Pokhara, the second-largest city and also the most beautiful city of the nation resides on the lap of the Annapurna Range with the phenomenal background of Mount Fishtail. Pokhara is also popularly known as “the city of Lakes” as the city alone adores the three peaceful lakes including the awesome Fewa Lake, alluring Begnas Lake, and the mesmerizing Rupa Lake. Pokhara serves as the gateway to Annapurna Range with three of the ten highest mountains in the world Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I, and Manaslu and receives the numbers of visitors each year. Pokhara tenders the vivid activities ranging from trekking, boating, hiking, pony rides, paragliding to simply relaxation at one of the lakes near the city with the stunning Annapurna mountain range in the background.
8 best places to visit around Pokhara
Fewa lake is the most beautiful and most visited lake in Pokhara. The majestic reflection of Mount Fishtail and other mountain peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges on its surface certainly holds the breath for some seconds. The lake is a famous spot for boating in the city as one can enjoy the calm and peaceful boating while witnessing the spectacular snow-capped mountain range. The second largest lake of the nation adores the holy Tal Barahi temple on an island in the lake.
Situated at an elevation of 1600m Sarangkot is the popular destination of Pokhara which propounds the panoramic sight mountains including Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and Manaslu. The hill also commands the beautiful view of Pokhara Valley along with the mesmerizing Fewa Lake. Sarangkot is famous for sunrise view over the lofty Himalayas. Sarangkot is also popular for a short hike as many travelers hike all the way to Sarangkot exploring the villages and enjoying the beautiful panorama on the way. Sarangkot serves as the popular hub for paragliders.
Residing atop the small hill in Pokhara Valley, the World Peace Stupa is among the famous hiking destination of Pokhara. The Peace Pagoda propounds the majestic view of the Annapurna range, Pokhara city, and Fewa Lake. The Peace Pagoda is commonly called as Shanti Stupa and is the first world peace Pagoda in Nepal. The hilltop provides a splendid view of sunrise and sunset. There are various ways to reach peace pagoda. There are hiking trails, cycling tracks, and the blacktopped road to the Stupa.
International Mountain Museum
International Mountain Museum is located at the lap of Mountain Fishtail and gateway to the Annapurna region. The Museum is all about mountaineering and its history. The International Mountain Museum maintains the systematic records of the successful mountaineers, geographic flora and fauna, and human activities in the Himalayan Range. The shape of the museum roof itself resembles a mountain skyline to any visitor before entering the museum main gate.
Bindabasini Temple is likewise a standout amongst the most visited temple in Pokhara which lies in the north of Pokhara. It resides on the lap of Machhapuchhare and Annapurna ranges. Bindabasini Temple holds religious significance to Hindus living in the Pokhara region. It is an imperative center of religious enthusiasm. The temple itself is dedicated to the Hindu goddess Durga. Durga is also known as Shakti or Kali and has various appearances and at the Bindabasini Temple, she is viewed as Bhagwati.
Devis Fall is one of the well-known visitor goals of Nepal. It is known as Patale Chango in Nepali. The Gupteshwar Cave is situated close to this fall. The waterfall gets its water from the Phewa Lake. This fall flows directly narrow and profound canal which has no end. The name of the waterfall is identified with various stories. Some express that the name was given to this fall on the grounds that a traveler named David fell and died in this waterfall. Then again the local resident calls it Devi in Nepali which implies immortal God. The picturesque and common magnificence close to the falls is amazingly noteworthy. It is an energizing spot to go through a day and appreciate nature.
The Gupteshowr Cave is located near the Devis Fall and is considered as the sacred site. The cave preserves the symbolic Shivalinga. The cave is divided into two areas. One part of the cave is 40 meters long with natural caves and the Shivalinga. The entrance of the cave is 2 meters high and 3 meters wide. The cave starts with few hall rooms which have numerous entries. Some passages are small to the point that one needs to creep. To achieve the holy place a thousand stairs must be climbed. The Shivalinga inside the cavern is said to be in a similar condition since it was explored. This place of worship is said to have certain recuperating powers. Subsequently, numerous individuals visit it once in a year to be recuperated. The second part starts after this temple and prompts the Devis Fall.
Begnas Lake is the third largest lake in Nepal and the second-largest lake of Pokhara Valley. Begnas Lake is situated in the south-east of Pokhara Valley and is a freshwater lake. Begnas Lake area with various retreats is a mainstream goal for sightseers visiting Pokhara. The water from the lake is utilized for the water systems and a few sections of the lake are utilized as confined fisheries.