Devi’s Falls is a popular tourist place. The best way to visit Devi’s Falls is on mountain bikes, which are ubiquitous at Lakeside. If the weather is pleasant then you can also walk up to Devi’s Falls, it is hardly 3km away from Lakeside.
So, let’s visit to Devi’s falls…
By LB THAPA FOR ONTOTHEROAD.COM
Patale Chhango or Devi’s Falls is one of the deepest caves in Asia. This waterfall was first explored in 1970 by the B.K.R.E Himalaya, and later explorations were made in 1980 and 1982 by D.Gebauer (Atlas of the Great Caves of the World). According to the book the Patale Chhango measures 48 metres deep and 1479 metres long.
The gushing waters of Fewa Lake travel through roughly 1 kilometer long tunnel to converge with the Phusre Khola (river). Speleologists like D.Gebauer discovered that Patale Chhango created the Gupteswor Cave some 5 to 6 hundred years ago.
During the monsoon season, the water level in Patale Chhango rises to an amazing height and its turbulent water engulfs the mouth of the falls. The increasing water level attracts local people and foreigners. The onlookers watch the swirling and roaring of the water that take giant leaps and show its uncontrollable might.
Devi’s Falls is also locally known as Patale Chhango. This is the most fascinating waterfall in Pokhara and the first of its kind in Nepal. It lies at 2 kms south-west of downtown Pokhara. During the monsoon season, in the summer, the waterfall turns frightening and ferocious. Its furious torrents gush through rocks and underground tunnels.
This huge waterfall should be watched during the rainy season from June to September. In winter the strength of the water dies down and only a stream of water runs down the rocks from Fewa Lake and falls at Patale Chhango. Beneath the waterfall is a huge cavern with walls covered in limestone deposits.
Patale Chhango is located to the south of the Pokhara-Tansen road. Visitors can get microbus service from all major places in the Pokhara valley to this waterfall and cave. Taxi, motor bike or bicycle can also be hired to get there. As Patale Chhango is barely 3 to 4 kms from Lake Side. One can also reach here with a gentle pace of walking.
The thought of cave exploration arouses curiosity. Caving has become one of the most thrilling underground explorations. Each turn in a cave unfolds nature’s wonder before the cavers. This makes caving more exciting and interesting but it is also challenging. Caving is always a difficult venture. The caves in Pokhara are fascinating and forever interesting.
Naturally created caves are highly unpredictable, eerie, and full of adventure. The visitors have found caving in Pokhara an extra added adventure which guarantees excitement, thrills, and a sense of achievement.
The story of Devi’s Falls
Every one of us wants to know how Patale Chhango got the name Devi’s Falls. The story of Devi’s Falls conjure up a tragedy that had taken place on 31st July 1961.
A Swiss couple was on a sight-seeing of Pokhara and they happened to visit Patale Chhango. On seeing the crystal clear water, the couple could not resist taking a swim in the river. While swimming they were unaware of the impending danger. All of a sudden an unexpected surge of water changed the calm river into a furious torrent that showed no mercy on the couple.
They fought for their lives but to no avail. Some people watched them helplessly as no-one could dare to rescue them from the raging torrents. Mrs. Devi made much effort to save her life but finally she fell into the pit and died, while her husband miraculously survived unscathed. Three days later her body was found in the Phusre Khola (river).
Police informed her father who immediately rushed to Pokhara. Devi’s father loved her daughter very much and he wanted to make her daughter immortal in the memory. He donated a sum of money to the City Development Committee Kaski in 1961 to construct a park around Patale Chhango, and requested to change the name of Patale Chhango to Devi’s Falls, the committee agreed.
In 1978 a committee was formed at the suggestion of Shree Higher Secondary School, Pokhara and, at present, the school management is in sole charge of Devi’s Fall. The school is responsible for the protection and development of the falls. The area of Devi’s Falls covers around 10 ropanis of land. The waterfall and surrounding area are a popular place in all seasons.
The school management committee began to charge an entrance fee from 1978. The visitors can enter from early in the morning until 6 pm.
A ROLY-POLY MAN RESCUED ALIVE FROM DEVI’S FALL
The beauty of Patale Chhango is truly awesome. Its gushing waters are ferocious, amazing and ruthless. Its turbulent currents roar like an angry lion. Its formidable currents leap up to a great height and plunge down into a 200 feet deep pit; just the sight of Patale Chhango is enough to send a shiver down one’s spine.
Despite such a notorious reputation, in the year 2000 a foreigner weighing 120 kgs, fell into Patale Chhango but came out without a scratch. It really sounds incredible and those people who have felt the ground-shaking tremors of Patale Chhango would not believe anyone could escape from such a fall.
The legend has it that one fine morning a foreigner who was fascinated by the breath-taking beauty of Patale Chhango was engrossed in taking snap shots from every possible angle when, all of a sudden, he lost his balance and fell into 200 ft. deep Patale Chhango.
But the man was extremely lucky and, before he was dashed against the sharp rocks at the bottom, he fell onto a small ledge about half-way down. He shouted for help for a long time as his voice could hardly be heard above the roar of the water. Luckily, a visitor eventually heard his desperate cries and finally the roly-poly man was rescued unharmed.
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