This one-day tour in Pokhara incorporates the experience of the beauty of nature either through viewing the stunning snowcapped peaks or the serenity of the different lakes in the valley.
Phewa Lake, the second biggest lake in Nepal, contributes to the overall beauty of Pokhara. The altering ray of the sun on the Phewa Lake provides appealing serenity to the nature lovers. There is a bunch of restaurants and pubs on the eastern side of the lake where visitors can have fun drinking and enjoying the view. Along with these attractions, boating, sailing, kayaking, canoeing, swimming, bird watching, fishing, and angling are few of the activities that you can engage in at Phewa Lake. There also lies a gorgeous Bindabasini Temple in the middle of the lake where animals and birds are sacrificed and offered to the goddess Durga by Hindu worshippers every Saturday. There is a myth that the Goddess Barahi told the villages that a flood would sweep away the village and turn it into a massive lake. Soon after, it rained heavily for more than a week, and flood swept away the village and a part of the hill, forming a lake.
Davis Fall is a beautiful little waterfall that lies about 2km southwest of the Pokhara Airport on the Siddhartha Highway. The fall is named after a lady (Davis) who was taking a bath in the river upstream with her husband. She lost her footing, and got swept away by the river and died in the falls, so they named the fall after her. There is also a cave known as Gupteswar Gupha, very close to Davis Fall. Gupteswar Gupha is a mystifyingly holy cave with significant value for Hindus since a phallic symbol of Lord Shiva is seamlessly preserved here. The symbol of Lord Shiva is still the same as it was when first discovered.
Bindabasini Temple is the oldest religious temple in Pokhara. The shrine was built in the 16th century. The head shrine of the temple is dedicated to the goddess Durga where Hindu pilgrims gather to perform sacrifices, especially on Saturday. It is said the temple was built after the goddesses ordered King Khadag Bum Malla to build her stature here. During the festival of Dashain, a vast number of Hindus visit this temple and offer sacrifices. A park-like landscape bounds the temple. Many people visit this temple to enjoy the picnic with a fantastic panorama.
Mahendra Gufa and Chamero Gufa are other famous natural sites in Pokhara. You can reach these caves within two hours from Pokhara on the northern side. The cave is named after the late King Mahendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev, and some young shepherds discovered this cave in the 1950s while grazing their cattle. It sits 1100meters above the sea level and contains young limestones. The Mahendra Gupha is also famous as the ‘House of Bats’ or Chamero Gufa (Bat’s Cave) as a considerable number of bats lives within the cave’s walls.
Seti Gandaki Gorge, a marvel of nature that moves underground, and vanishes from sight in many places along its path throughout the city. At several points, the river is about two meters wide and cuts a deep, narrow valley. One of the finest spots to see the stream below is Mahendra Pul, a small bridge at the center of the city. The river’s source is the Annapurna mountain range. It flows south and south-east past Pokhara and Damauli to join Trishuli near the Devghat area.
World Peace Pagoda is a massive Buddhist Stupa. Also popular as Shanti Stupa, it is an incredible site in Pokhara standing on top of a hill, on the southern bank of the Phewa lake. In addition to being a gorgeous sight in itself, the spot is also a high vantage point that offers spellbinding views of the Annapurna range and Pokhara city. Shanti Stupa is the first world peace pagoda in Nepal, with the only other being in Lumbini. You need to walk about 200 stairs to reach the top; however, more we go up, we will get even better views of the Annapurna range and whole Pokhara city. The piece pagoda is 115 tall and 344 feet in diameter.
The Old Bazaar is a traditional market place and a colorful gathering spot for a natively diverse group of traders. You can reach the old bazaar within 10minutes of a drive from Phewa Lake. The temples and monuments in the old bazaar closely resemble the Newari architecture of Kathmandu valley, and its original charm is still intact. Bindabasini Mandir, one of Pokhara’s major shrines lies in the Old Bazaar. The temple stands on top of the hill. From here, you can get a beautiful view of the various parts of Pokhara and also some mountain peaks.