There is a reason why so many travelers make sure they book flights to Nepal at least once in their lives: the place is absolutely nothing like any country there is, and there are so much scenery, historical attractions, and activities in store for all kinds of travelers.

Although places such as the holy Buddhist site of Boudhanath, the ancient Newar town of Bhaktapur, and the rest of Kathmandu have so much amazing things in store for travelers, there still many places outside of the capital that offer so much more. One of them is Pokhara, a city where visitors can experience the best that Nepal has to offer.

It takes about an 8-hour drive from Kathmandu to reach Pokhara. This is considered as a jump-off point going to Annapurna (a famous trekking route in the Himalayas for climbing), so expect to see many backpackers and trekkers here. One of the must-see spots in this city is the lakeside of Baidam near Lake Fewa. If it’s meditation you’d like to pursue, one of the places that offer it is the Ganden Yiga Chozin, a Buddhist meditation and retreat where visitors could get courses on Buddhist meditation, yoga, and philosophy.

The most famous attractions in Pokhara, however, are the many breathtaking temples, pagodas, and stupas. Surely no Pokhara trip is complete without visiting them. Below are some the best ones to visit:

Bindhyabasini Temple

Standing about 3,000 feet above sea level, this temple is one of the most famous ones in Pokhara, so you’ll most probably see bigger crowds here. You will get a magnificent view of the city as well as the mountain ranges from here.

Bhimsen Temple

This is a 200 year old shrine dedicated to the god of trade and commerce. Because of this, shops are abound in the area, so you can take home traditional Nepali stuff with you. There are some very impressive carvings such as the ones on the temples first floor—amazing images of Ganesha, Shiva, and Parvati.

Barahi Pagoda

Considered as one of the most important religious monuments in the city, this is where many visitors decide to meditate and enjoy the great surroundings. In order to get to this two-storey pagoda, visitors need to go on a boat ride, where magnificent surroundings await. Located on Phewa Lake, this Hindu temple is frequented by Hindu followers. Come on Saturday and you’re likely to see devotees sacrificing male animals.

Shanti Stupa

For visitors who want to get great views of the Annapurna range and the whole of the city, this is the place to visit. The Shanti Stupa, built on the top of the hill south of Phewa Lake, requires a boat ride as well as a hike from visitors. The trip will be worth it, for the views are simply spectacular.

Bhadra Kali Temple

At the eastern part of the city is the Bhadra Kali Temple, a place where goddess Bhadrakali is worshipped. Weddings are normally celebrated here, so visitors are likely to find traditional Hindu celebrations of locals.

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