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Combining a relaxing boat ride across the lake with a short hike up to visit the Peace Pagoda, Davi's Fall and explore the Gupteswor Caves, this is a great way to see three of Pokhara's attractions!

Departure: Pokhara
Duration: 1 day
Best Season: October to March (possible all year round)

We start the day with a leisurely 30 minute boat ride across the spectacular Phewa Lake, with a short stop at the Barahi temple located on a small island in the centre. On reaching the far side of the lake we begin our climb through the forest to the steps leading to the World Peace Pagoda. This Buddhist stupa is one of over 80 Peace Pagodas worldwide, built in an attempt to unite people from all over the world and promote world peace. The Peace Pagoda at Pokhara was built by Buddhist monks from the Japanese Nipponzan Myohoji Order. There are four Buddha statues in the Peace Pagdoa, each from a different country to provide unity between nations; Lumbini, the contribution from Nepal, Boudha Guya from Sri Lanka, Kusinara from Thailand and finally, Ja from Japan. From this vantage point you also get stunning views over the Annapurna mountain range, including the distinctive pyradmid-shaped outline of Machapucharre, or "Fish Tail" towering over the lake and city below.

After leaving the Stupa, we drop down the far side of the hill to visit Devi’s fall, an impressive waterfall marking the point where the Pardi Khola stream vanishes underground. When the stream is at full bore, the sound of the water plunging over the falls is deafening!

Next to this waterfall is Gupteswor cave; we will get a chance to explore this 3km long cave, navigating tight passages on all fours to reach great chambers, holding special value for Hindus - your guide will be able to tell you all about the legends which arose here! We will also visit the temple to Lord Shiva located inside these caves. Emerging from the darkness of the caves, our car will be waiting to transfer us back to Pokhara.

 

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