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Pokhara Attractions, Nepal

Tourist Attractions in Pokhara
There are various exotic places of interest in Pokhara. Some of these places are the Seti River Gorge, Devi Falls, Sarangkot, Phewa Lake, International Mountain Museum, Fine Art Gallery, Regional Museum, Karma Dubgyu Choling Nyeshang Monastery, Mahendra Caves and Bindya Basini Temple.


International Mountain Museum
The International Mountain Museum is the home of mountaineers, adventurers and summiteers worldwide. This museum has been opened recently to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first ascent of Everest by Hillary and Norgay. This museum is visited by various visitors. The museum is set on landscaped grounds and divided into various areas of interest.

Fine Art Gallery
The Fine Art Gallery is located near the airport and modest in its setting. The gallery displays the works of the owner, artist Yadab Chandra Bhurtel. The main part of the collection are bold strokes worked on

International Mountain Museum Pokhara

Nepali rice paper and emphasize on the female form. Nepali culture and landscapes are reflected in other works.

Mahendra Caves
The Mahendra Caves attracts various visitors. This large limestone cave is locally known as the House of Bats. This cave is full of stalactite and stalagmite formations. The exact size of the cave complex cannot be decided. A famous geologist visited the cave, but could not cover all parts of the cave complex or find an end to it, although he explored for two whole days.

Devi Falls

The Devi Falls is situated about 2 kms. south of the airport on Siddhartha highway to Kathmandu. The Devi Falls is a sink hole, where the Phewa lake drains into the Pardi Khola and disappears underground and emerges about 200 m away. There are various legends about the area, and it is a frequently visited tourist spot. Locally known as the Patala Chhango (Hell’s Fall), Devi’s Fall is a lovely waterfall. Legend has it that a trekker (Devin or David) was washed away by the Pardi Khola and mysteriously disappeared down into an underground passage beneath the fall.


Sarangkot is situated towards the north of the Phewa lake. This area carries historical significance, and derive its name from the Magar language. The word Sarang means sword, and Kot is the position from where defence was established and used to store arms and ammunition. Most of the people prefer to walk up the gentle slopes to enjoy the mountain views. From the top, one can enjoy the view of the lake and township below. The views of sunrises and sunsets against the snow clad mountains are especially spectacular from here. Sarangkot is also gaining popularity as the take-off point for para-gliders.


Phewa Lake
The Phewa Lake is the second largest lake in Nepal and is the centre of all attractions. It is the largest and most enchanting of the three lakes that add to the resplendence of Pokhara. The changing light of the sun on the Phewa Lake is an aesthetic delight. On one side of the lake are clusters of restaurants and pubs. Boating, sailing, kayaking, canoeing, swimming, bird watching, fishing and angling are some of the activities which can be done on Phewa Lake. The Phewa Lake is also a place to enjoy the spectacle of a variety of species of birds for which the lake is a natural habitat. In the midst of the lake

Phewa Lake Pokhara
stands the Varahi temple, dedicated to Varaha, the boar, the third incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

Karma Dubgyu Choling Nyeshang Monastery
Karma Dubgyu Choling Nyeshang Monastery is set on the top of the hill and gazes down at the sprawling town. The peace and tranquility reign here under the shadows of the immense Buddha figure. The monks inside the monastery are extremely willing to help with prayers and information.

Pokhara Museum

The Pokhara Museum display maps, photographs, musical instruments, clothing, jewellery and clay models that depict traditions, ceremonies and lifestyle of the people from this region. The Pokhara Museum reflects the ethnic mosaic of western Nepal. The lifestyle and history of ethnic group such as Gurung, Thakli and the Tharu are attractively displayed through models, photographs and artifacts. One major attraction is a display highlighting the newly-discovered remains of an 8000-years old settlement in Mustang. The museum is open throughout the week except on Tuesdays and other national holidays. The Annapurna Regional Museum, also known as the Natural History Museum, is another interesting visit in Pokhara. The Museum has an exceptional collection of butterflies, insects, birds and models of wildlife found in the area.

Bindya Basini Temple
Bindya Basini Temple is a famous religious temple. The Bindya Basini Temple is located on the road to Sarangkot. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga in her Bhagwati manifestation and animal sacrifices are made on Saturdays. The shrine is a shaligram (marine fossil) of black ammonite.


Barahi Temple
The Barahi Temple is the most important monument in Pokhara. Built almost in the center of Pehwa Lake, this two-storied pagoda is dedicated to the boar manifestation of Ajima, the protector’s deity representing the female force Shakti.

Gorkha or Gurkha is situated about 18 km north of Siling on the Prithvi Highway, about 136 km west of Kathmandu and 106 kms. east of Pokhara. Gorkha was the ancestral home of the Shah dynasty and is connected with the Prithvi highway by a good all-weather road. Under the rule of the king Prithvi Narayan, the Thakuris, Tamang and Magar soldiers

Barahi Temple Pokhara

were known as the Gurkhas. The Prithvi Narayan Shah built an impressive fort with the temple and palace complex on the top of the hill, overlooking the town to celebrate his conquest of the Kathmandu valley. The Gorkha Durbar is situated about 1 km from the bus stand. There are various important buildings that surround the tank. Some of the temples of Vishnu, Krishna and Ganesh are also situated near it. There is also a column with a statue of the great king.

Seti Gandaki
Flowering right through the city, the boisterous river runs completely underground at places. Amazingly, at certain points the river appears hardly two meters wide. But its depth is quiet beyond imagination, over 20 meters. A deep gorge is made by its powerful flow.

The Old Bazaar

Pokhara’s traditional bazaar is colorful and so are its ethically diverse traders. In its temples and monuments can be seen ties to the Newar architecture of the Kathmandu valley. Located about four km from Lakeside, the market’s original charm is alive and well. 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 Baghwati.


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