Mahendra Gupha

Mahendra Cave - The House of Bats

Useful Information

Location: Two hours walk north of Pokhara.
Open: no restrictions
Fee: free. Locals guide for a tip.
Classification: SpeleologyKarst cave
Light: none, bring electric torch.
Guided tours:
Bibliography: Nick Thorne (1980): A Visit To Nepal, Cambridge Underground 1980 pp 23-27
As far as we know this information was accurate when it was published (see years in brackets), but may have changed since then.
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1976 investigated by a British Speleological Expedition to the Himalaya.


Mahendra Gupha is a huge cave with many bats. It is developed as a tourist attraction, and many web pages tell about this cave. However, the whole situation does not make it a show cave in the western meaning of the word. It is necessary to walk for two hours to reach the cave, it has no light and no paths. Local tracking agencies make tours to and into the cave and it is a good idea to take one of that tours.