A perfect triangular mountain capped by snow, millpond calm lake with reflection of snowy peaks, a vibrant lake shore thronged by travelers. That’s Pokhara, Nepal’s second city and the most popular tourist destination.
Pokhara is nestled among green forest with a backdrop of snow-covered peaks. Lakeside of Pokhara offers great choices of hotels and restaurants. The city boasts the magnificent Annapurna range forming the backdrop and the shimmering lakes like Phewa and Begnas. Pokhara is also the gateway to the Annapurna region.
For many travelers, Pokhara represents a last chance to stock up on creature comforts before hitting the mountain trails. Even if you aren’t a dedicated trekker, there’s plenty here to keep you busy. Numerous museums, fascinating caves, waterfalls and Tibetan villages are just some of the destinations that you will love to visit during your visit.
Pokhara, a tourism hub of western Nepal lies in 200 km west from Kathmandu, 78 km north from Sunuali, southern border and 72km south from northern border. Pokhara is less than 25 minutes away in flight and 7 hour away through in bus. There are number of flights and tourists buses available in this route.
Places to visit:
Phewa Lake is the largest among number of lakes of Pokhara. You can hire a boat and take a tour of this beautiful lake passing through the island temple of Barahi. Phewa Lake has gained its popularity along with its eastern shore, popularly called Lakeside. Lakeside is home to number of hotels, restaurants, bars and souvenir shops.
It is a mysterious wonder of Pokhara, originated from the Machhapuchhre glacier, seti (i.e. white in Nepali language) River runs through the main city area in about 40meter depth. The river provides a perfect view of its dreadful rush before it disappears into a deep George. The George is visible from the bridges in the city.
Also knows as the Patale Chhango, Devi’s Fall is a captivating waterfall located about 2 km away from the Pokhara Airport. It features hollow sandy part and a heavy fall of water within in natural trench.
Begnas Lake: Out of town and away from the hustle, Begnas Tal is quiet, clean and peaceful. There are a few basic hotels to stay in and the odd refreshment shop. The walk along the road leading to Begnas Tal is fascinating; the seasonal rhythms of daily life in the country make great images.
Pokhara is also home to number of caves including Mahendra Gupha, Gupteshor cave and Chamere Gupha (Also know as Bat’s Cave).
World peace pagoda: It is a massive Buddhist Stupa located on a hill top , just above the Phewa Lake. This stupa is the symbol of peace where the huge idol of Lord Buddha from Japan, Thailand and Sri Lanka has been instated. One can enjoy the breathtaking views of Himalayan ranges, lakes and the city from here. You can boat and hike to reach to the top and also transport is available from Chhorepatan.
International Mountain Museum: Just about of 1.5km south from the Pokhara Airport there lies International Mountain Museum. Visitors can gather Information on Mountaineering, the world’s Mountain System, Mountain Cultures, Environment, and Mountaineering History and implies methods along with information about different ethnic tribes of Nepal is provided at the museum.