The Valley of Pokhara lies 200 km west of the capital. It is the adventure capital of Nepal since all the trekking in the Annapurna Region begin here in Pokhara. Other adventure activities also begin in Pokhara. This beautiful Nepalese town is overshadowed by massive peaks of the Annapurna Range, whose crowning jewel is the famed Mt. Fishtail. The city of Pokhara is also the entrance for trekkers and climbers heading into the Dhaulagiri Massif and tens of other treks in the region. Often more than not, Pokhara is called the “Laketown” due to the presence of more than seven prominent lakes and ponds.
Popular Attractions of Pokhara Valley
Lake Fewa: Fewa is the second largest lake in Nepal and the iconic signifier of Pokhara. The eastern shore of Lakeside is the place to be with hundreds of hotels, restaurants, cafes, bars, pubs and shopping centers.
Lake Begnas & Lake Rupa: Seekers of peace head out to Begnas before even entering proper Pokhara. Secluded Begnas is the perfect natural retreat for nature lovers who can take a boat out into the lake and float for hours or spend the time fishing.
Lake Temple of Barahi: Located within Lake Fewa, the temple of Barahi cannot be missed by visitors to Pokhara. It is a two-storied Pagoda-style temple dedicated to Goddess Barahi.
Peace Pagoda: This is yet another iconic structure that is almost always visible from the Shores of Fewa and every other hotel in Lakeside. Reaching there takes over an hour’s drive from Lakeside; and frequented specially for the views of the mountains above and the valley of Pokhara below.
Devi’s Fall: It is a wonderful waterfall, about five minutes’ drive from Pokhara Airport. It’s a strange geographical formation in which one cannot see the water that has just fallen from a waterfall as the waterfall falls into a crevasse whose bottom is invisible. A mystery for a long time, people ultimately tracked the flow of water that seemed to appears about two kilometers away on the Seti-Gandaki River. The Fall, as popular saying goes, was named after a person whose name sounded like “David” or “Dennis” or “Devis” or simply “Devi” – that ultimately transliterated into “Devi’s Fall”, which is what it is called today.
Mahendra Cave: Named after a visionary king of Nepal, these caves are another of nature’s wonders in Pokhara. This huge limestone cave is home to bats but people go inside with the help of light. A 30 minute drive from Lakeside, it houses some wonderful display of stalactites and stalagmites – just don’t forget to bring your flashlight.
Seti-Gandaki River: This river has water that is as white as milk – in fact it is whiter than milk, per se. The rapid and turbulent river of Seti-Gandaki cuts through the middle of the city but at different places, it runs completely underground. At first sight, the river might appear narrow, like just two meters across but in reality it is very very deep – going over 45 meters in some places.
Discover these and tens of other attractions in this valley. Just spend a week in Pokhara and enjoy your time in the true cradle of Nature.