Pokhara Valley

Pokhara Valley

Around Phewa
Around Phewa
Around Phewa

The road along the north shore of Phewa Tal, past the trail to Sarangkot, serves as the gateway to various low-key hiking routes that do not require a trekking permit. The first 7km of road borders the lake and then follows the sluggish Harpan Khola past marshes and paddy to Pame. From near Pame you can head off to the left and up the ridge to Bhumdi and around to the Peace Pagoda for a one-day circumnavigation of Phewa Tal or make a longer circuit via Pachaase Daada (2509 m), the prominent ridge west of Phewa, with supreme views. The latter trip requires an overnight in Pachaase Bhanjyang, from where trails lead north to Bhadaure and the Baglung Highway and south to Bhumdi by way of Ramche Daada.

Barahi Temple
Barahi Temple
Barahi Temple

The Barahi temple is the most important monument in Pokhara Built almost in the center of Phewa Lake, this two-storied pagoda is dedicated to the boar manifestation of Ajima the protector’s 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.

Bat Cave (Chamere Cave)
Bat Cave (Chamere Cave)
Bat Cave (Chamere Cave)

This cave is located a little far form the Mahendra cave in the west. The owner of the land – a farmer in the year 2040, also discovered this cave. Though the entrance is quite narrow but the inner part of the cave is wide enough. The images of the elephant tusk, gods and goddess have been craved on the inner walls of the cave. This cave is 150 meter long, 25 feet high and of the shape of “U”. This cave is famous for the bats and gives shelter to more than 15 thousand bats of different species.

Begnas Lake
Begnas Lake
Begnas Lake

Begnas Lake, the second largest lake of Pokhara Valley is located in the Sisuwa village on the eastern part of Pokhara and is 13 km away from the Pokhara city. It covers an area of 3 sq. km. Average water depth of the lake is 9.37 and the maximum water depth is 13.84m. The capacity of the lake is 29.05 million cubic meter. It is comparatively deeper in the northern and western part in the comparison to eastern and southern part. The lake water is drained out by Khudi Khola from the western part

Geologically the area is composed of slate and phyllite zone with beds of calcareous conglomerate and gravel deposits. The vegetation here is quite different from in other parts of Pokhara because here the major species on the southern aspect of the hills on the northern part of the lake is (more…)

Bindhyabasini Temple
Bindhyabasini Temple
Bindhyabasini Temple

In the north part of town, on a small hill, is the Bindhyabasini Temple. In this temple is Durga (Parvati) manifested in the form of a shalagram. It is located in a pleasant location and there are good mountain views. There are animal sacrifices at this temple, the main day being Saturday and the ninth day of Dasain in October.

Devi’s Fall
Devi’s Fall
Devi’s Fall

Locally know, as the Patale Chhango is a lovely waterfall lying about 2 km southwest of the Pokhara airport on the Siddhartha Highway. The Pardi Khola is the river that flows from the Phewa Tal Lake. At Devi Falls the river falls down into a hole and disappears. The Pardi Khola flows underground for around 200 m and then re-emerges again and flows in the Phusre Khola which later meets the Seti Gandaki River.

It is also known as David’s Falls because one story says that a tourist names David and his girlfriend fell into the hole mysteriously and disappeared down into an underground passage beneath the fall and were never seen again.

Gupteswar Cave
Gupteswar Cave
Gupteswar Cave

Gupteswar cave is a sacred cave, lies 2 km from Pokhara airport on the Siddhartha Highway leading southwest from the city. The entrance is right across from Devi’s Fall and the cave is almost 3 km 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.

Lumle
Lumle
Lumle

Lumle is a beautiful greenery area of Pokhara Valley an hour away by bus to Pokhara-Baglung Highway. There is a big Agricultural Center (Lumle Agriculture Centre) is placed where research works relating to agriculture such as; new origin and development of fruits, crops like rice, maize etc. the weather around the area is very good. This area is a prime habitat of so many birds.

Mahendra Cave
Mahendra Cave
Mahendra Cave

Another of natural’s wonders in Pokhara is the Mahendra cave. This large limestone cave is also the House of Bats. A two-hour walk to the north of Pokhara, it is best to bring your own torch to see the stalactites and stalagmites, as well as the local winged residents.

Naudanda (1430 m)
Naudanda (1430 m)
Naudanda (1430 m)

The picturesque village, Naudanda is the soft relief of the hills with their rice fields in terraces, subtropical forests, and the silhouette of the Himalayas; make the charm of this place. The valley is an old region of Nepalese colonization, protected in the south by marshes with fevers, in north by the chain of the Himalayas it was an ideal refuge.

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