Tourist Places in Pokhara Nepal
Pokhara is a metropolitan city in Nepal, which serves as the capital of Gandaki Pradesh. It is the country’s largest metropolitan city in terms of area and second-largest in terms of populations. The city also serves as the headquarters of Kaski District. Pokhara is located 200 kilometres (120 miles) west of the capital, Kathmandu. The altitude varies from 827 metres (2,713 feet) in the southern part to 1,740 metres (5,710 feet) in the north.
The Annapurna Range, with three out of the ten highest peaks in the world — Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I and Manaslu — are within 15–35 mi (24–56 km) of the valley. Phewa Lake, Davis Falls, Begnas Lake, Mahendra Cave, Shree Bindhyabasini Temple, International Mountain Museum etc are the Tourist Places in Pokhara Nepal.
Pokhara is considered the tourism capital of Nepal, is a base for trekkers undertaking the Annapurna Circuit through the Annapurna Conservation Area region of the Annapurna ranges in the Himalayas. The city is also home to many of the elite Gurkha soldiers. The tourist places in Pokhara Nepal are given below:
1. Phewa Lake
Phewa Lake, Phewa Tal or Fewa Lake is a freshwater lake in Nepal formerly called Baidam Tal located in the south of the Pokhara Valley that includes Pokhara city; parts of Sarangkot and Kaskikot. The lake is stream-fed but a dam regulates the water reserves, therefore, the lake is classified as a semi-natural freshwater lake.
It is one of the Tourist Places in Pokhara Nepal. It is the second-largest lake in Nepal; the largest in Gandaki Pradesh after the Rara lake in the comparison to Nepal’s water bodies. It is the most popular and most visited lake in Nepal. It is the only lake in Nepal to have a templeTal Barahi Temple at the central part of the lake.
2. Davis Falls
Davis Falls- The water forms a tunnel after reaching the bottom. This tunnel is approximately 500 feet (150 m) long and runs 100 feet (30 m) below ground level. On 31 July 1961, a Swiss couple went swimming but the woman drowned in a pit because of the overflow. Her body was recovered 3 days later in river Phusre with great effort. Her father wished to name it “David’s falls” after her but changed to Devi’s Fall.
Its Nepali name is Patale Chango, which means “underworld waterfall”. This is one of the most visited places in Nepal. It is one of the Tourist Places in Pokhara Nepal. After exiting the tunnel, the water passes through a cave called Gupteshwor Mahadev or “cave beneath the ground”. The Phewa Lake Dam is the water source. The cave also acts as a tourism site because it has complex designs and people even forget the way inside the cave.
3. Begnas Lake
Begnas Lake is a freshwater lake in Pokhara Lekhnath Metropolis of Kaski district of Nepal located in the south-east of the Pokhara Valley. The lake is the third-largest lake of Nepal and second-largest, after Phewa Lake, among the eight lakes in Pokhara Valley. The water level in the lake fluctuates seasonally due to rain, and utilization for irrigation. The water level is regulated through a dam constructed in 1988 on the western outlet stream, Khudi Khola. It is one of the Tourist Places in Pokhara Nepal.
Begnas Lake area with a number of resorts is a popular destination for tourists visiting Pokhara. The water from the lake is used for irrigation and some parts of the lake are used as caged fisheries. The Begnas lake area has a number of swampy areas around it, many of which have been converted to paddy fields. Annapurna and Manaslu Range can be seen very clearly from the lake.
4. Mahendra Cave
Mahendra Cave is a cave located in Pokhara-16, batulechaur, Kaski district, close to the Kali Khola, is the large limestone cave. It is a rare example of a cave system in Nepal containing stalagmites and stalactites. The cave attracts thousands of tourists every year. A statue of Hindu Lord Shiva can be found inside the cave. It is one of the Tourist Places in Pokhara Nepal.
The cave gets its name from former King, Mahendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev. This cave was discovered in the late 1950s by young shepherds of Pokhara. Since then it has remained one of the most visited places in Pokhara. It was first properly surveyed in 1976 by a small team of speleologists from the UK including Jane Wilson-Howarth who documented the animals that lived in the dark zone of the cave. Copies of the expedition report are lodged with the UK copyright libraries and at the Royal Geographical Society.
5. Shree Bindhyabasini Temple
The Bindhyabasini temple is located in Ward No. 2, Miruwa, in Pokhara, Nepal. It regularly attracts a large number of locals, Nepalis from across the country and foreigners alike. The main temple is devoted to goddess Bindhyabasini a Bhagawati who is the incarnation of Kali. There are smaller temples of goddess Saraswati, Shiva, Hanuman, Ganesha in the premises.
The temple is situated atop a small hill and can be accessed via stone staircases on the East and North East. It is one of the Tourist Places in Pokhara Nepal. King Girvan Yuddha Bikram Shah, the then king of Nepal appointed Kahindra Padhya Poudel in June of 1815 AD as temple priest replacing Harivamsha Padhya. It’s stated the priest could use the Guthi Lands endowed for the temple to perform regular and ceremonial ceremonies.
6. Tal Barahi Temple
Tal Barahi Temple, also known as Lake Temple or Barahi Temple is a two-story pagoda temple located in the Kaski District of the Gandaki Zone in western Nepal. It is a Hindu temple of the Goddess Durga (Barahi), the protector of gods. It is located in a small island on the south-east section of Phewa Lake in Pokhara. The temple is used for worship by Hindus. It is one of the Tourist Places in Pokhara Nepal.
There are many stories based on the establishment of the temple. One of them is described below:
The temple was above the lake before King Kulmandhan Shah (The first Shah king of Kaski) according to the dream he had seen. The great devotee of Goddess Durga, King Kulmandhan Shah constructed the temple in the middle island of Lake Phewa.
7. International Mountain Museum
More than seventy thousand domestic and international tourists visit the International Mountain Museum (IMM) every year. IMM records, documents and exhibits the past and present developments related to mountain and mountaineering around the world. The museum contains three main exhibition halls: Hall of Great Himalayas, Hall of Fame and Hall of World Mountains. It is one of the Tourist Places in Pokhara Nepal.
Inside the museum, there are exhibits on famous peaks, descriptions of famous mountaineers, the culture and lifestyle of mountain people, flora and fauna including geology, in an attempt to represent the traditional culture and values of the Nepalese people.
8. Gupteswar Cave
Gupteswar Cave is a city shrine dedicated to Shiva. It is a pilgrim site situated about 55 km away Jeypore, Koraput District in the state of Odisha, India. It is a limestone cave, and its main attraction is the gigantic Shiva Linga which is said to be increasing in size. Pilgrims from all over the country come here during the Sravana period because the yearly Bol Bam yatra is held at this place. Devotees walk to the Gupteshwar during Bol Bam yatra to bath in the maha kund and then chant near the Shiva Linga.
It is one of the Tourist Places in Pokhara Nepal. Surrounded by a dense forest of sal trees and flanked by the Kolab river, a 2m high lingam stands in the cave. The shrine is called “Gupteswar” which means the “Hidden God”. It is so named because it was lying hidden in the cave for a very long period. One can reach it by climbing the 200 steps flanked with rows of champak trees.
9. Rupa Lake
Rupa Lake or Rupa Tal is a freshwater lake in Nepal located in the Rupa Municipal of Kaski District. It is the third biggest lake in Pokhara valley of Nepal and at an altitude of 600 m (1,969 ft) covering an area about 1.35 km2 (0.5 sq mi) with an average water depth 3 m and maximum depth 6 m. It is one of the Tourist Places in Pokhara Nepal.
The lake is elongated north to south and is fed by perennial streams. Its watershed area is 30 km², where The main inflow of water is from Talbesi stream, whereas Dhovan Khola is the feeder stream with its outlet Tal Khola at Sistani ghat. It supports a number of floral and faunal species. A total of 36 species of waterbirds have been recorded in the lake which represents about 19 per cent of the total 193 wetland-dependent birds found in Nepal.
These were the Tourist Places in Pokhara Nepal. These Tourist Places in Pokhara Nepal are the must-visit places of Pokhara Nepal.
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