Nepal's second-largest city, Pokhara lies 200 kilometers to the west of Kathmandu and is renowned for its beautiful lakeside setting. Heralded as the gateway to the Annapurna ranges and other major points in the eastern half of the country, it's also regarded as Nepal's primary venue for various packages involving paragliding, Ultraflights, zip-lining, and whitewater rafting, as well as offering day tours of the picturesque city and the surrounding landscape. Nepal Trekking Experts offer an exceptional package that involves visiting the Pokhara region’s entire tourist highlights, including Davi's fall, Gupteshwor Cave, the World Peace Pagoda, and Phewa Lake.
Known locally as Patale Chhango, the waterfall's other title derives from a tragic event in 1961, when a Swiss couple by name of Davi went swimming nearby, only for the wife to be swept to her death. A truly spectacular cascade, the water thunder down and disappears into a tunnel that runs for 500' underground before emerging to run through Gupteshwor cave.
The Pokhara region offers many caves, with Gupteshwor cave among the more interesting, not least for the cascading waters running through it. Also known as Gupteshwor Mahadev, one of the cave's major claims to fame is the idol of Lord Shiva that was found within and now sits outside, opposite Davi's fall. The cave is popular with Hindu pilgrims.
World Peace Pagoda:
Shanti Stupa, better known as The World Peace Pagoda, is a magnificent structure set on the slopes to the south of Phewa Lake. The panoramic view of the Himalayas, the Pokhara Valley, and the shimmering waters of the lake alone are worth the visit, though the noble cause lying at its heart is one that all can appreciate. While the pagoda can be accessed by road or trail most visitors opt for the peaceful and scenic boat ride from Pokhara.
Phewa is a picture-perfect lake, with dense forests to the southwest, the Himalayas to the north as a mighty backdrop, and Pokhara set by its eastern shores. With myriad possibilities to explore the lake via one of the multitudes of colorful boats that dot the shoreline, few experiences in Nepal are as serene as paddling the placid waters of Phewa and gazing languidly at the dappled reflections of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Fishtail. At the heart of the lake lies Tal Barahi, a sublime temple built on an island that attracts both Buddhist and Hindu pilgrims.