The trip to Pokhara is an opportunity to simply stop, breathe and explore.
1. Machapuchare (aka Mt. Fishtail) – A mountain situated in the Annapurna mountain range with a double summit (twin peaks) that resembles the tail of a fish and hence the name meaning “fish’s tail” in Nepalese. Its highest peak has never been officially climbed. Permits to climb the mountain’s highest peak have never been issued as it is considered to be “sacred” for reasons unknown. It is one of the favourite trekking destinations amongst the tourists and locals as well.
2. Devi’s Fall – Locally known as Patale Chhango which means underground falls. It is an unusual natural phenomenon wherein the Pardi Khola stream vanishes underground. Many locals refer to it as David’s fall in connection to a Swiss visitor who tumbled into the sinkhole and drowned, taking his girlfriend with him. The name Devi’s fall is the desi version of David’s fall. Apart from this, another attraction here is the wish pool, Buddha statue and Garden with a series of statues of Nepali people wearing traditional dresses where visitors can click photos.
3. Sarangkot Hill – Two major reasons to visit this place is it offers paragliding over the Phewa lake and to witness the sun rising from the Annapurna mountain range and Pokhara valley. This place is considered to be one of the best paragliding location in the world because of the scenic view.
4. Phewa lake – The lake reflects the panoramic views of Mt. Fishtail on its backdrop. The eye-catching part of the lake is that it has Tal Barahi Temple at the central part of lake. Boating and kayaking are majorly the activities that take place here.
5. Seti River Gourge – This river is said to be directly flowing from the Himalayas. There is a suspension bridge over the river. As one walks over it, the river water appears to be white and the breeze feels too cool. It is also considered to be one of the holiest rivers of Nepal, worshiped in Hinduism as a form of Vishnu. The river is also famous because it is close to some Holy places and is the central point of many stories of Hindu mythology relating to Vishnu and had references in Mahabharata written by Vyasa.
These were some of the interesting facts about Pokhara. Of course there are many more and the list is endless. But the above major facts make it an interesting destination to Pokhara.