On a clear day, you’ll be able to see the Annapurna Mountain peak reflected on its surface. Phewa Lake is the second largest lake in Nepal, and is also Nepal’s focal point. You’ll be able to make a day trip out of this view. It’s quite close to the World Peace Pagoda. Phewa, or Fewa, is a freshwater lake reserve. The forestry all around it is still quite dense, casting an emerald hue on the lake. What can you do here? Go around the lake using the painted doongas for rent on the lakeside.
International Mountain Museum:
Now, here’s a museum dedicated to all things about the mountain - famous mountaineers, the culture of the mountain people, especially in Nepal, the flora and fauna, and past and present developments on mountaineering all around the world. It holds three exhibit spaces: the Hall of Fame, Hall of the Great Himalayas, and Hall of World Mountains. For those who aspire to climb any of the Himalayan Mountains, take inspiration from the first few who’ve gone before you. There’s also a 21 meter (69 feet) climbing wall just outside.
Why do you visit Pokhara? Most of the time, most out-of-towners answer “because of the Annapurna Circuit.” Whatever your climbing capacity is, you’ll have to at least check out the base of what is deemed the highest navigable pass in the world. The Annapurna Circuit is considered the classic route for all trekkers since it was discovered in the 1980s. It takes 18 to 21 days on average to ascend and descend the pass. However, it is still quite challenging because of the four changing climatic zones and altitude, which makes trekkers (especially the new ones) prone to altitude sickness. Nevertheless, most people would attest it’s one of the most picturesque sites in the world, with the landscape and culture quite incomparable to anything else.
Davis or Devi’s Falls:
The Patalo Chango or the Underwater Waterfall is a series of cascades that end in an underwater tunnel. The tunnel is around 150 meters (500 feet) long. This is perhaps the most unusual thing about it; that it cascades down to an underwater pass. The best time to visit it is during the monsoon season, so you’ll see its full cascade. The summer season tends to make the waterfall smaller. To save time, you might want to combine this during a day trip from the World Peace Pagoda and a nearby Tibetan settlement, before heading to the waterfall. Davis Falls is found near the Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave on the other side of the World Peace Pagoda.
Shanti Stupa or World Peace Pagoda:
The Shanti Stupa is another popular tourist attraction in Pokhara, as part of a network of pagodas built by a Japanese monk to promote world peace. One of the publications in Nepal even called it the “most famous tourist attraction” around Pokhara, where you can watch the sunrise and sunset with an unobstructed view. It’s also great to see it at night, as it stands illuminated against its surrounding mountain backdrop. At the Shanti Stupa, you can find a photograph of the new Dalai Lama, with Buddha relics at the base with a golden Buddha image as the central relief. On the second level are more photos of Buddha’s life, from birth to death, and his conquering of evil.
Ghorepani Poon Hill:
The Poon Hill trek is one of the more accessible treks in Pokhara for those who don’t really have the time to take the lengthier Annapurna Circuit trek. The whole trek takes only 4 to 5 days, and most of the time you’ll be staying in teahouse accommodations, so you don’t really need to carry a lot of things with you. If you’re expecting more scenery and culture though, you might be disappointed. As it’s more accessible, this trek is also more commercial in the sense that there are already plenty of restaurants and souvenir shops, waiting to invade the tourist psyche. Nevertheless, it’s still a worthwhile experience, especially since you’ll still be passing a lot of natural wonders like gorges, waterfalls, and forests.
Begnas Lake is the second largest of the eight lakes in Pokhara valley with a maximum depth of 10 meters. A quiet fresh water lake in kaski district of nepal that changes colour depending on the season.
Location: Begnas Lake takes about 40 minutes by bus from Pokhara to reach the lake. Not far from the maddening crowd but extremely clean and quiet. Since it is visited comparatively less, the original beauty is undisturbed.
Highlights: Fishing, boating, and swimming are some of the activities you can indulge in, the bonus being surrounding green mountains.
The lake supports irrigation and fisheries. Water level in the lake is regulated by a dam constructed in 1988 as it fluctuates with season and because of use for irrigation. Pressure of increasing human population is forcing conversion of swampy area into land for cultivation.
It is the place where deities are religiously worshipped by the people who visit this temple. You can take your own canon and reach the temple. A visit to Nepal wouldn’t be complete without this Barahi temple which is quite beautifully nestled on the Phewa Lake. You can absorb in attractive scenery which will make you feel that Nepal has a lot to offer. Just soak yourself in the extreme quietness of the place. You can hire your own boat and reach this temple too.
Bindhyabasini Temple :
It is one of the oldest temple situated in Nepal with the idol of Godess Bhagwati. In the serene and calm waters of the lake of Pokhara, you will find this beautiful looking Bindhyabasini Temple. While visiting the place you can even enjoy the spectacular view of the Himalayas. And an amazing boat ride is just an additional advantage along with it.
Highlights: It is one of the foremost Shaktipiths of western Nepal and all the rituals are strictly followed as per the Hindu culture. If you are lucky enough you can get a chance to witness a nice Nepalese wedding.
Behind the temple there are 108 waterspouts (Dhara) term of “Muktidhara”. The 108 faucets in the shape of a head of a bull, closely arranged in a semi-circle with a gap of hardly a foot between the faucets, at a height of seven feet. The water from Gandaki River constantly falling over the mouth of the bull. Pilgrims who vacation the temple take a holy bath in each of these gush. But as the water is ice cold it requires burning desire and courage to take a holy bath here. Hindu devotees take bath under cool water of 108 spiral “Muktidhara” accepting that it starts them restoration. It is also believed that the deity was originated from western part of Nepal. It has helped to make this area as center of Tourist attraction.
Jwala Mai Temple:
A narrow down the Muktinath Temple you can examine the Tibetan design Jwala Mai Temple. This Temple is excellent for the water that it concerns from a rock indoors it. Inside this Temple behind a tattered curtain, are small natural gas jest that produce Continuously burning flame, the Jwala Mai temple has a spring and there are three eternal flames “Holy flame from soil”, “Holy flame from rock” and “Holy flame from water” fed by natural gas. Apparently two flames are continuously burning. The Hindus believe that this fire was lit as an offering made by Brahma himself, (the creator) as he set water on fire.
In frontal of Muktinath Temple there are 2 Kunda (Water ponds). This is generally used for holy dipping and is believed to hold the power to wash away negative karma and the results of one’s past negative actions.
This is a monastery of Tibetan origin. Legend has it that the Syandol Lama, a monk from Tibet established this monastery. This was actually used as a hostel for monks before collapsed and people of Khinga and Jharkot later restored it. The main deity’s Monastries are Sakyamuni, Chingresig and Guru Rimpoche. The monastery is placed at left from avenue gate of Muktinath temple complex, would be benefit it.
Another appeal for the pilgrimage is the River kali Gandaki from where one can gather fossils of the Jurassic age. You can more buy these fossils from the residents. Shaligram, a black stone fossil if found, is considered spiritual and is kept in Pooja room in the house. It is supposed to be symbol of Lord Vishnu.
Later determining prayer and puja at the temple a vacation to Mharme Lha Khang Gomba, the monastery devoted to Guru Rimpoche with his magnificent image placed to the North of Muktinath Temple.
The Boudhanath stupa is one of the holiest and most significant sites in Kathmandu. allowed UNESCO world heritage status in 1979, Boudhanath (aka the Boudha, Chorten Chempo and Khasa Caityais) has a diameter of 120 metres, making it the largest temple in Nepal. The stupa is built on an octagonal base, is ringed by appeal wheels, and has flashy prayer flags enveloped from its 36-metre central spire. Boudhanath is rich in symbolism: it has five statues of Dhyani Buddhas, defining the five elements (earth, fire, water, air and ether); nine levels, defining Mount Meru and 13 rings from its base to its apex (defining the steps to enlightenment or Nirvana). Boudhanath is the religious centre of Nepal's Tibetan/Buddhist community, and is ringed by around 50 monasteries and shops settling Tibetan artifacts. About 15% of the population are Buddhists.
The 1,500 mile long Himalaya range contains every one of the world's fourteen 8000 metre peaks. Nepal is home to eight of those giants: Everest (8848 m), Kanchenjunga (8586 m), Lhotse (8516 m), Makalu (8485 m), Cho Oyu (8,201 m), Dhaulagiri I (8,167 m), Manaslu (8163 m) and Annapurna I (8109 m). The rest are found in Pakistan (K2, Nanga Parbat and Gasherbrum I and II) and China (Shishipangma and Broad Peak). The Everest region is accessed by a nerve-racking 30 minute flight in a tiny plane to the Tenzing-Hillary airport (2860 m, aka Lukla airport). It is reached after overnight stops at small settlements called Tengboche (3870m), Pheriche (4240m), Duglha (4620m), Lobuche (4930m) and Gorak Shep (5160m). From base camp, trekkers can summit the 5545 metre Kala Patthar, which offers great views of Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse (7816 m). Everest has reopened to climbers and trekkers following the April 2015 earthquake, which claimed the lives of 19 people attempting to reach the summit. 2016 and 2017 saw a number of successful summit attempts.
The Annapurna region is accessed from tranquil Pokhara, and is famous for the Annapurna range and the sacred Fish Tail mountain. The 10-day Annapurna Sanctuary trek is the region's most popular activity. The sanctuary is an oval shaped glacial plateau reached via a narrow pass between the peaks of Hiunchuli (6,441 m) and Machapuchare(6,993 m, aka 'Fish Tail', regarded as sacred and therefore unclimbed). Annapurna base camp (4130 metres) is the highest point, providing stunning 360 degrees views of the Annapurna range, the glaciers running from it, and the near-vertical south face of Annapurna I (8091 metres). The alternative Annapurnra Circuit trek, taking 12-19 days with a maximum elevation of 5416 metres at the Thorung La pass, circumnavigates the Annapurna range. The scenery includes close-up views of Manaslu, Langtang Himal, Annapurna I, II, III and IV and Gangapurna. For those who don't have the energy, why not visit the Rum Doodle bar in the Thamel region of Kathmandu. This is where successful Everest expeditions are celebrated (with the conquering mountaineers—including Sir Edmund Hillary and Reinhold Messner—leaving their autographs on the bar's walls).
Even though the Nepali royal clan lifted from the Hanuman Dhoka dwelling over a century ago, Durbar Square remnant the tourist heart of Kathmandu. Most guests are amazed by the sheer number of temples neighboring the square, and the two adjacent squares, some determine back to the 12th century. The ornament in the crown are the Hanuman Dhoka itself (the complex of royal palaces), the magnificent Taleju Temple (built in 1564 by Mahendra Malla. Other must-sees are the Kasthamandap (aka the 'Pavilion of wood', the building after which Kathmandu was named and which, legend has it, was constructed using a single sal tree) and the Maju Deval (a triple-roofed Shiva temple dating from 1690, built by the mother of Bhaktapur's king Bhupatindra Malla).
A day trip to Bhaktapur:
Bhaktapur, a small city about 10 kilometres from Kathmandu, is acclaimed for its many diverse temples. The most exciting is the five-storey Nyatapola Temple on Taumadhi Tole (pictured), the tallest temple in Nepal built in 1702 during the reign of King Bhupatindra Malla. The National Art Gallery, with an extensive collection of Tantric cloth paintings. Keep an eye out for exquisite architecture as you wander the streets: many buildings feature intricately carved woodwork (such as the famous Peacock window, on an alley leading south-east from the Tachupal Tole). As a result, many cruises choose to stay in Bhaktapur and take day trips to Kathmandu (about 15 kms away, which takes c. 45 minutes by car).
The Pashupatinath Temple:
Built in 1696 on the forms of King Bhupendra Malla, Pashupatinath is Nepal's most important Hindu temple.Constructed in the pagoda style of architecture. Pashupatinath capacity a maximum height of 24 metres, and is govern over by priests called Bhattas and a chief priest called Mool Bhatt or Raval. Non-Hindus are not granted inside the temple. The temple's exterior and its surrounding buildings are worth a look. Sadhus (Hindu holy men) watch the world go by. Traders hawk marigolds, incense and conch shells. And the riverbanks of the Bagmati river are a popular place for cremations. Whilst the 'ghats' in front of the temple were reserved for the cremation of royalty, four other ghats to the south of the nearby bridges are in regular use. There is often a cremation in progress, with a shrouded body lifted on top of a log fire with surprisingly little ceremony. Cremations are followed by ritual bathing in the river.
Narayanhiti Palace Museum:
The Narayanhiti Palace Museum (aka Narayanhiti Durbar) served as the primary apartment of Nepal's sovereignty for over a century until 2008. It was here that, in June 2001, King Birendra, Queen Aiswarya and six other royals were shot dead by Crown Prince Dipendra before Dipendra passed his ammunition on himself; the apparent motive was revenge, after the King and Queen refused to approve the Prince's marriage intentions. Birenda's replacement, King Gyanendra, was deeply unpopular, and Nepalis voted to abolish the monarchy in 2008. The new parliament promptly gave Gyanendra 15 days to vacate the Palace. The Museum showcases the belongings of former royalty, such as pictures of Queen Elizabeth II taken when the Windsors were on friendly terms with the Shah dynasty. Visitors comment on the Palace's chintzy decor, including extensive gold-plating, numerous chandeliers and alarge tiger-skin rug. The Museum's extensive grounds are open to visitors; look out for fruit bats and 20 foot-tall bamboo. One morbid feature is of note: the Museum's buildings and grounds identify the places in which members of the royal family perished during the 2001 massacre (including the place on a small footbridge where Dipendra shot himself).
Chitwan National Park:
Established in 1973, the Chitwan National Park is a 932 square kilometre nature reserve of jungle, forest and glade allocated world heritage status in 1984. Chitwan—meaning 'heart of the jungle'—offers visitors an excellent chance of spotting one-horned rhinos, deer, monkeys, wild boars, hyenas, gharial crocodiles and over 450 species of bird (including parakeets, kingfishers, orioles and drongos). The Park is also home to (more elusive) leopards, wild elephants, sloth bears and majestic royal Bengal tigers. Despite setbacks during the Maoist insurgency, animal numbers are improving: a 2011 census counted 501 rhinos and 125 adult tigers. We suggest that visitors should spend two days in the park, so as to allow plenty of time for foot and elephant treks.
The Kopan Monastery is a gated community of Buddhist monks found on a hilltop north of Boudhanath. Founded by Lamas Thubten Yeshe and Zopa Rinpoche in the early 1970s, the Monastery houses 360 monks in grounds which include an enormous Bodhi tree, the Chenrezig gompa (temple), The Monastery is combine with the nearby Khachoe Ghakyil Nunnery. Those visiting should expect to change the hubbub of central Kathmandu withmorning chanting, an evening pooja/puja ceremony, study, silence, peace and love. The Monastery also offers daily and longer courses in meditation and yoga, provides panoramic views over the Kathmandu valley, has an immaculately kept garden and great gift shop and café. Just beware of the monkeys: they have a habit of stealing ice-cream from unsuspecting tourists!