Panch Pokhari is more than a place; it's an experience that lingers in your heart forever. Whether you choose to visit during the monsoon season or any other time of the year, this destination promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime adventure
As the lush greenery of Nepal's monsoon season enveloped the landscape, my friends and I embarked on the adventure of a lifetime. Our destination was Panch Pokhari, a place where heaven seemed to touch the earth. Situated in the north of Kathmandu, at an altitude of approximately 4,200 meters, Panch Pokhari is not only a natural wonder but also holds spiritual significance as the "Five Lakes," making it a must-visit destination.
A Pilgrimage in Nature's Abode
Panch Pokhari is not just a tourist spot; it's a pure pilgrimage destination. Every year, during the month of August, the Janai Purnima Mela, a grand carnival, is celebrated here. This unique experience allows travellers to immerse themselves in the rich culture, breathtaking landscapes, diverse flora and fauna, and mystical world of shamanism that Panch Pokhari has to offer.
Two Routes to Paradise
Our journey to Panch Pokhari offered two intriguing routes. The first was a 10- to 13-day camping trek starting from Chautara, promising a deeper immersion into the wilderness. The second, a 5-7-day short trek, led us from Bhotang via Sankhu, Melamchi, and Dhap. We chose the latter, a more accessible path, and began our adventure by taking a local bus from Narayantar and Jorpati in Kathmandu to Bhotang.
The Monsoon Magic
Our timing was impeccable; we had chosen to trek during the monsoon season. Everywhere we looked, vibrant greenery surrounded us, creating a mesmerizing atmosphere. This journey was unlike any other, with each day offering new surprises and diverse experiences.
A Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience
As we trekked to Panch Pokhari on Janai Purnima, the sheer beauty of the five holy lakes left us in awe. It's no wonder that Panch Pokhari has earned its place as the 16th must-visit destination on the "Visit Nepal 2020" list. The journey was not just a physical adventure; it was a spiritual and cultural awakening.
Panch Pokhari is more than a place; it's an experience that lingers in your heart forever. Whether you choose to visit during the monsoon season or any other time of the year, this destination promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. As you embark on this trek, consider Nepal's Himalayas as your companion, guiding you through a world of natural wonders and cultural richness. Start this extraordinary journey and let Nepal's Himalayas redefine your idea of travel.
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