Pokhara, the nature’s hidden paradise possesses nature’s gift of extreme beauty. With majestic view of Annapurna range at its backdrop and tranquility of lakes within it, Pokhara is the perfect destination for wonderful tour.
Pokhara is blessed with panoramic views of the Annapurna range and Machhapuchhare peak. Besides, its surroundings offer the most popular treks in the Annapurna region, and those are the intensive Annapurna Circuit Trek and Jomsom Trek. Together with these treks, there are a number of short treks – Sarankot, Naudanda, Ghandruk or Ghorepani that are also equally fascinating.
The 7 mostly attractive places to visit in Pokhara are:
- The Phewa Lake, the second largest lake in Nepal adds the enthralling beauty of Pokhara. The changing light of the sun on the Phewa Lake provides aesthetic calmness to the connoisseurs of nature. On the eastern side of the lake, visitor can find cluster of restaurants and pubs. Along with these attractions, boating, sailing, kayaking, canoeing, swimming, bird watching, fishing and angling are some of the activities which can be done on Phewa Lake. In the midst of the lake stands the Varahi Temple, dedicated to Varaha. The temple represents as Shaktipith where animal and bird sacrifices are offered to the goddess Varahi. Basically, the Hindu crowd makes animal sacrifice in every Saturday.
- David’s Fall is a charming little waterfall located about 2 km south-west of the Pokhara airport on the Siddhartha Highway. Its source is the water from the Phewa Lake. David’s Fall attracts the visitor to view the mystery of water fall and its associated painful legend of David’s fall. Gupteswar Gupha is a mysteriously sacred cave located very close to David’s Fall. This cave holds special value for Hindus’ since a phallic symbol of Lord Shiva is preserved here in the condition it was discovered. Locally, it is also named as Gupteswar Mahadev.
- Bindybasini Temple is the oldest religious shrine in Pokhara built in the 16th century. The main shrine of the temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga. Basically, Hindu worshippers flock here to perform sacrifices especially on Saturday.
- Mahendra Gupha is another major attractive natural site reached after a two-hour walk north of Pokhara. The cave is known as the ‘House of Bats’ owing to a number of bats living within its walls. There is another deep cave called Chamere Gufa (Bat’s Cave) owing to a number of bats living within its walls.
- Seti Gandaki Gorge, a wonders of nature goes underground, vanishing from sight in many places along its route through the city. At various points the river is barely two meters wide where its depth beyond imagination. A good spot for watching the river below is Mahendra Pul, a small bridge at the center of the city.
- World Peace Pagoda, a massive Buddhis Stupa is an impressive site in Pokhara situated on top of a hill on the southern shore of Phewa lake. Besides being an impressive sight in itself, the Buddhist shrine is a great vantage point which offers spectacular views of the Annapurna range and Pokhara city.
- The Old Bazaar, in contrast to glocal Lakeside the old Pokhara Bazaar, 4 km away from Phewa Lake, is a traditional bazaar and a colorful gathering place for an ethnically diverse group of traders. The temples and monuments bear a close resemblance to the Newari architecture of Kathmandu Valley and retain much of its original charm. The old bazaar is also home to one of Pokhara’s most important shrines’, the Brindhyabasini Mandir.