Things to do in Pokhara
Pokhara, the city of lakes, is renowned in the tourist community for being a wonderful place in pure natural beauty. It is indeed one of the main attractions for visitors from all over the world. It is located at an altitude of 827m from sea level. The city is famous for the adventure opportunities it offers that include sightseeing, white water rafting, kayaking and mountaineering. The wide range of options available here makes sure the visitors spend the time of their lives undertaking varied experiences and creating unforgettable memories.
Visit Phewa Tal (Fewa Lake:
Phewa lake is a second largest freshwater lake in Nepal located in the south of the Pokhara Valley. It is the most visited and popular lake of Nepal. It is the only lake in Nepal to have a temple on an island in the lake which is the centre of all attractions in Pokhara. The lakeside of Pokhara on the eastern part has some amazing lodges, restaurants, cafes and bookshops. The lake is also famous for the splendid view of the mountains, especially when the still water reflects the Mount Machhapuchhre and other mountain peaks, creating a double image, is simply breathtaking.
Visit Tal Bahari Temple:
Tal Barahi Temple is a 2 story pagoda-style temple located on a small island on Phewa Lake in Pokhara. The original structure of the temple is made from stones and has a thatched roof. This typical pagoda-style architecture temple was built at the centre of the lake by Kaskeli Kıng Kulmandan Singh in 1416 B. S. Tal Barahi Temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga Sapta Matrika in the shape of Barahi also it is the most important religious monument in Pokhara.
The only way to visit this temple is by boat. The temple is a great place to relax and observe the holy rituals being carried out.
Visit World Peace Pagoda
The World Peace Pagoda also is known as Shanti Stupa is a popular destination in Pokhara, situated at an altitude of almost 1000 meters. It is a massive Buddhist stupa built as a symbol of peace and situated on the top of a hill on the southern shore of Phewa Lake.
This peace pagoda was built by Buddhist monks Nichidatsu Fujii from Japan after world war II as a symbol to inspire peace and unity. Besides being an impressive sight in itself, the monument is a great vantage point to experience spectacular views of the Annapurna range, Phewa Lake, Sarangkot and the Pokhara city. Apart from stunning views of the mountains and lake, one can also enjoy a splendid view of sunrise and sunset from this stupa.
Sarangkot is the small hilltop which is a famous tourist destination from where the tourists can enjoy the great view of the Pokhara Valley and the magnificent view of the mountains. Sarangkot is also famous for its breathtaking view of sunrise & sunset due to the spectacular pink and orange hues over Annapurna range. From Sarangkot you get to see the greatest views of the Himalayan peaks such as Annapurna Massif, Fishtail Mountain, Dhaulagiri range, and Manaslu. Sarangkot is 5 kilometre from lakeside Pokhara, the place is easily accessible by a hike of 1-1.5 hours or by a 45 minutes car ride. You can experience tandem paragliding and the world's fastest Zipline.
Davis Waterfall/Devi's Waterfall also known as Patale Chhango in the local language, it is an extraordinary waterfall which directly goes into a deep and narrow canal with no ends. An interesting note about the waterfall is that it runs down some rocks before disappearing into an underground Cave. It is believed that this deadly waterfall took the life of a Swiss tourist named Davis, who fell down into the canal and was never found, and hence the name Davis waterfall, named in his memory by the people of Pokhara. This waterfall is one of the most visited places in Pokhara.
Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave:
Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave is a sacred cave 2km from Pokhara city across the road from Davi’s Falls. This cave was discovered in 1950 and considered the longest cave( 2950) of Nepal. Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave carries the historical importance where Lord Shiva is being worshipped by the pilgrims.If you have a couple of hours and want to spend your time then Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave is definitely a worthy destination to spend your time in Pokhara. This underground temple used to remain busy with domestic and international tourists 365 days a year.
Mahendra cave is one of the most visited tourist attractions of Pokhara. This cave was discovered in the mid-1900s by shepherds and has been carefully studied by researchers from the United Kingdom in 1976. The geology & biodiversity of the cave and its surroundings have been documented as a part of the research. Mahendra cave is a magnificent cave located at Batulechaur which is 15 minutes drive from the lakeside. The name Mahendra Cave is given after the name of Late King of Nepal Mahendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev. The cave is rich in a variety of rocks especially limestone and the rocks sparkle when light strikes on it.
Bat cave or Chamare cave (Chamare is a bat in Nepalese) is located 10 Km distance from the main city of Pokhara. As the name suggests, it is named after the bats as there is the prevalence or the habitats of the bats over the cave's wall and the ceilings. According to their info, Bat Cave shelters more than 10.000 bats from different species. The cave is made of up the limestone and there is the provision of the torch and the emergency lights for the view of the cave. It’s certainly a unique experience when you stand in the middle of the cave and look up to find the ceiling overflowing with bats, it's much like seeing black stars on the stony coloured sky.