Away from the bustling crowds of Kathmandu, cradled by the Annapurna Himalayan range, lies Pokhara – the jewel of Nepal. Take a look at a few suggestions of how to spend your day there or simply opt for relaxing and enjoying yourself at the famous Lakeside!
1. Phewa Lake
Located in the south of the Pokhara valley, Phewa lake is a freshwater lake in Nepal on an altitude of 742 meters. The lake is stream-fed, but there is a dam which regulates the water reserve and it is therefore classified as a semi-natural lake. Phewa is only 28 kilometers away (linear distance) from the Annapurna range, located north of the lake. Boating, with and without a guide, is allowed in the lake. Tal Barahi temple is located in the middle of the Phewa lake and it is considered as one of its main attractions. Lakeside is a part of Pokhara spread on the banks of the lake and filled with cafes, bars, restaurants and hotels that offer a splendid view of the lake and the Annapurna range in the north.
2. Begnas Lake
Begnas lake is a freshwater lake located southeast of the Pokhara Valley. Begnas is the second largest lake, after Phewa lake, in the Pokhara Valley. Begnas’ water level is controlled by a dam on the western outlet stream – Khudi Khola. The lake is famous for its fish and is a popular tourist destination. There are many hotels and restaurants around the lake.
3. Rupa Lake
Rupa lake is located in the southeastern side of the Pokhara valley. It is the third biggest lake in the Pokhara valley, after Phewa and Begnas. The lake is natural and it is fed by perennial streams. Due to the fact that it is a bit further away from Pokhara, Rupa hasn’t been visited as much as the other two lakes in the area. However, there is a big potential for tourism due to its beauty and wildlife diversity.
Sarangot is a popular hill station located above the city of Pokhara at an altitude of 1600 meters. It is famous for its splendid views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu and Machhapuchhre peaks, especially during sunset and sunrise. Below, the whole Phewa lake and Pokhara are visible. In the last couple of years, it has become increasingly popular for paragliding. There are many hotels and eateries scattered on the hill.
5. Davis Falls
Davis Falls is a famous waterfall near the city of Pokhara in Kaski district. The water forms an underground tunnel 150 meters below ground level. After exiting the tunnel, the water flows through the Gupteshwor cave. It is a popular recreation site for both domestic and international tourists.
6. Gupteshwor Cave
Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave is one of the most famous caves in Nepal. Located very close to Davis Falls, the cave is said to be discovered in the 16th century. It has two main chambers and many shrines scattered around the cave, the largest of which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is a place worth visiting and you can easily combine it with a visit to the Davis Falls and the World Peace Pagoda, which lies on the other side of the hill.
7. Mahendra Cave
Located close to the river Seti, Mahendra Cave is a rare example of limestone caves in Nepal, which contains stalactites and stalagmites. Inside the cave there is a small shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva. It was discovered in the late 50’s named after the former King, Mahendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev. The cave is only a 30 minute drive from the Pokhara airport and its one of the most popular tourist destinations in Pokhara.
8. World Peace Pagoda
The World Peace Pagoda is a shrine located on the top of Ananda hill in Pokhara. It was built by Nichidatsu Fujii and serves as a symbol of peace. In the pagoda complex there are four statues of Buddha representing different aspects of his life and was named according to the place where it took place. Apart from its wonderful architecture and significance, the World Peace Pagoda offers a splendid view of the Pokhara valley, the Phewa lake and the Annapurna massif. Many visitors go to the top of Ananda hill in the morning in order to watch the sunrise.