- The Valley of Lake
If Kathmandu is
the cultural hub of Nepal, Pokhara is its center
of adventure. An enchanting city nestled in a
tranquil valley; it is the starting point for
many of Nepal's most popular trekking and rafting
destinations. The atmosphere on the shore of Phewa
Lake is one of excited vitality as hipster backpackers
crowd the many bars and restaurants exchanging
recommendations on guest houses and viewpoints,
both by the lake and above the clouds.
Pokhara is a place
of remarkable natural beauty. The serenity of
Phewa Lake and the magnificence of the fishtailed
summit of Machhapuchhre (6,977 m) rising behind
it create an ambience of peace and magic. At an
elevation lower than Kathmandu, it has a much
more tropical feel to it, a fact well appreciated
by the beautiful diversity of flowers which prosper
in its environs. Indeed, the valley surrounding
Pokhara is home to thick forests, gushing rivers,
emerald lakes, and of course, the world famous
views of the Himalaya.
The powerful rule
of the old kings of Kathmandu, the Lichhavis and
the Mallas, held sway over this valley for some
time. As these dynasties fell prey to their own
troubles, Pokhara Valley and the surrounding hills
disintegrated into small kingdoms, frequently
at war with each other. These were called the
Chaubise Rajya or the Twenty-four Kingdoms. It
was among these that Kulmandan Shah established
his kingdom. His descendant Drabya Shah was the
first to establish Gorkha, home of the legendary
is a part of a once vibrant trade route extending
between India and Tibet. To this day, mule trains
can be seen camped on the outskirts of the town,
bringing goods to trade from remote regions of
the Himalaya. This is the land of the Magars and
Gurungs, hardworking farmers and valorous warriors
who have earned world-wide fame as Gurkha soldiers.
The Thakalis, another important ethnic group here,
are known for their entrepreneurship.
Situated some 200
kilometers west of Kathmandu at an alleviation
of 3000ft,Pokhara is a natural gift to our country.
It has a rare Combination of the long arrays of
snowed peaks, crystal clean lakes, panoramic Annapurana
Himal and the warm climate, which remains favourable
all the year round mansoon rains are strongest
from June to August and other months are relatively
dry. It has the beautiful Phewa tal(lake),Seti
river,Mahendra Cave and the various places interest
for the tourist like, Kl singh Bridge,Bindya Bashini
Temple, museum, Davi’s Fall and Buddhist
Tal means lake in Nepali. Phewa Tal is the largest
lake in the valley , measuring 1.5 by 4km .The
lake is the Pokhara Valley.The lake is best situated
for boating and Bird watching and especially photographing
the scenic mountains. The excellent settings of
the lake and the reflactions of the Annapurna
Mountains is something , no visitors would like
to miss during a boating trip. Annapuran rises
directly from the valley floor and seems close
enough to touch .
Built in the middle of phewa lake is dedicated
to the goddess Ajima – the grand mother.
The universal protector is the boar manifestation
of goddess shakti. She is often worshipped with
the sacrifice of animals.
Legend goes that on one fateful night.God came
to a villages in Pokhara disguised as a traveler
looking for a shelter . Only a poor couple offered
him shelter and the only meal thry had . Next
morning ,it was found that the entire village
was submerged in water expect the old couple’s
Therefore,in honor of the compassionate old couple
the temple of Tal Varahi was built in the middle
of the lake.
Situated at 1500meters is a former fort of Kaski
Kings . An early morning drive to watch the sunrise
is the recommended trip. Nowhere else in the world
can one enjoy such a magnificent panorama up so
close. Starting from Dhaulagiri in the extreme
left, the view includes Annapurna South ,Ist ,IInd
,IIIrd ,IVth ,Machhapuchhare and Lamjung.
World Peace pagoda
A massive Buddhist stupa on top of a hill on the
southern shore of phewa Lake . Beside Being an
impressive sight by itself , the shrine is a great
lake and pokhara City.
Lacally known as patale Chhahgo is an awesome
waterfall lying about 2km south-west of Pokhara
airport on the highway to Tansen .
Legend has it that in the month of july 1961,
a Swiss couple were bathing in the stream Pardi
Khola , Just above the fall. A sudden flood from
the Fewa Dam swept away Mrs. Davi and mysteriously
disappeared down in to an undergroung passage
beneath the fall. Since fall has been called Davi’s
The old Bazaar and Bindyabasini
Pokhra’s traditional bazaar is colorful
and so are its ethnically diverse traders. Newar
architecture and craftsmanship is expressed in
its temple and windows. The past richness is expressed
in its art and craftsmanship.
Bindyabasani Temple is the center
of religious activities in the old bazaar.It os
dedicated to Goddess, Bhagawati , another manifestation
of Shati. On Tuesdays and Saturdays ,people sacrifice
animals and believe that she will help them fulfill
their desires and wshes. Legend has it that the
stone image of the Goddess was being brough from
binda , India to the Kingdom on the north of Annapurna
. The carriers rested in Pokhara and when they
were about to continue the journey, the image
could not be lifted from the ground.
Gupteswor Guffa (Cave )
A sacred cave lies 2km from Pokhara airport on
the Sidartha Highway leading South-West from the
city. The entrance is right cross Davi’s
Fall and the cave is almost 3km long. It has some
big hall –size rooms and some passages where
you have to crawl on all fours this cave holds
special value for Hindus since a phallic symbol
of lord shiva is preserved here in the condition
it was discovered.
It is another interesting natural site across
the seti river past Batulichaur Village in the
north of Pokhara Village. It is one of the stalactite
caves found in Nepal.As the cave has not yet been
well explored, it is worth while to explore the
Tibetan Village .
Tibetan Refugee Camp
There are two Tibetan villages in the vicinity
of Pokhara .One of the them is called Tashiling
and the other villages name is Tashi Palkhel.
Tashiling is in the south past Patale Chhago.Tashi
Palkhel is towards the north of Pokhara .The Tibetan
people living in these villages keep themselves
busy by producing and trading in woolen carpets
and other handicraft items.