To Visit In Pokhara
Places To Visit In Pokhara
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seti gandaki pokhara, devi's fall in pokhara, mahendra cave Old Bazaar,
Pokhara Museum, Annapurna Regional Museum pokhara nepal
Lake || Barahi
Temple || Seti
Gandaki || Devi's
Fall || Mahendra
Cave || Old
Bazaar || Pokhara
Museum || Annapurna
Regional Museum || Surrounding
Clearly the most stunning of Pokhara's sights is the spectacular panorama
of the Annapurna range which forms its backdrop. Stretching from east
to west, the Annapurna massif includes Annapurna I to IV and Annapurna
South. Although the highest among them is Annapurna I (8,091 m), it is
Machhapuchhre which dominates all others in this neighborhood. Boastfully
levitating in the skyline, the fish-tailed pinnacle is the archetypal
snow-capped, needle-pointed mountain. If you want to see the mountains
from close up, Everest Air offers a mountain flight from Pokhara that
takes you on an aerial sightseeing tour of the western Himalaya.
Phewa Lake, the second largest lake in the Kingdom, is 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.
The eastern shore, popularly known as lakeside or Baidam, is the favorite
home base for travellers and is where most of the hotels, restaurants
and handicraft shops are located.
The Barahi temple is the most important monument in Pokhara, Built almost
in the center of Phewa Lake, this two-storied pagoda is 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.
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.
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.
Another of nature's wonders in Pokhara is the Mahendra Gupha. This large
limestone cave is locally known as the House of Bats, an apt name for
it. A two-hour walk to the north of Pokhara, it is best to bring your
own torch to see the stalactites and stalagmites, as well as the local
The Old Bazaar:
Pokhara's traditional bazaar is colorful and so are its ethnically diverse
traders. 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
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
The Pokhara Museum:
The Pokhara Museum, located between the bus stop 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
through models, photographs and arti- facts. One major attraction is a
display highlighting the newly-discovered remains of an 8000-year-old
settlement in Mustang.
Open daily, except Tuesdays and holidays, from 10 am to 5 pm.
The Annapuma Regional Museum:
Also known as the Natural History Museum, is another interesting visit
in Pokhara. Run by the Annapuma Conservation Area Project (ACAP), the
museum has an exceptional collection of butterflies, insects, birds and
models of wildlife found in the area.It is located at Prithvi Narayan
Campus east of the old bazaar.
It is open daily except Saturdays and holidays from 9 am to 5 pm.
Pokhara is the starting and/or finishing point for some of the most popular
treks including the Annapurna Circuit and the Jomsom Trek. It also offers
a number of short treks for those who cannot opt for long, challenging
ones. The most popular destination among them is Sarailgkot (1592 m),
a former Kaski fort lying atop a hill to the west of Pokhara. The panoramic
view of the Himalaya seen from this point is superb. Kahundanda, Naudanda,
Ghandrung, Ghorepani, and Ghalchok are other favorite destinations around