chango)
It is believed that this deadly waterfall took the life of a tourist named David, who fell down into the canel and was never found, and hence the name David waterfall, named in his memory by the people of Pokhara.
This snap features the Davis fall during the rainy season. The excess water in Fewa lake needs to be drained hence the dam is open during summer and this makes Davis fall much more dynamic. Davis fall is worth visiting during the rainy and summer seasons. This high velocity of water has created different type of rock formation as shown in the above snap
Gupteshwar Cave is also known as the Gupteswar Gupha. One of the most popular and most frequently visited Tourist Attractions in Pokhara, the Gupteshwar Cave holds a special religious importance and especially to the local people. This cave is regarded holy by the Hindus. The main highlight of the site is the Shivalinga, the phallic symbol of the Lord Shiva. The linga is preserved here in the condition it was discovered. The cave is 3 km long and it features several large hall-like rooms and some passages. If you want to enter here, you will have to crawl.
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Apart from the mystical Gupteshwar Cave, Pokhara has lot more of attractions in store for you. Pokhara offers a rare combination of immense natural wealth and rich cultural heritage with a famous tourist district in the southern subdivisions of Lake side and Dam side.
The entrance of the Gupteshwar Cave in Pokhara is right across from the Devi's Falls. Gupteshwar Cave is easily accessible and tourists can arrive at the site conveniently without any hassle. All you need to do in order to reach the place is to travel a distance of 2 km from the Pokhara Airport on the Siddhartha Highway leading southwest from the city.
World Peace pagoda ( Bishow shanti Stupa )
Balanced on a narrow ridge high above Phewa Tal (Lake), the brilliant-white World Peace Pagoda in Pokhara is a massive Buddhist stupa which was constructed by Buddhist monks from the Japanese Nipponzan Myōhōji organisation. Besides being an impressive sight in itself, the shrine is a vantage point which offers spectacular views of the Annapurna Himalaya range and Pokhara city. There are three paths up to the pagoda and several small cafes once you arrive.
Sarangkot is the most popular tourist destination from where the tourist can enjoy the great view of the Pokhara Valley and the magnificent view of the mountains. Sarangkot is only 15 km from Lake Side, Pokhara. Sarangkot is the highest view point for a sunrise and it is just 1592m high. Sarangkot can be reached easily by 45 minutes by a car ride to the top from Pokhara and then 30 minutes hike up to the main view point. Many tourists come to Sarangkot for sunrise view and go back after few hours but it will be good if tourist stay there for one night and enjoy the view and city light of Pokhara from Sarangkot. Paragliding can also be done from Sarangkot. From Sarangkot, on the northern direction we can see Dhaulagiri in the far west. Annapurna range is visible when the weather is clear on the same side. On the southern direction the village overlooks the city of Pokhara and its lake on the north-western outskirts of the city.
Bindhyabasini Temple is also one of the most popular and well known temple in Pokhara.It is situated in the laps of Machhapuchhare and Annapurna ranges.This temple lies in the north of Pokhara. This temple is 850m above from the sea level. You can get a fabulous view of Pokhara city and the Himalayas from this temple. The aroma of the scented “Dhup” and refreshing air can keep anyone spellbound.
This temple originated when the Goddess “Bhawani “ told king khadag Bum Malla to establish her statue in Bindhyachal hill.This temple was established in B.S 1845 since then this goddess is worshipped daily.Even the tourists visits at least once there. This temple is one of the most important holy places for the Hindu people.The government has even printed its stamp with the picture of the temple in the year 2045.
Bhadra Kali Temple
Pokhara is not only god gifted place surrounded by the natural beauty but also rich from the historical view. Here you can find many historical oriented temples reflecting the ancient periods of the Nepal . Among the various temples in this city, Bhadrakali temple is one of them .This temple is in the east of the city.
In the year 1817 B.S this temple was previously known as “Mudule Thumpko”.It is 230 ft. above the sea level and is surrounded by greenery which gives it a peaceful environment.
This temple came into origin when the Goddess “ Bhadrakali “ told the Priest to dig the hill .There they found the statue of the Goddess since then it has been worshipped as “BhadraKali”.
This temple covers an area of about 135 ropanies of land .People worship goddess Bhadrakali to fulfill their wish. Lot of marriage ceremony take place in this temple and some people even use it as a picnic spot.
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.
International Mountain Musium
The Himalaya is the greatest mountain system in the world. It stretches 2400 km from east to west between Nanga Parbat and Namcha Barwa peaks. Most find such an immense range of mountains hard to envisage because the scale is beyond one's experience.
Cradled among the mountains in the central Himalaya with profusion of high peaks lies the Nepal. Of the fourteen peaks in the world that exceed 8,000 meters no fewer than eight of them are in Nepal, including Mt. Everest the highest in the world.
The mystery of the unknown, sheer beauty of majestic peaks and above all, an urge to experience the challenge of climbing world's highest mountains have attracted thousands of climbers to the Himalayan slopes.
The first tentative steps towards Himalayan climbing were taken in 1920's, and several expedition teams were able to make important exploration and significant progress in climbing Mt. Everest, Nanga Parbat, K2, and Kanchenjunga. However, it was only after the opening of the Nepal Himalaya, followed by the successful ascents of the first peak over 8000m - Annapurna I by Maurice Herzog and Luis Lachenal in 1950 and Mt. Everest in 1953 by Sherpa Tenzing Norgay and New Zealander Edmund Hillary, the mountaineering activities in the Himalaya started to gain wider popularity.
The current work of the IMM project involves phase one of the project. Works in this phase includes the construction and completion of the main Museum Hall building which will house the halls for exhibit display, audio visual hall and conservation room for exhibits. The Museum Hall building covers a total floor area of 4242sq m of the total 12.5 acres of the land owned by the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) for the IMM Project.
There will be two main exhibition halls, Hall of the Great Himalaya and Hall of World Mountains. These Halls will have models of famous peaks, mannequins of famous climbers, equipment and material used in mountaineering, culture and life style of mountain peoples, flora and fauna including geologic.
GURKHA SOLDIERS joined the British Army since 1815 and later into the Indian Army after it's independence in 1947. The MUSEUM concentrates on their history to current British Army and the Indian Army. The displays include hundreds of PHOTOGRAPHS of the many CAMPAIGNS they took part in and their REGIMENTAL LIFE. The 3-FLOOR GALLERIES are brought alive by SOUND and COLOURED LIGHT. Displays also include uniforms they wore, items they used and medals they won. Details of the Gurkha VICTORIA CROSS winners, the highest bravery medal with their citations can also be viewed.
Annapurna Natural History Museum (ANHM) is located within the compound of Prithivi Narayan Campus of Pokhara, a unique museum that offers a rare collection of nearly 90% of the 640 species of butterflies found in Nepal. Beside such a precious collection of butterflies, this museum does offer a large collection of wildlife, plants, insects and birds found in Nepal. The museum was established in 1965 with the purpose of drawing students and visitor’s attention towards the diverse of Nepal’s flora and fauna. The museum attracted the attention of some well known scholars and well wishers alike. Among them the names of Dorothy and Colin Smith are unforgettable. The large collection of butterflies in the museum has much scientific importance and attracted so much attention that this museum was nicknamed “The Butterfly Museum.” Butterflies have been duly categorized in different environments and climates. The museum also has an interesting collection of various species of moths and tropical insects.
Regional Museum in Pokhara
Regional Museum is 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.
Tibetan Refugee Camp at pokhara
There are the two Tibetan villages in the vicinity of Pokhara. One of them called Tashiling is in the south past patale chhango. The other village by the name of Tashi Palkhel lies north of Pokhara at a place called Hyanja on Pokhara Baglung Highway. The Tibetan people living in these villages keep themselves busy by producing and trading in woolen carpets and other handicraft items. They also run souvenir shops around lakeside. Some of them work like hawkers selling souvenirs at bargaining prices.
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