Top Ten Best Places to Visit in Pokhara
It is essential to give time to your soul to rediscover a passion or zeal for life. And it can be best done amidst nature where you can see the true reflection and acknowledge the definition of life. Your emotional affinity toward nature has to grow, for you to realize the genuine essence of life. Well, I believe Pokhara would be the exact destination that your soul has been craving for a long time. Pokhara serves with a tranquil ambience as it is home to numerous flora and fauna. It is the best trekking site in Nepal filled with adventure in every footstep.
Magnificent waterfalls, lakes, caves, and many other romantic getaways are situated in naturally and historically affluent; Pokhara City.
When you’re in Pokhara and are struggling to find out the best tourist places in Pokhara, this article is the perfect place for you. Herein, we will be discussing a few of the best visiting places in Pokhara Valley.
1. Phewa Lake
Phewa lake is located in a glorious place amidst hills and gleaming Himalayas from the South of the Pokhara Valley. Just hire a boat and paddle in the glistening warm water and break free from all the boundaries that you had once set for yourself. Revive yourself if you are a solo traveller. And ignite a fire in your love life, if you are head over heels in love with your soulmate. Peace is something that I can assure you that you will find in this journey.
2. Begnas Taal
Not so far from Phewa Lake, Begnas Taal is where one can find themself utterly absorbed in the tranquility of nature. It feels unreal due to the backdropping of the Himalayas ranges on the Begnas Taal. Lush greenery and free-flowing sparkling water can literally take your breath away. It is obvious for anyone to be swept off their feet, Begnas Taal is a natural magician.
3. Devi’s Fall
Devi’s Fall’s literal Nepali name is Patale Chango or Paatal ko Chhango which refers to ‘Underworld’s Waterfall’. There is a history behind its name as well. A long time back, a Swiss couple had gone swimming in this waterfall but the lady drowned due to the overflow of water. With greater efforts, her body was finally recovered after 3 days in the river Phusre. Her father desired to name it ‘David’s Fall’ as a memorial to her late daughter but then it was modified to ‘Devi’s Fall.
The seamlessly flowing water of Devi’s Fall passes through Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave, which means a “cave beneath the ground”. Devi’s Fall looks as pretty as a picture due to the plentiful fauna and big rocks that surround the waterfall.
4. Mahendra Cave
Get yourself up early from bed and tie your shoe laces. Set yourself for the most thrilling trip into the Mahendra Cave. If you have a venturesome personality, this journey will be a lifetime memory. You can visit in the dawn for the best experience. Mahendra Cave is a limestone cave with riveting stalagmites and stalactites. There’s a sculpture of Lord Shiva inside the dark cave which makes the journey into it all worth it.
5. Rupa Taal
Surrounded by abundant flora and fauna, Rupa Taal is another aesthetic site to explore. It is situated in the South-east of Pokhara valley and it is named after the nearby village called Rupakoy. Actually, amongst the seven other lakes of Lekhnath, Rupa Taal is the second biggest lake in the Pokhara Valley. Nevertheless, there is more than just a sighting that Rupa Taal proffers. Since Rupa Taal is fenced by diverse Nepalese communities, tourists can traverse around the lively inhabitants.
6. World Peace Pagoda
World Peace Pagoda, quite popularly known as Pokhara Shanti Stupa is placed at the hilly edges of the Himalayas. So, you can march on a hike and be primed to climb the 500 steps. It is considered a World Peace Pagoda for a reason. In fact, it is rumoured the ambience of the stupa is profusely silent that one can hear their own breath and feel it noisy. This would provide you with utter satisfaction because at times even our souls hunger for silence and calmness. Besides that, the view from the pagoda is worth all the sweat that broke out along the way.
One can also take a boat in the lake and paddle through the waves of water. After all, little things we do can rekindle our souls. World Peace Pagoda is believed to bless the entire human race with immense peace and prosperity. This stupa is standing evidence of the harmony that our nation resonates.
Fasten your seat belts and prepare yourself for all jolts of your upcoming adventure. Sarangkot is an exciting destination that entails the panoramic Himalayan views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and Manaslu. Therewithal, you can contemplate the extreme north to the south including the Phewa Lake and other major attractions of Pokhara. The view of sunrise or the twilight from the view tower at the top is absolutely heart-melting.
Now the adventure awaits. Paragliding is already renowned in Sarangkot. You can also witness numerous visitors coming to fly over the deep Phewa Lake. Bring your date to the magnificent sunrise and trek through the heights. The tourists can even get a chance to indulge in the history and tradition of the valley. They can get to taste a variety of local food and witness the graceful culture of Sarangkot.
Apart from the destination mentioned above, there are several other ravishing sites in Pokhara. Whether you are an adventure freak or quite a spiritual person, Pokhara can present awe-inspiring destinations for all interests of people. Pokhara can be an ideal destination for all age groups.
Deeply pious people can visit temples and worship their deities with all their devotion. Shree Bindhyabasini Temple is a majestic temple placed at the hilltop where Hindus and Buddhists visit for adoration. Encircled by the flickering mountains, the view from the temple can absolutely melt anyone’s heart. Taal Barahi is considered to be a vigorous temple of Hindu Goddess Durga Devi, which is situated amidst a crystal-like lake.
Also, the view of the Himalayas from the temple is spectacular. You can enjoy a boat safari around the tall-standing trees which would feel you more connected with nature. Bhimsen Temple is another sacred destination built in dedication to the character Bhimsen, among the 5 Pandavs of Mahabharat. The Bhimshen temple possesses the rich history and architecture of Pokhara. Besides temples, there is a multitude of monasteries in Pokhara. Being one of them, Shree Gaden Dhargay Ling Monastery is a serene and sacred place enchanted by chants and prayers.
In order to purify your soul with meditation, you can visit the Tibetan Refugee Centre, Jangchub Choeling Monastery, and Matepani Gumba. I assure for that all it takes, you will certainly become calmer and more composed after you explore these monasteries.
For the adventurous ones, there are thrilling destinations in Pokhara one should not miss. Dark caves such as Chamero Gufa and Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave can be stirring enough to travel. Additionally, Gupeteshwor Mahadev Cave is also assumed to have healing powers as it is actually a shrine of Lord Shiva. The treks and mountain climbing are worth every drop of sweat in Pokhara. Picturesque lakes and rivers like; Seti George River, Basundhara Park, Seti Gandaki George, and Kamal Pokhari are copious both naturally and religiously.
Ancient heritage and cultures are still preserved and exhibited in the alleys of Newari Tribes at the Old Bazar. Likewise, Annapurna Butterfly Museum could be the next beauteous destination where varied species of butterflies are kept. There are thousands of butterflies along with other insects and arthropods. You will be able to explore a totally new world and lifestyle. It could add a new experience to your life.
Next is the Gorka Memorial Museum, which entails the stories of the bravery of our Nepal Military forces. The war tales and shreds of evidence of the Gorkhali Force add soul to this place. International Mountain Museum is definitely another destination that you will regret if missed. In order to learn profoundly about mountaineering, and other life lessons you must explore this museum.
There are genuinely many places in Pokhara that I would even personally insist you visit. Pokhara will be your life-changing adventure and with no doubts in my heart, I can assure you the best of things can happen at this heavenly place. Take a break and connect your soul with mother nature here in Pokhara.
Also, you might want to look for the Best places in Kathmandu or near Kathmandu too after travelling to Pokhara. Please refer to our previous blogs to know about the best places in Kathmandu