Pokhara Sightseeing

Pokhara Sightseeing

Pokhara: Imagine a perfect triangular mountain, capped by snow and buffeted by the icy winds of the Himalaya. Imagine a millpond calm lake, perfectly reflecting the snowy peaks. Now imagine a village on the lakeshore, thronged by travelers and reverberating to the sound of 'om mani padme hum' from a hundred shops sellin g prayer flags, carpets, masks, singing bowls and CDs of Buddhist mantras. That's Pokhara. It is the second city of Nepal, at least in tourist terms, Pokhara is the end point for the famous Annapurna Circuit trek and the starting point for a dozen more treks through the mountains of the Annapurna Range, including the perennially popular Jomsom Trek and the equally dramatic (but less busy) trek to the Annapurna Sanctuary. It's unashamedly touristy, in the Thamel mould, but the setting is spectacular - the perfect pyramid of Mt Machhapuchhare looms high above Pokhara, reflected in the placid waters of Phewa Tal.

For many travelers, Pokhara represents a last chance to stock up on creature comforts before hitting the mountain trails. For others, it's a place to enjoy a steak dinner and cold beer after weeks of daal bhaat in the hills. Even if you aren't a dedicated trekker, there's plenty here to keep you busy. Pokhara has numerous museums and there are some fascinating caves, waterfalls and Tibetan villages in the surrounding hills.

Sightseeing Highlight:

  • Mountain Fishtail beautiful view
  • Phewa lake and boating  
  • Some Hindu and Buddhist temples
  • People culture and their life style
  • Grand and fascinating fishtail views in Sarangkot

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara

After breakfast proceed to Pokhara. This is an excellent drive through the riverside which has interesting scenery of the mountains, Rivers, waterfalls and jungle as well as farm terraces and villages on the mountains. It is 5 hours drive to Pokhara. After sometime rest at the hotel, walk around the lake side of the city to explore surrounding areas. Stay overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 02: Sunrise at Sarangkot and City tour

Early morning half an hour drive to Sarangkot for sunrise and mountain view. After having photographs drive back to Pokhara. Breakfast at the Hotel and proceeds to City tour to visit Davi’s fall, Gupteswor Cave, Mahendra Cave, Bindabasani Temple, Gorkha Museum and Fewa Lake.

 

Phewa Lake is the second largest lake of Nepal and the largest lake of Pokhara Valley. It is situated at an altitude of 784m at the western edge of Pokhara city near Baidam. It covers an area of about 4.43 sq km with an average depth of about 8.6m; maximum water depth is 19m. The maximum water capacity of the lake is estimated to be 46 million cubic meters. It lies in the valley of Harpan Khola which feeds the lake. On the southern mouth of the lake, at the crown of Pardi River, a dam is built which has nearly doubled the water level. The water of the lake is used for irrigation and electricity generation.
The lake is surrounded by Sarangkot and Kaskikot hills on the northern side. The hill running along the lake is Raniban (Queen of Forests) which is very rich in flora and fauna. Mammals like Common leopard, Bengal fox and barking deer are common in this forest. It is a home of abundant avifauna also.

The first main attraction is the pagoda style temple in the lake which is the shrine of Barahi (Water Goddess). The next main attraction is the mirror image of mount Machhapuchhre and Annapurna range on the crystal clear water of the lake. The south - eastern side of the lake offers the best view. There is facility of canoeing and fishing.


Phewa originally used to cover an area of 9 sq km but now has been reduced to 4.43 sq. km. Geologically the rocks of either side of Phewa are slate and quartzite and make anticline structure along the axis of the lake.The lake is the home of 17 species of native fish and 4 exotic species. The forest and lake is the habitat of 6 species of amphibians, 14 species of reptiles, 34 species of mammals and 104 species of birds. Out of 104 species of birds, 14 are migratory species. The lake is linked with pitched vehicle road and outing facility is available.

 

Seti River Gorge (Mahendra Pul): Stretching from east to west, the breathtaking views of the world famous Himalayan range of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre and others appear so close as to make you feel that you can almost touch them. Sarangkot, Kaskikot, Kalikasthan, Bharat Pokhari and the Bhumdi Hill command beautiful views of the valley and the mountains. These places are also vantage points to view sunrises and sunsets over the majestic Himalayan peaks. The Photo here shows a River below Kau Danda which is popular for fishing purposes. It is a glacial river that flows from the Annapurna Himalayan region.

Kahun Danda is a hill at 1,433m high, and is two hours walk from Mahendra pool. Like other places this place also offers pleasing view of Annapurna range and flat terraces of Pokhara. On the top of the hill is a tower constructed for a clear view of the valley and the Himalayas. There is a fortress and a temple on the top.

An unique river passing through two beautiful and contrasting scenic areas. This river is relatively small in volume, blue and warm, it is recommended as a warm-up river for intermediate rafters, Kayakers and kayak clinic. The Seti Khola rises on the south-east slopes of Machhapuchhere and then flows south.

Devi's Falls (Patale Chhango) is a breath taking view of Davis Fall in Chorrepatan. Chorrepatan is famous for this water fall and there is also a cave just two minutes walk from this fall. The water flowing in this fall comes from Fewa lake and the fall is worth visiting during the rainy seasons as it possesses its maximum velocity.
Pokhara is famous for mountains. But this is not only the thing that has made Pokhara popular. Davis fall is also one of the main tourist attraction centers here in Pokhara. Davis fall is open every day of the week for the visitors. The ticket cost is very cheap and it is worth visiting.

This snap also features Davis Fall during the winter season. During winter there is a mass decrease in the water volume of the Fewa Lake hence the Dam is closed to maintain the water volume within the Fewa Lake. This causes the Davis Fall in maximum decrement in its water volume. The corresponding snap features the rock formation made by the high velocity of the water flowing within it.

This snap features the Davis fall during the rainy season. Fewa Lake needs to be drained hence the dam is open during summer and this makes Davis fall much more vigrous. Davis fall is worth visiting during the rainy and summer seasons. This high velocity of water has created different type of rock formation as shown in the above snap.

Bindabasini Temple is also one of the most popular and well known temple in Pokhara. It is situated in the laps of Machhapuchhare and Annapurna ranges.This temple lies in the north of Pokhara. This temple is 3000 ft above from the sea level. You can get a fabulous view of Pokhara city and the Himalayas from this temple. The fragrance of the scented “Dhup” and refreshing air can keep anyone spellbound.
This temple originated when the Goddess “Bhawani “ told king khadag Bum Malla to establish her statue in Bindhyachal hill. 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. The government has even printed its stamp with the picture of the temple in the year 2045.

Barahi Temple is the most important religious monument in Pokhara. Built almost in the middle of Phewa lake, the two storied pagoda is dedicated to the boar manifestation of Ajima, the protectors deity representing the female force Shakti. Devotees can be seen, especially on Saturdays, carrying male animals and fowl across the lake to be sacrificed to the deity.

Sarangkot is a small village, perked on top of a hill just 5 kilometers from Pokhara's Lakeside seems to be making something of a comeback, after falling from tourist favor about fifteen years ago. In those days the start of trekking in the Annapurna region usually started at Bindabasini Mandir, north of Pokhara, and took the trekker through Sarangkot and along the ridge to Nayapul. The completion of the Pokhara-Baglung road changed all that! This year the only good news in a dismal tourist season has been the explosion in numbers of people trying their hand at paragliding and the place from where to launch oneself into the air is Sarangkot. Lodges and restaurants are reporting a better business. But you might also want to come here for wonderful mountain views, quite enjoyable walking along the ridge top or simply to escape the heat of Pokhara. At 1592 meters above sea level, Sarangkot is a good five degrees cooler than Pokhara.
Stay overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 03: Drive back to Kathmandu

Drive to Kathmandu through Prithivi highway which has very nice scenery of mountains, green hill and jungle. The driving is along the river which is 7 hours drive to Kathmandu. Leisure evening in Kathmandu and stay overnight at Kathmandu.

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