Pokhara Valley is the second-largest and developed valley in the hilly region. It is also the heart of Nepal, given its natural beauty. It is also equally developed in the tourism industry and is the major source of income in the country. Lying in the Gandaki zone it is almost 203 kilometres away from the capital city. Pokhara is the foremost tourist attraction of Nepal. More than for pilgrimage sites and sightseeing, Pokhara is famous for the activities like trekking, canoeing, rafting, boating, paragliding, canoeing and sightseeing. Pokhara has always been a major tourist trap due to its royalty in nature and facilitating accommodations. Even religious people visit this city due to the pilgrimage like Bindabasini and Taal Baraahi temple. People even fancy the Gurung culture in Ghandruk and like to wrap themselves up in their cultural attire.
Phewa Lake, previously known as Baidam Taal, is a semi-natural freshwater lake in Pokhara. Being the second-largest lake of Nepal, it is also the most popular tourist destination. It covers a total area of 4.43 sq. km. Connected by the Phewa Lake are the cities like Sarangkot, Kaskikot and Pokhara. Around 28 km away from the Phewa Taal is the Annapurna range, which is also popular for trekking. Similarly, what astonishes the tourists is the reflection of Mt. Fishtail or Mt. Machchapuchre in the choppy water of the Phewa. The famous Hindu pilgrimage site, Taal Baarahi has also situated in the epicentre of the lake, where people like to travel by boat to the centre to worship the goddess Durga. Water sports are the major appeal to many adventurous tourists. Sarangkot is also famous for paragliding. Surrounding the Lake are famous hotels, lodges, bars and food stalls, also known as Lakeside which is the main place to hang out and enjoy the delicious fish from the Phewa lake.
Begnas Lake is the third-largest freshwater lake of Nepal, situated at the south-eastern part of Pokhara valley. The Begnas lake is located at about 650m altitude with a depth of 10m. It is about 13.5 km away from Pokhara which only takes a half an hour drive. It is a popular attraction as it is filled with various food stalls with the unique taste of dishes. The lake itself is aesthetically pleasing.
The melancholic legendary waterfall is named Davis fall after the death of the Swiss woman who went swimming in the waterfall. The Nepali name of the waterfall, Paatale Chaango translated to Underworld’s Waterfall. This waterfall is 150m long and flows 30m underground. It passes through a tunnel that it created at the bottom. Later, It passes through the Gupteshwor Mahadev cave. The cave itself is a major touristic site, given its complex and unique structure. It also holds some religious importance. Similarly, The location is extremely famous for entertainment. There are lots of fun activities like a Luck pond where people can try their luck by throwing the coins in the pond and various statue photobooths.
Mahendra cave is a huge limestone cave in Pokhara. There are various unique minerals inside which is a major attraction for the researchers. The statue of Lord Shiva inside the cave also lures huge Hindu pilgrims. It is located at an altitude of 1100m above sea level. It only takes a half an hour taxi ride, one-hour public transportation and two hours pedal walk from the Pokhara airport. The deafening silence and the dripping water in the pitch dark Mahendra Cave is a great adventure. The cave is surrounded by greenery and is really a tranquil place where you will get to observe the horses and mules grazing.
The International Mountain Museum is located in Pokhara. It displays the traditional Nepali culture, especially from the Himalayan belt and exhibits mountains, climbers, mountaineering equipment and the culture. It preserves the shreds of evidence of mountaineering history. Not only the Himalayan lifestyle and traditions it also exposes various floras and faunas. The entrance fees depend on what type of visitor. For instance, the price is cheaper for students whereas high for normal visitors.
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