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Pokhara

Country
Nepal
State
Nepal (General)
City
Pokhara
Type of Location
Lake
About Location

Pokhara, the city of lakes, is blessed with extreme natural beauty. It is located at an altitude of 827m, 200 km west to Kathmandu valley. The city is famous for the adventure opportunities it offers that include sightseeing, white water rafting, kayaking and mountaineering.



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How to Reach

By Air :

 Kathmandu is the entry point when coming in by air. Most flights to Kathmandu reach around mid-day. Flying time between Kathmandu and Pokhara is about 25 minutes, where as by road it takes about 5 to 6 hours. Air tickets for Pokhara are usually available on the spot or can be booked in advance. The airfare from Kathmandu to Pokhara is approximately Nepali Rupees 2500 including airport tax (for foreign nationals it is US$98). The domestic airlines are not giving any student concessions. Airlines plying between Nepal and India do give student concessions. For that the ticket has to be bought with the help of the airline concession form which has to be signed by the Principal. Students also have to show the college ID card.

By Road

Gorakhpur is the closest railhead. It takes about 2 Hrs (100 Kms) by road from Gorakhpur to arrive at Sonauli which is a small town at the India Nepal border. You should be able to get a small cab for about NPRs.5,000 and a van for about NPRs.6,000 from Sunauli to Pokhara. The same fare would be applicable for travel by taxi between Kathmandu and Pokhara. If you are traveling in your own vehicle it is recommended that you possess enough petrol/diesel to avoid any need of filling the same in Nepal as it may not be made available to an Indian vehicle by the petrol pumps in Nepal in view of the scarcity.

Key places to visit
The Fewa (or Phewa) Lake, Begnas Lake, Gupteshwar Cave, Davis Fall, Mahendra Cave.


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Places to Visit

The Fewa (or Phewa) Lake

Phewa Lake, majestic in stretch and beauty, is the second largest lake of Nepal. Foremost attraction in the lake is the pagoda style temple which holds the shrine of Barahi or Water Goddess. Another attraction is the amazing image of Mt. Machhapuchhre and Annapurna in the clear water of the lake. One is advised to view the south-eastern side of Phewa lake for it has the best views. Tourists can also indulge in activities like fishing and canoeing. Several varities of fish can be found in the lake. Nearby forest is the residence of numerous animals and birds.

Begnas Lake

Begnas Lake, the second largest lake of Pokhara Valley, is 13 km away from Pokhara. The lake is a nice destination for the tourists who want to pass some time in seclusion. They can indulge in activities like boating and fishing.Nearby jungle is the residence of more than 150 dpecies of birds. Water fowls can be observed from the northern part of the lake.

Gupteshwar Cave

Gupteshwar Cave or Gupreswar Gupha, considered sacrosanct by the locals, is 2 km from Pokhara airport. The 3km long cave has some large hall-like rooms and some passages where one is forced to crawl. A Shivalinga, phallic symbol if Hindu Lord Shiva, is preserved in the cave.

Davis Fall

One of the most famous tourist attractions in Pokhara is Davis Falls. Source of water in Davis Fall or Patale Chango (in Nepali) is Phewa Lake. The Fall looks very impressive specially during the rainy season. There is also a cave near the falls.

Mahendra Cave

A popular Pokhara tourist destination, Mahendra Cave has been named after the late King Mahendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev. The cave has been fitted with lighting system for convenience of the tourists. Mahendra Cave is known for its rock types and stones that glitter when a beam of light hits them.

Around Pokhara

Many popular trekking routes in the region start and end in Pokhara. Longer treks, which stretch for one to three week, like Annapurna Circuit, Annapurna Sanctuary and Jomsom Trek commence in Pokhara.

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