Phewa lake is the major tourist attraction place in Pokhara. It is the second largest lake in Nepal after Rara Lake. Phewa lake was formerly known as Baidam Tal. Baidam is the eastern bank of Phewa Tal which is known as Lake side. It is situated on the south of main Pokhara city at a distance of 28 km north from a captivating Annapurna range. It occupies an area of 4.3 km2 and is located at an altitude of 742 m with an average water depth of 8.6 m and maximum depth of 24 m.
Beside the geographical facts of this place, its major attraction is the water sports and the beautiful sceneries that we can observe on the crystal clear and fresh water of Phewa Lake which is worth to be remembered. On the north of this lake many hotels, restaurants, lodges, souvenir shops and book shops are established for the convenience and service to tourists.
Phewa lake serves us the captivating mirror view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range Himalayas on the fresh water. Moreover, it offers the beautiful reflection of Rani Ban (Queen’s Forest) rich in wildlife and green plants.
Reflection of Annapurna Range
Dhaulagiri Range in Phewa Lake
Reflection of Raniban
Tal Barahi Temple
Phewa lake is the only lake in Nepal with a temple as an island at the centre of the lake. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga also called Tal Barahi, who is considered as the Shakti and protector of Gods. So, it is the holy place for Hindu pilgrims. People come to worship Goddess Durga on every Saturday offering the sacrifice of animals. The shape of the island is in the form of Boar (tusked pig) carrying a cup in one hand and fish in the other. Tal Barahi Temple is a two storied pagoda style temple.