Pokhara Valley Tour
Situated some 200 kilometers west of Kathmandu at an elevation of 3000ft, Pokhara is a natural gift to our country. It has a rare Combination of the long arrays of snowed peaks, crystal clean lakes, panoramic Annapurana Himal and the warmer climate, which remains favorable all the year round monsoon rains are strongest from June to August and other months are relatively dry.
It has the beautiful Phewa Tal (lake), Seti river, Mahendra Cave and the various places interest for the tourist like, Kl Singh Bridge, Bindya Bashini Temple, museum, Davi’s Fall and Buddhist Temples.
Tal means lake in Nepali. Phewa Tal is the largest lake in the valley, measuring 1.5 by 4km. The lake is in the western part of Pokhara Valley. The lake is best situated for boating and Bird watching and especially photographing the scenic mountains. The excellent settings of the lake and the reflections of the Annapurna Mountains is something, no visitors would like to miss during a boating trip. Annapurna rises directly from the valley floor and seems close enough to touch.
Built in the middle of Phewa Lake is dedicated to the goddess Ajima – the grandmother. The universal protector is the boar manifestation of goddess Shakti. She is often worshipped by the sacrifice of animals.
Legend goes that on one fateful night. God came to a village in Pokhara disguised as a traveler looking for a shelter. Only a poor couple offered her shelter and the only meal they had. Next morning, it was found that the entire village was submerged in water expect the old couple’s Therefore, in honor of the compassionate old couple the temple of Tal Varahi was built in the middle of the lake.
Situated at 1500meters is a former fort of Kaski Kings. An early morning drive to watch the sunrise is the recommended trip. Nowhere else in the world can one enjoy such a magnificent panorama up so close. Starting from Dhaulagiri in the extreme left, the view includes Annapurna South, Ist, IInd, IIIrd, IVth, Machhapuchhare and Lamjung.
World Peace pagoda
A massive Buddhist stupa on top of a hill on the southern shore of Phewa Lake. Beside Being an impressive sight by itself, the shrine is a great lake and Pokhara City.
Locally known as Patale Chhahgo is an awesome waterfall lying about 2km southwest of Pokhara airport on the highway to Tansen. Legend has it that in the month of July 1961, a Swiss couple was bathing in the stream Pardi Khola, Just above the fall. A sudden flood from the Fewa Dam swept away Mrs. Davi and mysteriously disappeared down into an underground passage beneath the fall. Since fall has been called Davi’s Fall.
The old Bazaar and Bindyabasini Temple
Pokhara’s traditional bazaar is colorful and so are its ethnically diverse traders. Newar architecture and craftsmanship is expressed in its temple and windows. The past richness is expressed in its art and craftsmanship.
Bindyabasani Temple is the center of religious activities in the old bazaar. It is dedicated to the Goddess, Bhagawati, another manifestation of Shari. On Tuesdays and Saturdays, people sacrifice animals and believe that she will help them fulfill their desires and wishes. Legend has it that the stone image of the Goddess was being brought from India, India to the Kingdom in the north of Annapurna. The carriers rested in Pokhara and when they were about to continue the journey, the image could not be lifted from the ground.
Gupteswor Guffa (Cave)
A sacred cave lies 2km from Pokhara airport on the Sidartha Highway leading South-West from the city. The entrance is right cross Davi’s Fall and the cave is almost 3km 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.
It is another interesting natural site across the Seti river past the Batulichaur Village in the north of Pokhara Village. It is one of the stalactite caves found in Nepal. As the cave has not yet been well explored, it is worthwhile to explore the interior.
There are two Tibetan villages in the vicinity of Pokhara. One of the them is called Tashiling and the other village’s name is Tashi Palkhel. Tashiling is in the south past Patale Chhago. Tashi Palkhel is towards the north of Pokhara. The Tibetan people living in these villages to keep themselves busy by producing and trading in woolen carpets and other handicraft items.