POKHARA Pokhara is one of the most picturesque spot of Nepal. The beauty of Pokhara is enhanced by its lovely lakes, which have their source in the glacial region of the Annapurna range of the Himalayas. Situated 200 KM west of Kathmandu at an altitude of 827 meter from sea-level.
For the mountain viewers Pokhara offers a magnificent view of Dhaulagiri, Machapuchre (Fishtail), five peaks of Annapurna and others. Pokhara is the only place in the world to provide such a dramatic views in a sub-tropical setting. Machapuchre, for example, is only 28 km from Phewa Lake and not a single mountain range intervenes between the two.
Places to visit in Pokahara
Phewa Lake, the second largest lake in the country, is the center of all attraction in Pokhara. It is the largest and most enchanting of the three lakes that add to the resplendence of Pokhara. Here, one can sail or row a hired boat across the lake to visit the island temple in its middle. The eastern shore, popularly known as lakeside or Baidam, is the favorite home base for travelers and is where most of the hotels, restaurants and handicraft shops are located.
The Barahi Temple is the most important monument in Pokhara, Built almost in the center of Phewa Lake, this two-storied pagoda is dedicated to the boar manifestation of Ajima, the protector deity representing the female force Shakti. Devotees can be seen, especially on Saturdays, carrying male animals and fowl across the lake to be sacrificed to the deity.
World Peace Pagoda (Bishwo Shanti Stupa) a massive Buddist Stupa , has an immense role beautify the Pokhara valley. Located on top of Anadu hill of Pumdi Bhumdi Village Development Committe, the Stupa lies approximately 7 kilometers away from Mahendra pool, the main market of the valley . This Stupa was designed by Monk Nisparanjan Myohoji and founded by Monk Litokowo. The Stupa is situated at an elevation of 2100m above sea level.
Sarangkot is the highest point on the Pokhara valley rim. It is located at altitude is 1592m above sea level. This place provides the best view of Pokhara Valley, Phewa Lake and beyond to the main spine of the Annapurna ranges (Annapurna South 7195, Annapurna I 7647, Machhapuchure 6997, Annapurna III 7555, Annapurna II 7937, Annapurna IV 7525, Lamjung Himal 6986.)
International Mountain Museum, built on 12.6 acres land, with a display area of more than 4200 sq. mt. the international mountain mueuem opened for the public viewing on 5th February 2004.
IMM’s gallery presents the geological facts about the origin of world mountain system, the gallery displays and gives explanations on the subjects like geology, glaciology, rivers originated from the mountain or glacial rivers, mineral deposits and flora fauna etc.
Begnas Lake is located 12 Km East of bustling Pokhara town lies this wondrous paradise – the Begnas lake known for its clear spring-fed water and lushly vegetated surroundings – just the setting for your long-deserved escape to another world!
Begnas Lake is the second largest, after Phewa lake, among the eight lakes in Pokhara Valley. Water level in the lake fluctuates seasonally due to rain, and utilization for irrigation. The water level is regulated through a dam constructed in 1988 on the western outlet stream, Khudi Khola
Begnas Lake area with a number of resorts is a popular destination for tourists visiting Pokhara. The water from the lake is used for irrigation and some parts of the lake are used as caged fisheries. The Begnas lake area has a number of swampy areas around it, many of which have been converted to paddy fields day by day.