ancient lakes, waterfalls and gorges, and, of course, majestic views of the Himalayan Mountains.
The beauty, they say, lies in the eyes of a beholder. That might be true to something beautiful, but what you want to tell about something sublime. If there is something that challenges Biblical Garden of Eden in its splendor and magnificence, it’s Pokhara – the ultimate destination for the wanderlusts and those who appreciate, of course, beauty in its pristine glory.
The enchanting valley of Pokhara valley is situated at an altitude of 827 meters from sea level. An incarnation of the religious heaven, this celestial city is also known as the “city of seven lakes”. Just 200 kilometers west of Kathmandu, it is linked by Air and by road from Kathmandu and the Indian border Sunauli. Pokhara offers magnificent views of Dhaulagiri, Fishtail, Manaslu, five peaks of Annapurna and others. This is one of the few places in the world to provide such a dramatic view in a sub-tropical setting. The nearest snow-capped mountain, Fishtail, is less then 30 kilometers from Pokhara. Pokhara’s numerous lakes offer fishing, boating and swimming.
Climate of Pokhara
Pokhara has a pleasent invigorating climate and can be visited any time of the year. Even during summer, the temperature does not riseabove 30-32 degree celcius. After the onset of monsoon, the temperature goes down considerably, cooling the valley.
Access to Pokhara
Pokhara is situated 200 kilometers west from Kathmandu and is well connected by road and also by air. Pokhara can be reached in 6 hours via bus and just 30 minutes by Airplane from Kathmandu. And it is also connected with Indo-Nepal border. There are daily bus services from Pokhara to Indian border of Kakarvitta in the east, Birjung, Biratnagar and Sunauli in the middle part, Nepaljung and Mahendra Nagar in the west.
Caves and Water Falls in Pokhara
Pokhara is famous for limestone caves such as Mahendra Cave, Gupteshwar Mahadev and others. Davis Fall is the most famous water-fall in Pokhara, which comes to its gushing best just before disappearing underground.
Mountains and Hills in Pokhara
Like a divine painting from east to west, the breathtaking views of the world famous Himalayan ranges of Annapurna. Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre and other appear so close as to make you feel that you can almost touch them. Sarankot, Kaskikot, Kalikasthan, Bharat Pokhari and the Pumdi Bhumdi Hills commands beautiful views of the valley and the mountains. The places are also vantage points to view sunrise and sunsets over the majestic Himalayan peaks
Lakes and Rivers in Pokhara
Pokhara is also known as lake city. There are seven famous lakes – Phewa or Fewa, Begnas and Rupa being the most well known ones. the glacial river Seti, flows right through the heart of the Pokhara valley and goes completely underground at certain places.Which is also called seti or white Gandaki because of the limestones sediments that give the water a milky tint. This river cuts the deepest gorge in Nepal.
Temples and Monasteries in Pokhara
The Bindabasini temple is the center of religious activity in the old bazaar area. Located right in the middle of the Fewa Lake, Barahi Temple attracts many tourists and Hindu pilgrims from Nepal and abroad. Another Hindu shrine is the Bhadrakali temple, which is situated on a small but beautiful hill with pleasant surroundings. Some other temples in Pokhara are Narayan Than, Ram Mandir, Krishna Mandir, Kedareswor Mahadav Mindir Lamakhor Lakeside.
World Peace Pagoda , a massive Buddhist stupa, is situated on the top of a hill on the southern shores of Fewa Lake. Besides being an impressive sight, this shrine, built by Japanese, is a great vantage point offering spectacular views of the Lake as well as Pokhara city.
Museums and Heritage sites in Pokhara
The Annapurna museum displays a large variety of butterflies, moths and insects and also cement-models depicting Nepal’s wildlife. The Annapurna museum is located inside the Prithivi Narayan Campus. The Pokhara regional museum exhibits a variety of items that captures the culture and customs of different tribes and races of Nepal. The regional museum is located at Naya Sadak. The Mountaineering Museum provides detailed information on mountaineering expeditions in Nepal. The Mountaineering Museum is very new and it is located in Ghari Patan which is close to Pokhara Eye Hospital
Boating and Fishing in Pokhara
Boating and fishing are the most popular attractions of the Phewa lake. hiring a boat for a couple of hours and heading out to the other side of the lake bordering the forested hill and taking a swim can be the highlight of a warm day.
Adventure and trekking in Pokhara
Paragliding, Golfing, Boating, Swimming, Fishing, Micro-light aircraft, Bi-cycling and hiking in the hills are the most adventure activities in Pokhara. The valley is the starting point of some of the most popular treks in the country.
Culture of Pokhara
Pokhara – a dazzling mountains landmark in the west of Nepal is a melting pot of various ethnic groups comprising Brahmins, Chhetri, Newars, Magars, Gurungs etc vibrant in their respective cultures and in pure harmony.