The Taal Barahi Temple is a Hindu temple is dedicated to the goddess Durga (Barahi) - the protector of gods. It sites on a small island just off the shoreline on the south east section of Pokhara's lake Phewa.
To get the temple you must take a small boat or larger barge for the 5 minute journey.
Did you know?
Durga is one of the main forms of the Goddess Shakti. She is also the manifested form of Parvati who acquired the name Durga after killing the demon Durgamaasura
While the temple itself is quite small and nondescript the legend is interesting. Likewise the sunset views from the island looking back on the Annapurna mountains can be spectacular if the weather is good.
From Phewa Ghat at the south east corner of lakesides Phewa lake
you will need to board a barge or boat to cross over to the island temple.
Barge boats to Taal Barahi should cost 100 rupees return and the prices are shown near the ticket office. Sadly the boatmen in this area don't play fair and will often have excuses why you can't board a barge.
If you are used to Nepal then hang tough and simply ask local people already onboard a barge if there is room for you. They will usually help out as they don't like to be cheated either. At this point you can either hand you money directly to the boatman or go with him to the ticket office.
The price of a private paddle boat has increased dramatically over the years and is now 1,200 rupees for one hour (with boatman). 500 just to cross over to the temple (you can share the price with others)
You will also need to hire out a life jacket (mandatory) from beside the ticket office for 20-30 rupees.
Once you are across at the island most people only stay for 30 minutes. If you'd like to stay longer you should be able to use your ticket to get back across on another barge with a vacant spot. Or, if the boatman is being difficult you'll have to pay another 50 rps.
All in all is the hassle is not worth it. Or if you want to spend extra time on the island (for the sunset views) then hiring out your own boat is the way to go until the authorities receive enough complaints about what's going on there.
Hiring your own boat costs 1000 rupees.
The kicker in all this is that they may also charge you another 13% VAT ... but it's random.
Basically, if you want a trip to the temple. Take the barge for 100 rupees.
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