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Pokhara an enchanting city nestled in the tranquil valley (827m), is the starting point for many of Nepal's most popular trekking and rafting destinations. The serenity of Phewa Lake and the magnificence of the fifth-tail summit of Machhapuchhre (6977m) rising behind it creates an ambience of peace and magic. Situated 200 km west of Kathmandu, Pokhara is connected by air as well by road from Kathmandu and Bhairawa, a border town near India. Pokhara is the land of the Magars and Gurungs who have earned worldwide fame as Gurkha soldiers. Brahmins, Chhetris and Thakalis are other major communities here.
Pokhara is located roughly 200 km west of Kathmandu. The journey between these two famed cities is certainly part of the Pokhara experience. Flying over the snow-capped Himalaya to the north and green Mahabharat range to the south is thrilling, while the overland journey past sparse rural settlements nested along the Trisuli river provides a view of life particular to Nepal's middle hills.There are daily flight between Kathmandu and Pokhara.
DISCOVER THE HERITAGE OF NATURE'S BEAUTY AND HISTORY:
The Pokhara valley is situated at an elevation of 915m above sea level and 200m west of Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal. The rich ness of valley in pure natural beauty is indeed one of the main attractions to the visitors from all over the world. Just imagine the joy of observing the majestic Himalayas, three peaks above 8000m. from an elevation of below 1000m. within a very close aerial, distance. The valley are equally superb giving as they do elevated close-ups to the snowy peaks. Going pony riding is yet another way of enjoying Pokhara.
Every evening the Phewa lake area hosts numerous culture programmes which affirm Pokhara's folk culture "most of the folk songs and dances that enliven Pokhara's nights evolved in the surrounding hills. The good cheer and fellow feeling of the songs are reflected in the people of Pokhara, sunny smiles and happy faces.
Some of the interesting places to be seen here are :-<
The second largest lake in the kingdom 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 the resort town. The eastern shore, popularly known as Lakeside or Baidam, is the favorite home base for travellers and is where most of the hotels, restaurants and handicraft shops are located.
Begnas Lake & Rupa Lake
These lakes are located about 15km from Pokhara at the end of a road that turns north from the highway to Kathmandu. Divided by a forested hillock called Panchabhaiya Danda, the lakes offer the perfect nature retreat because of their relative seclusion. Splendid boating and fishing opportunities can be had here.
Built on an island in Phewa Lake, this two-storied pagoda is decated to the boar manifestation of Ajima, the protectress deity representing the female force. Devotees can be seen, especially on Saturdays, carrying animals across the lake to be sacrificed to the deity.
Locally known as Patale Chhango, Devis Fall is an awesome waterfall lying about 2 km south- west of Pokhara airport on the highway to Tansen. Legend has it that a trekker (Devin, David...) was washed away by the Pardi Khola and disappeared down into an underground passage beneath the fall.
This is a scred cave located near Devi's fall. The cave is almost 3 km long. It has some gin hall- size rooms andsome passages. This cave holds special value for Hindus since a phallic symbol of Lord Shiva is preserved her in the condition it was discovered.
Flowing right through the city, the boisterous river runs completely underground at places. Amazingly, at certain points the river appears hardly two meters wide. But its depth is quite beyond imagination- over20 meters! Mahendra Pul, a small bridge near the old Mission Hospital, provides a perfect view of the river's dreadful ruch and the deep gorge made by its powerful flow.
Seti Gorge & Green Canyon
The viewpoint of the Fulbari Resort offers an unrivaled panorama of the Annapurna range with Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, Annapurna IV, Machhapurchhre, Annapurna III, Annapurna I and Annapurna South extending from right to leave. A splendid vista of the Seti Gorge, a deep and narrow gorge cut by the Seti River, and the Green canyon spreads out below.
The moment you step into any part of Pokhara the first thing that takes you to a spontaneous delight is the gorgeous view of the gigantic mountains. Pokhara is, in fact, the first and foremost convenient point for mountain-oriented sightseeing. Mt. Annapurna, literally meaning the Goddess of Abundant Harvest, lies at a horizontal distance of 40 kilometers from the valley of Pokhara which remains at an elevation of just 900 meters above the mean sea-level. Here is a clear clue for the identification of mountain peaks visible from Pokhara. At the extreme left isolated from the massif is visible the peak of Mt. Dhoulagiri (8,167 m.). In order to have a clearer view of this peak, however, it is advised to proceed to the south-east direction of the valley past the airport. On the extreme left of the massif, the bumpy peak in the foreground is Annapurna South (7,219 m.). A little beyond the South Peak in the background lies Annapurna I (8,091 m.). The most imposing pyramidal peak in almost central fore-ground is Mt. Machhapuchhre (Fish-Tail 6,997 m.). Slightly east and back of this peak lies Annapurna III which almost looks like the back of a camel.
Between Annapurna III (7,556 m.) and the nest mountain with a characteristic rocky right flank which is Annapurna II (7,937 m.) lies Annapurna IV (7,535 m.). Separated from the main massif of the Annapurna, one mighty mountain appears on the right; Lamjung Himal (6,983 m.). Finally in the east Manaslu and Himalchuli can be well spotted. For a long panoramic view of the mountains from Dhoulagiri in the west to Ganesh Himal in the distant east, you can drive as far as Titunga behind the Institute of Forestry, Ram Bazaar in the south-eastern part of the Pokhara Valley. This view point can also be approached from Pokhara airport by heading south-east parallel to the narrow gorge of the Seti River and finally crossing the river over a natural stone bridge called Dhungesanghu on the left side of the Mahat Gaunda village
It is another interesting natural site across the Seti River past Batulechour village in the north of Pokhara Valley. It is one of the few stalagmite-stalactite caves found in Nepal. The cave has not yet been fully explored and it conceals more than the present first galleries. A flashlight is worthwhile to explore the interior.
Bindabasini Temple along a ridge road to Sarangkot. Annapurna range and overlook the valley of Pokhara to enjoy the eye fast of the east. A view tower has been built on the top of Sarangkot hill at an elevation of 1,600 meters.