Pokhara “City of 9 Lakes”. Another name for the haven. Pokhara is linked with all major cities of Nepal by air and Land transport. Regular flights from Kathmandu, Bharatpur, and Jomsom to Pokhara are the fastest way to reach here. Pokhara is famous for exploration, adventure sports, and mountain views. Phewa, Begnas, Rupa, Dipang and other 5 Lakes are some of the major attractions. The fabulous views of Annapurna and Lamjung range to the north of Pokhara. Including Annapurna I and VI, Annapurna South, Himchuli, Lamjung and Virgin Machhapuchhare (Mount Fishtail); gives you an incredible feeling.
When the sun rises, you can see the reflection of the mountains in the most of the lakes, truly a Paradise for photographers. This is one of the few places in the whole world to provide such a melodramatic view in a sub-tropical setting. Pokhara is also the doorway for most of the treks in the Annapurna region. Including Annapurna Basecamp, MBC, Royal trek and Upper Mustang.
THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO VISIT IN POKHARA
Gupteswar Mahadev Cave: This cave famous for its religious reputation. Located in the southern end of the city, Chorepatan. This cave has a memorial of Hindu god Shiva. The water from “Patale Chango” flows into this cave.
Davis Falls: Spectacular, supernatural and unusual, Davis falls (Patale Chango) dives into a cave and disappears into the earth.
World Peace Pagoda (Shanti Stupa): Built about 16 years ago over a hill overseeing Phewa Lake. The Stupa is a great place to see the marvelous mountains and the sunset over Pokhara. Hiring a boat across the lake and following a pretty good track upward, climbing up through the forest. (but watch out for leeches during the monsoon) by foot from the road turning right at the end of Chhorepatan to get access the marvelous Stupa.
Mahendra Cave: Mahendra Cave (Named after the let king Mahendra Bir Bikram Shah.) is a famous cave located in Batulechaur, the northern end of the Pokhara city.
Chamere Gufa – Bat cave. It is another cave located some 10 minutes away from the famous Mahendra cave. Chamere gufa is famous for the bats that can be seen hanging by the cave’s walls.
Sarangkot Hill: It lies at the altitude of 1592m. This hill sits north of Pokhara overseeing the valley and Fewa Lake. Just a short beautiful hike through Lama gaun villages (Famous for Buff Sekuwa) and jungle from the main tourist area of Pokhara, or a 25-minute drive can get you there.
Things to do in Sarangkot
Sarangkot is a beautiful village. This place known for its best view of sunrise. On a clear day, you can see an open view of the Himalayas of Manaslu 8163m, Dhaulagiri 8167m, Annapurna 8091m, in the middle of the Annapurna range, the Machhapuchhre 6993m (Fishtail) and Himchuli. Terraces of rice and the beautiful view of Pokhara valley can be seen from Sarangkot Hill.
It is also the takeoff spot for Zipline, Paragliding and Ultralight flight.
Paragliding: Don’t miss sky-high around Lake of Pokhara and the Lap of Annapurna with Lammergeyer eagles or huge Gryphon vultures to guide the way!
Boating: Just hire a boat and go out in the water for a day. Round trip to Tal Barahi Temple.