Best things to do in Western Region and sightseeing in Western Region
Pokhara - Western Region
Pokhara is the second largest city of Nepal. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Nepal. Three out of the ten highest mountains in the world — Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I and Manaslu — are situated within 30 miles (linear distance) of the city, so that the northern skyline of the city offers a very close view of the Himalayas. Pokhara valley is rich in water sources. There are many lakes there. One lake which we surely suggest you should not miss is Phewa or Fewa lake. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pokhara Pokhara is around 200 Km from Lumbini. The road for Pokhara is mountain trail but the roads are well built with few bad patches in case of landslides. The ride was mesmerizing with river on one Side and mountains on other.As we had started after lunch, we continued late in the evening and in the night we reached to ‘Pokhara’. #Stay Late in the night at around 12 am, we got into ‘Lake Peace’ hotel. This hotel was away from the heart of the city, as we reached really late but in case you would like to stay in Pokhara , we suggest lake view road which offers many hotel options. #Food at Pokhara Lunch at ‘don’t pass by me’ restaurant where the food was good, the location was nice with a lake view Dinner at a Korean restaurant called Apple café can be found near Gorakha museum. On lake view road, you could chillax at Blue café which offers live music and happening crowd.The city also offers many dance bars, though I would suggest, you should go there only to have a hearty laugh. Day in Pokhara Places to see in Pokhara Bullet base camp Mahendra caves Sarangkot Gorkha museum #Bullet base camp It’s located on Mansawar road. To our dismay,it was closed as its owner from Holland had gone back to his country. https://www.facebook.com/bulletbasecamp
Post breakfast, we left for Pokhara as we decided to roam the all of Kathmandu on return. Hence,we took a picturesque drive to the enchanting city of Pokhara. On arrival, checked into our hotel Hotel Landmark. The rest of the evening was left to enjoy the serenity and magnificence of the Himalayas or enjoy a leisurely walk around the serene Phewa Lake. Early next morning took an excursion trip to Sarangkot for sunrise. After breakfast, enjoyed a half day visit to Bindabasini Temple, Gupteshwar Cave & Davis Falls followed by a boat ride on Lake Phewa. Evening at around 6 pm we came to our rooms and were getting ready to leave for Kathmandu, the next morning.
Lumbini - Western Region
This place marked the birthplace of Buddha. I found this place very peaceful.
Lumbini is a sacred place for Buddhist people . as the legend says , Mayadevi gave birth to Gautam Budhha at this place . There are several temples and stupa's to watch and best time to visit this place is in springs.
Lumbini ‘Birth place of Lord Buddha’, 23 Km from Bhairwah http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lumbini In Lumbini, at the entrance Indians have to pay 50 Nepali rupees. The inside of the temple is quiet and calm. Grass field, peepal tree, Buddhists, saints sitting under it. Lake, flags flipping in the air with Buddha mantra written on blue, green, yellow and red cloth material. These flags are something you see through out Nepal and Sikkim.
Lumbini Nepal - Western Region
Lumbini, the birthplace of Gautam Buddha is situated in Nepal. Majority religions in Nepal are Hinduism and Buddhism. The religions have influenced the culture and way of life in a strong way.
Lumbini is a Buddhist pilgrimage site in Nepal. There is a temple here called the Maya Devi temple that is believed to be Lord Buddha's birthplace. This is a small and peaceful Nepalese village. Buddhist nations from around the world have constructed extravagant monasteries around the site. Each reflects the unique interpretation of Buddhism of its home nation and together the monasteries create a fascinating map of world Buddhist philosophy.
Annapurna Base Camp - Western Region
With terraced rice paddies, luscious rhododendron forests, and high altitude landscapes along with the Annapurna range in view most of the times, Annapurna Base Camp trek is certainly one of the most popular treks in the Annapurna region. It combines so many different landscapes and perhaps is the only trek which brings you closer to the base of 7,000-8,000 m high peaks in such a short duration of time. The trek is almost 7 to 11 days almost any time of the year; however in the winters the base camp is sometimes closed due to the level of snow; according to experts’ springtime is certainly the most appealing time to visit ABC due to the full bloom of the rhododendron forests which gives the trek a truly majestic feel.
Annapurna Circuit trek - the place where I realized i was exactly where I was meant to be, and always had been
Trek-O-Tel - Western Region
Pokhra is a beautiful hill station in Nepal. We landed in Kathmandu on 3rd Sept. We hired a taxi from Kathmandu to Pokhra. It takes 6-7 hrs to reach. We stay at Trek-o-Tel hotel. It was very close to Pehwa lake also known as Pokhra lake. The view of lake from my hotel room was awesome. I took the Indian Thali in my dinner. Next day on 4th oct. we went for trekking at Sarangkot. From the top of Sarangkot, I saw the beautiful mountains covered with snow. At 5 AM we saw the Sun coming from behind the hill. It was amazing. Then we saw Devi fall, Caves, temples etc. At evening we went for boating in Pehwa lake.
Phewa Lake - Western Region
The Phewa lake is 'grand' to say the least; Good as much to walk up as it is to relax. The lakeside street is one of the happening areas in town I'm sure, with good options to stay put and to unwind. Tourists milling all over, this again is pretty much the 'touristy' part of the town, and looks forever alive ! Stroll around, have a few beers by the lake and party until midnight ( Check out 'busy bee'; It's not hard to find ! ). During the day, head out to the various view points ( The most famous being Sarangkot ), or indulge in adventure ( rafting, flying, trekking ! ) .... Pokhara is smaller than Kathmandu, but a much quieter and a more sparsely populated place to put up !
Buddhist Stupa - Western Region
The Buddhist stupa of Boudhanath dominates the skyline. The ancient Stupa is one of the largest in the world. The influx of large populations of refugees from Tibet has seen the construction of over 50 Tibetan Gompas (Monasteries) around Boudhanath. As of 1979, Boudhanath is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Along with Swayambhunath, it is one of the most popular tourist sites in the Kathmandu area.
Pokhara Valley - Western Region
Pokhara is famous for wonderful views of the Himalayas and its snow-fed lakes. Pokhara’s bewitching beauty has been the subject of many travel writers. Its pristine air, spectacular backdrop of snowy peaks, serene lakes and surrounding greenery make it ‘the jewel in the Himalaya’, a place of remarkable natural beauty. With the magnificent Annapurna range forming the backdrop and the serenity of three major lakes – Phewa, Rupa and Begnas – Pokhara is the ultimate destination for relaxation. Pokhara Valley, gateway to the Annapurna region where many a trekker finds his Shangri-la, sits high on the list of ‘must visit’ places in Nepal.
Sarangkot - Western Region
Next we rode to Sarangkot from Mahendra caves. This definitely is not a place to be missed if you are traveling to Pokhara. At an altitude of 1600 meter, this village gives a striking view of Himalayan range and the lakes at the same time. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarankot The roads were nice until a point where due to construction we landed up riding in a patch full of mud and stones.I am sure once this construction is over, up till the summit, you will have smooth roads to enjoy. Pokhara is a place for para gliding. At a cost of 4500 Nepali rupees a decent para gliding can be done.
Mahendra Cave - Western Region
Tadapani - Western Region
Once again, commands one of the best views during the trek ( if you have clear view that is ! ). The macchapucchre ( meaning fish tail ) peak looks awesome from here ! The Tadapani to Ghandruk descent also has pretty good views for that matter, so your indulgence continues well into the 4th day as well !
Poon Hill - Western Region
This was the summit that we had all come to this trek for ! You get closer to the annapurna, dhaulagiri and the manaslu ranges from here. A very close and majestic view indeed ! Gets a bit crowded in the mornings, but if you don't have any timing restrictions, might as well spend more time once the crowd withers away. Gem of a place this; the trek is all worth the view !
Ghorepani - Western Region
Annapurna - Western Region
We started our 10-day trek in the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal and every day we steadily moved higher, every day edging closer to the mountains we had come to find, each day better than the last. We followed a valley wedged between a cliff and a drop into the river. We went through villages with groups of shy children acting as toll merchants demanding sweets, chocolates, school pens or balloons. We crossed suspension bridges every day, always swaying and bouncing. We kept going, pushing on and upwards getting glimpses of looming snow-covered mountains in the far-off distance. Halfway to the pass we climbed through small forests with the red colors of rhododendron bushes bursting through the green. The air felt cooler than before and soon the forest thinned out, the terrain became barren and we ventured higher into the mountains. The changes were an encouraging sign of progress. The conversations also turned from excitement to philosophy. Traveling through such calm solitudes, so far removed from the tensions of civilization, clarity and hopefulness pervaded our thinking. We all seemed to be overwhelmed with grandiose ideas for the future. Our thoughts seemed to reflect the magnificent mountains we were passing through. We walked together and we walked alone, talking a little but simply content to be moving and making our way. We ambled up and up. The only thing we needed to do was to keep moving, not necessarily at a fast pace but just keep moving. Then we neared the pass and a completely new challenge. After three hours of solo toil, we came upon other hikers who were feeling sick and nauseous and moving very slowly, even slower than me. We rested for a while, dicussing the view and our inability to appreciate it in our fatigued states. We set off again, the climb was not as steep as before but we walked at a crawling pace for the next few hours up and over small hills.
Manaslu Trek - Western Region
Manaslu Trek is an adrenaline filled trail. It gets riskier as it passes through gorges that are narrower and covers landscape that is more dramatic, at times converging to just a few meters wide as steep cliffs rise up on either side. En route are amazing lakes, waterfalls, Buddhist monasteries and Tibetan villages. The inhabitants of these villages are direct descendants of the Tibetan Immigrants and thus their dressing, language and culture is purely Tibetan. It runs parallel to the Annapurna Circuit but is much quieter and less crowded. In fact, some trekkers call this the new Annapurna Circuit.
Mustang - Western Region
The Upper Mustang trek can also be called a peek into the hidden world of Buddhist kingdom of Mustang, also called Lo. Lo used to be a part of the Tibetan empire, and is therefore very closely related to Tibet; not only the culture, also the landscape is very much related to Tibet. Surrounded by rocks in all kinds of colors and bizarre formations, Mustang is mostly a barren landscape where the villages with their bright colored fields are like Oasis in the deserts. Mustang lies in the shadow of the Dhaulagiri region and is a complete desolate landscape. The culture of the people living there is one of the major attractions for tourists and visitors alike.
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