Siddha Pokhari; the biggest manmade pond of Bhaktapur

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Siddha Pokhari, the biggest pond of Bhaktapur

Siddhapokhari is one of the busiest ponds of Bhaktapur. Mostly, teenagers and college students walk in and around this pond.

Siddhapokhari is also called ‘Ta Pukhu’ which literally means the bigger pond. The term Ta and Pukhu are the Newari words which mean big and pond respectively.

This waterhole has a length of 171 m, 73m of width, and 3m of depth. It’s an awesome place to go in and feel the utmost freshness.


The reason behind calling it Indra Daha

The shreds of evidence say that this glorious, as well as chronicle man-made pond, was fabricated by King Indrajit. That is why it is also called Indra Daha. However, there is another quest too, regarding the name of this pond being called Indra Daha.

Every year, during the Yenya Punhi (Indra Jatra), the idol of Indrayani is brought over here and is left bare for a whole night. Likewise, that day the pond is decorated with oil lamps. It looks like there is no such place in Bhaktapur more beautiful than the Siddhapokhari during that night.

Siddhapokhari during Indra jatra

Siddhapokhari during Indra jatra

People used to take bathe in Siddhapokhari before worshipping the idol of Indrayani. Consequently, all of these rituals are related to the god of gods, Indra. It shows some sort of relation of Siddhapokhari to the name Indra Daha.

Well, being this much old pond, it still seems in very good condition.


Siddha Pokhari Direction / Location

You can easily locate this place. It is right behind the Bhaktapur Hospital, Dudhpati. If you take the bus from Bagbazaar, then you would reach over there within an hour. The conductor of the bus would drop you off right in front of the Siddhapokhari if you ask them to stop there. You can also find its direction with the help of nearby government offices like Juddha Barun Yantra and Bhaktapur District Veterinary.

Or, you could also follow up the map link shown on the right side of this page.


Siddha Pokhari, a religious site?

Siddhapokhari indeed is a religious site. Most of the locals of Bhaktapur pay a visit over there to celebrate their Diwali or Dugu Puja. It is a ritual of worshipping the linage god of the clan a person belongs to. Thus, it is considered a highly important ritual and a place, profoundly pure.

Besides that, there are a lot of images of different gods and goddesses including Baraha, Buddha, Vishnu, Indra, Surya, and many more. Those images seem quite antiquated yet are still worshipped. As already mentioned, there is a great significance of Siddhapokhari during Indra Jatra too.


Dating Spot of Kathmandu Valley

Nows days, it is popular as one of the best places for public dating spots inside Kathmandu valley. It is a public heritage site, no need to pay a fee to enter. Anyone can find enough refreshing open space inside Sidda Pokhari.  The couple can enjoy feeding fish ( buy food nearby store price range from Rs 50 to Rs100) and boating.

Siddha Pokhari is a well-maintained and clean place for love birds to enjoy a peaceful environment away from the crowded city.  Siddha Pokhari is the popular hangout spot to chill out and enjoy the sunset view inside Bhaktapur Municipality.


Siddha Pokhari is situated at Dudhpati, Bhaktapur. It is near by Bhaktapur Hospital,  Juddha Barun Yantra,BKT,  Bhaktapur District Veterinary.

You can reach there via a local bus or by private vehicle. If you choose to ride a bus then, you can find a direct bus from Ratna park of Kathmandu that directly goes to Shiddhapokhari.

You can do a warm walk and beautiful observation of the pond, surroundings and boating at Siddhapokhari.

Shiddha Pokhari is famous because of its ancient artifactual structure and history. Plus, it has religious significance and is open to everyone.

Siddha Pokhari was constructed during the rule of the Medieval King Yakshya Malla in the early 5th century.

Although, it opens every day but not for 24 hours. It is closed from 7 o’clock in the evening till the morning.

You can roam there anytime you like but I must say the sunset really suits this place.

No, you don’t. But if you want to do boating over there, then you are charged a little amount.

Yes, there are restaurants and cafes on-site, convenient for all kinds of visitors.

No, actually. You can’t do fishing there.

While being in Bhaktapur, you must mind a few things like taking out of your shoes while entering the temple and other religious sites. Likewise, you might not be allowed to click pictures of some specific events or places. You should consider these things.

It is all safe for solo traveling. But we also recommend you to have a certified guide who would help you to understand the authentic Bhaktapur and the stories carved all over the monuments. Contact us if you are looking for a guide.


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