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POKHARA Tourists' fantasy world
« on: September 25, 2008, 07:36:46 AM »
Shortly after Nepal opened its borders to the outside  world in 1950, tales began to trickle out of a remote valley in central Nepal, a place of tranquil beauty rarely visited by outsiders. Filled with lush vegetation and dotted with shimmering lakes, the valley had a backdrop containing one of the most dramatic vistas in the world: a 140-kilometers panorama of towering Himalayan peaks, that in the clear air seemed close enough to touch. In fact Machhapuchhre, the famous ?Fishtail Peak?, is only forty-five kilometers from the hotels on Phewa Lake, without a single mountain range in between.

That secluded valley in the heart of Nepal is, of course, Pokhara, a city 200 kilometers west of Kathmandu that lies at the foot of the Annapurna Massif. The area?s present-day popularity makes it easy to forget that until recently it was little more than a sleepy village. Even transportation by wheel was unknown here until 1961, when an airplane, ironically enough, delivered the first primitive oxcart.

Today, connected to the outside world by two highways and numerous daily flights, Pokhara is no longer remote or secluded. But it remains as beautiful as ever. The valley?s low altitude (900 meters) and sub-tropical climate allow bananas, citrus trees, cacti, and rice to flourish. Behind this magnificent scenery rise the snow-covered mountains. Dhaulagiri, Himalchuli, Machhapuchhre, and the five peaks of the Annapurna Massif fill the horizon, rising, it seems, directly from the valley floor and close enough to touch.

This spectacular setting has made Pokhara justifiably popular with Nepal?s visitors. Pokhara can be reached in thirty minutes via flights from Kathmandu, or an all-day bus ride, or, more comfortably, in a rented car with driver. Those with enough time can take the traditional route to Pokhara, travelling on foot through Nepal?s hill country. The week-long trek from Kathmandu is easy, ideal for families with children. It passes through the ancient capital of Gorkha. Simple food and lodging are available in small villages along the way.

Pokhara?s sprawling layout may surprise you upon arrival; it is one of the fastest-growing cities in Nepal. It?s easiest to describe Pokhara as three distinct areas. The ?new town? around the bus station is full of modem shops selling everything from instant photos to videos. The town?s old bazaar, stocked with traditional goods like copper pots and cotton cloth, stretches along two main streets in the northern section. A half-hour walk south of the bus station is Lakeside, a neighborhood of lodges, restaurants and shops?area favored by travellers. Lakeside is also divided into two sections, one the dam and one along the lake shore.

Lining the lakeshore are a number of good lodges and restaurants. Budget travellers looking for a quiet place should try the side lanes leading off the main road. Several larger hotels near the airport offer upscale accommodations with expansive gardens and mountain views. The Fishtail Lodge at the east end of the lake is worth a visit, even if you aren?t staying there, just try its unique method of transportation: a wooden raft pulled by a rope that connects the lodge to the ?mainland.?

Pokhara is fortunate to possess beauty below as well as above. The main attraction in Lakeside is the aquamarine Phewa Tal, one of the largest lakes in Nepal. Swimming or fishing are best done from a boat. Rent a rowboat for a few hours or an entire day and visit the opposite shore, stopping at the small island temple of Barahi in the middle of the lake, or find a secluded corner of your own. As you?re floating on the lake?s placid surface with a picnic lunch, admiring the double range of mountains appearing first on the horizon, then reflected in the water, it?s easy to forget the rest of the world and realize why Pokhara has become such a popular visitor destination.

The mid-lake temple has one of Nepal?s more entertaining legends associated with it. A long time ago a god came to earth disguised as a traveller looking for shelter. Everyone turned him away but an old couple  offered whatever they had to him. The next day the angry god sent a deluge upon the village in punishment for their selfishness, and, of course, everyone was swept away but the old couple. The Temple of Tal Barahi is erected on the island in honor of their generosity.

Pokhara?s pleasures extend beyond the town itself. Day walks and overnight trips in the valley and surrounding hills give a glimpse of rural Nepal to the visitor without the time or stamina to trek. One of the most popular journeys is the three-hour walk up to Sarangkot, the prominent 1,700-meters hill just past the lake?s distant end. Take the trail from the main Bindebasini temple in old Pokhara, or follow the less clear path west of the lake, and then up through terraced hillsides and tiny villages of traditional Nepalese houses until you reach the bald hilltop crowned by a crumbling wall. Here your reward is a breathtaking panorama of the valley floor and the Himalaya stretched out directly in front. It?s possible to stay in Sarangkot overnight, or to continue several hours further along the ridge to the village of Naudanda, another popular viewpoint, before heading back to Pokhara via Surkhet.

 Some other day-trips

from Pokhara

-Rupa and Begnas Lakes, fifteen kilometers east of town, are less-visited alternatives to Phewa Tal. A bus ride, to Dandako Nak on the Kathmandu road is followed by a two-hours walk north to the village of Panchabhaiya, bringing you to the twin lakes.

-Kahun Danda, the ridge to the east of Pokhara, can be identified by the view tower atop it. It?s about a three-hours walk from the edge of town.

-Mahendra Gufa, a series of large limestone caves near the village of Batulechaur, can be reached in about a two hours walk past the end of the bazaar.

-The Tibetan Refugee Camp at Hyangja is an interesting destination and a good place to shop for Tibetan crafts. Past the Shining Hospital and the end of the bazaar, the prayer flags of the village soon become visible. It?s about a one and a half hour walk from the edge of Pokhara, and about two and a half hours from Lakeside. The level trail from Hyangja continues through fields and villages of thatched-roof houses, making a pleasant longer walk.

-For some, Pokhara is the starting or ending point for a trek into the Annapurna region, one of the most popular trekking regions in Nepal. The week-long trek northwest from Pokhara up the Kali Gandaki River to Jomsom, the famous ?Apple Pie? trek (named so due to the wide range of accommodations and restaurants along the route) passes through one of the deepest valleys in the world. If you continue onward over the 5,400 meters Thorang La (pass), you can circumambulate clockwise the entire Annapurna Range in three to three-and-a-half weeks, concluding the 300+ kilometers trek at Dumre (following the route in a counter-clockwise direction allows an easier crossing of Thorang La).

For a more moderate trek, the trail to the Annapurna Sanctuary takes you into the heart of the great mountains in less than a week. Another favorite, especially during the spring rhododendron bloom, passes through Ghorepani and Gandruk villages, offering excellent views of the Annapurna in just eight to ten days round-trip.

Each trek can be accomplished independently or combined with guides, porters, or even ponies. A variety of camping equipment is available for rent in town, and local trekking agencies  can help you obtain the necessary trekking permit from the Pokhara Immigration Office. Pokhara?s pony trek outfitters can also arrange short day trips to many of the nearby areas mentioned above. Whenever you go, and however you do it, you?ll be glad you took the time to visit Pokhara.

  Paragliding in Pokhara

Among the many adventure and recreational activities Nepal can offer, Paragliding has become a hot spot for paragliding. One can very well see the bird like flights being conducted in Pokhara. Flyers consider Pokhara as one of the best places in the world for Paragliding due to favorable weather condition and the magnificent scenery it offers.

Though Paragliding activity takes place almost the whole year round in Pokhara, the main season starts from middle of September to March. During season more than 200 commercial flights are conducted in a month. Apart from it many individual flights are conducted by flying lovers who bring their equipment?s and enjoy flying.

Though most of the clients are foreigners, growing interest can also be seen in Nepalese. Many of them take part in trainings and have become pilots themselves. Most of the ones who come for paragliding in Pokhara are from France, Switzerland, and Italy who are very much fascinated with the idea of flying and in love with mountains.

The ever growing popularity of paragliding in Nepal can also be proved by the immense participation the paragliding competition that is held annually in Pokhara. These competitors also contribute a lot in boosting tourism of Pokhara. Apart from it, there are few pilots who come on flying holiday almost every year and stay in Pokhara for months and enjoy flying.

One of the amazing and interesting additions to this sport is Parahawking. Parahawking is said to have been introduced for the first item in the world and is only available in Nepal up till now. Parahawking is the art of training birds of prey to fly with paragliders. These birds guide the paragliders through the thermals. Hence now paragliders have a chance to fly with these trained birds and experience flying like never before.

 Gurung Heritage Trail Trek

Gurungs are one of the indigenous groups of Nepal living in the
hilly and Himalayan regions. Gurung Heritage Trail leads through their settlements and gives you the possibility to enjoy unspoilt tradition, culture and festivals of this ethnic group. This tour offers spectacular views of Annapurna range, Lumjung, Ganesh and Manaslu peaks. The warm welcome of the people is an added flavour during your trip. Accommodation is provided in community-run home stays. Your hosts will provide you with delicious local food ? Dal Bhat Tarkari, which entails rice, lentil soup, vegetables, bread and meat dishes.

Since many male Gurungs join the Nepali, British or Indian army and leave home when they are young, women take a predominant role in Gurung society. Every village has a mother?s group also known as Ama Samuha where mothers are active, take initiatives and dedicate their time to development activities, cultural programs, income generation activities and conflict management in family and society.

Honey hunting is an age-old profession of Gurungs. Local honey hunters show skills using bamboo ladders and hemp ropes and climb steep cliff to harvest honeycombs of wild bees. The honey is harvested twice a year once in April-May and another time in October-November.

Handicraft is another traditional profession of Gurungs. They produce woolen products, various bamboo and wooden artifacts from local resources. These products can be purchased as souvenirs and are worth giving as presents to friends and families.             

Highlights of

Gurung Heritage Trail

 Day 01

Arrival at Kathmandu International Airport and transfer to hotel.

 Day 02

Kathmandu ? Khudi ? Ghale Gaon

You leave Kathmandu early in the morning and drive about five hours to reach Khudi. The highway goes along Trishuli River and leads through various scenic settlements. From Khudi, you need to walk five hours to Ghale gaon, where you are warmly welcomed by the people.

 Day 03

Ghale Gaon Tour

It?s the day to tour this beautiful place and experience Gurung lifestyle. Even staying in this place without doing anything would be a fantastic relaxing time - just observe the local lifestyle. Submerge yourself with nature and enjoy the view of the mountains.

 Day 04

Ghale Gaon ? Ghanpokhara

On this day you hike to Ghana Pokhara, where you can enjoy beautiful views of the Himalayas. This is the place where you may come across honey hunters

 Day 05

Ghanpokhara ? Bhujung

Your next home-stay is at Bhujung, a beautiful village. It takes about three hours walk from Ghanapokhara. You descend from 2150 mt to 1600 metres and arrive there for lunch.

 Day 06

Bhujung ? Pasgaon

You arrive at Pasgaon. Like other villages that you have crossed, Pasgaon is mainly inhabited by Gurung. Enjoy the community based home-stay in this village.If you like, take a chance to visit a micro hydro project at Midim River.

 Day 07

Pasgaon ? Nagidhar ? Pakhrikot

You trek from Pasgaon to Pakhrikot. Your way leads through Nagidhar where you have lunch. From Nagidhar, you walk around three hours to Pakhrikot, where your local host family welcomes you.

 Day 08

Pakhrikot ? Pokhara

On the last day of Gurung Heritage trail. Possibilities of entertainment are plenty in Pokhara, like boating on Phewa Lake or visiting the Peace Pagoda.

 Day 09

Drive or Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Transfer to the hotel.

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Panchase

A hidden paradise

Panchase, literally meaning Pacha:Five, Aasan: seats is the meeing
       place of 5 peaks covered with lush green forest of diverse flora and fauna. Panchase lies on the west of Pokhara city, about a day hike away at an altitude of 2517 m from the sea level. There are old stone-stepped pilgrimage approaches upon which one can climb past the grassland and paddy field to the vastness of Panchase from where a magnificent view of Annapurna massif is visible so close as if one could reach out and touch them. Trekking around panchase is a delightful journey indeed.

Panchase which is one of the most rain receiving places in the entire country has a pleasant weather and can be visited all year round. During winters the Panchase peaks receive snowfall so it can be cold during winter season. People from around Pokhara visit Panchase to play with snow. The average temperature in Panchase area is 25 degrees centigrade.

Panchase is covered with lush green vegetation from subtropical to temperate forest all over, it provides home to a wide variety of flora, fauna and is source of many rivers including Harpan River, the source of famous Fewa Lake of Pokhara. 107 species of wild orchids, including 2 endemic ones, have been found in Panchase, 5 species of rhododendron and many herbal plants such as Loth Salla, Titte, Kurilo, Naagbeli, Satuwa, Panch Aaule, and plants such as Lokta, Khashru, Champ, Phalat w2hich are used to produce Nepali paper are found here. Leopard, bear, deer, several species of birds, butterflies and other animals also inhabit in the jungles. Panchase is also a pilgrimage sites. There are numbers of temples such as Shiddha Baba, Homekunda (place for ritual of offerings to fire), Panchase lake, Balaji Panchayan Temple, Boudha Stupas (about 200 years old) and caves where sages were believed to have meditated many centuries ago.

The longest chain of mountains visible from Panchase includes Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,172m), Mt. Annapurna I (8,091m), Mt. Annapurna South (7,219m), Mt Hiuchuli (6,441m), Mt. Fishtail (6,993m), Mt. Annapurna II (7,934m), Mt. Annapurna III (7,575m), Mt. Annapurna IV (7,525m), Mt. Lamjung (6,998m), Mt Manaslu and more. Sunrise and sunset views from the top of Panchase are spectacular and heavenly.

 Machapuchere

TAAN Model Trek

Out of many newly identified trekking trails, Machapuchere TAAN Model Trek is one. In initiation of TAAN- Pokhara Chapter this trekking trail was identified and a feasibility study was made, to promote Pokhara and its surrounding areas. Machapuchere Taan Model Trek encompasses five major VDCs and holds immense potential for trekking and hiking activities. The trail offers mesmerizing views of mountain ranges and scenic beauty of streams, lush vegetation and indigenous lifestyles and culture of ethnic dwellers. This trail also hold importance in the context of road construction in the traditional Annapurna route and can play as an alternate route to the same. A trekker may choose the length of trekking as per their convenience and time availability. From 3 days trekking to 8 days trekking can be conducted on this route. There are two options for the trekkers choosing 7 nights and 8 days trekking on this route.

 Option 1

This trekking starts from Pokhara to Rivan on the day 1. The second day reaches to Khumai and return to Pokhara on the third day via Korchon. The 7-8 days trekking encompasses beautiful villages of Lachok, Ribhan, Ghachok, Hile, Odane Hill, Chichimle Kharka, Khumai, Korchon, Pipar, Gibli, Takra, Imu, Kwiwan, Lwanghalel, Karuwa, Mardi pool, Dhipranga etc.

 Itinerary

Day 1: Pokhara ? Lachok ?Ribhan

Day 2: Ribhan ? Odane Hill ? Chichimle Kharka

Day 3: Chichimle Kharka - Khumai

Day 4: Khumai ? Korchorn ? Kharka

Day 5: Kharka ?Gibli- Takra

Day 6: Takra ? Imu- Kwiwan- Lwanghalel

Day 7: Lwanghalel ? Mardi Pool

Day 8: Mardi Pool ? Pokhara

 Option 2

This trail starts from Pokhara to Hile on the first day and proceeds to Khumai on the second day. It encompasses Korchorn, Kharka, Pipar, Karuwa, Ghiprang, Ghachok and Mardipool villages before ending it in Pokhara.

 Itinerary

Day 1: Pokhara ?Ghachok- Hile

Day 2: Hile- Khumai

Day 3: Kumai- Korchorn- Kharka

Day 4: Kharka - Pipar

Day 5: Pipar-napping area

Day 6: Pipar ?Karuwa

Day 7: Karuwa-Ghiprang-Ghachok

Day 8: Ghachok ? Mardi Pool ? Pokhara

Mardi Himal Trek

Main attraction

Total wilderness experience, unforgettable short camping journey, stunning south face view of Mardi Himal and Fishtail, best photographic site, undisturbed wildlife and forest.

 Accessibility

Fly or drive to Pokhara, by land 7 hr. drive and by air 30 minute, morning transfer to trailhead and start trek, after the trek again drive back to Pokhara from the take out place.

 The Route

Max. Altitude 4120 m.Mardi Base Camp, 5-6 hr. average walk in a day , moderate deep forest trail.

 Best season

Late Sept. to Dec. and April to May.

 Facility

Camping needs porters for all gear and food.

 Day- 01: Drive to trailhead Phedi

- Pothana Deurali (2150m)

Day- 02: Pothana Deurali (2150m)

- Forest camp

Day- 03 Forest camp - Low camp

Day- 04: Low camp - High camp

Day- 05: Exploration day

Day- 06: High camp - Siding (1760m)

Day- 07: Siding - Mardipul

Day- 08: Mardipul - Hemja  & drive back to Pokhara

 The International

Mountain Museum

Compiled by Shreedeep Rayamajhi

The International Mountain Museum (IMM), one of a kind museum, is located in the gateway of mountain range in Ratna Paira, Gairi Patan Pokhara. It is spread in an area of 100 Ropanies (5.10 Hectares, 12.58 Acres) where collection, documentation and display of the natural history and culture of the Himalayas and the world mountains are orchestrated in a pristine way.

Currently, it is run under the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) with theme to raise awareness about mountains and its overall habitat.

The museum was first opened in May 29, 2002 by the famous climbers Junko Tabei and Appa Sherpa, graced by the then  Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Bal Bahadur K.C. where as the Grand Opening was done in February 05, 2004 by the present Prime Minister of the time Surya Bahadur Thapa.

Basically, the museum is categories in four sections.

1. Mountain People Gallery: This gallery gives brief introduction of the customs, traditions, heritage, culture and life style of mountain people. It is divided into two sub sections Mountain people of Nepal and Mountain People of the world.

A. The mountain people of Nepal section: This segment focuses on the customs, traditions and cultures of the mountain people of Nepal. Similarly, it?s also focuses on their dresses, ornaments, musical instruments, household utilities and other cultural activities.

B: The Mountain people of the world section: This segment focuses on the cultural and traditional aspect of people living in countries like Taiwan, Slovenia, and Japan. Moreover, this section also exhibits photographs of people living in the Alpine Mountains of Europe from the past 50yrs.

2. World Mountain Gallery: This gallery holds the geological facts about the origin of world mountain system, highest summits, geological information, flora and fauna of the Himalayan region, research on mountain etc. This section is also divided into fours sub section like Mountain section, Geological section, Flora and fauna section and Corner of dedication 

3. Mountain Activities Gallery: This section is dedicated to mountaineers as it holds the presences of equipment of different world famous mountaineers, their cloths and photographs of different expedition at different intervals of times. It also displays the development of the climbing gears and required equipments for mountaineering, climbing and other mountain activities.

4. Associates? Gallery: Focusing development of the different local NGOS and INGOS in the Himalayan region, this section focuses on the development work performed by different agencies like ACAP, ICIMOD, IUCN, WWF etc.

The museum is equipped with various amenities of modern day technology in facilitating the need of the work group like such it encompasses a conference hall with a capacity of 150 people, an Audio Visual hall, whole range of mountain viewing platform, ramps and other necessary equipments.

 The IMM is an educational center for research on anthropology, sociology, mountaineers, ecology for the researchers, tourists, students and general public which serves in giving knowledge for people where it gives a new perspective to see the growing trend of mountaineering and the civilization.


source : nepal-traveller monthly

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Re: POKHARA Tourists' fantasy world
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« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2011, 02:12:19 PM »
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