Pokhara, the city of seven lakes complemented with spectacular views of the Himalayas, is often the first choice the nature and adventure lover travelers for their quick leisure escape to serenity amidst memories. There is no doubt that Pokhara is one of the most popular destinations for CULTURE, NATURE & ADVENTURE. Pokhara has its many nature spots as such Gupteshwar Cave, Chamero Gufa (Bat Cave), Mahendra Cave and popular water falls David's Fall. You can also enjoy adventurous activities such as boating, hiking, pony ride, paragliding, ballooning, bungee jumping and zipline will obviously thrill you. If you want a respite, a short trip to Pokhara is definitely a good idea. You will never get tired of this laid-back city as all love.
How to get to Pokhara?
Pokhara is located 200 km west from the capital city Kathmandu. It is only the distance of half an hour flying or 6 hours drive overland journey from Kathmandu. There are 30 to 40 regular flights between Kathmandu, Pokhara, Kathmandu and many more during high seasons. Similarly, various standard of the Tourist buses, cars, jeeps are available for regular service to Pokhara from Kathmandu. Beside this Pokhara is well linked by the road of the border of cities with India like Kakarvitta, Biratnagar, Dharan, Brigunj, Nepalgunj, Bhairahawa and Mahendranagar.
Pokhara is located center part of Nepal with its elevation ranges from 892m above see level. Pokhara has tropical mild temperature neither so cold in winter nor so hot in summer. The Himalays and the surrounding green hills keep it moderate. Winter offers quite a pleasant weather, especially from October to December. The temperature remains between 32 degree C in summers and a minimum of 6 degree in winters. Monsoon starts from early June and ends in early September. Pokhara recives the heaviest rainfall. It produces a variety of sub-tropical floras such as banana trees, orange trees, green leafy vegetable and huge Pipal and Banyan trees.
History of Tourism in Pokhara
Tourism in Pokhara began only after 1960 in a systematic way however the literature shows that it was popular among the visitors since before the century. In this context, travelogues published by E. Kawaguchi (1899). Mauries Herzog (1950). Tony Hagen (1955).
What to see in Pokhara?
Pokhara and surrounding has some vibrant world beating features. It is the best place for mountain view. Annapurna round is one of the best trekking trails in the world, one of the four most beautiful mountains in the wrold that is Machhapuchhre lies near Pokhara. Ghorepani, the largest rhododendron forest, which has 16 species of Rhododendron and 6 species of pheasants,is also near Pokhara. The lake situated at the highest elevation in the world that is Tilicho Lake 4919m also lies in Pokhara Region. One of the 5 best paragliding destinations in the world that is Sarangkot lies in Pokhara. The deepest gorge in the world also lies in the area.
Museum in Pokhara
International Mountain Museum, Pokhara International Mountain Museum: The museum is situated just 1 and half km south from the Pokhara airport. The spot is rightly selected as we can enjoy the unique view of 3 massive mountain peaks, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and Manaslu which aree above 8000 meters before our eyesight and no place in the world offers its such a panoramic view. Pokhara Museum provides information regarding the mountaineering the world's mountains system, mountain, culture, geography, ecology, exhibition of mountaineering history and implied methods. Open 9.00 am to 5.00 pm:
TEMPLE & MONASTERY in Pokhara
BINDABASINI TEMPLE: Bindyabasini is one of the most famous religious sites of Pokhara. The name of the deity is mentioned in various epics and holy scriptures. Located some 3.5 kms from Prithivi Chowk. Devotees in large number come to the temple from early in morning for worship. There is a common belief that the Goddess Bindyabasini fulfills the wishes. Devotees from distant places arrive at the temple to offer worship. The temple is also visited largely by Indian tourist. The surrounding environment turns even more enchanting during the winter season with flowers blooming around the temple.TAAL BARAHI Temple - The Talbarahi Temple situated on top of a small island in the Fewa Lake is an abode of a major deity of the Hindus. The temple famous even outside Pokhara is accesible only by boat. Everyone visiting Pokhara reach the temple and pay homage to the deity. Even the followers of religion other than Hinduism visit the temple to take advantage of the superb photography opportunity. Boats to the temple are available throughout the day as the Barahighat. Large fair is held here every year on Navaratri or the Dashain festival. Likewise, marriages are also officiated on auspicious days. Foreign tourists also visit the temple and the pious-hearted spend a whole day here and return only in the evening. The crowd of worshippers is denser especially on Saturdays and Tuesday. The deity is also belived to fulfill the worshippers whishes of their wishs release pegions as the temple. Animal sacrifice is not allowed in the temple. Matepani Buddhist Monastery: Famous for its unmatched collection of rare and artistic Buddha idols and Thankas, the form of traditional painting depicting aspects of Buddhism, the Matepani Monastery is located at Kahu village near Pokhara some 3 km west of the Mahendrapul over the Seti River. One can enjoy the bird's eye view of Pokhara city from here. The environment is exceptionally serene in the monastery and the Idols of Buddha transmit a sense of soothing pleasure to the soul. Visitors are enticed by the artistic related to Buddhism. within the monastery. Religious education is also provided in the Monastery. Hemja Refugee Center Monastery: The Hemja Monastery is situated at a 15 km road distance from Pokhara along the Pokhra Baglung highway. The monastery full of enticing places of arts, is considered an ideal site to study Buddhist religion. The Monastery also teaches Lama courses. Situated near to the Monastery is the camp for Tibetan refugees. Numerous native and foreigner tourists visit the monastery everyday.
Place to Visit.Pokhara is the gateway to trekking paradise for Annapurna Hiamalayas. Massive snow fed mountains lying north of Pokhara are major sources of world famous trekking routes around Pokhara. Annapurna Circuit, Annapurna Base Camp, Poon Hill, Mardi Himal, Machhapuchhre BC, Round Dhaulagiri, Ghandruk Village etc are some popular trekking routes scattered around Pokhara. Duration of these treks vary from two days to four weeks. Also Pokhara valley offers many destinations for day hikes for different tastes of nature by each of them like Sarangkot, Peace Stupa, Naudanda, Australian Camp, Dhampus Village etc. During the hiking we can enjoy the local culture, sunset, sunrise and panoramic mountain views.
Ghorepani Poonhill Treks: Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek offers spectacular mountain scenery along side charming villages colonised notably by the gurungs and Magars, dense superb forests filled with birds and deep sub-tropical valleys, all set below the Annapurnas with the picturesque peak of Machhapuchhare (Fishtail) dominating the skyline.This trek is relatively easy because it takes you only up to 3210m at its highest point on Poon Hill. More DetailsPoonhill View Point 3210m
Annaurna Base Camp Trek: Annapurna Base Camp Trekking most desired and famous nature trekking trails in the Nepal. Trekkers can take pleasure in all the territory of Annapurna Base Camp and its surroundings with this 14 days trekking package. The trekking covers six major peaks over 7200 meters including Annapurna I, II, III and IV, Annapurna South and Gangapurna. Machhapuchhre, meaning in Nepali as fishtail peak, also attracts the trekkers. Other mountains like Dhaulagiri (8167m), Manaslu (8156m) are the world’s seventh and eighth highest peaks respectively, falls under the same region. More DetailsAnnapurna Base Camp 4130m
Jomsom Muktinath Treks: The trek contains incredible altitude climate and cultural contrasts. The gorge in between the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains leads the trekkers from the well vegetated and lush southern slopes of the Himalayas to the dry zone where only the hardiest crop survives. You also move from pre domderantly area to the steeped in the culture of Tibetan Buddhism. More DetailsMuktinath Temple 3710m
Dhampus & Australian Camp Short Hiking: The 1650 meters high Dhampus hill is a very attractive tourist hotpots. The silver white mountains, astounding views of sunrise, sunset as well as close observation of rural lifestyle have made Dhampus a favored tourist destination. The local population predominantly comprises the people of Gurung community and their culture is the main attraction to foreign tourist. More DetailsAustralian Camp
Peace Stupa Day Hiking: The World Peace Stupa is visible to everyone when looking south from the Fewa lake. The altitude of the Stupa located ontop of the Anadudanda is around 1100 meters above sea level. The site has also become a vantage point to observe the mountains, Lakes and the city of Pokhara. Anadudanda can be reached by hiking for half an hourafter boating across the Fewa Lake.Those preferring the easy way is one can take the road from Chhorepatan on the other side. Some 9 km along the Prithivi Highway. Prayers are performed every year at the Stupa for World Peace. The site witness crowd of picnickers and sightseeing towering peaks, the sparking Fewa Lake and lush green Pokhara valley can be observed towards the North, bringing life the metaphorical "heaven on earth".More DetailsPeace Stupa Hiking
Sarangkot Day Hiking Sarangkot, which is nestled high up on the north ridge of Phewa Tal. The mountain stands 5,220 feet above sea level and takes short drive just 30 minutes and three hours to hike. Ruins of the fort built by the Kaski kings, who fell to the Gorkhalis in 1781, are found at the summit. Now-a-days. There are also lodges up there where you can stay to enjoy the views at dawn and sunset. More DetailsSarangkot Day Hiking
PLACE TO See
SARANGKOT - Sarangkot is famous for the view of the sunrise and the mountains. Tourists climb the hilltop early in the morning to view the sunrise. A 6 km climb from Pokhara will take to Sarangkot. The stunning view of Pokhara valley, Hemja village, Fewa Lake, Talbarahi Temple, the World Peace Stupa and Lakeside from Sarangkot mesmerixes any living soul. Adrenaline junkies can undertake paragliding from here. There are also luxurious hotels and restaurant at Sarangkot. Tourists preferring to stay away from the city crowd choose to stay here. A small tower has also been constructed for sightseeing. The tower is equipped with telescope to take a closer look at distant sceneries. A 13 km trek to Kaskikot starts from Sarangkot.
LAKE Side - Pokhara Lake Side has become synonymous to Pokhara the second most important tourist destination in Nepal. Located on the banks of the Fewa Lake and directly in front of the Mt Machhapuchhre. Lakeside bewitches everyone. Calm and peaceful environment, clean roads lined by green trees and resting places under the shade of the trees have added to the Lakeside's charming beauty. The Lakeside roads are lined with numerous hotels and restaurants that serve the tourists with full facility and wholesome entertainment. The display of evening lights in the Lakeside during the tourist seasons entices every heart. Statistic show there are around 400 registered hotels and lodges in the Lake Side area. Hotels are generally packed in the tourist seasons but in other times rooms are easily available. Lakeside is located at a distance of 5 kms from the busy town centre of Prithivichowk. Visitors can take a bus ride or hire a taxi from there for Lake Side. EVENT & FESTIVAL:
NEW YEAR STREET FESTIVAL: Most of the restaurants brings the shop in the street. Tourist enjoy the food, events and cultural program during this festival. Several items for fun and entertainment like cultural parade on the street, boat race, Tug of war, beer drinking competitions etc. Festival held on 1st of January each year.
ASHAR RICE PLANTING FESTIVAL: Objective of the Rice planting ceremony is to show a filimpse of the rice planting activities. In this occasion, traditional wooden ploughs, oxen, tillers, diggers and a team of women with their colorful dress are directly involved in this festival. The festival held on mid July each year.
PARAGLIDING CHAMPIONSHIP: Famous Paragliding from different countries assemble in Pokhara and participate in a Championship in January of each year.
FEWA NEW YEAR FESTIVAL (Nepali Calendar): This Festival falls on the verge of Nepali New Year i.e. the mid of April. It is organizes several recreational events such as Tug of war, Volleyball competition.
ANNAPURNA INTERNATIONAL FOOD FESTIVAL (Jaun Hai Pokhara): which means Lets go Pokhara - is a massive publicity campaign. The festival display stalls preparing various cuisines of the World during Dashain to Tihar (Oct to Nov).
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