POKHARA: Pokhara is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Nepal, situated in the northwestern, at an altitude of 900 meters and 200 Km from the Kathmandu. Pokhara is also famous for beautiful lakes and magnificent views of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Makalu, Manaslu, Machhapurche. In Pokhara you can experience the best in trekking, boating, hiking, pony rides, paragliding or simply relax at one of the lakes near the city with the stunning Annapurna mountain range at the background.
The Major attraction of Pokhara:
Phewa Lake: This is the most attraction in Pokhara. This is the second largest and most enchanting of three lakes that add to the resplendence of Pokhara. Here, a beautiful color combination that is created by the wooden boats and paragliders that are sailing and rowing over the lake, which is the highlights of your travel experience in Pokhara.
Barahi Temple: Bahari temple is also known as “Lake Temple or Tal Barahi”. The most important monument in Pokhara. This is a two story pagoda temple located in the Center of Fewa Lake, It is a hindu temple of the Goddess Durga, the protector of gods.
Devi’s Fall: This is a lovely Waterfall is about 2 km south West of Pokhara airport on the Siddhartha Highway, approximately 150 meter long and run 30 meter below ground level.On 31 July 1961, a Swiss couple Davi went swimming but the woman drowned in a pit because of the overflow. Her body was recovered 3 days later in river. Her father wished to name it “Davi’s falls”. It is also known as Patale Chango, in Nepali name which means “underworld waterfall”.
Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave: Located close to Davis Fall. The cave is said to be have been discovered in the 16th century. The main cave contains two chambers with several shrines located throughout. This temple is dedicated to Shiva. The long flights of stairs wind down to the temple of Lord Shiva where the lord balanced on a raised platform fenced by iron bars can be seen. The cave is musty and damp but a string of electric light bulbs emits enough light to see the stairs clearly. there is a huge open cavern with enormous rocks, little pebbles scattered everywhere. On the right hand side there is a deep gorge. After a few yards of scrambling through the darkness, there is a crystal clear pond and from here one can see the awe-inspiring Patale Chhango (Devi’s falls) falling right from the top.
Bindhyabasini Temple: This is one of the oldest temples in the Pokhara valley. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagawati. Bhagavati is a popular deity – also in the Indian states of Kerala, Goa and Konkan. It can be used to refer any of the Hindu goddesses like Durga, Kannaki, Parvati, Saraswati, Lakshmi, and Kali. Bindhyabasini is considered as one of the main and foremost Shaktipiths of western Nepal. This temple was established in B.S 1845 since then this goddess is worshipped daily. Even the tourists visits at least once there. This temple is one of the most important holy places for the Hindu people.
Sarangkot: The most popular tourist destination from where the tourist can enjoy the great view of the Pokhara Valley and the magnificent view of the mountains. Sarangkot is only 5 km from Lake Side, Pokhara. It is the best view point for a sunrise and just 1592 m high. Many tourists come to Sarangkot for sunrise view and go back after few hours but From Sarangkot, on the northern direction we can see Dhaulagiri in the far west. Annapurna range is visible when the weather is clear on the same side.
Peace Stupa: Peace Pagoda is also Known as Shanti Stupa, a Buddhist stupa designed to provide a focus for people of all races and creeds, and to help unite them in their search for world peace. Most (though not all) have been built under the guidance of Nichidatsu Fujii (1885–1985), a Buddhist monk from Japan and founder of the Nipponzan-Myōhōji Buddhist Order. Fujii was greatly inspired by his meeting with Mahatma Gandhi in 1931 and decided to devote his life to promoting non-violence. In 1947, he began constructing Peace Pagodas as shrines to World peace. Balanced on a narrow ridge high above Phewa Lake, the brilliant-white Peace Pagoda of Pokhara offers spectacular views of the Annapurna range and Lake Phewa. Pilgrims climb the hill using paths from the different parts of the city or take a boat across the lake and begin their climb at the shore.