Pokhara sightseeing – Pokhara city sightseeing tour info
Pokhara city is situated 200km west of Kathmandu valley. From the sea level, it is at an altitude of 827m. Pokhara is known for its enchanting natural beauty and the city has a lot of lakes. Those who visit Pokhara can enjoy spectacular views of the Himalayan peaks. Many tourists spend some time in Pokhara to enjoy the scenic beauty of the place and for relaxation. Moreover, Pokhara is the starting point of various treks as well as rafts. When compared to Kathmandu, Pokhara has a warmer climate. October to April is the ideal time to visit Pokhara. The tourists visit both places of Pokhara – Lakeside and Damside. There are many hotels and restaurants in both districts. The major places of attraction in Pokhara exploring during Pokhara city sightseeing tour are Phewa Lake, Devi’s fall, Gupteshwar Cave, Peace Pagoda, International mountain museum, regional cultural museum, Gurkha Museum, Seti River George, Bindabasini Temple, Mahendra Cave, Bat Cave and Sarangkot.
Phewa Lake is a prominent landmark of Pokhara and it is the second largest lake in Nepal. The tourists go for various recreational activities in Phewa Lake such as swimming, fishing and boating. Those who take a stroll along the lake shore can have the view of the entire region. There are many hotels, shopping malls and other shops around the lake.
The Devi’s Falls is locally known as Patale Chhango. The Phewa Lake is the water source for Devi’s Falls. From Pokhara city, this place is just one kilometer away. Here there are ideal paces for swimming during the pre-monsoon period.
The sacred Gupteswar Cave is on the Siddhartha highway and is just 2 km away from Pokhara city. This cave has a length of 3km and one can enter into this cave right from Devi’s Falls. While there are large rooms inside the cave one has to crawl through the passages. This is also a pilgrim spot for Hindus since this cave has a phallic symbol of Lord Shiva.
On the south of Phewa Lake, there is a hill on the top of where there is a large Buddhist stupa. Those who want to visit this stupa have to cross the lake by boat and then climb up the hill’ From Peace Pagoda one gets spectacular views of Annapurna range as well as the city of Pokhara.
International mountain museum
Mountaineers, adventurous hikers and other visitors enjoy visiting the International Mountain Museum in Pokhara. This museum was opened on the occasion of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the first expedition to Mt. Everest by Edmund Hillary and Norgay.
Regional Cultural Museum
The Regional Cultural Museum was opened in the year 1985. This museum preserves the cultural identities of various ethnic groups in Nepal. Large collections of ornaments, costumes, farm equipments, coins, utensils and hunting weapons are exhibited here. The traditional dresses of different tribes of Nepal are kept here.
The Gurkha Museum was opened in the year 1994. In the year 2005 the museum was opened to all visitors. Today, Gurkha Museum is one of the major tourist attractions in Pokhara. The second storey of the museum is dedicated to the Gurkha Rifle Regiments.
The Seti Gandaki River flows through Pokhara city. At various places the river flows underground completely. There are many gorges in the city. Though the river appears too narrow at a few places its depth in those places are above 20m.
The Bindyabasini temple in Pokhara was built in 16th century and is the oldest structure in Pokhara. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga whose shrine is at the top of the temple. One has to climb hundreds of steps to reach the top. At the base, there is a shrine of Lord Shiva and a Buddhist monastery.
The Mahendra cave is another major attraction in Pokhara. This is a limestone cave and is known for its stalactite and stalagmite formations. It is impossible to determine the exact size of this cave.
In the local language the Bat cave is known as Chamare gufa. Bat cave is just a few yards away from Mahendra cave. Here one can see bats hanging by the walls of the cave.
Sarangkot is a historically important place and is in the northern side of Phewa Lake. Tourists enjoy walking through the gentle slopes of Sarangkot and also from here they get picturesque mountain views. From top of Sarangkot one gets panoramic views of Phewa Lake as well as the township. Tourists enjoy viewing sunrise and sunset from here against the snow capped mountains. For para-gliders, Sarangkot is a take-off point.
Pokhara sightseeing tour itinerary
7:25 A.M: Wake up, freshen up
7:40 AM: Breakfast at hotel
8:20 A.M: Agency representative introduce with city guide and briefing about upcoming sightseeing program at hotel by the tour guide.
8:45 AM: Drive to Devis fall, Gupteshor cave, international mountaineering museum Mahendra cave, Chamare cave, Bindabasini temple, Old bazaar, Gurkha museum, Seti gorge, regional museum, Phewa lake, Sarangkot etc, in between sightseeing in Pokhara about 45 minute break for lunch.
4:15 PM: Drive back to Hotel
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