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Pokhara is one of the popular tourist destinations of Nepal. Many tourists visit Pokhara Valley in order to view the Himalayan range and lakes. Pokhara is also famous for boating, trekking, rafting and adventurous sports.

Among the many lakes in Pokhara Valley, Phewa Lake is the largest lake in the valley. Phewa Lake is also the second largest lake of Nepal and it includes the parts of Pokhara Valley, Sarangkot and Kaskikot. The reflection of Mount Macchapucchre (Fishtail) can be seen on this lake. Many people from outside the valley and foreigners come to enjoy boating and fishing on Phewa Lake. Another main attraction of Phewa Lake is the two-storied temple of Barahi Bhagawati Temple situated on the middle of the lake, like an island. In addition to Phewa Lake, Begnas Lake is one of the famous lakes in Pokhara Valley, which is also the second largest lake in the Valley. Begnas Lake is situated at an altitude of 650 m and it covers 3 km2.

view from annapurnaIn addition to lakes, adventurous sports also play a role to encourage many people to visit Pokhara Valley. Recently, in Pokhara, the longest and fastest zip line in the world was built, which is 1850 m (6070 ft) long and it begins from the top of the Sarangkot hill and it ends near Yamdi River. The zip line can reach the maximum speed of 140 km/h (100 mph) and it has a vertical drop of almost 2000 feet. Riders can see the views of 23000-foot Macchapucchre Mountain, Annapurna range and Seti River. Besides zip line, paragliding, which is also done from Sarangkot, is another adventurous sport to do in Pokhara Valley.

Annapurna Base Camp trekking, also known as ABC trekking, is another main attraction of Pokhara Valley. Trekking starts from Pokhara following Nayapul, Ghorepani, Tadapani, Sinuwa, Deurali and finally to Annapurna Base Camp which is at the height of 4090 m (13,418 ft). Many hotels and lodges are available throughout the journey. Visitors can enjoy the beautiful scenes of forests, hills, rhododendron (national flower), and many villages along the way. One study shows that ABC attracts about 25,000 visitors on the short trekking season, which is almost five times greater than Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest) National Park, which is the second most popular trekking destination of Nepal..

Two hundred kilometers west of Kathmandu, nestled in a valley beneath the Annapurna Mountain lies the magnificent city of Pokhara. Virtually located in the geographical center of Nepal, there may be no other place in the world from which the great Himalayan peaks can be admired from such a close distance. The city has quietly won the hearts of travelers from around the world. Many visitors find their most lasting impression of Nepal from the astonishing mountain peak Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) reflected in the still waters of Pokhara's Fewa Lake. Upon your arrival in Pokhara, you would definitely say - "Ohh! The Mountain is still Young".

Pokhara is the finest natural city of the world and is marked by a half dozen lakes of varying sizes, all linked by a trekking trail. Hence, it is also known as a Lake City of Nepal. It is Nepal's tourism capital and the second largest tourist destination too. Experience it by heart: it is honeymooners' paradise as well.

The sites not to be missed in the city are Devi's Fall, Fewa Lake &Barahi Temple, Sarangkot Hillock, Begnas Lake, Seti Gorge, Mahendra Cave, International Mountain Museum, and Bindabasini Temple.

 

 

Devi's Fall It is a beautiful waterfall formed from the outlet of Fewa Lake. Why it is named Devi's fall might be the matter of interest. One day, trekkers named Devin and David had their bath down to the Fewa dam but unknowingly the doors of the dam opened to reduce the water level. Both the trekkers did not notice the signal to run away and sadly they were washed away and one of them mysteriously disappeared down into the underground passage beneath the fall. Since then the fall was named Devi's fall. It is one of the well-suggested visiting sites within Pokhara.

View From Sarangkot Sarangkot is a small hill on the northwest side of Pokhara. Tourists reach there early in the morning to view the rolling sunrise and the dazzling mighty snow peaks such as Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri range, LamjungHimal, Manaslu and the Ganesh Himal.

Fewa lake Pokhara owes its popularity to the enchanting Phewa Lake, and along its eastern shore has grown the Lakeside or Baidam, a thriving resort town of hotels, restaurants, bars and souvenir shops that allow travelers to relax and enjoy. Phewa Lake is the largest and most beautiful of the three lakes, attracting a large number of visitors who enjoy boating on its placid waters. Boats can be hired, and many visit the island temple of Barahi in the middle of the lake.

Begnas lake Begnas Lake is located 13 km east of Pokhara city. Round in shape and surrounded by green hills, the lake overlooks Annapurna IV at the north.

Seti Gorge An amazing aspect of Pokhara is the vanishing river, Seti, which goes underground and disappears in many places along its route through the city. At various points Seti is barely 2 meters wide but its depth reaches an astonishing 20 meters. A good spot for watching the river is Mahendra Pul at Bhimsen Chowk, a bridge near the old Mission Hospital. Here the river can be seen in all its ferocity gushing down the deep gorge that it has carved over millennia.

Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave South of the Pokhara valley lies a beautiful cave popularly known as Gupteshwor Mahadev. The cave has several branches but the end has not yet been met. The main part of the cave is some 20 meters down and there lies a small temple of Shiva. One of the branches of the cave goes towards the Devi's fall and after a 20 meters easy walk one can reach near the fall. It is a very wonderful moment to stand just below the fall inside the cave. Gupteshwor Mahadev cave is a religious site for the Hindus.

Mahendra Cave It is located on the north of the valley some 10 km from the city center. This is the most popular cave in Nepal. Nearby the cave there is another cave named Chamera cave or the bat cave where hundreds of bats live.

World Peace Stupa The World Peace Pagoda can be seen on top of a hill on the southern fringe of Phewa Lake. It has four images of the Buddha facing the four directions. The dome-shaped pagoda is an impressive sight, and its hilltop location commands a great view. It is a great vantage point that offers spectacular views of the Annapurna. The access to the stupa is easy; either one can trek for an hour or take a short drive.

International Mountain Museum Among of the entire sightseeing destinations in Pokhara, IMO is a newly opened destination. Located on the southeast of Pokhara city, IMO is only one mountain museum in the world of its kind where mountaineering history including the climbing information and climbers' details are preserved and displayed. The museum has also preserved the climbing records and equipment of all famous climbers of the world. For the interested one, an artificial wall of Mount Manaslu has also been constructed.

Bindabasini Temple Located right in the city center, Bindabasini Temple is a popular pilgrimage site of Hindus. On a small hill the temple is beautifully located and maintained. It is one of the best sites of Pokhara to experience Nepalese religious rituals and culture.

Jangchub Choeling Gompa (Buddhist monastery) at Tashi Palkhal Tibetan Refugee Camp at Tallo Hemja, just north of Pokhara During 1950s, many Tibetan refugees inflexed into Nepal. They are settled in different part of the country. Within Pokhara city itself, there are four Tibetan refugee camps. All these camps today are like the Tibetan villages where they have maintained the Tibetan culture, tradition and lifestyle. To experience the Tibetan culture at least one center is worth visiting.

 

 

 
 
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