Duration: 2 Days
Trip Grade: Easy
Best Season: Whole year
Group Size: 1-20
Transportation: Private Vehicle
Pokhara, the city of lakes is a place of remarkable beauty, be it in the tranquil lakes, the mesmeric view of mountain ranges or the hospitable people residing in the city. Located roughly 200 km west of Kathmandu, the city is also a starting point for many trekking and rafting destinations. Thick forests surround the valley adding to the natural beauty of the place. The trading route between India and Tibet used to pass through Pokhara. Magars and Gurungs are the local inhabitants, and ethnic groups like the Thakalis also live here. Daily flights and buses from Kathmandu to Pokhara are available which makes it easily accessible and most visited among Nepals cities.
Pokharas stunning sights, the panorama of Annapurna range stretches from east to west, the Annapurna massif includes Annapurna 1 to IV and Annapurna South. Although the highest among them is Annapurna 1 (8,091 m), it is Machhapuchhre which dominates all others in this neighborhood. An up-close view of the mountain ranges can also be observed via a mountain flight from Pokhara.
Day 1 :Phewa Lake, Barahi Temple, Seti Gandaki, Devi's Fall, Gupteshwor Cave, World Peace Pagoda
Day 2 :Mahendra Cave, The Old Bazaar, Museums, Bindhyabasini Temple
Day 1 :Phewa Lake, Barahi Temple, Seti Gandaki, Devi's Fall, Gupteshwor Cave, World Peace PagodaPhewa Lake
Phewa Lake is the second largest in Nepal and stands as the center of attraction in Pokhara. It is the most enchanting of the three lakes of Pokhara. You can sail or row a hired boat across the water or visit the island temple Barahi in its middle. The eastern shore, popularly known as lakeside, is the favorite among travelers. This is where most of the hotels, restaurants and handicraft shops are located.
Built in the center of Phewa Lake, the Barahi temple is the most important monument in Pokhara. This two-storyed structure is dedicated to the boar manifestation of' Ajima, the protesters 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.
Seti Gandaki’s elusive depth makes it an attraction to most visitors. Flowing right through the city, the 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 river'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 kilometer south-west of Pokhara airport on the Siddhartha Highway. A trekker (Devin, David) was washed away by the Pardi Khola and mysteriously disappeared down into an underground passage beneath the fall.
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 four 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.
Day 2 :Mahendra Cave, The Old Bazaar, Museums, Bindhyabasini Temple Mahendra Cave
Another of nature's wonders in Pokhara is the Mahendra Gupha. This large limestone cave is locally known as the House of Bats. The cave is 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 bats residing in the cave.
The Old Bazaar
Pokhara's traditional bazaar is colorful and so are its ethnically diverse traders. In its temples and monuments, you can see ties to the Newar architecture of the Kathmandu Valley. Located about four kilometers from Lakeside, the market's original charm is still alive and well. This area strewn with shops selling commodities ranging from edibles and cloth to cosmetics and gold is a pleasant and shady spot to stroll around.
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 ground offers a fine picnic area, and on Saturdays and Tuesdays when devotees flock there to offer sacrifices, it takes on a festive flavor.
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 Gurungs, Thakalis and Tharus are attractively displayed through models, photographs and artefacts. One major attraction on display is a model highlighting the newly-discovered remains of an 8000-year-old settlement in Mustang. The museum is open daily, except on Tuesdays and holidays, from 10 am to 5 pm.
The Annapurna Regional Museum, also known as the Natural History Museum, is another interesting visit in Pokhara. Run by the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP), the museum has an exceptional collection of butterflies, insects, birds and models of wildlife found in the area. Located at Prithvi Narayan Campus east of the old bazaar, it is open daily except Saturdays and holidays from 9 am to 5 pm.
This is one of the oldest temples in Pokhara. It is said 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.
This is my second time booking a trek with Green Valley. Kp is my go to when it comes to organising a trip to Nepal and planning the most incredible trekking experience. I completed Annapurna Base Camp in April and came back to do Everest Base Camp in October. We went as ...read more