Pokhara is famous for the scenic views of the lakeside, adventurous sports, cozy cafes, clubs, and luxurious hotels. For many tourists, Pokhara is limited to the lakeside and the amazing ambiance it offers. The essence of Pokhara lies within its diversity. Within a short distance, there are lakes, waterfalls, pilgrimage sites of many heritages, and monasteries. One of the most popular destinations of Pokhara is Matepani Gumba, a monastery that lies on the top of a hill.
Matepani Gumba is one of the oldest monasteries of Pokhara. It is located in the Kundhara area of Pokhara, on the eastern side of the lakeside and around five kilometers from Mahendrapul. The monastery was established in 1960 A.D. by Nyeshang people who had moved from Manang to Pokhara. The prayers are performed in the grand hall which is a very interesting sight for visitors. The architecture of the gumba is breathtaking with graceful paintings that symbolize and represent different instances of Buddha’s life and various stories that form up Buddhist religion. The gumba also holds an 11 feet tall statue of Buddha which feels like therapy for your sight. There are many beautiful statues of Guru Rinpoche, the Buddha who introduced Buddhism to Tibet. Many young monks take daily classes in Buddhism and standard education of the country in Matepani gumba.