We started for Pokhara from Chitwan around 11 am. Pokhara is a metropolitan city in Nepal, is the country’s second largest city in terms of both population and area. Pokhara is considered the tourism capital of Nepal, being a base for trekkers undertaking the Annapurna Circuit through Annapurna ranges in the Himalayas. The city is also home to many of the elite Gurkha soldiers. Here I will try to share my road travel experience from Chitwan to Pokara and as well as Pokhara Sightseeing.
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You can travel Chitwan to Pokhara by flight also. To travel from Chitwan to Pokhara, take a direct short flight of just 25 minutes. The nearest airport to Chitwan National Park is Bharatpur Airport, (12 km away). A taxi is easily obtainable to reach airport. Only Buddha Air conducts daily and direct flight from Bharatpur (Chitwan) to Pokhara. The flight takes off from Bharatpur Airport landing at Pokhara Airport. Pokhara town is just 5 km away from the Airport. Choose suitable means for your travel as several local and private transportation are obtainable.
If you are traveling to Pokhara from Chitwan, the most cost-effective option without compromising comfort is via the Tourist bus. It has more facilities and by far more comfortable than a Local bus. Though the price is little bit high but for a group it is comfortable at the same time reasonable.
We saw very nice sceneries, rivers, farm land, paddy field, typical Nepalese houses and life style of the people on the way to Pokhara. All the way we ascend up along the winding road beside the bank of the River Trishuli. First we reached, Gaindakot which is a town of Nepal.
Gaindakot is well-known nationwide for Maula Kalika temple and for Maula hill hiking. The temple is located at the top of the Maula hill mountain. One British Camp is situated there which is a picnic spot. Next we reached to Narayangadh.
Narayangadh, is the main shopping and commercial area on the way. It is the key transportation point for all the vehicles traveling via east-west Mahendra Highway. It is also the center for hotel industry which comprises hotels, lodges, restaurants etc. and transportation hub for Chitwan district. Then after two and half hour we reached to Manakamana. Manakamana is a famous for Manakamana temple and ropeway. Our driver switched on the video. We started enjoying the song. Then after covering 52 kms we reached to Bandipur.
Bandipur is of middle of Pokhara and Kathmandu. Bandipur, a Newar town with its age-old flavor still intact. Bandipur also has temples, shrines, sacred caves, innumerable festivals, and a Newari architecture. Then after 2 hours we reached Suklagandaki.
Shuklagandaki is a municipality located in Nepal. Numerous small well-known Hindu temples are located in this municipality. Along with the temples, it also has a Church and a Mosque. Then after another 1 hour we reached our destination Pokhara.
Pokhara is Nepal’s prime adventure and leisure destination. It is also a gateway to treks in the Annapurna region with plenty of entertainment for individual travellers and their families. In Pokhara you’ll experience the keenness of adventure: boating, hiking, pony rides, paragliding, bungee jumping or just relaxing at one among the several lakes within the valley.
Pokhara is a place with its natural beauty and great photo stops. Walk along the shores of the Fewa Lake, enjoy the greenery surrounding you and looked at the spectacular bird’s eye view of the Himalayan peaks of the Annapurna Massif. Brightly painted wooden boats add vibrant colors to the greenery, while para gliders float down slowly from above is an awesome experience.
Pokhara is that the second most visited city in Nepal. It is famous for its serene atmosphere and the beautiful surrounding landscape. Pokhara lies on the shores of the Phewa Lake. From Pokhara you can grasp three out of the ten highest mountains in the world (Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Manasalu). The Machhapuchre (“Fishtail”) has become the icon of the town.
On a hill overseeing the southern end of Phewa Lake, one can find the World Shanti Stupa. The Sweti Gandaki River has created remarkable gorges in and around the city. At places it is only a few meters wide and runs so far below that it is not observable from the top.
Among the gorgeous temples you’ll visit in Pokhara, you’ll find Bindhyabasini, Bhadrakali, Sitaldevi, Gita Mandir and Bhimsen. International Mountain Museum and therefore the Gurkha Museum also are worth to visit. Please spend a minimum of half each day around Mahendraphul and Pritiviti Chowk. Here you will find thousands of shops, with a mind-bending collection of merchandise.
Many tourists decide to spend only a day or two in Pokhara at the end of their trek. When they leave, they repent they had spent more time here. Don’t make this mistake when visiting Pokhara. The city has such a lot to supply that you simply can easily enjoy an entire week here. Though we have less number of days therefore we spent only 2 nights and 3 days there.
On that full moon night we enjoyed the beauty of Machapuchare (Fish-tail). Machapuchare, is a mountain situated in the Annapurna massif of Nepal. Nepal government does not issue permit that’s why it is not possible to climb this peak. As we had hectic road journey we took bed early. Tomorrow we will go for Pokhara sightseeing.
DAY 3- Pokhara Sightseeing. Night stay at Pokhara.
Pokhara Sightseeing offers a visit to major tourist places in Pokhara. There are several places to see in Pokhara. Pokhara is the nirvana city for tourists while holidaying in Nepal. The City is ideal for leisure tour with family, couple, group, and solo person as well. Pokhara is a well-known place for adventure activities. After breakfast, we started our Pokhara Day Tour. First, we went to
1. Shanti Stupa
Pokhara Shanti Stupa is a Buddhist pagoda on Anadu Hill of Pokhara, Nepal. Shanti is a Sanskrit word meaning peace, also extensively used in the Nepali and Hindi languages, and Shanti Stupa means Peace Pagoda. Shanti Stupa shrine was constructed as a symbol of peace. It delivers a panoramic view of the Annapurna range, Pokhara city and Fewa Lake. Then we moved to
2. International Mountain Museum
International Mountain Museum opened in 2004, the museum has a focus on Nepali mountains and the Himalayas, with a wing devoted to Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, who first summited Everest in 1953. There is also an exhibition about the myth of the Yeti, beliefs and facts about the monstrous snowman—which they recognize is possibly a Tibetan brown bear.
On a clear day, visitors will have a pleasing view on the Annapurna mountain range in the northwest, quite appropriate for the theme of the museum. The museum is open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Entrance fees are Nepalese: Rs. 50; Students: Rs. 35. SAARC Countries’ Visitors: Rs. 100; Foreigners: Rs. 300. ( check website for other ticketing discounts). The museum’s main building is wheelchair accessible.
3. Davis Falls
Davi’s fall is a waterfall which forms a tunnel after reaching the bottom. This tunnel is roughly 500 feet long and runs 100 feet below ground level. On 31 July 1961, a Swiss couple went swimming but the woman drowned there. Her body was recovered 3 days later in river Phusre after a lot of effort. Her father desired to name it “David’s falls” after her but changed to Davi’s Fall. This is one among the foremost visited places in Nepal. After coming out of the tunnel, the water passes through a cave called Gupteshwor Mahadev.
It is an attraction for tourists and locals. Thousands of Nepalis visit for recreation and enjoyment. Visitors can try their luck on the lucky pond there by throwing and placing the coin on the statue of God. You can click your photograph wearing traditional dresses there. Then we went to
4. Bindhyabasini Temple
The Bindhyabasini temple is located near Bagar, in Pokhara. The Bindhyabasini Temple seems like alittle white hut, however there are other temples distributed inside the boundary. Located on a small hillock with a beautiful view of the huge Annapurna ranges. The main deity is here Goddess Bhagabati, referred to as the guardian deity of Pokhara.
This stunningly located temple holds quite an importance for the Hindu’s in the area; hence some code of conduct is to be followed while entering the temple. Its best recommended if you are a spiritual person. Though I am not a spiritual person I observed rare Nepali marriage rituals there.
5. Mahendra Cave
Mahendra Cave is the large Limestone cave situated in Pokhara, near to the Kali khola. It is an uncommon example of a cave system in Nepal containing stalagmites and stalactites. The cave draws thousands of tourists every year. A statue of Hindu lord Shiva found inside the cave. The cave named after former King, Mahendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev. The water drops continuously dripping from the roof of the cave. Due to the darkness, lightening has been done to make it accessible. After that we came back to our hotel.