Beautiful Lake City Pokhara
Altitude: 915m above sea level
Distance from Kathmandu: 210km
Pokhara, the city itself offers quite a few places of interest for the casual and longer staying visitor.
Phewa Lake is the centre of all attraction in Pokhara. It is the largest and most enchanting of three lakes that add to the resplendence of Pokhara. Here, one can sail or row a hired boat across the water of the lake or visit the island temple in the middle of the lake, the eastern shore, popularly known as Lakeside or Baidam, is the favourite haunt of all travellers restaurants, handicraft shops and other tourist facilities are located.
The Barahi temple is the most important monument in Pokhara. Built almost in the Center of Fewa Lake, this two-storied pagoda is dedicated to the boar manifestation of Ajima, the protector deity representing the female force of Shakti.
Devi s Fall
Locally known as Patale Chango (Hell s Falls) also know as Devins and Davids is a lovely Waterfall is about 2 km south West of Pokhara airport on the Siddhartha Highway. Legend has it that a trekker by the name of Davy, was washed away by the Padi Khola and mysteriously disappeared down into an underground passage beneath the fall.
Another of nature’s wonders in Pokhara is the Mahendra gufa. This large limestone cave is locally known a s the House of Bats an apt name for it. A two- hour s walk to the north of Pokhara, it is best to bring our own torch to see the stalactites and stalagmites, as well as the local winged residents.
Seti Gandaki Gorge
Another of Pokhara natural wonders is the Seti Gandaki River. Flowing right through the city, the boisterous river runs underground at places. Amazingly, at certain places the river appears hardly two meters wide. However, its depth is quite beyond imagination, over 20m. Mahendra pul, a small bridge near the old mission hospital, provides a perfect view of the river’s dreadful rush and the deep gorge made by its powerful flow.
The Old Bazar + Bindyabasini Temple (4 km from lake side)
Pokhara s traditional bazaar is colourful and so are its ethnically diverse traders. In its temples and monuments can be seen ties to the old Newar Architecture of the Kathmandu valley, Located about 4 km from Lakeside, the market S original charm is still evident. This area is strewn with shops selling commodities ranging from edibles to and cloth to cosmetics and gold is a pleasant and shady spot to stroll around.
The old Bazaar is also home to one of Pokhara s most important shrines. Locally called the Bindhyabasini Mandir, this white dome- like structure dominates a spacious stone – paved courtyard built atop a shady hillock. It is dedicated to Goddess Bhgwati, yet another manifestation of Shakti. The park – like grounds offers a fine picnic area, and on Saturdays, and Tuesdays when devotees flock there to offer sacrifices, it takes on a festive flavour.
World peace stupa
This stupa is situated on the top of a hill on the southern shore of Fewa lake. It has four images of Buddha facing in four directions. The stupa is an impressive sight and its hilltop location commands a grand view. It is a great vantage point, which offers spectacular view of the Annapurna range and Pokhara city.
Begnas Lake is situated in the eastern part of Pokhara valley, at a distance of 15 km from Pokhara. Tourist can relax in the lodges and resorts situated alongside the lake.
Clearly, the most stunning of Pokhara s sights is the spectacular panorama of the Anapurna range that forms its backdrop. Stretching from east to west, the Annapurna massif includes Annapurna I to IV and Annapurna South. Although the highest among them is Annapurna I at 8091 meters, it is Machhapuchhre, which dominates all others in this neighbourhood. Standing tall, proud, and dominating the skyline, Machhapuchhre, the fishtailed pinnacle is the classic snow – capped, needle – pointed mountain.
Distance: 7 km from pokhara.
Altitude: 1700 m
Situated in the western part of Nepal at an elevation of about 1700 meters (5,576ft),is very popular for mountain scenery. Here you can see panoramic views of Annapurna (8091m/ 26,545ft), Manasalu (8165m/ 26,781ft), Ganesh Himal (7446m/ 24,422ft), Dhaulagiri (8167m/ 26,795ft), Machhapuchare (the sacred mountain) and 25 other mountains over 6000 meters (19,680ft) high. This area also offers you views of the Pokhara Valley with all its natural beauty. Sarangkot is another spot renown for seeing the sunrise over the Himalayas.
Shiva Statue Pumdikot
Shiva Statue Pumdikot is one of the major attractions of Pokhara Sightseeing. Nepal’s Tallest Lord Shiva Statue in Pokhara is the emerging local attraction for domestic and international travelers. The Shiva Statue in Pumdikot was built in Mathura of India and then brought here in Nepal and installed. Pumdikot Shiva Statue is located in the southern part of Pokhara at an elevation of 1500 meters from sea level. Another attraction of Pumdikot Shiva Temple is Shiva Damaru which is the biggest in Asia.
How to reach Shiva Statue Pumdikot
There are major two ways to reach Shiva Statue Pumdikot. You can take a drive from Lakeside, Pokhara which is a populistic tourist destination, or plan for a day hike to reach this popular tourist destination.
Drive: Rent a car in Pokhara or take a bus that leaves for Syanjha to reach the temple. The distance from Pokhara to Shiva Statue Pumdikot is approx 10.5 km which takes around 30 minutes to reach by private transfer and 50 min in local transfer. And if are taking Kathmandu Pokhara Bus then you also can take a car to reach Pumdikot from the bus station directly.
Hiking: If you have a free day then hiking is a great way to explore this place. Hiking from Pokhara to Pumdikot Shiva temple takes around 2 hours to reach. Explore the surroundings and again hike back to Pokhara with an amazing vie and beauty of nature.