Kaski District is located in Province No. 4 (Gandaki Pradesh) covering an area of 2,017 sq. km. Pokhara is the administrative headquarter. It is bordered by Lamjung in the east, Myagdi in the west, Manang in the north, and Parbat, Syangja, and Tanahun in the south. The name is disambiguated from Kaskikot, the ancient Kaski Kingdom. This district lies at the centroid point of the country. The altitude of this district ranges from 450 meters to the lowest land to 8091 meters the highest point in the Himalaya range. The district is the commonplace of different castes such as Gurung, Brahmin, Chhetri, Newar, Thakali, Kumal, and many more.
Tourism in Kaski
The district covers parts of the Annapurna mountain range, and the picturesque scene of the mountains can be observed from most parts of the district. It is one of the best tourist destinations in Nepal. It is full of rivers such as Seti Gandaki, Modi, and Madi along with other rivulets. The headquarters Pokhara lies about 750 m above the sea level and is one of the best tourist destinations in the world. It is famous for the Himalayan range with about 11 Himalayas with a height greater than 7000 m. The famous Peaks include Machhapuchhre (Virgin Peak - 6993m). The Annapurna Range on the northern side is always full of snow. The scenery of northern mountains, gorge of Seti River, Davis Falls, Caves, Fewa Lake, Begnas Lake, and Rupa Lake are both natural resources and tourist attractions. The district is full of people with multi-language, multi-religion and multiple cultures. Different people have different foods, dresses, and norms based on their caste and religion. Many places offer Home Stay for internal as well as international tourists along with the performance of local dance according to caste and cultures.
Places to visit in Kaski
Pokhara is a metropolitan city in Nepal, which serves as the capital of Gandaki Pradesh and the headquarters of Kaski District. Pokhara is located 200 kilometers (120 miles) west of the capital, Kathmandu. The altitude varies from 827 meters (2,713 feet) in the southern part to 1,740 meters (5,710 feet) in the north. The Annapurna Range, with three out of the ten highest peaks in the world — Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I and Manaslu — is within 15–35 mi (24–56 km) of the valley. The city is also home to many of the elite Gurkha soldiers. Pokhara is considered the tourism capital of Nepal. Pokhara has become a major tourist destination: it is considered the tourism capital of Nepal in South Asia, mainly for adventure tourism. Thus, a major contribution to the local economy comes from the tourism and hospitalities industry. Tourism is a major source of income for local people and the city. Many medieval era temples such as Tal Barahi Temple, Bindhyabasini, Bhadrakali, Talbarahi, Guheshwari, Sitaldevi, Gita mandir, and Bhimsen temples and old Newari houses are located in the city. Pokhara offers the different adventure activities. Click here to get more information about the adventure activities.
World Peace Stupa
Standing on top of the Andu Hill, Shanti Stupa adds beauty to the Pokhara Valley. It is a perfect holiday place providing a clear view of the Himalayan range, Phewa Lake and Pokhara city. The hilltop provides a splendid view of sunrise and sunset. Trip Advisor has ranked Shanti Stupa as the second top attraction in Pokhara. The pagoda is 7 kilometers from Mahendra pool, the major business spot in Pokhara. There are several ways to reach the peace pagoda. There are hiking trails, cycling tracks, and the blacked topped road to the Stupa. One popular and adventurous hiking trail is the crossing of Fewa Lake by a local boat and then climbing uphill through local villages which takes about an hour. The partial black-topped road from Chhorepatan to the Stupa takes about 25 minutes, which can be reached by taxi or private car. Public transportation too is available to the Stupa.
Sarangkot is the most popular tourist destination from where the visitors can enjoy the great view of the Pokhara Valley and the magnificent view of the mountains such as Annapurna Massif, Fishtail Mountain, Dhaulagiri range, and Manaslu. Sarangkot is only 5 km from Lake Side, Pokhara, and highest viewpoint at 1592m high for Sunrise and Sunset view over the snowy peaks. Many visitors drive up the hill in the early hours of the morning to watch a magnificent sunrise from the view tower at the very top of the hill. In recent years. At 1100 meters, on the way, near to Sarangkot hill, high mountain sport activity, paragliding is a good attraction for tourists as well as domestic tourists for adventure activities Nearby Sarangkot hill has developed as a good attraction for adventure activities such as paragliding and skydiving.
Lwang Ghalel Village
Lwang Ghalel village is an emerging tourist destination that offers a traditional Nepali village experience to the visitors. Lwang Ghalel homestay is one of the most successful village tourism products in Nepal. The village is just about 30 km northwest of Pokhara. Lwang is famous for its homestays as they provide an authentic and traditional Nepali experience. You will get the opportunity to wear national costumes like Sari, Cholo, Daura, Surwal, etc. You can also participate in the grass cutting and wheat grinding activities traditionally. Moreover, you can also partake in the cultural dance programs while wearing traditional attire. This village has already ventured into eco-tourism whereby tourism is practiced in the area without affecting the natural balance and environmental sanitation. It also offers adventure sports like canyoning. There is a waterfall in Kudi River where the water drops through a height of 107 meters.
Panchase Chhetra is an area of about 5500 hectares including five peaks (Panchadham) and the sources of the rivers Harpan, Rati, Jare, Aandhi, and Seti. This region lies in the border of Kaski, Parbat and Syangja district. Many Himalayas can be seen from this place. There is a pond in Panchase. It is believed that the leaves that fall in the pond are cleaned by birds. This is the place with many Sunakhari; you can find about 113 different types of Sungava. The region is known for its biodiversity, featuring Lali Gurans, Kharshu, Chap, Chandan, and many more of about 600 types and also the place for different animals such as tiger, bear, and deer.
Annapurna Sanctuary Trek
The Annapurna Sanctuary is a high glacial basin lying 40 km directly north of Pokhara. This oval-shaped plateau sits at an altitude of over 4000 meters and is surrounded by a ring of mountains, the Annapurna range, most of which are over 7000 meters. With the only entrance a narrow valley between the peaks of Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhare, where run-off from glaciers drain into Modi Khola River, the Sanctuary was not penetrated by outsiders until 1956. The south-facing slopes are covered in dense tropical jungles of rhododendron and bamboo, while the north-facing slopes, in the rain shadow, have a drier colder climate similar to that of the near-by Tibetan Plateau. The entire sanctuary was held as sacred to the Gurung people, one of the many native people to inhabit the area. The sanctuary was believed to be the home of several deities, from Hinduism and Buddhism as well as older animistic gods. The peak of Machhapuchhare at the entrance was believed to be the home of the Lord Shiva, and the daily plumes of snow were thought the smoke of his divine incense. Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) Trek is one of the most popular treks in Nepal. It is quite easy and shorter trek than other high altitude treks in Nepal. This trek incorporates diverse terrain, culture, and wildlife. Along with the most spectacular and close up view of Annapurna range, Machhapuchhare, Hiunchuli, and Dhaulagiri. In spring, it showcases many beautiful flowers including the national flower of Nepal – Rhododendron. You will spot at times high cascading waterfalls. And, you will get to learn about people of different ethnicity, especially Gurung people when visiting the Ghandruk museum.
Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek
Mardi Himal base camp trek is an exotic and interesting trek in Nepal. This is a very popular trekking trail in the western Annapurna region of Nepal and is located east of Modi Khola across the valley from Hiunchuli. This trail is also known as an eco-tourism trail that passes through lush forests filled with Rhododendrons and other vegetation. The attraction of the trek is pristine mountain views, beautiful valleys, and mixed local culture and landscaped hills. Mardi Himal takes you off ‘the beaten path’ away from the busy trails of the region. The first discovery of Mardi Himal was made in 1961 through a route via the east flank. the trek offers magnificent views of the world’s famous and most majestic mountains including Annapurna I (8091m), Dhaulagiri (8167m), Hiunchuli (6441m), Annapurna II (7937m), Annapurna III (7555m), Annapurna South (7219m), Fishtail (6988m). This trek is a unique experience for trekkers with the warm welcome & activities of the local folks who live by the trails as trekkers hike into the thick forests
Sikles and Kaphuche Lake Trek
Sikles and Kapuche Lake Trek is the off the beaten path trekking trail of Nepal. It is suitable for those trekkers who want to explore less crowed in Annapurna Region. It is one of the pristine trekking trail that unfold the natural beauty in Nepal. The Gurung village of Sikles has been established by the Annapurna Conservation Area project as a model trekking village and is an internal part of their eco-route. This trail packs charming villages, interesting patterns of terraced fields, rhododendron forest, and high alpine meadows snuggled below the towering mountains of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II (7937m) and IV (7525m). While here, the trekker can easily spend several days in Sikles Village experiencing local life-style, handicraft production, and sight-seeing. Moreover, Kapuche Lake is the lowest glacier lake in Nepal. It lies at the 2450m. This trekking also famed as royal trek because Prince Charles had a trek through the area in 1980 to visit the villages of Gurkha recruits. His visit is taken as a part of an effort to develop this into a model eco-trekking route.
Dhampus trek is one of the most admired hiking routes in Nepal, which passes through countryside populated by a broad diversity of people and diverse geographical landscapes. During Dhampus trek, you pass through different Gurung, Magar, and Brahmin villages where you get an insight into their cultural, social practices. In a short period, you can experience the colorful culture of these people, and most of all you meet Buddhists and Hindus living in harmony and peace. Dhampus village is situated at the range of 800 meters which is also a gateway to the Annapurna Conservation Area. The hiking to Dhampus continues through magnificent rhododendron forests, which are also home to many flora and faunas. The trail offers you superb Himalayan panorama view consisting of the mighty peaks such as the Annapurna, Himachali, Machhapuchhare, and Lamjung Himal.
Tanahun District is located in Province no. 4 (Gandaki Pradesh), covering an area of 1,546 sq. km. Damauli is its administrative headquarters. Previously the town of Bandipur was its district headquarter. It is bordered by Gorkha and Chitwan in East, Kaski, and Syangja in West, Lamjung, and Kaski in North while Chitwan and Nawalparasi in South. This district lies in the middlemost of the country Nepal.
Tourism in Tanahun
Tanahun is rich in its natural beauty and religious places. The important religious spots of Tanahun are Vyash Gufa, Pancha mandir, Thanithan, Teen Khole Devi Mandir, Chabdi barahi, Nirjala Mai, Akala Mai, Aadhi Mul, Dhorbarahi etc. Bandipur is the most beautiful and famous place for tourism. Because of its preserved, old-time cultural atmosphere, it has increasingly been coming to the attention of tourism. Likewise, Siddha cave, Hattigaura cave, Byas cave, Devghat are famous places. The major rivers of this district are Seti, Madi, Marsyandi which are popular for rafting. Chimkeswori is the highest hill of Tanahun.
Places to visit in Tanahun
Located on a wide saddle at a height of 1,030m (3,378ft) the surrounding hills of Bandipur (lies 12km from Dumrebazar, Tanahu) are ideal for hiking along the trails that take you through the tribal village. It has retained its age-old cultural attributes - temples, shrines, sacred caves, innumerable festivals, and a Newari architecture that harks back to the Kathmandu Valley of Old. Well preserved Bandipur, today invites travelers to experience its unique offerings: rich hill culture, mountain views, and hiking. More than anything, Bandipur is an ideal town to explore at your own pace. Visit the temples, stroll the charming backstreets, and generally enjoy a leisurely pace of life that harkens back to an earlier age.
Vyas Cave is one of the most important cave with a spiritual value lies in Damauli. It lies in between the two rivers that come from the Himalayan glacier as Madi and Seti River. Religious point of view considers as the unification of Ganga and Jamuna where 28th Vyas Rishi was born and where he created 4 Vedas and 18 Purans. So this spot is highly important as a spiritual value place. As a tourist value, it is a beautiful panoramic spot. One realizes he vanishing of stress and energy circulation over the body.
At 437m deep and 50m high, Siddha Gufa is said to be the largest cave in Nepal. Its cathedral-like interior is full of stalactites and stalagmites, not to mention hundreds of bats, which whistle overhead. It is the most popular caving destination in Nepal. It is also known as the place from where Siddha baba got his enlightenment. Trekking to this cave from Bandipur is interesting and most popular which takes about one and a half hour hike. Alternatively, you can also march uphill to the cave from Bimalnagar (which lies on Prithvi Highway). It will take just 45 minutes to reach the cave. Dirt path and stone path are the only way to reach there which are slippery so it’s very necessary to take every step with care. The path is being managed and maintained to make it easy for travelers to explore around. It is also essential and somehow compulsory to hire a local guide as well to know more about the cave.
This cave was recently discovered by local people in Tanahu district. We can find the shape of an elephant’s trunk in the outer look of the cave. That’s why people called it as Hattigura Cave. It is about 16 km far from Damauli Bazar. And this cave is the new tourist destination of Tanahun.
Tanahusur Homestay Tour
Tanahunsur Village is a village development committee in Tanahu District in the Gandaki Zone of central Nepal. Tour of Tanahunsur Village mainly indicates the hill and the people living over there in the central part of Tanahun. In Tanahunsur Homestay Tour, We can still observe approximately 200 years old Sen Dynasty’s old palace area, temples, three canon which is believed to be the birthplace of Prithvi Naryan Shaha's mother. There are servers place to see around the village such as the temple of Goddess Khadga Kali-symbol of destruction of devils, Gaddi Chautara and Rani Chautara- a place to take rest while walking up and down in the villages, Dhikuri Ghar and Gola Ghar, Tundikhel, Hatti bandhne dhunga- stone to tie elephant, Raja ko padhero. The spectacular and eye-catching views of Mt. Annapurna, Macchapuchhre, Lamjung, Manaslu ranges, Ligligkot, Rainaskot, Mirlungkot, Tamakot, Fertile terraces, stunning views of sunrise and sunset. There are different races of people as Newar, Magar, Brahmin, Chhetri, Damain, Sarki, Kasain, following different customs, traditions, and beliefs.
Devghatdham is the most sacred as well as a religious place located in the central part of Nepal. Devghatdham is considered as one of the major religious places of Nepal whose religious importance makes a great sense. It is located at the tri center of Tanahun, Nawalparasi, and Chitwan as well as at the junction of Gandaki, Lumbini, and Narayani Zones. It has an area of 54.34 square kilometers with natural, religious, archaeological, and historical as well as cultural importance. This is the place where the great rivers Kaligandaki and Trishuli meet together in the form of Saligram River. The junction point of these great rivers is known as Beni.
Rock Climbing at Bimalnagar
Bimal Nagar is en route from Kathmandu to Pokhara, nearly 5 hours from Kathmandu and 90 minutes’ drive from Pokhara. It’s a newly opened route and has 55m of natural rock surface formed of limestone. During your rock climbing adventure, you will also get the rewarding views of Mt. Manaslu and beautiful Marshyangdi flowing down the valley.
Manung Kot lies in Myagde Rural Municipality in Tanahun district, which is approximately 150 kilometers west of Kathmandu and is situated at an elevation of 1,000 meters above the sea level. It is also a host of diverse wildlife. To promote the natural and cultural beauty of the place, the rural municipality initiated the training session where 30 locals participated. Manung Kot is important due to its history as well, which is known as the home of Nepal's first poet Bhanu Bhakta Acharya’s in-laws.
Syangja District is located in Province No. 4 (Gandaki Pradesh) covering an area of 1,164 sq. km. Syangja bazaar is the administrative headquarter. It is bordered by Gorkha and Chitwan in the east, Parbat and Gulmi in the west, Lamjung and Kaski in the north, and Palpa in the south. It is about 280 km from Kathmandu. It lies in the hilly region at an altitude ranging from about 300 meters along the banks of Kaligandaki River up to 2512 m in the highlands above the sea level.
Tourism in Syangja
Syangja has a lot of natural, cultural, and religious attractions. Sirubari, a small village of the Gurung community, has been luring both internal and external tourists with a splendid view of landscapes and warm hospitality. Syangja possesses newly discovered tourist destinations like Sworek hill, Sirkot for adventurous activities like biking and paragliding. Notable pilgrimages here include Chandikalika, Garaunsur, Chayankshetra, and many more. Waling, commercial hub of the district, has been emerging as a smart city to widen the scope of economic activities including tourism.
Places to visit in Syangja
Located southwest of Pokhara (a paradise-like city of Nepal), Sirubari is a beautiful village of the Syangja district. Sirubari village is at approx. 6 hrs off-road drive from Pokhara. Cold breeze enjoying the flavor of the Gurung community at the height of 1,700m from sea level. The main attraction in Sirubari is the point of view at Thumro Juro, a climbing to an elevated pile accepted for presentation the daybreak sunrise over the mountains & Himalayas, counting Manaslu, Machhapuchhare, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains. The inhabitants of Sirubari who are well known for their hospitality, will do their best to make you comfortable in their homes and village. Sirubari Village Homestay is one of the best ways to explore the local life of Nepali people.
Sworek Hill is one of the best destinations for Paragliding and Mountain Biking. This area lies at the elevation of 1,600 meters above sea level and is also famous for picnic and a quick ride. This place offers the view of mountains and the Aadhi Khola River basin.
Suntalabari is a place named after orange orchards where we can find more than 16,000 plants of oranges. That is why the place has been named Suntalabari. The place is located at the elevation of 1,185 meters above sea level. Autumn is the best season to visit Suntalabari. Tourists can enjoy natural orange juice in this place. Suntalabari adopted the homestay business in 2069 BS under the leadership of Captain Dil Bikram Gurung. The place is also famous as the home town of a famous folk singer, Sarmila Gurung. ‘Salaijo’, ‘Jhyaure’, and ‘Sorathi’ are the native music and dance forms of Suntalabari. Apart from culture and natural beauty, the place is equally famous for adventure tourism. The place offers various adventure sports like canyoning and hiking.
Garhausur is famous for its cultural and natural diversity. There is a temple named ‘Gharai Kalika’ in this place. The ruins of a fort built by the Khaad kingdom is still present there. It was built for war purposes. The place is located at the elevation of 1,700 meters above sea level. Garhausur is widely famous for majestic views of the neighboring districts. Mountains, rivers, agricultural terraces, Kaligandaki River, Aadhi Khola River can be observed from the place. Various endangered animals like tigers, foxes, leopards, deer, and porcupines can be seen in this forest. The place is equally famous for religious tourism as well.
Aalamdevi is blessed with religious significance and natural beauty. Kali flows from the southern part of Aalamdevi. Aalamdevi is the temple of Goddess Bageshwari, considered one of the biggest Goddesses in the Hindu Religion. It is believed that the Goddess treats all humans as her children. Worshiping at this temple is believed to fulfill ones wish. The place is 340 kilometers away from Kathmandu and can be reached only on small vehicles.
Sataun Chandi is the most famous religious tourist destination of the district. Kalika Devi and Pashupatinath are worshiped at this temple. In the northern side of the temple, there was a palace made by the ancient kings. But now there are only the ruins of the palace and the throne. It is believed that the Sataunkot kingdom of Syangja was the most powerful kingdom out of the 24 kingdoms of ancient Nepal. There were army barracks that extended from Sataunkot to Chandinath Temple. Now, its ruins can be seen.
Bhalu Pahad is a small hill station touched by Siddhartha Highway. It is a celebrated picnic and sightseeing spot. Small elevation circumambulated by a tortuous river gives a unique sight to the visitors.
Parbat District is located in Province No. 4 (Gandaki Pradesh) covering an area of 494 sq. km. Kushma is the administrative headquarter. It is bordered by Syangja and Kaski in the east, Baglung in the west, Myagdi in the north, and Gulmi in the south. Parbat district is a beautiful district with diversified geographical features. The altitude of this district ranges from 520m to 3310m.
Tourism in Parbat
Parbat has a lot of tourism attractions like, Cable car, Saligram Sila, deepest suspension bridge and pilgrimage destination. And it is upcoming tourism attraction with Asia’s deepest bungee jump. More it has lots of historical spiritual places like, Hampal, Kalanjar, Deurali, and route to Khopra trekking. Located on a high-level terrace between the Kali Gandaki and the Modi rivers, Kusma was a mere garrison depot at the turn of the century.
Places to visit in Parbat
Kusma Bungee Jumping
Bungee Jumping in Nepal is one of the most popular adventurous activities. The world’s second-highest, most exciting, and thrilling Bungee Jumping lies in the Kushma, Parvat district of Nepal. Along with the astounding panoramic views in the Kaligandaki gorge amidst the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains, lies the Kushma’s suspension bridge from where the Bungee Jumping is into operation. The bungee Jumping spot resides in the 520 m. long suspension bridge that connects Kushma of Parvat to the Balewa of Baglung. The total height of Bungee Jumping is 228 m., making it the world’s second-highest natural Bungee jumping paradise. It is the tallest bungee Jumping of Nepal. Kushma Bungee Jump is popular as Asia’s highest natural bungee swing. The Heart pounding thrill of Bungee Jumping in Kushma is a memorable activity to experience.
The newly opened thrilling swing in Gyadi Parbat is one of the main attractions of the city and allows the breathtaking landscapes. This is an extra attraction: swing staring Nepal's highest bungee. Hanging on the top of the notch above the Modi River overlooking a greenery and Kushma city, the swing is thrilling. Built with metal chains, secured to the rusty poles and tie with safety belt, the swing has already become a refreshing point for thrill lovers.
It is named Dahere Lek for it holds a mountain shaped like an upturned funnel with a hole in it. Dahere Lek is also named as Nilkantha Parbat as it is worshipped in an image of Nilkantha (Lord Shiva with blue throat). One can hear the sound of coin descend to the very bottom if a coin is lowered down from the hole in the mountain.
Katuwa Chaupari is a plain area from where stunning visions of Mount Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchhare (Fish Tail) mountain can be seen. It is rich in natural resources and is the home for Alape Cave, Patheswori Temple, Malami Dada and Pahare Pond, Soltee Pond, and Chhahare Pond.
The Giddeshwor temple is a famous, sacred, and revered holy Hindu temple located in Jaljala; northwest of Parbat Nepal. The temple is also a Shakti Peetha. As per the legend, this Shakti Peetha also came into existence by the death of the goddess Sati. As per the Sosthani Barta Katha (Holy legend story) Out of grief and sorrow, Shiva carried Sati's body, reminiscing about their moments as a couple, and roamed around the universe with it. Giddeshwor temple shrines of Lord Shiva and Mother Goddess. These are places that are believed to have been blessed with the presence of Shakti due to the falling of the brain of the corpse of Sati Devi. The transcendent vibes of the temple and panoramic view of green mountains make the temple nature's garden.
Gupteswor cave is one of the major attractions of Kusma, Parbat. It is considered as one of the most amazing and longest caves in the nation of Nepal. This cave is located at an altitude of 1,294 meters. It is about a mile (0.6 km) from the Kusma. The old name of this cave is 'BhaluDulo'. Around 1940, a few local men saw a very strange place, covered by debris and grasses near the Kaligandaki River. Many people were curious about it, and they cleared the outermost part of debris and grasses, and then entered into the cave. They found an unbelievable (to them), strange dark area full of various statues and portraits of Hindu Gods and Goddesses. A very strange sound of a waterfall inside the cave, the statue of Pandava in rocks, Mahadev and Parvati, Saraswati, Nageswor, and other goddess statues are interesting to see. It is considered to be one of the longest caves in Nepal. Most of the inside part of the cave is made up of deposition of calcium carbonate dissolved from surrounding limestone, with groundwater which is a general concept of forming most of the cave. All statues and all portraits which can be seen inside the cave are natural. Chaite Dashain and Mahashivaratri are the most important days to visit the Gupteswar Cave for the Hindu prayers. Many species of bats inside the cave are also an attraction for visitors. It is located 15 minutes walking distance from the Kusma city, about 55 kilometers (34 mi) from the Pokhara city and 17 kilometers (11 mi) from the Baglung city.
Canyoning on Mahabhir Waterfall, Durlung
The adventure activities, Canyoning at Mahabhir waterfall is located in Durlung of Parbat District. It is about 7 kilometers from Kusma Bazar. Together with the canyoning, locals have also started home-stay for tourists at Chanaute, which is 30 minutes far from Kushma Bazar. Visitors can experience the adventure activities with the life of the rural area. They can observe the daily activities of local people In the homestay too.
Phalewas/phalebas is a village lying in Parbat District which has been divided into two villages namely KhaniGaon and Devisthan Villages. People from different races dwell in Phalewas who have adopted agriculture as a major source of living. It is chiefly a plain area and lies near to the KaliGandaki River. Thus one can even have a thrilling experience of rafting in KaliGandaki River from Phalewas.
Kusma is located 57 km far from Pokhara at an altitude of 1294 m above sea level. It is a Market area belonging to Kusma. Kusma once served as an important trade route between Pokhara and Baglung. Suspension Bridge links Western Part of the Bazaar with Pipaltari VDC. Pokhara Baglung Highway connects Kusma with the National Road. The term- Kusma is believed to have been derived from the Sanskrit term Kusum which means flower. It is said the land was christened as Kusum by a sage who was on the way to Muktinath when he saw the land covered with varieties of flowers. The word Kusum changed to Kusma in course of time.
Suspension Bridge at Kushma
Kushma has 3 more spectacular suspension footbridges all that rank among the longest span footbridges in the world. These include the 347-meter long Kushma Balewa Footbridge, the 359-meter long Kushma Mudikuwa Footbridge, and in 2019 the Kushma Bungy Footbridge with span of approximately 490 meters making it the longest span footbridge in Asia.
It is famous for Narsingha temple and dishes of fish from Malayangdi and Modi Rivers. Since the place lies near to the confluence of two rivers- Madi River and Kali Gandaki River it was named Beni while the water tasted of Madhu (Sanskrit term of honey) so it was named Madhu. Later the name changed to Modi Beni from Madhu Beni.
The ‘Heritage at Mallaj’
The Heritage at Mallaj, a recently renovated resort opened by Mukunda Malla high up in the hills of Beni. The ‘Heritage @ Mallaj’ is a 110 years old property perched above Parbat, Beni at 1,205 meters, 2 hours out of Pokhara, now renovated to serve discerning guests. The property was originally constructed in 1904 by Colonel Tej Bahadur Malla, bringing craftsmen and artisans from Kathmandu to bring to life a design of the then famous architects Kumar and Kishor Narsingh Rana. The beautiful mountain resort was a former palace of the Malla family boasting a unique history. Catch up with the staff to know more about the building and its illustrious past. From rooms offering splendid views of the Annapurna range to tented accommodation.
Myagdi District is located in Province No. 4 (Gandaki Pradesh) covering an area of 2,297 sq. km. Beni is the administrative headquarter. Manang, Kaski and Parbat in the east, Dolpa and Rukum East in the west, Mustang and Dolpa in the north and Baglung in the South. This district has its own historical identity. The district is named after the name of a river "Myagdi" which originates from mount Dhawalagiri and flows from North-West to the South-East of the district.
Tourism in Myagdi
Myagdi district is one of the most popular destinations for Tourism. The world-famous Poon Hill lies in the Ghara VDC of this district. The trekking/hiking trail Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is considered as easy and most liked trail in the Annapurna region. Ghorepani village is a beautiful settlement and well-managed lodges are available for Annapurna View trekking. The newly opened Karbakeli Eco Trek Explore is another destination for hikers. Mohare Hill of Ramche of Myagdi district another destination for hiker. Mohare hill is located at 3000 meters from the sea level. Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain range can be observed from Mohare hill The flora and fauna of this district is unique. Not only rich in natural resources, but also rich in cultural heritage. Magars especially Pun community are welcoming foreigners with their smiles for a long time. Tatopani Hot Spring is another attraction of Myagdi.
Places to visit in Myagdi
Beni is also recognized as the gateway to the Mustang district. From the neighboring villages of Beni, one can glimpse the mesmerizing beauty of the different snow peaks of the Annapurna Range. More than a dozen peaks of the Dhaulagiri range, like Annapurna, Nilgiri, Churain, Manapathi, Gurja can too be seen from here. This place is just perfect for people who crave adventure and enjoy mountaineering. They can also participate in honey hunting in the overhangs of these mountains.
Ghorepani is a village in Myagdi District which lies 17 kilometers from the district capital of Beni at an elevation of approximately 2,874 m. The village lies within the Annapurna Conservation Area (ACA), requiring a national park permit to visit, and contains several "guest houses" that provide lodging and meals to mountain trekkers, many of whom spend the night before a pre-dawn trek to the top of nearby Poon Hill (3210m/10531 ft) to watch the sunrise. The place used to be a rest stop where ancient traders found water (pani in Nepali) for their horses (ghora in Nepali), thus leading to the nomenclature Ghorepani. Ghorepani lies on a major trail linking several other villages as well as the Annapurna Base Camp. From the South-East direction, it can normally be reached by foot from the village of Birethanti in about 10 hours depending on the trekker. However, many trekkers prefer to overnight at one of the lower villages on their way to Ghorepani, covering the distance over two days owing to the steepness of the trail, the increase in altitude, and the beauty of the natural surroundings. From the North-West direction, Ghorepani can be reached in about 8–10 hours starting from Tatopani. This trail passes through the villages of Shikha, Dana, and Chitre.
Poon Hill is a unique Hill station overlooking the Annapurna Massif range and Dhaulagiri mountain range, located on the border of Myagdi District and Kaski District in Gandaki Pradesh of Nepal. This lookout is the key viewpoint in the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek, and observes beautiful mountain peaks, fog, and valleys. Mountains such as an Annapurna South (7,219 m), Machhapuchhare (6,993), Hinchuli (6,441m), Annapurna III (7,555m), Dhampus peak, Dhaulagiri (8,167m), and many other tall peaks can be seen from here.
Tatopani Hot Spring
The Tatopani of Bhurung of Myagdi District is popular nowadays. It lies on the bank of Kaligandaki River and one of the famous natural hot spring attractions of Nepal. The trekkers along the Annapurna Trekking Route also come to the pond for the bath while the pilgrims and tourists visiting to Mustang district also arrive for the hot spring bath in Tatopani. A large number of people, including the patients of rheumatoid arthritis and gastritis, take a bath in the hot spring hoping to get their diseases cured.
Located at 2,500 meters above the sea level at Beni municipality - 3, the Swargashram unequivocally bears the potential to become one of the prime tourist destinations in the country. The site perched atop a hill offers a panoramic view of Mt Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Nilgiri, Gurja, and Mt Machhapuchhare along with the opportunity to greet the dazzling sunrise. The hill located above Swargashram resembles the seed of wood apple after which it was named Beldhunga. From Beldhunga, which is located 300 meters further up from the Swargashram, visitors can view Kaski, Myagdi, and Parbat districts below. During the spring season, the location is stippled with the blossoming rhododendron flowers. A temple of Hindu God Ganesha is located at Swargashram, which is also known as the Rishi Danda. Legend has it that in the ancient period, Hindu saints used to meditate at the location. Visitors can reach Swargashram after traveling for two hours from Beni Bazaar to Musungdole on a four-wheeler and an hour's walk uphill.
Khopra Danda Trek
Kopra Danda Trek is also known as Khopra Ridge and a newly opened trekking routes in the Annapurna region area. Mountain views are just awesome 180 degrees from Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Annapurna I (8,091m), Manaslu (8,163 m) etc. and green high hills, rhododendron forest and the southern green slopes with terraced farming lands. You will encounter the diversity of ethnic-culture, colorful festivals, temples and gompas, mixture settlement of friendly loving people. The major attraction of this trek is the scared lake, Khayer Lake which is situated at an elevation of 4,500m above sea level. It is a sacred lake for the Hindu and Buddhist religion which holds a traditional myth. People believe that if they pray during the month of July-August their wish will be fulfilled.
Rupse Falls is a waterfall located in the Beni-Jomsom Highway route of Myagdi District. It has a height of 300 meters (984 feet). This is a popular tourist destination. It is approximately 110 km from Pokhara and approximately 40.8 km from Jomsom. Rupse Falls has tremendous beauty around it. You can visit the Deepest gorge in the world Kali Gandaki Gorge and Kali Gandaki River near to this fall.
Galeshwor temple stands on the large Chakra-Sila Covering an area of 9 Ropani (4578.48-meter square) near to the holy confluence of Kali Gandaki and Rahu river is considered to be very important in the Religious, historical and mythological point of view. The main shrine is also known as the second Pashupatinath. It is believed that this temple has been erected at the same site where Sati Devi's throat had fallen. Galeshwor temple premise is surrounded by other attractions in each direction, where we can appreciate Kalanjoor and Pulastya Pulhashram in the west, Gayatri Mata temple and Krishna Gandaki in the east, Muktinath, Dhaulagiri massif, and Rikhar (Penitential acreage of seven sages, Saptarishi) in the North, Beni Bazar and Beni River in the South. 108-shiva lingam and the penance cave of Jad Bharat (son of Rishabhdev) is also another attraction of this area.
Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek
The Dhaulagiri Circuit is a challenging trek, one of Nepal’s toughest — suits for trekkers with prior trekking experience at elevations above 5,000m. Dhaulagiri Circuit trek explores a wild, remote, and off-the-beaten-track area of the Nepal Himalaya. The trek starts at Darbang and then follows the Myagdi Khola River passing through beautiful Gurung villages with terraced fields framed by views of the Dhaulagiri massif. Dhaulagiri is the world’s seventh Highest Mountain at an elevation of 8167 m above sea level. It lies on the west-central side of Nepal and spreads from the Kaligandaki River to Bheri. The optional Dhampus Peak climb (6,060m) requires basic skills in mountaineering, such as knowledge of ice axes and crampons use. Trekking over snow above 5,000 m for three days in a row without an easy way down will be a bit difficult.
Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek
Ghorepani Poonhill Trek is one of the most popular and easiest treks in the Annapurna region, well suited for those short for time or hoping for a shorter, easier trekking. Poon Hill trek starts from Nayapul after one and a half-hour drive from Pokhara. This trek passes beautiful villages of Ulleri, Ghorepani, and Ghandruk takes 3-5 days walking at a moderate pace. You will enjoy the trek in the spectacular mountain scenery through delightful villages inhabited by Gurungs and Magars. Situated at an altitude of 3200m and just beneath the greatest Himalayan Range, the area is famous for fascinating traditional villages, ethnic communities, rhododendron forests, and magnificent 360-degree views of more than ten snowcapped mountains. Mt. Dhaulagiri ranges, Mt. Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Annapurna II, III, IV, Gangapurna, Lamjung Himal, Barasikhar, Nilgiri, Tukuche Peak, Hiunchuli, and Manaslu ranges will view from this trek. It is the easiest and shortest trek that doesn't require any experience in trekking.
Muldai View Point Trek
Muldai View Point Trek is one of the famous and fascinating trekking routes of the Annapurna region with a trail that passes through top ridges of hills, dense rhododendron forests, and raging rivers. Standing at 3,640m, it offers 360-degree magnificent panoramic mountain views of Annapurna, ranges of Dhaulagiri, Lamjung, Fishtail, Gangapurna, and diverse landscapes of surrounding valley. The Muldai Viewpoint is in the Annapurna Conservation Area also offers an impressive range of wildlife and remarkable flora and fauna – an unforgettable experience of the Himalayan ecosystems and cultures. You will enjoy this unique landscape also you will have the opportunity to observe the traditions and rituals of the local Gurung, Magar, and Pun ethnic groups of people.
Mohare Danda Trek
Mohare Danda Trekking takes you to the peaceful off beaten path in Annapurna’s foothills. This Trekking is a newly discovered hiking route in the Annapurna region to promote sustainable eco-tourism of Nepal and support local community projects that play a vital role in the overall upliftment of the lifestyle of local inhabitants. It is also known by the name ‘Eco Lodge Community Trek’ and ‘Myagdi Community Eco Trek”. Besides other crowded regions of the Annapurna region, the trek to Mohare Danda is an off-beaten path whose trail passes through the laps of hills, mountains, forests, rivers, and much more. The Mohare Danda offers a closer view of eye-catching snowcapped mountains of Annapurna or Dhaulagiri range than that from Poon hill. The major mountains include Dhaulagiri I (8,167 m), Annapurna I (8,091 m), Annapurna South (7,219 m), Machhapuchhre (6,993 m), Neel Giri (7,061 m) and Hiunchuli (6,441 m). Also, the hill is best to observe amazing landscapes, glorious sunrise and sunset view over the glittering mountains.