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Tourism in Pokhara, Nepal Attraction of Tourism in Pokhara Nepal

Destination: Pokhara 
Highlights:Phewa Tal (Lake)
Phewa lake, the second largest lake in the kingdom, roughly measuring 1.5 km by 4 km, is the center of all attractions in Pokhara. The enchanting lake is an idyllic playground. Brightly painted wooden boats and sailboats can be rented on reasonable cost around lakeside.
Begnas lake and Rupa lake
The lakes are located about 15km from Pokhara at the end of a road that turns north from the highway to Kathmandu. Divided by the forested hillock called Panchabhaiya Danda, the lakes offer the perfect nature retreat because of their relative seclusion. Splendid boating and fishing can be done here.
•Barahi temple
This is the most important religious monument in Pokhara. Built almost in the middle of Phewa lake, the two storied pagoda is dedicated to the boar manifestation of Ajima, the protectress deity representing the female force Shakti. Devotees can be seen, especially on Saturdays, carrying male animals and fowl across the lake to be sacrificed to the deity.
World Peace Pagoda
The pagoda is a massive Buddhist stupa and is situated on top of a hill on the southern shore of Phewa lake. Besides being an impressive sight in itself, the shrine is a great vantage point which offers spectacular views of the Annapurna range and Pokhara city. You can get there by crossing the lake by boat and then hiking up the hill.


Seti Gandaki
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 - over 20 meters! Mahendra Pul, a small bridge near the old Mission Hospital, provides a perfect view of the river's dreadful rush and the deep gorge made by its powerful flow.

Devi's Fall
Locally known as Patale Chhango (Hell's Fall), Devi's fall (also known as Devin's or David's) is an awesome waterfall lying about 2 km south-west of Pokhara airport on the highway to Tansen. An interesting modern legend says that a foreigner named David was skinny dipping in the Pardi Khola (river) when the floodgates of the dam were opened, sweeping him into an underground passage beneath the fall, never to be seen again.
•Gupteswar Gupha
Gupteswar Gupha, a sacred cave, lies 2 km from Pokhara airport on the Siddhartha Highway leading southwest from the city. The entrance is right across from Devi's Fall and the cave is almost 3 km 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. An entrance fee of Rs. 5 is charged and taking pictures inside the cave is prohibited.
Mahendra Gupha
Mahendra Gufa, locally called Chamero Odhaar ("House of Bats"), is the large limestone cave. Shepherd boys are said to have discovered it around 1950. A two hour walk to the north of Pokhara, it is best to bring your own torch to see the stalactites and stalagmites, although most of them have been carted out by souvenir hunters.
The Old Bazaar
Pokhara's traditional bazaar is colorful and so are its ethnically diverse traders. In its temples and monuments can be seen ties to the Newar architecture of the Kathmandu Valley. Located about 4 km from Lakeside, the market's original charm is alive and well.
Bindbyabasini Temple
Bindhyabasini temple is the center of religious activity in the old bazaar. It is dedicated to goddess Bhagwati, yet another manifestation of shakti. Worshipers flock here to perform sacrifices, and especially on Saturdays the park like grounds take on a festive fair.
Museums:
Pokhara Museum , located between the airport and Mahendra Pul, reflects the ethnic mosaic of western Nepal. The lifestyles and history of ethnic groups such as the Gurung, Thakali and the Tharu are attractively displayed. Open daily, except Tuesdays and holidays, from 10 am to 4 pm.
Annapurna Museum , also known as the Natural History Museum, is located at Prithvi Narayan Campus east of the old bazaar. Managed by the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP), the museum has an exceptional collection of butterflies, insects, birds, and models of wildlife as well as samples of various precious and semi-precious stones and volcanic rocks. Open daily, except Saturdays and holidays, from 9 am to 4 pm.
Himalayan Vista
The magnificent Annapurna panorama that's visible on the northern skyline of Pokhara is quite incredible. The main peaks are Annapurna I to IV and the beautiful Machhapuchhare (or Fishtail Mountaian, so named after its twin peaks). Besides these, you can also see the Himchuli, Varahashikhar, Gangapurna and other peaks. The mountains will probably be hidden in the clouds between April and September. A nice evening on the banks of Fewa Lake with the mountain range as the backdrop is what Pokhara is really about!
Nightlife and Entertainment in Pokhara
There is not much of a nightlife in Pokhara other than dining. The town shuts down by about 10:30 in the evening. Until you can hang out some of the bars and pubs that are becoming trendy in the area. Fishtail Lodge puts up an hour long nightly Nepali cultural show with dances and such.
Around Pokhara
Pokhara is the starting and ending point for many of the popular trekking routes in Nepal. Longer treks (one to three week long) such as the Jomsom trek, Annapurna Circuit, and Annapurna Sanctuary begin here. Check a book on Nepal trekking for more details on this. Otherwise, you can also visit this site Pilgrims Book House for information on trekking books of Nepal.
For those with less time, Pokhara also provides shorter (one to seven days) more leisurely treks around the neighboring hills and villages. The popular ones are:Ghachowk Trek :two days, a circuit through Lhachowk to Ghachowk and down to Batulechaur, north of Pokhara, close up view of Fishtail mountain.Naudanda Trek : two days, to Naudanda from Suikhet and then back through Kaski, west of Pokhara.
Ghorepani Circuit : five to seven days long, upto the Gurung village of Ghandruk village, great views of the Annapurna range, north-west of Pokhara.Kahun Danda :day trip, north east of Pokhara, 1560m altitude.Sarangkot :day trip, great view of the mountain range including Dhaulagiri, north of Fewa Lake, 1592m altitude.Rupa and Begnas Lakes :day trip, 15km south-east of Pokhara, take a bus there and leisurely walk along the ridge that separates the two twin lakes.
Best time:
September to November is a peak tourist season with the maximum number of visitors coming during this period. The weather is pleasant and the skies tend to be clear. The second most visit-friendly time of year is early to mid-May. Between June and August, is a monsoon season in Pokhara and there is a lot of rain, which makes it not so favourable time to visit. For winter sports fans, given that Pokhara is a base for a lot of adventure sports, December and January can also be considered to visit here.Accommodation:Hotels around lakeside area are highly expensive but you can enjoy the beautiful view of major attractions with better facilities . Some of the hotels in Lakeside are:Fish Tail LodgeShangri-La Village ResortFairmount HotelThe Fulbari Resort & SpaPokhara GrandeHotel RaraaHotel The KantipurBut remember that you can save the amount to visit whole Pokhara and even more if you stay a bit away from lakeside.
Transportation:By Flight:
The Pokhara Airport is a regional airport operated by the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal. The airport is small and can only accommodate eight small propeller planes at a time. It provides for regular connectivity to Kathmandu and Jomsom and seasonal connectivity to Manang. Gorkha Airlines, Nepali Airlines, Sita Air, and Tara Air operate flights to and from Kathmandu and Jomsom while Buddha Air, Simrik Airlines, and Yeti Airlines provide connectivity to only Kathmandu. Nepali Airlines also operate flights on a seasonal basis to and from Manang. Given the limited capacity of the airport, flights can often be redirected to other airports in cases when the airport lacks capacity, so be prepared for the odd delay. 
By bus:
Bus accessibility to Pokhara is available from Kathmandu and from Sunauli, which is next to the Indian border. There are several options available with several operators running on the Kathmandu to Pokhara route. Local buses that tend to be crowded are available at the New Bus Stand in Kathmandu. More luxurious tourist buses like the Greenline are available at Tourist Bus Station. The local buses leave about every 30 minutes from 7:30 in the morning to afternoon. There is even a night bus but the ride is considered painful. Additionally, there is also a Super Deluxe luxury bus service operated by Pokhara Jagadamba Travel. In Pokhara, buses can be boarded at the Tourist Bus Park and the local Bus Station.
Description:
Situated amongst lakes at the northern end of the Pokhara valley and at the foot of the Annapurna Mountain Range which contains 3 of the world's 10 tallest mountains, Pokhara is truly a scenic and happening tourist spot. It is Nepal's second largest city and is a major spot for tourists that come to experience its many varied attractions. Pokhara is very popular among trekkers and others who visit here for participating in adventure sports such as paragliding, mountain biking, canoeing and skiing. For those inclined towards a more spiritual experience, there are several Temples and Buddhist Gompas that are sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists. 
These sites such as the Tal Barahi Temple and World Peace Pagoda attract their own share of pilgrims and visitors who come from all over the world. The presence of lakes such as the Phewa Lake and Begnas Lake along with the scenic mountain ranges always make for splendid views that would be welcomed as breathtaking and memorable sights by any and all. Additionally, Pokhara has all the amenities expected from a place that's regularly visited by tourists offering options and things to do for people at all ends of the budget spectrum.