Gupteswar Cave

One of the most popular and most frequently visited Tourist Attractions in Pokhara, the Gupteswar Cave holds a special religious importance and especially to the local people. This cave is regarded holy by the Hindus. The main highlight of the site is the Shivalinga, the phallic symbol of the Lord Shiva. The linga is preserved here in the condition it was discovered. The cave is 3 km long and it features several large hall-like rooms and some passages. If you want to enter here, you will have to crawl. Surrounded by a dense forest of sal trees and flanked by the Kolab river, a 2m high lingam stands in the cave. The shrine is called “Gupteswar” which means the “Hidden God”. It is so named because it was lying hidden in the cave for a very long period. One can reach it by climbing the 1000 steps flanked with rows of champak trees. The entrance of the cave is about 3 m wide and 2 m in height. There are also several other caves nearby. Inside the second cave there is a large stalactite. People worship it as the udder of God Kamadhenu (the divine cow) and wait under it with outstretched palms to collect drops of water which fall only at long intervals.

The entrance of the Gupteswar Cave in Pokhara is right across from the Devi’s Falls. Gupteshwar Cave is easily accessible and tourists can arrive at the site conveniently without any hassle.

Inside the cave photography is not allowed.

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