10 Mar 2014
Shivaratri in Sanskrit stands for 'the Night of Lord Shiva' and one of the most sacred occasions for Lord Shiva's devotees. Hindu mythology describes Shiva as the god of all gods.This festival is celebrated by Hindus all over Nepal and abroad at all the temples of Shiva.
Shivaratri in Sanskrit stands for 'the Night of Lord Shiva' and one of the most sacred occasions for devotees of Lord Shiva. Hindu mythology describes Shiva as the god of all gods.
Welcome to Pokhara!
While Kathmandu is the country's capital, Pokhara is undoubtedly the capital of adventure and fun in Nepal. The quiet town is where most Himalayan treks in Nepal begin, and rafting is another popular sport in the area. Backpackers break journey here and fill the eateries as they swap tips on good Pokhara hotels.
The Phewa Lake and the dramatic twin-peaked fish-tail mountain called the Machhapuchhare are a sight to behold. To top it off, the weather is comfortable most of the year and the locals are welcoming and friendly.
Pokhara is surrounded by some of the Himalayas most majestic peaks, whilst crystal clear Himalayan lakes complete the picture.
If you don't have the stomach for a flight and would like to enjoy the local air as you travel, the 200km journey can also be done by bus, but be warned, it will take over five hours.
Since Pokhara is at a significantly lower elevation compared to Kathmandu, it feels quite different, even tropical. The landscape is of course dominated by the mighty Himalayan range but if you can tear your eyes away from them for a minute the other natural splendours of the area can be as breathtaking, and it is the perfect place to take a tour in Pokhara to explore this beautiful region. Flowers are in full bloom and forests cover the landscape, which is dotted with lakes and cut by clear, cool rivers.
Till the late 1960s, the only way to get to Pokhara was by foot, so for many it remained quite an enigma. By 1968 a road was built and soon tourism began to flourish and the city began to change quickly. Today there is good tourist infrastructure, with restaurants, internet cafes and a number of places to stay.
Most of the hotels in Pokhara run by friendly locals and offering good value for money. The strip along the shores of the Phewa Lake is a hugely popular resort destination for both Nepalis and foreigners. You can also use our interactive Pokhara map to choose your Pokhara hotel based on its location.
The journey between Kathmandu and Pokhara can be as much a part of the experience as arriving in Pokhara itself. If you opt to fly, you will be rewarded with a bird's eye view of the mighty Himalayas in the north and the green Mahabharat Mountain in the south. Coming here by road can be equally enjoyable, with the bus or taxi driving past several villages and tiny settlements by the banks of the Trisuli River.
Pokhara is situated along the ancient trade route connecting India and Tibet. This made it a significant outpost of the Kaski Kingdom during the seventeenth century. This kingdom was part of twenty-four Kingdoms called Chaubise Rajaya that made up Nepal and was ruled by members of the Shah Dynasty.
The Newars were called from Bhaktapur to trade with Pokhara in 1752 and influence of their artistic styles is visible in the architecture in certain areas like Old Pokhara or Bagar. When the Hindus arrived they brought with them their own unique traditions and by 1786 Pokhara became part of the kingdom of Prithvi Narayan Shah. By this time, Pokhara was already a key trading post. It is believed that in some places surrounding Pokhara, remains of the medieval kingdom can be found even today.
Mule trains are still visible camping outside town, laden with goods from remote areas in the Himalayas. The region is also famous for the valour and tenacity shown by the people - the Gurungs and the Magars. The people have earned a reputation for being good farmers, toiling away relentlessly on the land, and are renowned for the bravery shown in the battlefield as the famous Gurkha soldiers.
Between 1959 and 1962, about 300,000 refugees descended on Nepal from Tibet, when it was seized by China. Refugee camps were soon set up at Jambling, Paljorling, Tashiling and Tashipalkhel in the Pokhara region.
Today, they are full-fledged settlements and have a style of architecture that is distinctly Tibetan. Prayer flags flutter in the wind, chortens and gompas can be seen on the horizon and the buildings are unlike any others in Nepal.
The land sweeps upward dramatically as the mountains tower above the lower lands below. Due to the sudden change of height, the sight of the mountains can be quite astonishing to a first time visitor. In a short distance of 30km the land goes from an elevation of just around 1000m all the way to 7500m and more.
The southern part of the city by the 4.4sq km lake near the Pokhara hotel resort area is around 800m above mean sea level and the northern end of Pokhara city is 1000 m above sea level.
The prominent mountain ranges here are the Annapurna, the Manaslu and the Dhaulagiri, which provide a magnificent backdrop for a tour in Pokhara. The natural splendour of the area abounds, with peaks over 8000m in height, the Bat, Gupteswor and Mahendra caves, the famous Phewa Lake, the thundering Devi's Falls and more.
With so many travellers heading to Pokhara, it is important to book your Pokhara hotels, lodges or guesthouses as soon as possible. With our travel portal we offer hotels in Pokhara, as well as some great Pokhara tour options. We are a locally based company and can offer you the best advice when travelling to Pokhara.
From: USD 155.38
Hana no ie Agro-resort, located to the north-west of Pokhara (15 kms away), is an unconventional holiday destination themed after Nepalese villages. It replicates the traditional stone-and-mud walls, beekeeping, horticulture and animal husbandry; overlooks panoramic scenery of Annapurna Himalayas, and offers purely organic food produced within the resort itself.[more info]
From: USD 43
Like a breath of fresh air, Vardan Resort n' Apartment is a perfect revival of the 13th century Nepalese architecture - thanks to the traditionally skilled artisans and masons from Bhaktapur. Here, you will find everything you need to make your short trip, extended stay or honeymoon in Pokhara memorable and worthwhile.[more info]
From: USD 40
Hotel Splendid View blends outstanding scenery and sophistication, high quality service and satisfaction of its guests. Its windows open into the breathtaking vistas of the Himalayan peaks, while its rooftop garden serves as an excellent sightseeing point, making even a long vacation in Pokhara unusually refreshing.[more info]
From: USD 55
Mum's Garden Resort at Lakeside of Pokhara is a perfect place for you to take your repose with a feeling of being at home. Its beautifully designed bungalows, terrace, lawn and a well-tended garden add to the refreshing atmosphere in and around the resort. [more info]
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Annapurna Base Camp Trek, commencing from Pokhara, is a picturesque expedition around several principal peaks of the western Annapurna Range, including Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Fang, Annapurna, Ganagapurna, Annapurna-III and Machhapuchhare and many more.[more info]
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One of the most rewarding treks can be done around the Manaslu region of Nepal, which has enthused trekkers and alpinists since its opening in the mid 1990's. So, gear up for some close and spell-binding encounters with the Himalayas and the majestic Mt. Manaslu and Annapurna Range. [more info]
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Neither too strenuous, nor too long, the Ghorepani-Poon Hill trek is one of the most scenic and popular treks in Nepal, originating from Pokhara. This low-budget expedition offers you priceless explorations of the rural and mountainous regions of the country.[more info]
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Pokhara stands second to none in Nepal when it comes to adventure sports. As proof, simply board a tandem flight from Sarangkot (1592m), take off and fly over 500m higher and you will get a bird's eye view of the magnificent valley below.[more info]
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Meant for adventure-seekers, this is an action-packed rafting tour of the raging waters of Kali Gandaki River. ‘Exciting' may not be enough to describe this journey through mountainous slopes, steep gorges, surprising drops, fascinating chutes and turbulent rapids; ‘adrenaline pumping' justifies it better.[more info]
Namaste! Welcome to Pokhara!
Meet Rajendra Prasad Sapkota and Outdoor Himalayan Treks, we are your local connection in Pokhara. Starting as a young porter, Rajendra has all the local knowledge that will make your trip to Pokhara life changing. With us, visitors experience remote villages, meet local people, and gain insight into our culture. We support local villages, and have even built a local orphanage to house and educate displaced, and often outcast, children. We hope to bring you a journey that will be enriching, but will also help those in need in Pokhara.[more]
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