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Viewpoints in Pokhara

Viewpoints in Pokhara

Pokhara is a Gateway to the Himalayas, the city of Gurkha, lake and surrounding hill stations. Pokhara visitors witness the sunrise with the Himalayas vista from the Top Five Best Viewpoints around Pokhara Valley.

Sarangkot (1592 m)

Sarangkot stands at an elevation of 1592 meters, 8 kilometres north of Pokhara, identified as a fort, village, viewpoint, and army post amidst a forested ridge. Wear warm clothes to visit the breathtaking hill station. Additionally, there is an entrance fee of 50 Rupees. The journey from the Lakeside of Pokhara to the village takes approximately a 25-minute taxi ride. Annapurna Cable Car linked between Phewa Lake, Pokhara and Sarangkot on 18 February 2022. The fort tower provides a splendid vantage point to witness the sunrise, as well as enjoy panoramic views of Pokhara Valley, Phewa Lake, Hemja Village (900 m), Seti River, World Peace Stupa (1100 m), the majestic Himalayas range, including Dhaulagiri (8167 m), Fishtail (6993 m), Annapurna (8091 m), and Manaslu (8163 m) on clear days. 

Sarangkot is renowned as one of the world's best destinations for paragliding. Daily paragliding flights deliver in the dry season. Overnight accommodations are available for honeymooners, day hikers, Annapurna trekkers and others. Sarangkot presents an unparalleled experience with its stunning sunrise and magnificent mountain vistas, making it a must-visit place near Pokhara.

World Peace Stupa (1100 m)

World Peace Stupa (1100 m) is 7 km southwest of Pokhara, built on Ananda Hill and has terrific views of Pokhara Valley, Phewa Lake, and snow-clad peaks. The hill stations suggested panorama views, quiet, fresh air, reading books and walking. Photographers take simultaneously Pokhara, Phewa Lake, and the entire series of the Himalayas on a clear day. The Himalayas views at this hill can glimpse Dhaulagiri (8167 m), Annapurna South (7219 m), Annapurna I (8091 m), Fishtail (6993 m), Annapurna III (7556 m), Annapurna IV (7525 m), Annapurna II (7937 m), Lamjung Himal (6966 m), Manaslu (8163 m), Dakura Peak (7835 m), Himal Chuli (7893 m), and Boudha Himal (6672 m).

The World Peace Stupa (one of the 80 in the world) is called Biswa Shanti Stupa. Nipponzan Myohoji wanted to establish with the help of locals on 12 September 1973. However, it completed a long time on 30 October 1999. Japan, Sri Lanka, and Thailand have installed their statue of Buddha. Visitors from Pokhara either 15 minutes of Phewa Lake boating and 40 minutes hiking or 25 minutes of driving from Lakeside and 10 minutes of walking to reach the stupa. 

Kahun Danda (1442 m) 

Kahun Danda (1442 m) lies 7 km northeast of Pokhara city centre with a beautiful viewpoint. The visitors are required to cross Mahendrapul, Army Barack in Phulbari and a 2:30-hour hike to Kahun Hill. It offers superb views of the Annapurna Himalayas with Pokhara Valley. 

Matepani Hill 

Matepani Hill is 5 km east of Pokhara city and 3 km far from Mahendrapul. The Matepani Gumba on a forested hill (Karma Dubgyu Chokhorling Monastery) was established in 1960. The Gumba has a wall painting, a statue of Lord Buddha, and beautiful architecture. The main temple opens from 7 to 9 am and 3 to 5 pm. The hill station has views of Pokhara and Annapurna Himalayas. A local bus leaves from Hallan Chowk Pokhara to Matepani Gumba and takes 30 minutes ride. 

Bindya Basini Temple (915 m)

Bindya Basini Temple is known as Goddess Durga (17th century) on a hill north of the Baglung Bus Park. According to history, the Goddess Bindya was brought from Chunargarh, India. Once, a priest dreamt that Goddess wanted to stay in a quiet place with the Himalayas view. Afterwards, Goddess Bindya was brought and established on the hillock and later became the Bindya Basini. The Dasain festival (Sep-Oct) and other special times here sacrifice an animal which believes animals get a new life. There is the Shiva, Ganesh, Saraswati, Laxmi-Narayan and Radha-Krishna Temple. People celebrate a wedding ceremony with the blessing of the Goddess.

Tibetan Refugee Camps 

There are twelve Tibetan Refugee Settlements in Nepal. The initial migration of people from Tibet to Nepal took place in 1959. Among the four settlements related to agriculture are Delekling in Solukhumbu, Dhorpatan in Baglung, Jampaling in Lodrik, and Namgeyelling in Lotserok. Additionally, six settlements specialize in handicrafts, including Paljorling in Lodrik, Gyegyeling in Rasuwa, Samdupling in Jawalakhel, Tashi Palkhiel in Hemja Pokhara, Tashiling near Davis Fall in Pokhara, and Samphelling in Walung. Furthermore, there are two cluster communities, Choejor in Boudha and Gyalsa in Phakshing. These settlements are home to approximately 13,500 individuals who possess identity cards. They reside in various locations such as Hemja, Chhorepatan, Prithivichaur in Kaski, Dhorpatan in Baglung, Dulegauda in Tanahu, Jomsom in Mustang, Nubri in Manang, Sybrubesi in Rasuwa, Taplejung, Solukhumbu, Boudha, Swayambhu, Jawalakhel, Pharping in the Kathmandu valley. 

In Pokhara, there are two well-known Tibetan refugee camps. One is Tashi Palkhel Tibetan Settlement, situated 7 km north of Pokhara in Hemja. This settlement features a hand-made carpet factory, a Tibetan lifestyle centre, a monastery, and a school near the camp. They have also established a carpet showroom that offers carpets of different qualities, such as 100, 80, and 60 knots. Tourists often visit the monastery to experience the spiritual life of the monks and witness the practice of Vajrayana Buddhism, which involves mantras, offerings, and the use of holy beads for counting. The other Tibetan settlement in Pokhara is Tashiling, located near Davis Falls. This settlement includes a monastery, a school, a carpet showroom, a knitting room, and souvenir shops with breathtaking views of Annapurna, Lamjung, and Manaslu. Travellers to Lakeside in Pokhara will meet Tibetan women with handicraft goods.

Seti Gorge 

Seti Gorge is visible from the Mahendra Bridge, Ramghat, and Prithvi Chowk locations. Head to K.I. Singh Bridge for a view of a 100-meter deep gorge at a 20-meter long bridge. The Gurkha Memorial Museum is situated close by. A pleasant walk of 10 minutes towards the northeast will lead you to a lengthy suspension bridge overlooking a stunning valley. 

Davi's Falls 

Davi's Falls, located 2 km south of Lakeside, the origin water of Phewa Lake, boasts a stunning 100-foot-long waterfall. According to historical accounts, a Swiss couple, Davi and her husband, were swimming when she tragically got swept away by a flood. After an extensive search for her lifeless body, her father decided the waterfalls into Davi's Falls. Locals called Patale Chango to the underworld waterfall. During the monsoon season, tourists flock to this site to witness its stunning view. Besides, visitors can explore an artificial model of Annapurna, a charming wish pond, and Hindu shrines. A nominal entrance fee is required to visit there.