10 Best Places to visit in Pokhara

  • Feb 1, 2021
  • Arjun Rijal

Pokhara is a tourist city in Nepal and one of the largest cities in Nepal. Pokhara is about 200 kilometers (120 miles) west of the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu. Pokhara is also the entrance city for all the trekking in Annapurna Region, and Annapurna Region is the most popular region for trekking or Himalayan hiking after the Everest Region.

Many Trekkers do the Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek, or Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek from Pokhara and visit Pokhara or Staying in Pokhara are included in all these treks. Furthermore, the Pokhara is the best place to relax after any trekking adventure, and Pokhara offers many places to visit while you stay in Pokhara.

The Visit of Pokhara is included in all the tours Packages of Nepal such as Spirit of Nepal or Taste of Nepal, or you can find Pokhara Tour as well. Here, Find some of the best places to visit in Pokhara.

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Tal Bahari Temple

The Bahari Temple is located on a little island right in the middle of Phewa Lake. Tal Barahi Temple is also known as the ‘Lake Temple’ or ‘Barahi Temple’. It is one of the most-visited sites in Pokhara and a religious monument.

Tal Bahari Temple in Pokhara

The outside of the Temple includes a two-story pagoda structure with a Gajur on the top. The Gajur is gilded with gold, and the other structures are made of stones. Tal Barahi Temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga, which is the Protector of Gods. The only way to visit this temple is by boat and a great place to observe the holy rituals being carried out.

Bindhyabasini Temple

Bindhyabasini temple is another must-visit place in Pokhara. Nepal is a religious country, the Bindhyabasini temple is one out of them and proudly resides on top of a hill in old Pokhara city.

Bindhyabasini Temple

The Bindhyabasini temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagwati, which is a popular deity known throughout Hinduism, and generally referred to as Shakti. The Bindhyabasini temple is considered one of the main Shaktipiths of Nepal. The temple is clad in white, and pilgrims flock to the temple and offer animal tributes to their guardian deity during the Dashain festivals. The temple is also a popular hub for the marriage ceremony.

There are stories regarding the fact as to how the temple came into existence. The most popular belief is that King Khadag Bum Malla had a dream in which the Goddess Durga appeared and ordered him to set up a statue there, then. The king had the temple constructed, and it is believed that the temple was constructed in 1845 BS. The Bindhyabasini temple has seen a sudden influx in the number of tourists these days.

Davis Falls

The Davis Falls is a small waterfall in Pokhara, Nepal, and another place to see in Pokhara. The water tears through the rocky slopes and disappears down an underground tunnel in this fall. The high waters don’t stop tourists from treading close to the water but tread too close, and you might drown in it.

Devi's Falls in Pokhara

This was aptly portrayed when a Swiss couple back on July 31st, 1961, were swimming just up from the waterfalls. The woman, Mrs. Davis was pulled by the strong water currents and fell to her death down the waterfall. Her body was found after three days in the river Phusre and after it, the fall named Devi’s fall. However, due to a certain glitch in Nepali pronunciation and language, people named the waterfall “Davis Falls”. In Nepali, the word Devi signifies a Goddess, and the name of Buddha’s mother is also Maya Devi. In the common tongue, the waterfall is known as “Patale Chhango”.

The tunnel of the fall is about 500 feet long and it runs 100 feet below the ground level. The water passes through a cave called Gupteshwor Mahadev. The main source of water for the fall is Phewa Lake.

The Davis Falls is a popular tourist site for both Nepali and non-Nepali tourists.

Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave

The Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave is recognized as one of the longest caves in Nepal with a length of 2,000 meters. The cave sits across Davi's fall, and one can hear the thundering sound of water inside the cave. The cave was said to be discovered in the 16th century AD. During those times, there wasn’t any sort of modern-day decorations that you see today. The main entrance of the cave was only constructed in 1991 AD.

Gupteshwar Mahadev Cave in Pokhara

The exterior of the cave is furnished with a huge brown arch as you enter into it, there are numerous souvenir shops, where you can shop something if you need. You see a statue of Lord Vishnu in a sleeping position, and right in front of the ticket counter, there is a concrete balcony and a spiral staircase. As you head down, you can see plastered artworks.

The main cave is divided into two parts, and the second part of the cave is closed during the monsoon season to prevent people from drowning from the high-water levels. As you make your way to the inner parts of the cave, you can see small shrines, which are dedicated to Lord Shiva.

International Mountain Museum

Nepal has a strong presence throughout the world for being the country that houses the highest peaks in the world, Mt. Everest (8848 m), and many other peaks over the eight thousand meters above sea level. Many have ventured into this small Himalayan nation with the hope and aspiration to conquer these mighty peaks.

International Mountain Museum in Pokhara

The International Mountain Museum in Pokhara, tells the fable of the fellow climbers who had dared to conquer these high peaks. The museum houses numerous artifacts and a collage of pictures that depict life in the snowy regions of the Himalayas.

Peace Pagoda (Shanti Stupa)

The Peace Pagoda in Pokhara is an example of serenity and bliss. The Pagoda is perched on top of a small hill and wonderfully draped in white, symbolizing its purity and taintless nature. Peace Pagoda overlooks the Annapurna Mountains and simultaneously reflects on the tranquil Phewa Lake below.

Peace Pagoda (Shanti Stupa)

The Peace Pagoda is a great place for wanderers who are in a search of peace and silence, and it is a place that should be visited on Pokhara Tour. The Peace Pagoda was constructed after the end of World War 2 by Buddhist monks to inspire peace among all the people around the globe. Nichidatsu Fujii, the founder of the Nipponzan-Myohoji organization took on the task of building over 80 of such peace pagodas in the world.

Sarangkot Viewpoint

There are many viewpoints in Nepal, but none of them match the allure and beauty of the Sarangkot viewpoint in Pokhara. Sarangkot is located in the formerly known VDC of Pokhara in the Kaski district of Nepal, which was later added in the main city of Pokhara.

View from Sarangkot Viewpoint

Sarangkot is an amazing hill station in Nepal, which is located 5km from the Lakeside of Pokhara. Sarangkot Viewpoint is the major destination for tourists. Sarangkot View Point offers picturesque views of the major mountains of the Annapurna region that includes Annapurna massif (8,091 m), Machhapuchhre (6,993 m), Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), and many others.

Seti Gandaki River

There are a plethora of things that can be done in the Pokhara. Many travelers choose to spend their time by visiting the crowded and famous locations like the Phewa Lake, Tal Barahi Mandir, and the World Peace Pagoda. People seem to forget the fact that there are other natural facilities, which are worth a visit to Pokhara Tour. No, we are not talking about Rupa and Begnas Lakes, We are talking about the Elephant in the room, the lifeline of Pokhara, the beautiful and tranquil ‘Seti Gandaki River’.

Seti Gandaki River gorge

Seti Gandaki River is born from the base of the massive Annapurna Himalaya. And later, it flows south & south-east past Pokhara and Damauli to join Trishuli near the Devghat area. The river vanishes underground only to reappear later at other parts of Pokhara. To the common eye, it is some sort of magic that can’t be explained, but even for the trained eye, it is hard to separate fact from fiction. If you want to see this natural phenomenon by yourself, then you should definitely visit the Seti Gandaki River.

Begnas Lake

There are many lakes in Nepal with the 3 major ones located in Pokhara. Out of these lakes, the most amazing yet frowned upon lake is the Begnas Lake. Begnas Lake serves as a wonderful escape for those willing to escape the daily grind, and for those that wish to comprehend the beauty of nature.

Begnas Lake

The Begnas Lake resides in the Pokhara Lekhnath Metropolis, on the southeastern part of Pokhara valley. It is the third-largest lake in Nepal with freshwater. The Begnas Lake has been there since one can remember. Begnas Lake has been an oasis of life throughout the centuries. The Begnas Lake is separated from the Rupa Lake by a forested hillock called Panchbhaiya Danda.

Mahendra Cave

Caves are reminiscent of ancient times, and they tell a story that mankind has forgotten over time. The history of mankind was also found in one of such caves, where archaeologists discovered paintings made in the wall surface. There are numerous caves in Nepal, which although don’t have proof of human history, but rather weave an intricate story about the formation of the land that we stand on.

Mahendra Cave

The Pokhara is renowned in the tourist community for being a wonderful place. There is a cave called the Mahendra Cave, which people seem to undermine. It tells a story of a land lost in time, which is in the process of metamorphosis. If you wish to comprehend the allure of nature, then the Mahendra Cave should be your next visiting stop.

Arjun Rijal

Arjun Rijal

Hello, Hi & Namaste from the Himalayas!

I am Arjun Rijal, Founder director of Escape Nepal Holidays P. Ltd & working as a travel planner/consultant for Nepal, Bhutan, and Tibet Travel & I love hiking, trekking, and traveling.

I have been in most of the trekking regions in Nepal, that include Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Base campAnnapurna Circuit, Manaslu, and Langtang. I also have traveled to Bhutan & India & planning further travel to many other countries in the world.

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