Best Places To Visit In Pokhara
Pokhara, a hidden paradise of a city gifted with natural beauty and blessings. A city that has a very fitting name. From astounding views of the panoramic mountains to the calm of the lakes and the hub of thrilling party houses, the city has got it all. In addition, you also get your full of adrenaline with sports like paragliding, bungee jumping, rafting and all. And it’s only natural the city is a popular destination. But there are also some popular places if you’re looking for a subtle kind of getaway. Let’s talk about the best places to visit in Pokhara.
In this list, we’ll not be talking about the treks and the adventure sports. But those places which you can visit casually. Yes, they might be already very well known too, but here they are.
Best Places To Visit In Pokhara
1) Fewa Lake & Tal Barahi Temple
Surprise, surprise! Or maybe not. For a city known as the “city of lakes“, it’s nothing strange. Fewa lake is the second largest lake in Nepal and is one of the most popular places. Also, because the island in the lake houses the famous Tal Barahi Temple. This makes it popular not only for casual visitors but also for pilgrims or pious people. This lake reflects the image of Machhapuchhre and Annapurna mountains, adding more to the breathtaking view. And yes, it is more beautiful than what you’ve been seeing it in pictures.
The lake is famous for boating, and you can see crowds of people doing the same. Besides that, you can also do kayaking and even fishing. There are also spots by the banks where you can swim. A visit to the temple falls on the way. Or, you can simply chill by the bank, and take in the views.
2) Davi’s Falls & Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave
Yes, another widely known destination is the Davi’s Fall, a.k.a. Devi’s Fall. But I won’t recommend only the waterfall, as it’s not that good of a destination alone. The story behind the waterfall is a good one, yes, but the waterfall in itself is small. It’s called Patale Chhango in the local tongue which means underworld waterfall. And rightly so, because the water flows into a 150 meter-long tunnel 30 meters below ground level. But all of it is not visible from the main spot, which makes it legendary only in the name.
But make sure to combine this visit with the Gupteswhor Mahadev Cave. It is a cave located nearby, and most of the insides have been artificially carved. But, it still retains its mysterious appearance. There is a temple built around a natural stone deity, hence the name Gupteshwor Mahadev. From this cave, you can also see the part of Davi’s Waterfall that goes underground, and as scary as this may be, it is worth the watch.
3) Shanti Stupa / World Peace Pagoda
World Peace Pagoda, or locally known as Shanti Stupa, it is a massive stupa located on top of Anand hill. It is a part of a network of pagodas built by a Japanese monk to promote world peace. Some say it is the most famous landmark to visit in Pokhara too, as it gathers all kinds of tourists – foreigners and locals, alike.
Located on top of the hill, you have to hike to the top via winding roads. But since the road is metalled and graveled, small cars or motorbikes can easily go through. From the top, you can get a 360-degree view of the whole Pokhara city – from the mountain ranges to the lakes below. In addition, the skies are colored with the paragliders gliding in the skies. And the sound of the winds along with the ambiance of the stupa will calm your soul. Peace Pagoda truly earns its name.
So, these are the best places to visit in Pokhara casually. Of course, there are many other places in Pokhara that deserve some spotlight as well. But we will cover them in some other logs. Thank you for reading and stay tuned for more such information.