Give yourself the opportunity to enter the depths of this cave via its majestic carved stone staircase, and discover the secrets that lie within.
Located just 2 km away from the Pokhara Airport and close to the Devi’s Falls, the cave of Gupteshwor Mahadev is regarded as a very sacred place for Hindus and said to be one the longest cave in Nepal measuring 2950m. There are some hall size rooms and some passages where you have to crawl on all fours. The entrance to the cave is right across from Devi's falls. There is a Shivalinga, a phallic symbol of Lord Shiva, inside the cave.
The cave is said to be discovered in the 16th century by some young locals who stumbled into it while clearing off some grass. While the young local people went deeper, they found out that an Idol like object resembling Lord Shiva had formed naturally on the spot. Later on, it was taken to be Lord Shiva and the local people formally consecrated and installed it at the mouth of the cave in 1992.
Within the Dark Cave, you can see many Shrines and statues dedicated to Shiva and other Hindu Deities. These include Mahadev and Paravati, Nageswor and Saraswati. Apart from the Holy Temple, the long, deep, and dark cave offer an excellent opportunity to explore the natural wonders in its purest form.
During your visit to Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave, you are suggested to walk slowly where the path is slippery due to the drip of a waterfall from the cleft. Senior Citizens and children are not recommended to visit this place due to the low light and wet narrow allies. The waterfall at the end of the cave is the wow factor you can experience in this day tour.
Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave is in Pokhara-17, Chhorepatan. You can take the bus or a taxi. It is a very common destination for locals and foreigners alike. However, the cave is hidden by a small outdoor bazaar, which takes a little bit of time to navigate though. You will come to a ticket counter before descending into the cave. make sure you pay first because tickets are checked at the bottom of the stairs.