Pokhara lies in the center of Kaski District, Gandaki Zone and the Western Development Region. Pokhara Valley is the second-largest valley in the hilly region of Nepal. It lies in the western part of the Nepal. The city is located approximately 200 km west of the country's capital, Kathmandu. The city of Pokhara is one of the major cities of Nepal. Three out of ten highest mountains in the world are within 30 miles of the city. They are Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I and Manaslu. The city is also a base for trekking because Mt. Annapurna is close by. Trekkers undertake the Annapurna Circuit through the Annapurna ranges in the Himalayas. Pokhara is home to many Gurkha soldiers. It is the second most expensive city in the country after Kathmandu. Pokhara, the tourist hub of western Nepal lies 200 km west Kathmandu, capital city of Nepal. It is only the distance of of half an hour flying duration or 5 to 6 hours drive from Kathmandu.
In the 17th century, Pokhara was part of the Kingdom of Kaski which was one of the Chaubise Rajya (24 Kingdoms of Nepal) ruled by a branch of the Shah Dynasty. Many of the hills around Pokhara still have medieval ruins from this time. King Prithvi Narayan Shah who was the unifer of Nepal, added Pokhara into his kingdom. It then became an important trading place on the routes from Kathmandu to Jumla and from India to Tibet.Pokhara became a commercial center when Newars of Bhaktapur migrated to Pokhara, upon being invited by the king of Kaski, and settled near main business locations such as Bindhyabasini temple, Nalakomukh and Bhairab Tole.
The establishment of a British recruitment camp brought larger Magar and Gurung communities to Pokhara. At present the Khas, Gurung (Tamu) and Magar form the dominant community of Pokhara. There is also a sizeable Newari population in the city. A small Muslim community is located on eastern fringes of Pokhara generally called Miya Patan. Batulechaur in the far north of Pokhara is home to the Gandharvas or Gaaineys (the tribe of the musicians).Small Magar communities are also present mostly in the southern outlying hills.
From 1959 to 1962 approximately 300,000 exiles entered Nepal from neighbouring Tibet following its annexation by China. According to UNHCR, since 1989, approximately 2500 Tibetans cross the border into Nepal each year. About 50,000 - 60,000 Tibetan exiles reside in Nepal, and approximately 20,000 of the exiled Tibetans live in one of the 12 consolidated camps, 8 in Kathmandu and 4 in and around Pokhara. The four Tibetan settlements in Pokhara are Jampaling, Paljorling, Tashi Ling, and Tashi Palkhiel. These camps have evolved into well built settlements, each with a gompa (Buddhist monastery), chorten and its particular architecture, and Tibetans have become a visible minority in the city.
Things To Do
Pokhara is amogest the hot spots for paragliding in the world. As you leave the ground and feel like a bird in air space with Himalayan eagels, kites, and vultures. You can get a great view over the rivers, lakes, villages, and green terracesp of paddy fields. The majestic landscape dotted with different vegetation will embrace you in the air. Paragliding in this Himalayan country can be a truly wonderful and fulfilling experience for one who are adventure-seekers.
Best time to fly
Paragliding is a weather dependent sport. And the flying season in Nepal starts from November through February, but the best month beings from November and December. Paragliding is done from Sarangkot. Sarangkot is graded as one of the five top paragliding destinations in the world.
Imagine of flying near the mountains. If you do have the dream, visit Pokhara. Leave the earth and reach the height, get lost in the clouds. Flying in ultralight you can reach out for the mountains. Not only mountains, flying in ultralight it provides the opportunities to take some of the most breath taking views of Pokahra Valley and its surrounding. Ultralight Flight aircraft is a medium to observe the full scale of the magnificent Pokhara valley along with mountain peaks and lakes at the same time.
Ultralight is a very light aircraft that has no window and seating for only two persons, a pilot and a passenger.Ultralight is powered by engines so that these aircraft can reach very close to the mountain peaks.Because of such ability to reach close to the mountains, tourists love the experience of flying on those small machines.Professional ultralight flights started in Nepal in 1997 AD. And it is claimed to be the first in South Asia. Early autumn to early spring is considered the best season for Ultralight flight.
Boating is another activity that can be done in Pokhara.Phewa Lake in Pokhara is very much liked by the tourists. Fewa Tal is located in the center of the city. One can enjoy boating in Phewa Tal. Begnas and Rupa Tal are located located in the outskirts of Pokhara. Sailing in middle or to the other side of the waterbody, is a refreshing experience.Pokhara provides some fine opportunities for boating.
Pokhara's Phewa Lake is the most popular destination for tourist who desires to be apart in recreational boating. Phewa Lake is the second largest lake in Nepal and measures roughly 1.5 by 4 km.Its eastern shore which is also known as Lakeside is the center of tourist activity in Pokhara.Boating in Pokhara Valley is fun-filled experience whole year, expect the rainy season.However, the best time for boating is is between October and February. Boating is one of the most famous things to do in Pokhara, Nepal.The other two lakes, Begnas and Rupa Tal are located 15 km out of Pokhara at the end of a road that turns off the Kathmandu highway.
Moutain biking is one of the most famous things to do in Pokhara, Nepal. Mountain biking, a way through water falls, up and down the treacherous slope; you will enjoy your journey. For those seeking a more physical challenge, mountain biking provides just the means as there is no better way to enjoy an exploratory trip in the urban centers of Nepal.
You can enjoy your way through amidst centuries old monasteries and rice fields. You will cycle through green forest and culturally heterogenous communities. And also across the steep mountains, through roaring mountain rivers. Ride through lush green rice fields, delightful little hamlets, up and down the hills, along river banks, around temples, past the stray cattle, over suspension bridges and along the highway.
Mahendra Cave is one of the most visited tourist attraction in Pokhara Valley. This cave is located in a small town called Batulechaur. The city is just few kilometers away from the main city. The name Mahendra Cave is given after the Late King of Nepal, Mahendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev. The cave is a natural tunnel where one can walk inside and see different kinds of rocks and Hindu god and goddesses around the wall. As one of the darker sights in Nepal, Mahendra Cave gives visitor the opputunity to explore the darker territory and for the safety measures, electricity is provided through out the cave and additional torch and emergency lights can be taken for the convinence. The area is surrounded by the community forest at the hillside.
Bat Cave, is another cave mostly visisted in Pokhara.It is also known as the natural habitat of bats. The cave is also worth of visiting and it is located ten minutes walk away from Mahendra Cave. The main entrance of this cave is quite narrow but the inner part is wide enough. The main area of attraction in this cave is that there are more than 15 thousand bats of different species and images of elephant tusk, god, and goddess can be observed in the inner walls of the cave. The cave is made of up the limestone and there is the provision of the torch and the emergency lights for the view of the cave.
Davis Falls (meaning underworld falls) is a waterfall located at Pokhara in Kaski District, Nepal.The interesting feature of the falls is that the water travels through natural tunnel.The water from the fall flow about 500 feets through the natural tunnel at the depth of 100 feets from ground level. In the year 1961, a Swiss tourist who was just swimming in the Phewa Lake was swept away due to the unexpected overflow in the dam water and his wife was swept away. Thus, her body was never recovered and was vanished forever.Then the fall was named after his name as Davis Falls. As, the name suggests the water flows under the ground through its natural tunnel of 500 feets. The water passes through the cave called Gupteshwor Mahadevcave beneath the land. The source of water is provided through the dam of Phewa Lake and in the rainy seasons the rise in the water level increases the flow and density of water in this fall. The natural scenery is very impressive.
World peace pagoda
World Peace Pagoda is built by Nipponzan Fujii, after the II world war. During of the II world war many people lost their lives. During the time Guru Nipponzan Fujii was sad, since then he began a compaign against the violence.He focused on unity of human being in the world. The Peace Pagoda is a Buddhist stupa designed to provide a focus for people of all races and creeds within the world and to help unite them in their search for world peace.
In the world peace pagoda, we can see four statues of Buddha, so people let be informed about the four incidents of Buddha’s life.Pokhra is itself paradise on the earth, and the pagoda has added more charm and beauty in Pokhrara. Nepal has two of the eighty peace pagodas in the world: Shanti Stupa in Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha and Shanti Stupa in Pokhara. Shanti Stupa in Pokhara has also become a tourist attraction. It provides a panoramic view of the Annapurna range, Pokhara city and the Fewa Lake.
International Mountain Museum
More than seventy thousand domestic and international tourists visit International Mountain Museum (IMM) every year. IMM shows the records, documents and exhibits the past and present developments related to mountain and mountaineering around the world. The museum contains three main exhibition halls:Hall of Great Himalayas, Hall of Fame and Hall of World Mountains. Inside the museum, it consists of famous peaks, their description of famous mountaineers, culture and lifestyle of mountain people, flora and fauna including geology which represents the traditional culture and values of Nepalese people.
The climate of the city is sub-tropical; however, the elevation keeps temperatures moderate. Summer temperatures average between 25 to 35 °C, in winter around - 2 to 15 °C. Pokhara and nearby areas receive a high amount of precipitation. Lumle, 25 miles from the Pokhara city center, receives the highest amount of rainfall (> 5600 mm/year or 222 inches/year) in the country. Snowfall is not observed in the valley, but surrounding hills experience occasional snowfall in the winter. Summers are humid and mild; most precipitation occurs during the monsoon season (July - September). Winter and spring skies are generally clear and sunny
Tour Packages in Pokhara Valley
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Kathmandu pokhara tour with Manakanana
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