Pokhara - your destination for Natural Beauty
Millions of people travel thousands of miles in the search of heaven or paradise on earth fully unaware of the existence of a corner of real paradise. Pokhara valley is situated at an altitude of 827 meters from sea level. This is one of the picturesque spots of Nepal. Its lovely lakes and mountains enhance the beauty of the valley. Pokhara is situated 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.
Places and Activities to do in Pokhara
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 protester deity representing the female force Shakti.
World Peace Pagoda
This pagoda is situated on the top of a hill on the southern shore of Phewa Lake. It has four images of Buddha facing in our directions. The pagoda is an impressive sight and its hilltop location commands great view. It is a great vantage point, which offers spectacular views of the Annapurna range and Pokhara city.
This famous Buddhist monastery is situated on the eastern part of Pokhara, on a hillock and one gets good view of the city from here. It was built by the Buddhist from Manang in 1960's. Manang is one of the most famous situated Annapurna Circuit trek. Images of Buddha and Padmasambhava are its major attractions. Moreover, beside this many monks reside here.
Just opposite of Devi's fall, on the other side of the road there is Gupteshwor Cave. This cave is popular for the different natural forms made from limestone deposits.
This is one of the oldest temples in Pokhara. Legend says that when Pokhara was a part of Kaski Kingdom, the main deity of the temple, Goddess Durga, was brought from India. Apart from the peace and tranquility that can be felt in this region, the premises of the temple offers a good view of the Himalaya on a clear day. The temple is in the area of the Bazaar; hence, a journey of the old bazaar can be combined with a visit to the temple.
The temple of Manakamana, a very popular pilgrimage in Nepal, is a temple of one of the manifestations of the Hindu goddess Bhagawati. Bhagawati is believed to have the power to fulfill your wishes. It is located 75km to east of Pokhara. A cable car takes travelers to Manakamana within 10-minutes from Kurintar (Cable Car spot).
Climate of Pokhara
Pokhara has a pleasant climate and can be visited any time of the year. Even during summer, the temperature does not rise above 30-32 degree Celsius. And as a rain begin, 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 bus ride and just 30 minutes by Airplane from Kathmandu. And it is also connected with Indo-Nepal border. There is 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 the artificial 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.
This is a small village nestled on the southern slopes that lies on the western Nepal near Pokhara valley, entirely inhabited by Gurung ethnic group. The village situated at an altitude 1700m is small and compact with neat and clean well maintained paved trails connecting the mainly stone and slate built houses. The village consists of 60 households. The village offers spectacular views of the Himalayas including Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Lamjung ranges in the north, beautiful hamlets and valleys stretching away towards Terai. Likewise, large numbers of pilgrimage sites, shrines, flora and fauna, tranquil lakes, dot the landscapes. The vibrant culture, tradition and lifestyle of the Gurung peoples blended with their affluent hospitality make for a remarkable experience for the lifetime. The village ensures a comfortable climate regardless of any season of the year.
Sirubari can be reached a three hours walk from road head, just 30km away from Pokhara. The village a recent innovation is successfully demonstrated as village tourism. No hotels and lodges as such are available in the village. While in Sirubari, visitors will have to stay in the home of locals as home stay. During their home stay, visitors can have the insights of the rural community and enjoy their warm hospitality. The accommodation is simple, but comfortable with good bedding as well clean rest rooms. The village is perfect location for bird watching and wildlife observation too. Each evening the visitors can be participant in local entertainment program which is usually Gurung dancing and singing.