Travelling to Pokhara, a city at the very centre of the tiny
Democratic Republic in Nepal is an unforgettable experience in
itself thanks to the breathtaking nature of its surroundings.
Sitting beside a lake of mirror-like stillness in the shadow of the
snow-capped Annapurna Mountain Range, the city occupies a corner of
the Himalayan Pokhara Valley steeped in dramatic beauty.
This scenic setting alone justifies travelling to Pokhara; many
visitors use the city as a base for exploring the many hiking
trails and climbing opportunities offered by the area, but Pokhara
boasts an abundance of enjoyable and memorable attractions of its
own. Many exquisite and historic temples are located within the
city, such as the seventeenth century Bindhya Basini Temple, the
two-storey Bhimsen Temple and Pokhara's most famous temple, Varahi
Mandir, which is dedicated to the supreme Hindu god Lord
Equally unmissable are Pokhara's fascinating museums. The
International Mountain Museum charts the history, culture, geology
and wildlife of Nepal's mountains and contains many artefacts and
mementos of historic climbing expeditions. The Gurkha Memorial
Museum provides an insight into the background of the proud and
heroic Gurkhas who have served alongside the British Army for more
than two centuries. Two museums, the Pokhara Regional Museum and
the Tamu Kohibo Museum explore the ancient cultures and traditions
of the indigenous people of the Pokhara Valley.