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    Pokhara is a beautiful city rich in nature. This includes green hills, lakes and also some caverns and caves that are even centuries old. This calls for a unique experience for local and international visitors who are in for a little thrill. 

   There are three caves in particular that stand out as the caves that are a must visit for tourists. They are listed as follows:

  • Mahendra Cave
  • Bat Cave
  • Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave

Mahendra Cave

   Mahendra cave is one of the famous caves for tourist visits as well as popular among the local people as well. It is situated in Pokhara-16, Batulechaur, close to Kali khola. It is a limestone cave, containing stalagmites and stalactites as well.

   The cave inherits its name from Mahendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev, former king of Nepal. Although it was first discovered in the 1950s by a group of shepherds, it was only surveyed properly in 1976 by a team of speleologists from the UK. 

   It lies at an altitude of 1100 m above sea level. As the cave inside is dark, artificial lighting is provided. The ceiling and walls of the cave are very moist and there is continuous dripping as well. There are a number of stairs that lead towards a small shrine of the hindu gods. The entrance and the exit of the cave are the same.

 Cost: 

  • Nrs 150 for foreigners
  • Nrs 50 for locals (with a torch provided)                    

Further info: 

  • As the stairs are slippery due to moisture, wearing shoes accordingly would be useful.  
  • Watch out for self guides and ask if there are costs involved before taking their help. 

Bat Cave

     Bat cave (also known as chameri gufa in Nepali language) is yet another one of the caves which is a famous destination for tourists. It is near Mahendra cave, maybe 5 min drive apart. It is a limestone cave as well. 

   It is a known habitat for horseshoe bats that can be seen in abundant amounts through the roofs and walls of the cave. The cave is U-shaped and there are carvings of deities inside as well. 

   The area around the cave is surrounded by forests so a lot of greenery is visible. The cave includes an entrance and an exit, the exit being narrower. The indigeneous belief is that, ”Those who have not sinned should pass.” The truth included in this may not be definite but most of the visitors surely take that as a challenge.

Cost: 

  • Nrs 150 for foreigners
  • Nrs 50 for locals                 

Further info: 

  • As the exit is narrow and some climbing is required, it is better to dress comfortably. 
  • The bats are sensitive to light by nature, so try not to take flash pictures or expose direct light at them. 

Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave

   Gupteshwor cave is among the famous caves and also a temple that is visited by many tourists as well as locals due to its religious importance as well. It is located in Pokhara-17, Chhorepatan, (opposite to Davis falls which is a famous waterfall of Pokhara). 

   The entrance includes a number of shops selling a variety of local and other products at negotiable prices. Then there are some stairs that lead to the entrance.

   There are a number of stone statues of gods and goddesses and some priests inside the cave as well. The roaring of Davis falls can be heard as well. There is also a clear pond inside the cave.

Cost: 

  • Nrs 100 for foreigners
  • Nrs 50 for locals                 

Further info: 

  • The sellers around the caves may increase the price for foreigners, so bargaining your way in for a better price is suggested. 
  • The caves may be a lot more crowded on holidays and certain times of the day, so choose a day and time accordingly