Pokhara is Situated at 820 mtrs, above sea level about 200 kilometers west of Kathmandu,Pokhara is a naturally one of the most beautiful part of Nepal. It has a rare Combination of the long arrays of snowed peaks, crystal clean lakes, panoramic Annapurana Himal and the warm climate, which remains favourable all the year round mansoon rains are strongest from June to August and other months are relatively dry. It has a beautiful Phewa tal(lake),Seti river,Mahendra Cave, Gupteswor mahadeva cave Matepani Gumba and the various places interesting things for the tourist like, K l singh Bridge, internatinal mountain museum, Davi’s Fall and some other natural and cultural heritage sites.
Tal means lake in Nepali. Phewa Tal is the largest lake in the valley , measuring 1.5 by 4km .The lake is the Pokhara Valley.The lake is best situated for boating and Bird watching and especially photographing the scenic mountains. The excellent settings of the lake and the reflactions of the Annapurna Mountains is something , no visitors would like to miss during a boating trip. Annapuran rises directly from the valley floor and seems close enough to touch .
Built in the middle of phewa lake is dedicated to the goddess Ajima – the grand mother. The universal protector is the boar manifestation of goddess shakti. She is often worshipped with the sacrifice of animals.
Legend goes that on one fateful night.God came to a villages in Pokhara disguised as a traveler looking for a shelter . Only a poor couple offered him shelter and the only meal thry had . Next morning ,it was found that the entire village was submerged in water expect the old couple’s Therefore,in honor of the compassionate old couple the temple of Tal Varahi was built in the middle of the lake.
Situated at 1500,meters. An early morning drive to watch the sunrise is the recommended trip. Nowhere else in the world can one enjoy such a magnificent panorama view from so near Starting from Dhaulagiri in the extreme left, the view includes Annapurna South ,I,st ,II,nd ,III,rd ,IV,th ,Machhapuchhare, Nilgiri and Lamjung Himal.
World Peace pagoda
A massive Buddhist stupa on the top of a hill on the southern shore of phewa Lake . Beside Being an impressive sight by itself , the Buddhist shrine a lake and pokhara City.
Locally known as patale Chhahgo is an awesome waterfall lying about 2km south-west of Pokhara airport on the highway to Tansen palpa .
Legend has it that in the month of july 1961, a Swiss couple were bathing in the stream Pardi Khola , Just above the fall. A sudden flood from the Fewa Dam swept away Mrs. Davi and mysteriously disappeared down in to an undergroung passage beneath the fall. Since fall has been called Davi’s Fall .
The old Bazaar and Bindyabasini Temple
Pokhra’s traditional bazaar is colorful and so are its ethnically diverse traders. Newar architecture and craftsmanship is expressed in its temple and windows. The past richness is expressed in its art and craftsmanship.
Bindyabasani Temple is the center of religious activities in the old bazaar.It os dedicated to Goddess, Bhagawati , another manifestation of Shati. On Tuesdays and Saturdays ,people sacrifice animals and believe that she will help them fulfill their desires and wshes. Legend has it that the stone image of the Goddess was being brough from binda , India to the Kingdom on the north of Annapurna . The carriers rested in Pokhara and when they were about to continue the journey, the image could not be lifted from the ground.
Gupteswor Guffa (Cave )
A sacred cave lies 2km from Pokhara airport on the Sidartha Highway leading South-West from the city. The entrance is right cross Davi’s Fall and the cave is almost 3km long. It has some big hall –size rooms and some passages where you have to crawl on all fours this cave holds special value for Hindus since a phallic symbol of lord shiva is preserved here in the condition it was discovered.
It is another interesting natural site across the seti river past Batulichaur Village in the north of Pokhara Village. It is one of the stalactite caves found in Nepal.As the cave has not yet been well explored, it is worth while to explore the interior.
There are two Tibetan villages in the vicinity of Pokhara .One of them is called Tashiling and the other villages name is Tashi Palkhel. Tashiling is in the south past Patale Chhago Chhorepatan.Tashi Palkhel is towards the north of Pokhara call Hemja .The Tibetan people living in these villages keep themselves busy by producing and trading in woolen carpets and other handicraft items.
Matepani Gompa – eastern mid valley of Pokhara. it is most popular Buddhist Monastery of Pokhara, which is really a beautiful Monastery of the valley.