Pokhara is the third largest city of Nepal after
Kathmandu and Biratnagar. It is the Headquarters of
Kaski District, Gandaki Zone and the Western Development
Region. It is also one of the most popular tourist
destinations of the country. Pokhara is a remarkable place
of natural beauty. Situated at an altitude of 827m from the
sea level and 200km west of Kathmandu valley, the city is
known as a center of adventure. The enchanting city having
several beautiful lakes and offers stunning panaromic a view
of Himalayan peaks.
Fast Facts of Pokhara Valley
West to Kathmandu Valley
The Third largest city in Nepal
Mountains Views, Lakes & Trekking
Max- 35°C Min- 15°C
The climate is sub-tropical but due to the elevation the
temperatures are moderate: the summer temperatures average
between 25–35 °C, in winter around 5–15 °C.
Popular Sites in
Phewa Lake, the second largest lake in the kingdom, roughly
measuring 1.5 km by 4 km, is the center of all attractions
in Pokhara.Foremost attraction in the lake is the pagoda
style temple which holds the shrine of Barahi or Water
Goddess. Another attraction is the eye catching view of Mt.
Machhapuchhre and Annapurna in the clear water of the lake.
One is advised to view the south-eastern side of Phewa Lake
for it has the best views. The lake is neither deep (roughly
47 meters at most) nor particulary clean, but the water is
warm and swimming is pleasant if you don't think about the
lake and Rupa lake
Begnas Lake, the second largest lake of Pokhara Valley, is
13 km away from Pokhara.The lakes are located about 15km
from Pokhara at the end of a road that turns north from the
highway to Kathmandu. The lakes offer the perfect nature
retreat because of their relative isolation. Splendid
boating and fishing can be done here.
Situated at top of a hill on the southern shore of Phewa
Lake is a massive Buddhist stupa.The shrine is a great
vantage point which offers spectacular views of the
Annapurna range and Pokhara city. Small hiking up the hill
can be done to reach the stupa.
One of the most famous tourist attractions in Pokhara is
Davis Falls. Source of water in Davis Fall or Patale Chango
(in Nepali) is Phewa Lake. An interesting modern legend says
that a foreigner named David was skinnydipping in the Pardi
Khola (river) when the floodgates of the dam were opened,
sweeping him into an underground passage beneath the fall,
never to be seen again.
Locally called Chamero Odhaar ("House of Bats"), is the
large limestone cave.Mahendra Cave has been named after the
late King Mahendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev.Shepherd boys are
said to have discovered it around 1950.The cave has been
fitted with lighting system for convenience of the
tourists.Mahendra Cave is known for its rock types and
stones that glitter when a beam of light hits them.
Pokhara is the starting and ending point for many of the
popular trekking routes in Nepal. Longer treks, which
stretch for one to three week, like Annapurna Circuit,
Annapurna Sanctuary and Jomsom Trek, where as the shorter
yet popular treks are:
- Ghachowk Trek
- Naudanda Trek
- Ghorepani Circuit
- Kahun Danda